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Careers In Code Prepares 11 Students For Jobs In CNY Growing Tech Sector

Katie Zilcosky

Careers in Code set out six months ago with the goal of helping alleviate poverty in the Central New York area and help provide area tech employers with more local talent. The program was run by Hack Upstate, funded by the Alliance for Economic Inclusion, and targeted women and minorities.

The coding boot camp graduated 11 students last week, all now with the skills needed to get a job in Syracuse’s growing tech sector. The graduation highlighted the work of the participants and the program as a whole.

We heard from graduates Dakir Thompson, Dana McMullen, and Timothy Liles. Co-founders Jesse Peplinski and Doug Crescenzi are applying for the next round of AEI funding with the hopes of providing the program again soon. Applications for the next Careers in Code haven’t opened yet, but there’s a waitlistfor the Cohort Two application on their website. 

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.