West Virginia Generation Taking Applications for NewForce Coding Program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — NewForce, Generation West Virginia’s six-month, fully distance-learning, tuition-free software development training program for West Virginia residents is accepting applications for next week.

The software development program connects graduates with ready-to-hire Mountain State employers. This year’s group will be its sixth cohort of students.

NewForce is a partnership between Generation West Virginia, Mountwest Community and Technical College, and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.

“What he does is help people who have no coding experience, to be able to get really good jobs as junior coders at West Virginia companies like IBM, Mountain Leverage and Core 10. Just with this intense six-month training,” Alex Weld, executive director of Generation West Virginia told MetroNews.

Alex Weld

NewForce offers technical training to West Virginians from all walks of life, including customer service workers, teachers, fast food workers, house painters, parents and accountants. No coding experience is required to apply, according to a statement.

Weld said the program got a lot of attention in Mountain State, with 100 to 150 applications per cohort. Weld said the program only accepts between 20 and 25 people per group.

“As the success of this program has become more widely known, interest has increased,” she said.

Weld said the idea for coding came from employers’ conversations about what was needed in the state. She said employers have nowhere to go to find the positions within West Virginia’s borders.

According to a press release from Generation West Virginia, more than 85% of job-seeking program graduates have found software development jobs with West Virginia-based employers within six months of graduation. graduation. The average salary for all NewForce graduates is $46,000.

“This job is the perfect type of job people are looking for where they can live in their community, be at home, and still have access to a great job anywhere in West Virginia,” Weld said.

Applications for Cohort Six close April 15. Classes start at the end of May.

Ryan H. Bowman