Miami’s Wyncode Academy Announces Coding Scholarships for Low-Income Residents

July 28, 2015

10:00 am

Wyncode Academy, the Miami, FL-based coding school, announced this morning that it will provide coding and entrepreneurship scholarships to residents from low-income neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County. The announcement comes a few months after Wyncode joined the New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA) this past March as part of the White House’s initiative to prepare the American workforce for jobs in the new tech economy.

According to Wyncode, nine scholarships will be awarded throughout the next five cohorts. Recipients of this scholarship will be enrolled in a nine-week program at Wyncode’s Miami campus. Wyncode’s curriculum will push students through more than 300 hours of project-based learning and hands-on education, culminating in the development of their own Web app.

“The future growth of Miami’s innovation ecosystem relies on the ability to build a community of entrepreneurs that reflects the diversity of our city,” said Knight Foundation’s Miami program director, Matt Haggman, in a statement. “Wyncode is giving South Florida residents the skills they need to not only learn how to code, but to engage in their community and contribute to the success of their city.”

The scholarships through Wyncode are made possible through a grant provided by the Knight Foundation. Through this initiative, Wyncode Academy hops to close the tech education gap that persists in low-income neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County.

Coding bootcamps have gained popularity in recent years, yet the sad reality is that many bootcamps still cost a significant amount of money. While there are indeed some places – both online and offline – that offer free classes, by and large many top-quality programs have high barriers to entry. Through the new scholarships, Wyncode Academy will provide greater access to careers in tech for those who otherwise could not afford similar programs.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Wyncode Academy’s scholarships, read more here.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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