Saratoga Partnership and Albany Can Code Join Forces to Launch Computer Programming Education and Training in Saratoga County

First-ever course in Saratoga County enables Saratoga Partnership to support workforce needs, and marks expansion of Albany Can Code program offerings across the entire Capital Region

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Saratoga County, NY’s economic development agency, and Albany Can Code, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the Capital Region’s tech talent pipeline, today announced a partnership to launch a first-of-its-kind computer programming education and training program in Saratoga County.

Recruitment is now underway for the Front-End Web Development course, to be held January 29 through April 18, 2019 at the SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center, 696 Route Nine in Wilton. The course teaches technical skills such as HTML/CSS and JavaScript, which form the foundation of the modern web. Students also learn the basics of user interface (UI) design and work in teams to build projects for community organizations to get real-world experience.

Presented by Albany Can Code, the course will run two evenings per week, three hours per session. Meanwhile, the group will work closely with the Saratoga Partnership, which will assist in recruiting students and connecting graduates with potential employers in need of computer programmers – filling a critical need among Saratoga County businesses while providing a pathway for students to pursue exciting career opportunities.

“We are delighted to partner with Albany Can Code to bring this unique and powerful education and training program to Saratoga County,” saidMarty Vanags, President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. “As one of the fastest-growing economies in New York, it is imperative that Saratoga County continue to build a skilled and savvy technology workforce. This program aligns perfectly with our long-term, sustainable approach to economic development that addresses current needs while planning for future growth.”

The launch of the program marks the first time Albany Can Code, established two years ago, is recruiting students for three classes simultaneously: Front-End Web Development in Saratoga and Albany Counties, and JavaScript Frameworks in Schenectady County.  It is also the first time the group is working with two community colleges simultaneously: SUNY Adirondack  and Schenectady County Community College. Albany Can Code has also partnered with Hudson Valley Community College to present courses in Rensselaer County.

“We are thrilled to work with the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership to expand this incredible opportunity to Saratoga County,” said Annmarie Lanesey, Chief Executive Officer of Albany Can Code. “It is exciting to see individuals changing not only their careers, but their lives, as a result of this education and training. We look forward to serving both students and businesses in Saratoga County in what is truly a win-win endeavor.”

The Front-End Web Development course is particularly attractive to beginning programmers with aspirations to create mobile applications, as it establishes foundations in JavaScript that support eventual progression into Full-Stack Web Development. The course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. The cost of the 12-week program is $1,500, and students may qualify for funding assistance.

“Educational initiatives like this align perfectly with SUNY Adirondack’s mission of offering innovative instruction, responding to community needs, and serving as a stimulus for economic development,” said SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy. “As northern Saratoga County’s community college, we believe this is just the beginning of working with visionary partners like Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and Albany Can Code to collectively improve our ability to meet the workforce needs of our region.”

To learn more about the program, candidates are invited to attend an informational night on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center. Additional information and registration are also available online.

 

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About the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is Saratoga County’s designated Economic Development organization, leading the public and private sectors to achieve economic success for its businesses and residents. The Saratoga Partnership is the first point of contact for business retention, expansion, and attraction, providing a seamless delivery of economic development and workforce development assistance for businesses seeking to expand in Saratoga County, New York. For more information, visit www.saratogapartnership.orgor @saratogaecondev.

About Albany Can Code

AlbanyCanCode is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 to develop non-traditional talent and to advocate for a vibrant, inclusive tech talent pipeline in New York’s Capital Region. Operating on a stakeholder engagement model, the organization designs and delivers workforce training courses and hands-on K12 coding programs in alignment with the needs of employers, educators, talent and the community in general. The overall mission is to shift mindset about who can work in technology; to remove cultural and economic barriers to joining the tech workforce; and to establish and promote pathways to tech careers throughout the region. Learn more at www.albanycancode.org

 

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