Lenfest, Comcast gives grants to young coders
The Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center received a $150,000 from Gerry Lenfest's organization to launch a tech bootcamp for youth in the city of Philadelphia. Comcast will also give an additional $25,000 toward the pilot program, which will be called CODE OIC.
With two goals in mind, CODE OIC aims to expose youth to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers. The program will also train adults for entry-level careers as web developers, junior web developers, user interface designers, support website developers and entry level programmers.
"White House data estimates nearly 14,000 unfilled IT jobs in the Philadelphia metropolitan area right now," Kevin R. Johnson, Ed.D, Philadelphia OIC president and CEO, said on philaoic.org. "Employers understand to close the gap, they must train a more economically and ethnically diverse workforce. At OIC, we are experts at closing that gap. We are pleased to be expanding out effort in IT in partnership with Coded By U, Wilco and the Lenfest Foundation."
CODE OIC will have classes in both February and March and will have two groups of students totaling 30. The program will last for 12 weeks.