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Our nation is 600,000 technologists short. Our regional economy, with over 100 employers of software and IT professionals, is constrained by a shortage of qualified candidates.
We’re convinced that aptitude is distributed evenly, while opportunity is not. K-12 systems can change that equation where they have the needed tools and cultures. We’re here to connect: curriculum developers with employer input; teachers with tools; students with theory and practice; everyone with training, resources and support to make sure every student has the opportunity to develop their computational thinking and skills.
We are a not-for-profit organization founded in June 2016, dedicated to the vision of a talent-fueled pipeline for our region’s software sector. To build this pipeline, we work with employers, educators, and community organizations to identify, train, and advocate employment of people with the skills to work in software and IT jobs.
The goal is to remove the economic and cultural barriers to working in technology. We want our region to have an inclusive, vibrant, and expert pipeline of technologists. Part of that mission involves changing mindset in our region about who can be a technologist, and how to evaluate candidates for technology jobs.
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Though I studied film, and worked in media production and marketing, those experiences did not teach me web development skills - and those were what I needed to open up my career prospects. I jumped into FreeCodeCamp. It was great for learning skills, but AlbanyCanCode gave me more: peers, mentors, projects, and support in defining & pursuing my job goals. If you want to work as a coder in the Cap Region, AlbanyCanCode offers practical training, encouragement, and cultural advice that really helps.
Front End Developer, Equal Vision Records
I did not finish college because, while I love to code, I love playing the trumpet too, and being in a band was more lucrative and fun than getting a computer science degree. When it was time to get a day job, I applied to AlbanyCanCode. The curriculum, teacher, mentors, and projects gave me the environment I needed, where I could grow quickly, both individually and as part of a developer team.
Misael Virissimo de Moura
Software Development Apprentice, A&MS
I studied graphic design, did that professionally for a while, then fell into admin jobs in the staffing field. There seemed no room for advancement and...meanwhile, I saw the demand for people who could design, communicate, and code. Being part of the Front End Class, and the PinDrop Project team helped me move from knowing a bit of self-taught HTML, to being able to take a design brief and turn it into components for user experience in an app,
We’re changing mindset about who can be a technologist, and creating pathways to connect locat talent to local jobs. Your donation can help.