New program through Free Public Library offers coding skills
Anyone with a library card can use the new service called Treehouse. It teaches people how to code, which could also open the door to hundreds of high-paying jobs.
Thursday, July 24th 2014, 6:49 pm EDT by
Thursday, July 24th 2014, 6:51 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you've ever wanted to build your own website, start a business or even develop an app, it might be easier than you think; in fact, you could learn to do it all for free.
Anyone with a Louisville Free Public Library card can use the new service called Treehouse.
It teaches people how to code, which could also open the door to hundreds of high-paying jobs.
Rider Rodriguez says the jobs are there. “Last couple of months, upwards of six-hundred job postings in the Louisville market for it," he says. “There are tens of thousands nationally and it's just continuing to grow.”
Rodriguez is Director of Sector Strategies at Kentuckiana Works and oversees code Louisville.
“Code Louisville is a flexible way to learn how to write software," Rodriguez says.
Rodriguez adds not only are there hundreds of jobs in the Louisville market for people who learn how to code, but the salaries are also good.
“Usual starting range is around 40,000 a year and after a couple of years, this varies by company, it could be 70-80 uh, once you're experienced, you're six figures," Rodriguez says.
Code Louisville's website includes a video with some pretty big names talking about the benefit of learning to code and just this week, the White House even mentioned Louisville as a city 'thinking outside the box when it comes to technology.'
“It's not for everyone,” Rodriguez says, “but it can be learned by everyone with an interest and passion."
If you do have an interest and a passion all you need is a Louisville Free Public Library card. Then just head to treehouse, which will provide videos that teach you how to design and develop websites and mobile apps.
"You go through the material on treehouse on a weekly basis and then you meet up with your class and your mentor every week as a check in. So, if you are stuck on something, they help you get unstuck."
There's no degree, diploma or certificate at the end, but Rodriguez says the work will speak for itself.
“So when you go on a job interview, you can say not I have this certificate, but look at what I've done," he says.
At the end of each class, Kentuckiana Works organizes a job fair with local employers.
The next class starts in August.
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