Northern Kentuckers can receive free training through Code Kentucky’s new software development program


The North Kentuckers have a new path into the booming tech sector: Code Kentucky.

This new software development training program, funded by a grant from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, combines self-directed online learning with weekly classroom meetings and mentoring. Code Kentucky is currently accepting applications from residents of northern and eastern Kentucky for September courses.

Experienced developers will act as mentors to answer questions and guide students through the curriculum. The aim is to prepare participants to find a job as a junior developer after completing the program.

“We believe that every Kentuckian has the right to quality education and training. This program has helped more than 600 people embark on programming and technology careers in Louisville with proven results. We’re excited to bring this opportunity to more Kentuckers, ”said Kentucky Assistant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as Secretary of the Cabinet for Education and Development.

Code Kentucky will use the same model as Code Louisville, which has received national recognition for its engineering graduates at nearly 300 companies since 2014.

“We saw firsthand how effective this approach is for technical training. It’s a life-changing experience for attendees, “said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks, which founded and runs the Code Louisville program, on which Code Kentucky is based. “We look forward to bringing this experience to residents of northern and eastern Kentucky.”

Code Kentucky is led by KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville area staff development committee, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (NKWIB), and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP).

“We see Code Kentucky as a great opportunity to expand our local technology resources here in Northern Kentucky,” said Tara Johnson-Noem, who is both Associate Director for Workforce Development in the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and director of Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. “With the part-time format and mentoring components, employees who work can learn new skills and develop their industry connections, expanding the talent pool that many of our local employers need.”

Code Kentucky starts at a time when the demand for skilled developers is high, with further growth forecast for the coming years. The program will help employers find the skills they need on the ground while helping graduates embark on a new career with high potential. The data shows that jobs in the technology sector pay above-average wages and are less exposed to automation.

Training in Code Kentucky is free and no programming skills are required. However, space is limited in each cohort. To participate in Code Kentucky you must:

● Be at least 18 years old
● Have a strong desire and commitment to learn advanced technology skills
● Have access to a home computer or laptop with a stable internet connection
● You can attend weekly class reunions (6-8pm) and spend about 10-15 hours on them
the program per week
● Live in one of the following counties:

Northern Kentucky – Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton

Eastern Kentucky – Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe

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Northern Kentucky Area Development District

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