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April 19, 2016

Creating IT Futures launches DevPrep, a pre-apprenticeship program for future coders

DevPrep_LogoThe Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IT industry association CompTIA, is launching DevPrep, a pre-apprenticeship program for future coders.

The program will help unemployed and under-employed youth and military veterans get the training they need to move into software development apprenticeships at Techtonic Academy, a division of Boulder-based Techtonic Group.

During the tuition-free, four-week, classroom-based program, DevPrep students will learn basic coding literacy, including how code works, fundamental computational thinking, logic structures and more. They’ll also gain familiarity with the most common coding languages and develop the soft skills and career readiness training to work in a software development environment.

“In Colorado alone, there were more than 9,400 coding-related jobs open last quarter. Nationwide, there were more than 330,000 coding jobs open,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures Foundation. “In order to meet the growing demand for coding talent, there needs to be a variety of pathways for people to enter the software and web development field. Our free DevPrep program and the Techtonic Academy paid apprenticeships will be a new option for those students for whom college, online learning and coding bootcamps might not be the right fit at this point in their lives.”

Graduates of DevPrep may qualify for an eight-month, paid apprenticeship with Techtonic Academy. During those apprenticeships, students gain valuable, on-the-job experience in a junior developer role.

DevPrep doesn’t charge for its training, and people accepted into the Techtonic Academy are paid a salary while they work side-by-side with senior software developers and former apprentices to gain coding experience.

“Techtonic Academy is a natural next step for graduates of DevPrep because candidates can gain real work experience on actual client projects while being mentored and continuing to advance their skill set,” said Heather Terenzio, CEO and founder of Techtonic Academy. “The social enterprise ripple effect of programs like DevPrep and Techtonic Academy is real. While we are giving underprivileged youth and veterans the opportunity to break into the technology field by providing the tools and training, companies that hire Techtonic Group for their software development are receiving high-quality services and furthering a positive impact on society."

To apply to DevPrep, candidates must meet the following admission standards:
  • Live near the DevPrep class location in Boulder, Colorado,
  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant,
  • Demonstrate financial need,
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED,
  • Have access to a computer with Internet connection, and
  • Be able to commit to four weeks of unpaid training, and if qualified, to an eight-month paid apprenticeship with Techtonic Group.
The first DevPrep class starts June 20. Classes run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday. Applications are due by May 31. Interested students may apply here.

The Creating IT Futures Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to helping populations under-represented in the IT industry and individuals lacking in opportunity prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers.

Techtonic Academy is a division of Techtonic Group, which was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The company provides software and mobile application development to a diverse customer base — from hospital information systems to e-learning, financial services to new media. The company's Techtonic Academy is a unique training program that equips disconnected youth and military veterans with software development skills and new career paths through training, mentoring and hands-on project work.