Great Opportunity for East Atlanta Young Professionals, ages 17-29

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This Friday applications will open to begin recruiting students, ages 17-29, to join TechHire ATL’s inaugural class.

The funding for the program, a $4 million Department of Labor grant, comes as part of Atlanta’s TechHire designation. TechSquare Labs has partnered with WorkSource Atlanta, a city initiative, and coding school Thinkful, to spend that money training about 360 junior software developers over the next three years in software development, career readiness, and culture fit.

“Over the next three years, nearly four hundred new diverse junior software developers will have the opportunity to enter Atlanta’s technology workforce,” says Rodney Sampson, Partner at TechSquare Labs. “TechHire will provide these new coders with the hard and soft skills. It’s then up to Atlanta employers — large and small — to do their part in offering these young men and women their first technical jobs and the opportunity to improve their products and market share in under-tapped communities.”

What will the program look like? Completely free thanks to the TechHire grant, students will learn 5 days a week for 5 months. The Web Development bootcamp-style class lets students work with mentors who currently work as developers. They’ll also learn things like the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and how to prepare for job interviews.

These students, drawn largely from Atlanta’s low-income communities, could yield a potential economic output of $20 million annually.
The education portion of the program will address the first challenge being combatted by TechHire: limited access to education. To address the second challenge — getting current employers to look at candidates with less-traditional educational backgrounds — TechHire is also building an Employee Advisory Council, with representation drawn from Atlanta’s top technical employers.
— Hypepotamus article, "With $4M Federal Grant, TechHire ATL Officially Kicks Off to Fill Atlanta’s Tech Talent Needs"