Twenty sets of eyes stared back at him as David Clunes Sr, President and CEO of The Encima Group spoke recently to a group of students at Zip Code Wilmington. David was invited to speak to the students to provide his perspective on a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Having spent time early in his career as a software developer, David is uniquely positioned to offer not only the technical know-how, but also career guidance to the students of Zip Code Wilmington. David conducted a far ranging discussion with the group but focused on his experiences early on as a software engineer and product developer.

Of the event, David said “It was a privilege to speak to folks who are looking to get into STEM careers. It was energizing to speak and interact with the class and always rewarding to give back. This is an innovative way to introduce folks to STEM careers. I expect that this model will be replicated across the country. It was exciting to participate”

Zip Code Wilmington is Delaware’s first coding school, and one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the country. Zip Code Wilmington is: 1) a software development training school in downtown Wilmington 2) an apprenticeship program that launches new careers immediately upon graduation. The school gives students an experience that fast-tracks them into a great career, at a great salary, all in under a year. Through alliances with area companies, some of which are household names, Zip Code Wilmington has created a world-class curriculum that mirrors the real world.