Hack Upstate officially launched its coding bootcamp aimed at women and minorities in Syracuse Thursday evening. They’re hoping the camp will help its students find employment in Syracuse’s growing tech community . At Careers in Code kick off event, it wasn’t just students. Local business representatives with job opportunities were also in the room.
Having those local employers in the room is a key part of placing the students in jobs after they complete the course. The reality is that job training programs don’t always lead to employment. A 2012 assessment of the Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance found that only 37 percent of participants were working in their targeted industry four years after they finished the program.
Some of the local employers include TCG Player, Covey, Metis Consulting, Raymour and Flannigan, and Upstate Interactive. Ideally, these organizations will end up helping each other, closing a loop that job training programs sometimes struggle to seal. Central New York employers will get the local talent that they need. And the students will get sustainable, rewarding employment.