News

31 Jan

The little bootcamp that could – student success stories

2016-2017: 23 graduates, 10 lives transformed A year ago we had one workforce program: our pilot 12-week course at SCCC, begun in October 2016, graduated January 2017. From that Fall 2016 cohort of nine, by mid-2017 three had springboarded from limo service, barback, and unemployed status to dream jobs: front end developer, data analyst, digitally empowered business owner. The two who found full time...

26 Jan

Recruiting now – for the classes that are so much more than classes

As we recruit students to start learning with us in March, I’m reflecting on something: we call these workforce programs “classes.”  Hmm. A class is a series of materials, lectures, labs, so the student gains knowledge and skills. Albany Can Code is a lot more than a class. It’s a whole program that mentors, advocates for, and guides our students so...

12 Jan

Our founder honored as a technology disrupter

Annmarie Lanesey, Albany Can Code founder and board chair, was named by the Albany Business Review as one of six Cap Region Technology Disrupters. Pretty good profile for a tiny non-profit startup! Props to the other honorees: Danielle Merfeld, CTO, GE Renewable Energy; Guha and Karthik Bala, Founders of Vicarious Visions and now, Velan Ventures; Tony Civitella, Transfinder Founder and CEO; Deb Leach, Senior Director,...

22 Dec

Thanks Key Bank!

KeyBank announced it would be providing a $75,000 grant to the organization through its charitable foundation, money that will go to support AlbanyCanCode’s employer engagement program. AlbanyCanCode, the Troy nonprofit focused on creating a new generation of local software coders, recently received two holiday presents. And AlbanyCanCode also announced that it will launch a new class at Hudson Valley Community College,...

30 Nov

Let’s be candid: Carmosky and other TU panelists on why Albany’s Amazon bid became a punchline

The Times Union’s Leadership Luncheon held on November 30, 2017, at the Hearst Media Center, opened with comments from Albany     Can Code Executive Director Janet Carmosky. Her point, which became the theme of the one hour discussion: we have employers, we have educators, we have talent.  The missing magic ingredient: a culture that encourages broad tech literacy.   Other panelists: Heather Briccetti, President and...

02 Nov

From waxing floors to writing code, how Albany’s software bootcamp is building a talent pipeline

Nov 2, 2017, 7:53am EDT By Chelsea Diana, Reporter, Albany Business Review A software boot camp program meant to train people who are underemployed, unemployed and changing careers is starting another class after the first year of the program saw some success stories. The program, Albany Can Code, was started last year by Annmarie Lanesey, president of the custom software development firm Greane Tree Technology,...

08 Sep

What the * do we mean by non-traditional talent?

3 Pieces of the talent training pie We’re all about finding, skilling up & empowering non-traditional talent for regional jobs in technology.  Our regional economy could really use a more vibrant, expert, and inclusive talent pipeline.  It’s a comprehensive thing:  a shift in mindset about who can work in technology, and how we spot and train talent in practical ways. Q. So...

09 Jun

AlbanyCanCode Turns One

Our jam-packed journey – which now features a large, diverse, and expanding cast of characters as well as a growing list of workforce, educational and community development projects  – officially began on June 9, 2016, when I handed a paper form to register a NYS non for profit corporation across a glass divider and into the hands of a government...

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26 Aug

From Planning Into Action

August was a month of institution building, planning, and everybody’s family time. Thanks to all of you who have signed up for our mailing list, taken the student survey or the employer survey, or attended one of our events. You are all part of the ecosystem that will start to take shape, beginning in September, and we go into action. For...