Code4Life's Overall Objective

 A Code4Life participant presenting on his final project.

A Code4Life participant presenting on his final project.

Code4Life participants were thrilled to visit the Oval Office last week to take part in a ceremony in which President Trump directed the Department of Education to devote more resources to computer science education, including coding education.

Our kids enjoyed meeting the President, Secretary Devos, Ivanka Trump and other officials. There's much more to do, but this was a great step.

Just in the DC region, let alone around the country, there are thousands and thousands of young residents from low-income families that will not graduate from college. All of them need a set of skills that will allow them to earn a middle-class living and live a middle-class lifestyle. 

At the same time, there are thousands and thousands of software development and data science jobs that will be created over the next thirty years that will not require a four-year college degree, that pay on average more than $75,000, and will go unfilled every year for lack of qualified candidates.

In fact, software developer is the single most in-demand occupation in the DC region and will be for decades. For more information, see this study from the the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments called "Trends in Workforce Demand."

After extensive research and testing, we have concluded that in partnership with our curriculum designers at the Bootstrap World program, it is possible to train effectively for these type positions in as little as six months. Our public and private sectors, together, must be able to train effectively for these occupations or those thousands of young DC residents will be looking at a life of diminished opportunity and a darker future.

Code4Life is creating an intensive, full-time, 750-hour, 26-week post-secondary software development and data science career training and job placement program that will help low-income DC residents, age 18-25, prepare for, and be placed into entry-level jobs or apprenticeships as software developers and data scientists.

For more information about the program, click here.

The program will cost about $12,000 per enrollee over the course of the six month program. We have significant private sector backing from our various sponsors, but in order to fully realize the program's potential, we'll need a public private partnership with both the District and federal governments.

We've made good progress with both the federal Department of Labor and the District's Workforce Investment Council, but we need to push them to do more. If you'd like to learn how you can help with that effort, email me at dave(dot)oberting@code4life.us.