Coding, Cybersecurity, Game Development Bootcamps Come to Miami Students
- By Sri Ravipati
In an effort to fill more than 3,200 tech jobs expected to open up in Miami-Dade County between 2016-2024, CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) teamed up with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida’s largest public school district and the fourth largest in the nation, and TechLaunch @FVI to bring coding bootcamps to the next-generation workforce this summer.
The TechHire Summer Bootcamps initiative, which utilizes “a mix of accelerated learning programs like coding bootcamps, on the job training and other innovative channels of learning,” targets students ages 15-22, according to the application. Bootcamp participants can take one of the following six-week courses: Cisco Network, IT Network, Cybersecurity, Gaming and Programming/Coding. Upon completing the program, participants will receive a $300 stipend and can get an additional $200 for earning an industry-recognized credential, according to a news release.
The bootcamps will be taking place at various Miami-Dade County high schools, including Miami Norland Senior High School, Homestead Senior High School and South Dade Senior High School, as well as Robert Morgan Technical College. Miami-Dade County residents or students attending a school in the district are eligible to apply; about 400 youth will be selected through a lottery system for two cohorts (June 19-July 28 and June 26-August 4).
Leading the effort, CSSF is a public-private partnership that uses state and federal funding to develop workforce and training policies. TechLaunch @ FVI is an information technology (IT) coding bootcamp, run by the Florida-based TechLaunch business accelerator, that works to get individuals in new careers in under a year.
The larger vision for the Tech Hire Summer Bootcamps initiative is to build a pipeline of local talent and prepare the next-generation workforce for careers in tech by equipping them with industry skills. The program is aligned with former President Barack Obama’s TechHire initiative, a multi-sector initiative launched in 2015 to empower students to enter IT careers.