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OCEDA, the Hub offering second ‘coding bootcamp’

In Community, Education, Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

HARTFORD, Ky. — With another generous grant from USDA Rural Development, OCEDA is now accepting applications for a chance to take part in Ohio County’s second “coding bootcamp.”

Eight Ohio Countians will be selected to receive training in computer programming, absolutely free of charge. Coding, also called computer programming or software development, is in high demand, as almost every aspect of our lives and business are becoming more intertwined with technology.

Coding bootcamps, a term for non-degree apprenticeships in computer programming, have become a popular method of training people for these high demand jobs. Programs like TechHire in eastern Kentucky have developed to educate rural citizens of the opportunities that abound with this line of work, which often can be performed remotely as long as one has a computer and internet access.

This is a crucial part of the mission of The Hub, to serve Ohio County as a tap into opportunities which exist for remote work. Opportunities allowing our citizens to continue living and working in Ohio County. OCEDA encourage job seekers to consider coding and coding bootcamps regardless of whether they’re selected for this scholarship.

This opportunity is being administered in partnership with The Software Guild, out of Louisville, which will be overseeing the selection process and training. The program will require an hour a week at the The Hub to receive group instruction, while the rest of the study can be done on one’s own time, 20 hours per week, for 10 months.

Participants will be trained in the .NET/C# coding language. Laptops will be provided to the participants for use while they are at The Hub. Graduates from coding bootcamps can expect to find a job paying around $35-45K upon graduation, with the potential to earn around $65K after a year of experience. Opportunities also exist in performing freelance coding work.

To apply, visit www.ohiocounty.com/coding, and fill out the required form. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be an Ohio County resident. A representative from The Software Guild will contact applicants to for an initial interview and administer an aptitude test to aid in their selection.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 24.

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