The Arkansas Coding Academy (ArCA), a program of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas, has named Alison Wish as its new director.
Wish brings more than 20 years of experience in information technology to the role. As director, Wish will oversee the administration and everyday operations of the program and will continue to expand the training curriculum to meet the growing workforce demands in the information technology sector.
Her first day was Dec. 1.
“We are delighted to have Alison leading the Arkansas Coding Academy. She brings a depth of experience and technical expertise that will be an invaluable asset to the program” said Shaneil Ealy, associate vice president for Outreach and Community Engagement.
Wish earned a Bachelor of Science in computer and information science from Arkansas Tech University before beginning her career as a software engineer at Acxiom.
Over the years, Wish has worked in solution architecture and leadership positions. Most recently, in her role as senior manager of delivery, she oversaw an organization of more than 30 technical data architects across the United States and Poland.
“I am honored to join the Arkansas Coding Academy as its new director,” said Wish. “Since 2016, the program has had great success in educating and training the next generation of computer programmers, and I am excited to connect with our students, work with our skilled staff and partner with technical industry leaders to ensure we’re doing our part to continue to build Arkansas’s reputation for providing top technical talent.”
Established in 2016, the Arkansas Coding Academy at UCA aims to create a talent pipeline from the classroom to the workforce for individuals seeking careers in programming, information technology or software development. Classes are offered throughout the year in various formats to fit student’s needs.