If all we have is Thursday, let’s use it well.
Say what you want about the proliferation of coding boot camps, the model is still maturing. Meaning that the next few years might well see a series of iterations that cater to the immediate need for skills development and quick applications for the workplace or future employment.
Recently, I wrote about a program called Maxx Potential, a co-op style program for those looking to get into IT, getting paid while learning and building portfolios with real work from real companies. I met the founder in Virginia last week and chatted with her about plans to expand both regionally and nationally, and her take on skipping the tuition model to circumvent debt loads for those pursuing education.
Another model that comes to mind is Startup Box South Bronx which runs a similar program that contracts software companies and runs quality assurance testing out of a storefront turned training center in Hunts Point.
The apprentice-style learning and earning model could mean a great deal for startups and cities willing to take on the investment. One thing is for sure, education is becoming much more open-sourced, calling us to retool what on-demand learning means in a world where learning is doing.
Detroit Engineer Develops Coding Program to Teach Teens Tech Skills in a Gutted Out School Bus
Within two semesters, students will be able to host a website. They will have a portfolio of projects and their own website to show off their skills. He plans to teach eight to 10 students with the help of a teaching assistant. Ultimately, he wants to have numerous buses capable of teaching a classroom of 10.
RICKY RILEY | THE ATLANTA BLACK STAR
A MacArthur Genius on the Financially ‘Invisible’
In 2007, he helped found the Mission Asset Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps those without access to the financial system build credit and get zero-interest loans.
GILLIAN B. WHITE | THE ATLANTIC
Tyra Banks On Startup Investing and Her New TV Show
Tyra Banks rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco the other day. SHe’s currently working with skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and marketer Rohan Oza to evaluate startups who are competing for a $1 million investment in their business.
KATIE ROOF | TECH CRUNCH
How a 3D-Printed Boat Race United a Red Hook community
The Digital Stewards fellowship is part of the Red Hook Initiative, which is a nonprofit that was founded in 2002. The yearlong program gives local youth free training in technology, digital media and skills such as 3D modeling, web development and WiFi architecture.
CHERLYNN LOW | ENGADGET
‘Who is this Robert Smith?’: A Quiet Billionaire Makes Some Noise with $20 Million Gift to the African American Museum
With a mind for math and music, Smith has built a fortune. Now he hopes to see African American stories and culture shared in a digital age.
KIETH L. ALEXANDER | THE WASHINGTON POST