Adult Learners Gain Coding and Computer Science Skills

Adult Learners Gain Coding and Computer Science Skills


(upbeat music) – We have a one million
person shortfall in computer science
talent in this nation. We are addressing that problem by creating a barrier
free environment for people to come in and
learn and on ramp their skills. People are already coming
here for digital basics. So we developed this
Rhode Coder program. I’m a mother of four children and after running a
successful daycare business I made the decision to
return to the workforce outside of the home. And I’ve always been a patron of this beautiful library. And I was intrigued by
the technology classes in a time where
technology is such an important part
of any workplace. – I really didn’t
have the job I wanted. With the opportunities
that I wanted. With the money that I wanted. So I was looking for
something that would bring me to the next thing
that I would do in life. – You may not
realize, but you have really special gifts here. And if you have a
passion and desire to move into this as a career, we can help support and help you build your skills and
then make the bridges into more formal coding
programs for you. – The third class
that I took with Don was a Data Navigators course. And I’ve always been
fascinated with social studies and particular studies
that look at data for policy changes,
for advocacy work, that I have also
done in the past. – Rhode Coders and
Data Navigators were able to take
me from unemployed to learning about a new career that really piqued my interests. And now I’m involved
with a part-time nine month cohort
called Career Debs. And in the meantime, through
taking Data Navigators, I was also able to
get a full time job at a local consulting firm and now I’m currently
working on a project with a government agency
working with Tableau software. – The world is changing so fast. Technology is changing so fast. And it’s hard to know where
to go in the community. Particularly if you
don’t have the funds that you would want to
commit until you know that’s something you want to do. – I’m very proud that
I was able to complete the three courses
with Don Gregory. The experience
helped me figure out where I felt most
comfortable and what I wanted to do
with the knowledge I that I gained
from those classes. – These classes were
able to teach me skills that made me valuable
to employers. So, at the same time, I can
pursue my creative interests, but I can also work on projects that could really
wow an employer, you
know, with my skills. – It’s more than just tech. It’s more than just job. They have this heartfelt passion that they wanna
better their lives. (upbeat music)

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