State launches ‘Immigrants Can Code’ initiative with AlbanyCanCode

By Record staff
Oct 8, 2020
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Office for New Americans announced Monday the launch of a new
initiative, Immigrants Can Code – Digital Literacy Pilot, that will ensure immigrants have access to
digital literacy education and training that are essential to building careers in the Empire State’s fast-growing innovation economy.
During a time of economic transition that is defined by the growing importance of technology in the
workplace, this digital literacy initiative will enable newcomers to New York State to gain the critical
competencies needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving workforce.
“In New York, we are proud to lead the nation with initiatives and protections to support immigrants
in our state,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul remarked.
“This partnership between the State Office for New Americans and AlbanyCanCode will provide
immigrants with the opportunity to learn how to code and advance their digital skills. Education and
training courses as part of the program will help to prepare new Americans and New Yorkers with the
tools they need to expand their career opportunities and ensure success now and in the future.”
Hochul added.
ONA is partnering with AlbanyCanCode, a nonprofit organization that has successfully trained
hundreds of software coders in Albany and Kingston. AlbanyCanCode will offer digital literacy courses
specifically for ONA constituents, with the initial classes starting in Oct. 2020.
“Immigrants have made numerous contributions across this nation and I can think of no better way to
honor immigrants than by offering them new opportunities,” Secretary of State Rossana Rosado
explained.
“The ONA partnership with AlbanyCanCode will offer New Americans the chance to hone their skills
that will prepare them for the highly competitive and lucrative high-tech field and increase their
potential for growth and advancement in today’s economic environment. In this ever-changing world,
New York State will be better positioned thanks to this well-trained workforce,” Rosado noted.
“We’re incredibly excited to partner with the Office for New Americans to assist their constituents in
developing critical computer skills that will fuel career opportunities and build the tech talent pipeline
employers desperately need,” Founder and CEO of AlbanyCanCode Annmarie Lanesey stated.
“We firmly believe that anyone with talent and aptitude can succeed in the technology industry and
today’s digital-first economy. We applaud the Office for New Americans for its vision and foresight in
creating this bold initiative and look forward to working together to make it a resounding success,”
Lanesey added.
This initiative, supported through approximately $50,000 in Federal CARES Act funding, is open to any
immigrant with a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This training
is particularly critical and timely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shown how important
digital literacy is for those who are now working from home, or who are seeking new employment
that requires them to work remotely.
Additionally, dedicated funds will be made available for students to participate in more advanced
software courses beyond digital literacy.