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LAUNCHCODE IS A NONPROFIT AND
OUR MISSION IS TO HELP PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE
BACKGROUNDS START CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY. WE DO THAT BY PROVIDING FREE
CODING EDUCATION AND THEN WORKING WITH CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS
WHO GO THROUGH OUR PROGRAMS AND WITH EMPLOYERS TO PLACE THOSE
INDIVIDUALS INTO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT POSITIONS. SO OUR NORMAL CLASS RUNS FOR 20
WEEKS PART TIME. BOOT CAMP PROGRAM. WE CALL IT CODING 101. ACCESS TO PEOPLE IN PEOPLE
COMING FROM UNDERREPRESENTED BACKGROUNDS. FTC. I LOOKED AT OTHER PROGRAMS
AND THE COST IS LIKE $10,000 AND THERE’S NO WAY I COULD AFFORD
THIS. SO I WAS VERY EXCITED, THERE IS
GOING TO BE A SESSION STARTING SOON. SO SOME OF OUR FUNDING COMES
THROUGH GRANTS WHETHER IT IS FEDERAL OR STATE LEVEL GRANTS. WE ALSO GENERATE REVENUE WHEN WE
PLACE OUR GRADUATES WITH EMPLOYER PARTNERS. WHEN SOMEONE FINISHES THE FIRST
20 WEEKS SOME STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO PLACE THEM INTO AN
APAREN ADVERTISESHIP — A PAREN ADVERTISESHIP EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAM. WE SUPPORT THEM THROUGH THAT
PROCESS, THEY’RE BUILDING OUT THEIR INTERVIEWING SKILLS,
BUILDING OUT A PORTFOLIO OF WORK THAT THEY CAN USE TO DEMO TO
EMPLOYERS. AFTER LAW SCHOOL I’M THINKING
ABOUT GETTING A JOB, MY FIRST YEAR ABOUT PROGRAMMING. MY GOAL IS TO BE A EDUCATION
DEVELOPER. SO IN TERMS OF BARRIER TO
ACCESS FOR MAKING I.T. ACCESSIBLE, THE FACT THAT IT’S
FREE IS A HUGE COMPONENT OF THAT. FTC. PART OF THE REASON WHY I
JUMPED IN TO THE LAUNCH CODE PROGRAM, BECAUSE AT THAT TIME, I
WAS WORKING PART TIME AND MY HUSBAND WAS OUT OF A JOB. I WANTED TO GIVE MYSELF AN EXTRA
SKILL, WITH CODING BACKGROUND, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REALLY
HELPFUL GOING THROUGH WITH MEDICINE. I ENDED UP HERE WITH LAUNCHCODE
AND WHAT THEY DID. SHE JUST HAS A MAG KNELTIC
PERSONALITY FROM THE MOMENT YOU MEET HER. HER BACKGROUND PRIOR TO TAKING
LAUNCHCODE CLASS WAS THAT SHE WAS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. SHE DECIDED THAT THAT
ULTIMATELY, SHE WAS MORE CURIOUS ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY WORLD AND
NOT ONLY DID SHE EXCEL, SHE WAS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT LOOKED
TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO WERE AROUND HER IN THE CLASS. WHEN WE LOOKED TO THOSE TO MATCH
WITH THE OPPORTUNITY, IT’S A GOAL THAT SORT OF INTERFACES
BETWEEN DEVELOPERS AND CLIENTS. AND WE KNEW THAT SALLY HAD KIND
OF THE RIGHT KIND OF TECHNICAL AND PEOPLE SKIMS TO KNOCK IT OUT
OF THE PARK WITH THAT. MY NAME IS SALLY, I’M THE
CUSTOMER ASSOCIATE, FOR THE CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT TEAM. WASCO HAS HIRED ME FULL TIME SO
I HAVE MATRICULATED OUT OF THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. I THINK CONTINUING MY EDUCATION
CONTINUING TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW WAS MOTIVATED BY MY
CHILDREN BECAUSE I WANTED THEM TO SEE THAT VALUE THAT WE HAVE
AS A FAMILY. CONTINUE TO GROW IN SOME FORM OR
ANOTHER. SHE USED THE PLATFORM, SHE
TOOK TO THE CUSTOMERS QUICKLY. SHE HAS PICKED UP RESPONSIBILITY
AS TIME GOES BY. MY NAME IS TOM, I’M THE DIRECTOR
OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT WASCO. WE HAVE AS MUCH OR MORE SUCCESS
WITH PROGRAMS LIKE LAUNCHCODE AS WE DO WORKING WITH TRADITIONAL
RECRUITING FIRMS. EMPLOYERS ARE MORE AND MORE
WILLING TO HIRE BASED ON PORTFOLIOS. SHOWING WHAT YOU KNOW RATHER
THAN HAVING A PIECE OF PAPER THAT SAID, I DID COURSE X.
IN THAT 20 WEEK TIME SPAN IT 98 BE HARD TO ACQUIRE IF
TRADITIONAL SKIMS THAT ALLOW YOU TO GO INTO A WORK ENVIRONMENT
AND LEARN ON THE JOB AND IN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
BECOME A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAM. THE STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE OUR
PROGRAM AND GET BASED INTO JOBS WITH OUR EMPLOYER PARTICIPANTS
MAKE AN AVERAGE SALARY OF AND $50,000 A YEAR. EFFECTIVELY, THERE ARE BASES. PROGRAMS LIKE LAUNCHCODE HAVE
BEEN FABULOUS. I WOULD HELP THE TEAM TEST
THE APP AS WELL AS EVALUATING THE DEVELOPER’S CODE AND TESTING
THE SOFTWARE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’S WORK BEING AND THEN I WILL
LET THE DEVELOPERS KNOW OR MY PROJECT LEAD KNOW WHAT THE
ISSUES ARE. LAUNCHCODE PROVIDED ME WITH THE
ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK THE TECH LANGUAGE AS WELL AS THE
KNOWLEDGE TO LOOK AT THE CODE THAT I HAVE PRESENTED. AND TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THAT
INFORMATION AND BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY TEAM
MEMBERS. IF I DIDN’T HAVE AT A SKILL, I
DON’T THINK THAT I WOULD BE HERE.

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