If you or someone you know is looking for work right now, there’s an interesting opportunity in the tech world that could make a huge difference in your career. The City of Austin will cover the cost of tuition for select Austin residents to learn how to code. People of all ages and backgrounds who were financially impacted by COVID-19 are invited to apply, especially workers who were laid off due to the pandemic.

Tech Talent South has partnered with the City of Austin and Travis County (and Workforce Solutions Captial Area) to create a FREE workforce retraining program called WorkNOW to help several hundred displaced workers prepare for the next steps in their careers.

The program will help rapidly train Austin residents in how to code (aka software development). We do this at no cost to the residents. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a workforce more capable of remote work, enable digital startups to take root in our city, and make it easier for technology-centric companies to take advantage of the city’s pro-business environment.

The program will take place beginning on December 14th and run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Participants will learn the foundations of front-end and back-end software development—how to make websites, mobile apps, and the digital systems upon which businesses rely. You can preview the course syllabus here. Recruitment specialists will help prepare graduates to apply and compete for technical and tech-adjacent roles. Program graduates can be found in roles such as Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Application Developer, Quality Assurance, Salesforce Administrator, Java Developer, and more.

The application is now live and accessible here.

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