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CodeNow coming to Miami to offer tech training to high school students

CodeNow, a national nonprofit that provides underrepresented high school students free training in computer programming, is expanding to Miami with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The nonprofit is accepting applications now through May 30 for its first program for South Florida high school students who are interested in technology; training sessions will be held June 14, 15 and 28.

Launched in 2011, the program offers students in-person training supported by outside learning and technology study at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Training sessions are hosted at local tech companies and led by top computer programmers. CodeNow targets underrepresented groups in tech, including women, minorities and those from low-income neighborhoods. Applications are accepted at multiple times throughout the year, providing up to 60 students with over 25 hours of computer programming experience.

As one of several new programs starting this year to provide computer and entrepreneurship training to students before they get to college,  CodeNow provides another opportunity to help attract more students into technology and build on their talents.  “The program provides important skills to young people who can add to Miami’s growing pool of diverse entrepreneurs and are vital to shaping our city’s future,” said Matt Haggman, the Knight Foundation's Miami program director. The foundation provided $100,000 in support to CodeNow, one of its 50 investments in entreprenuership in South Florida over the past 18 months.

In addition to Miami, CodeNow, a Y-Combinator nonprofit graduate led by founder and CEO Ryan Seashore, has programs in California, New York and Washington, D.C., and has worked with hundreds of students  more than 19,000 hours of free training in computer programming. More than 90 percent of CodeNow students receive a free or reduced lunch, and 45 percent of alumni are young women. After completing the program, 35 percent of graduating seniors have gone on to study computer science in college, CodeNow said in a press release.

For more information or to apply:  www.codenow.org/apply.

See previous report on coding education for youth.