Vista school prepares for future with coding program

Vista_school_prepares_for_future_with_coding_program_The_Coast_News_Group_-_2016-02-09_15.33.13This story was reported for The Coast News on Feb. 1, 2016.

Coding. It’s a skill that’s foreign to many but one that children as young as 5 are learning in a Vista school. It’s also a skill that’s in high demand.

In a recent survey on the 25 “best jobs in America” by career website Glassdoor, at least eight jobs required experience in coding. The number of coding jobs is also expected to grow over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Casita Center is just one school in the country that’s preparing the next generation of Americans to fill those jobs. Nearly 600 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are learning how to code. The magnet school is home to 25 teachers who teach a curriculum that focuses on demanding subjects like science, technology and math.

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General Assembly Rethinks Training for Next Gen of Coders

This story was reported for NewCo on Jan. 6, 2016.

“If you can do the job, you should get the job.” That’s what President Obama said in March 2015 when he announced TechHire, an initiative to fill tech jobs through accelerated training. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. companies say they have unfilled positions due to a lack of qualified applicants. General Assembly is one of the companies trying to address that.

“We’re ultimately solving the education-to-employment gap,” says Anna Lindow, general manager of campus education and operations at General Assembly. Founded in New York, the school has been around since 2011 and offers courses in fields such as user experience design, data science, and web development. It has trained more than 240,000 students.

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