Code Louisville turning locals into tech experts
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As Tina Maddox sat at her computer at ElToro.com, she couldn't help but reflect on how she got there.
"I was married 24 years. I was homeschooling my kids," Maddox said. "I went to church a lot. I was very involved in my community that way."
When life changed, it left Maddox wondering what to do.
"My husband basically decided he needed to pursue his own thing," she said.
Maddox needed to find a career path. Her mom saw President Barack Obama during his visit to Louisville in 2015 and learned he called Code Louisville a model for tech hiring.
"She was like, you have to do this," Maddox said.
And Maddox knows you listen to your mom. She went to Code Louisville and got the software development training she needed to transform from stay-at-home mom to Junior Development Ops Engineer.
"I'd cry, because it meant so much to me to be able to attend the program to begin with," she said.
Maddox wasn't alone. The training program has reached a big milestone.
"You get everybody from GEDs to PHDs going through Code Louisville," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
There have been more than 800 graduates, many of whom landed jobs at 150 local companies.
"They include GE Appliances, Humana (and) Interapt," Fischer said.
Maddox is now among the locals changing the landscaping of the tech industry.
"I didn't see the world as what I see it is today, and that's amazing," she said.
If you're interested in taking part in the program. go to CodeLouisville.org.
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