Free Tucson Course Teaches Computer Basics To Attract New Workers | Economic news

If you’re considering a career in IT, a free program launched by Startup Tucson and Arizona Forge can help you determine if a cyberspace job is right for you. The nonprofit startup group and Arizona Forge – an entrepreneurship center and business incubator at the University of Arizona – are launching the basic computer course in their shared space in the historic building Roy Place in downtown. Applications are open now for the first of two scheduled 11-week sessions of the Computing and Career Services program, also known as the [CS]2. The program will initially run in four hour sessions on Saturdays from late January to mid-March, using an Introductory Computer Science program developed at Harvard University. An online information session is scheduled for November 16. To register for the session or register for the program, go to

. The program, which is funded by the City of Tucson, was started as a pilot to help fill a local need for computer programmers and software developers, said Dr. Thompson, executive vice president of Startup Tucson. “We are constantly short of resources and staff for developers in our region and this is a huge problem our startups face,” said Thompson.

The [CS]Course 2 is designed for beginners with no computer programming experience and is based on Harvard’s Computer Science 50 (CS50), a basic computer science course taught in person at Harvard and Yale and widely used online, exceeding 2 million ‘registrations last year. The program understands the basics of programming languages ​​starting with Scratch, a visual language often used by beginners, and progressing to the basics of other popular coding languages. Although the course is free and open to anyone 18 years of age and over, students can obtain an optional verified certificate of course completion through the Harvard program at a cost of $ 150. A certificate from the program will not immediately qualify graduates for junior developers, but will help them decide if the computer job is for them and decide on next steps, said Arizona Forge program coordinator Aleshia Howell. “The mission is to demystify IT, help participants identify their strengths and interests in software development, and then put them on the path to their goals,” said Howell, who led a software development program. computer coding in Savannah, Ga a few years ago and joined Forge in July. Organizers hope to enroll 12-18 students for the initial course and again for a second session from April to June, with a goal of at least 20 graduates from the program, Howell said.

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