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June 21, 2019

Silicon Valley coder academy eyes Glastonbury location

HBJ Photos | Sean Teehan Vaishali Shah (left) and her husband Chirayu Shah opened Connecticut's first theCoderSchool in Farmington, which provides extracurricular coding lessons to school-age children. TheCoderSchool is a Silicon Valley-based franchise.

A Silicon Valley-based children’s coding company is looking to open a second Connecticut location in Glastonbury.

TheCoderSchool, which debuted its Farmington location last fall, is renovating an 800-square-foot space in the town’s Glen Lochen development, which houses office, shopping and dining space at 39 New London Turnpike.

Co-owners and husband and wife Chirayu and Vaishali Shah say they are aiming to open their Glastonbury franchise location in early September.

Vaishali Shah declined to disclose the renovation price tag.

The couple said they’re expanding in Glastonbury due to the high level of interest they received from area residents during their Farmington launch last October. Chirayu, a project manager at ESPN, is also a Glastonbury native.

The Glastonbury school will provide computer programming lessons -- in languages such as HTML, CSS, Python and Javascript -- to students ages 7 to 18. Semi-private sessions and small classes will be held after school hours and during the summer months. 

Vaishali Shah said the fast-growing franchise is opening 10 new locations this fall in cities including Manhattan and Washington, D.C. By year-end 2019, the company expects to operate 40 locations across more than 13 states. 

TheCoderSchool was founded in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2014. The company’s website lists more than three dozen locations across the country.

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