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Breaking the Code: Program Trains Young Adults for Computer Industry


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A Resilient Coders mentor working with a bootcamp participant.

A nonprofit called Resilient Coders helps young people of color in the Boston area break into the computer industry.

Credit: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

A program sponsored by the Resilient Coders nonprofit is training young adults of color in the Boston area to break into the computer industry, overcoming barriers for minorities restrained by the sector's primary reliance on elite universities and other tech firms for supplying recruits.

Resilient Coders' David Delmar said the program is designed to prepare minorities for the changing job market, where automation is making rapid inroads.

The 14-week "Resilient Bootcamp" hosts community nights where participants work side-by-side on coding projects, as well as workshops where students learn coding languages and apply that knowledge to complete projects.

Delmar said the bootcamp allows students to demonstrate their skills first-hand for teachers and others looking for talent.

Resilient Coders also holds hackathons at the bootcamps to build up interest for the next student cohort, inviting prospective students to spend a day brainstorming and learning coding fundamentals.

From The Boston Globe
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