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WV Residents Complete iOS Developer Course

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On Monday, March 4, several residents of the northern panhandle were awarded certificates for completing the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center’s (IEC) mobile app development course.  The course was designed by IEC Director, Ryan Wall, to introduce I.T. students and professionals to mobile app development for Apple devices.  Wall, himself the founder of an App Design Firm, explained that the aim was to introduce people with some experience and/or knowledge of computer programming to the skills and processes involved in mobile apps development.

IEC Director Ryan Wall explained that the course was geared specifically to I.T. professionals, such as software programmers, network engineers, and also computer science students, with the goal of showing the potential of mobile apps as a vehicle for innovation.

Ryan Wall and students at IEC February 2013

IEC Director Ryan Wall presents certificates to Carolyn Garney and Kirsten Ruben for completing the iOS Developer Course. Both Garney and Ruben are employed as graphic designers at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

“Although mobile devices (smartphones and tablet) are so widely used in today’s society, the knowledge of how to program for these devices is not,” said Wall.  “Our aim for this course was to share our knowledge and experience in mobile with others within the community that have the necessary skills to develop apps for their businesses, or perhaps their own inventions.  Either way, innovation is the key to growing our businesses and economy so the outcomes benefit us all.”

A total of twenty-two people attended the course held in the evenings one night per week for 5-weeks.  The course format follows our previous rapid prototyping course, and we aim to run a similar course on programming for Android mobile devices in the spring.

Through various services, the IEC assists entrepreneurs develop and launch innovative products and businesses, and connects them with professionals in the technology industry. For more information on the IEC, click here,  or contact Wall at (304) 243-4399 or via email at