ST. LOUIS (KSDK – More than 1,000 people filed into the Peabody Opera House on Monday to learn how to code and maybe even land a new job.

The first free LaunchCode class had to be moved from its initial location because of overwhelming demand.

Students who complete the four-month course will have qualifications to receive and apprenticeship and job placement through LaunchCode, which has partnered with more than 100 local companies.

The co-founder of Square – an easy-to-use app to accept credit cards – is also behind the LaunchCode effort.

"We don't have enough programmers," Jim McKelvey said. "It's a world-wide problem. It's a nationwide problem. It's certainly a problem here in St. Louis, and LaunchCode is about getting people jobs. You can't get people jobs if they don't have the skills."

Future classes will take place at the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

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