The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and TechSquare Labs is launching a 12-month innovative coding and cofounders school, where the curriculum’s focus is coding, career readiness and entrepreneurship.
The pilot program, which is the first of its kind, is designed for underserved youth in Atlanta between the ages of 18 to 24 to learn to code, get a job in the tech industry or to start a high growth company.
This full, immersive coding school will require participants to live in school-sponsored housing for the full length of the program as well as participate in counseling and therapy sessions with a licensed counselor. Both instructors and mentors will prepare students for a career as a professional junior-level programmer and software engineer. The program goes beyond tactical skills and teaches students how to think like a software engineer, where students also receive training in the areas of ideation, design thinking, business model generation, financial responsibility, diversity, inclusion and career readiness.
To qualify, the applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24, and either be a high school dropout with a GED or completed high school with no post-secondary degree. ages of 18 and 24, and either be a high school dropout with a GED or completed high school with no post-secondary degree.
The program starts in February 2016, and students interested in applying to this program must attend the mandatory orientation on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency headquarters (818 Pollard Blvd., SW. 30315).