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• Google and nonprofit MotherCoders are partnering to offer mothers in New York City training and development in tech skills so that they can re-enter the changing workforce.
• How can other tech companies and philanthropists get involved? How is this partnership addressing affordability and access to the program?
• Read about the importance of enhancing tech skills for the future workforce.
The nonprofit MotherCoders is teaming up with Google to bring free tech training to mothers of all backgrounds in New York City through the city’s Women.nyc initiative. The part-time, nine-week program is aimed at college-educated mothers with some work experience who want to re-enter the workforce, start a business or change careers. Onsite childcare is provided during the courses.
Adult learners like those MotherCoders supports are increasingly attractive to colleges looking to buoy enrollment by connecting their offerings to new students groups. Just how many adult learners are in college can be difficult to determine, according to The Hechinger Report, which notes that these students often leave school for periods of time to attend to other commitments.
Just as MotherCoders participants want to improve their career prospects by re-skilling, so do most prospective college students over the age of 25 when weighing whether to pursue a degree or certificate, according to a May 2018 report from the nonprofit Public Agenda research group.
Tech giants such as Google, Apple and Facebook are actively training potential future employees by developing curriculum for colleges to use and hosting standalone courses.
Read the full article about MotherCoders by Katie Pyzyk and Hallie Busta at Education Dive
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