Why is Alamo College, the Dept of Labor and Codeup LLC doing this when so many experienced developers are unemployed, or underemployed?

For crying out loud folks, I’m working as a janitor at the local VA hospital.

I’ve developed software, built teams, led teams, documented touch points between systems, and much, much more.

Yet I can’t even buy a damn interview.

And there are many, many, many more like me out there, and our skills are current.

Alamo Colleges approached Codeup about forming a public-private partnership. The local computer coding school has had a waiting list for new students for about a year and is hiring a new instructor to meet demand.

Codeup CEO Jason Straughan told the Business Journal that the grant will “lower the barrier of entry for our students.” The program already uses third-party lenders and accepts GI Bill education benefits.

More than 80 percent of the program’s students are from San Antonio, and about 85 percent graduate and work in the local region, according to Codeup. The computer coding program’s completion rate is about 90 percent, and its placement rate is 80 percent.

Straughan said the organization is open to more partnerships.

“If their mission is to create more workforce opportunities in software development, then we’re interested,” he said. “Our goal is to help transitioning students, either from the military or the private sector, enter the software development workforce in an entry-level position, knowing that population grows into the next mid- and senior-level developer. It’s definitely a career where experience matters.”


This is the reality that they don’t discuss.

All of these numbers were taken from this location that the Department of Labor is aware of because they own the data.



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