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Tech Impact

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Zip Code Wilmington, a bootcamp to train coders, has achieved a hundred percent job placement for its first round of graduates.

The 16 graduates learned how to code in Java and Javascript over the course of 12 weeks, which was completed last Friday. Tuition costs $2,000, but is paid back through apprenticeships with local companies. Tech Impact, a nonprofit that manages the program, offered full tuition scholarships to seven students who earned less than $28,000 prior to entering the course.  

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Senator Chris Coons delivered the keynote speech at Friday’s ITWorks graduation in Wilmington.

The program, which has been recognized by the White House for its work offering tech training to non traditional candidates in Delaware, educated 15 students this semester.

 

The mostly low-income students, who have little to no college education, complete one year of IT training in sixteen weeks, and then go on to complete internships at companies like Capital One and JPMorgan Chase.

 

The debate over repealing Delaware’s death penalty was center stage this week. Political reporter James Dawson offers an in-depth look at where things stand on the issue.

Also, efforts to reshape Wilmington’s Riverfront and Claymont have both been going on for years.

On the Riverfront, contributor Eileen Dallabrida look at how close those efforts are to finally reaching critical mass

In Claymont, contributor Larry Nagengast examine local residents' attempts to influence the process without a formal government to lead the way.

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Back in March of this year, President Obama announced a new initiative, called Tech Hire. It’s a new campaign designed to get Americans more rapidly trained for high paying tech jobs.

The tech sector continually adds new jobs to the economy, and doesn’t have enough applicants to fill the vacancies. 

The Obama Administration highlighted 20 communities already taking the lead - training students without a college degree for well paid tech careers. Among them was Tech Impact, a Delaware and Pennsylvania based organization which offers this training at no cost to students. Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman has more what they’re doing.