Mel McGee has been a computer programmer and teacher for the past 20 years. Now, as CEO of We Can Code IT
, McGee and community outreach director Shana Mysko are holding coding boot camps
that are targeted at getting women and minorities careers in IT fields. The boot camps are held in their new offices at LaunchHouse
“There will be one million unfilled jobs in IT by 2020,” explains McGee. “It’s a very in-demand industry and it continue to grow. Our whole economy is becoming IT based. There’s such a lack of diversity in IT. Employers would like to have more diversity.”
We Can Code IT held its first boot camp in March, and has partnered with several area employers, such as Hyland Software
, to place its graduates in jobs. The next part-time coding boot camp starts this Saturday, June 20. The class meets Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm for five months.
The cost of the program is $10,000, but women and minorities are eligible for a $1,000 grant. Starting with the upcoming session, We Can Code IT is testing a program where students don’t pay the tuition until they get a job.
“We’re trying to make it very appealing,” says McGee. “We have bent over backwards to make this doable for our students, who are coming from jobs where they are underemployed and unemployed. So we are offering an option where we don’t get paid until they get a job. We’re putting our money where our mouth is.”
We Can Code IT is also offering a free one-hour program, Programming Experience, on Thursday, June 18 at 7pm at LaunchHouse to learn about an IT career. Register through Meetup
Registration for the part-time boot camp ends Thursday, June 18. Click here
to apply for the program. The next full-time boot camp starts September 8.