Generation West Virginia is a non-profit organization dedicated to attracting and developing young professionals.
Its NewForce program partners with the state’s community and technical college system to offer a fully distance learning, tuition-free, six-month training program in coding and programming.
Generation West Virginia executive director Alex Weld said it was a demanding program — one that is in demand.
“It’s a full-time program, Monday through Friday, eight to four,” she says. “It’s free for six months. Our mission is to attract, retain and advance young people. And we realize that also means access to a good job.
Weld said previous NewForce cohorts had a placement rate of over 85%, with an average salary of $46,000.
“In our latest cohort, half of this class was placed in employment before the program even ended,” she said. “And then 100% were placed, within three months of completing the program. So we’re seeing that kind of work and that area has really expanded West Virginia.
The training is open to a wide variety of backgrounds and no college experience is necessary. Weld said this is the second NewForce cohort offered entirely remotely. Weld said it creates a win-win situation to keep young West Virginians working here at home.
“We manage this program remotely. And a lot of our employers are hiring remotely,” she said. “So you really can be anywhere in the state of West Virginia and be connected with one of these employers looking for a coding job. I think it really helps people stay where they want to stay in that state.
Places are limited and the deadline for applications is this Friday. For more information, visit https://newforce.co/home/program-overview/.