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SLO Cal Careers Provides 10 Full Scholarships for Coding Bootcamp to San Luis Obispo County Residents

Author: California Inights
Date: 8/1/2023 3:47:10 PM

Scholarships are available for eligible individuals to participate in a computer coding boot camp that could lead to a high paying job in software development.

SLO Cal Careers, a program of the San Luis Obispo Workforce Development Board, is offering 10 full scholarships for a coding bootcamp to residents of San Luis Obispo County. The scholarships, worth $13,495 each, will cover the complete tuition cost for locals interested in pursuing a career in IT/software coding. Eligibility for these scholarships is based on income, with a family of two making under $57,990, or a family of four making less than $98,286 being considered. Recipients of aid programs like CalWORKs or CalFRESH also qualify automatically.

These scholarships come as a response to the financial challenges posed by the high cost of living in the Central Coast. Increasing costs for basic necessities like housing and transportation make it difficult for many residents to secure stable, well-paying careers. SLO Cal Careers intends to combat this issue by offering locals the chance to upskill and access better paying careers through their coding bootcamp scholarships.

Dawn Boulanger, Director of the Workforce Development Board of San Luis Obispo County, highlighted the high-demand and projected growth of the software development field. She stressed that the fully paid training opportunities, like the coding bootcamp, would help residents pursue careers that can offer financial stability. Furthermore, the training would equip them with skills that are in demand locally and for remote work opportunities.

The coding bootcamp, offered by the University of San Diego and powered by Fullstack Academy, provides practical learning curriculum, shorter class times, and lower tuition costs compared to traditional university programs. The first cohort is set to start on August 7th, 2023, with ongoing cohorts to accommodate the availability and needs of aspiring software engineers. Graduates from such bootcamps often see increased salaries, with an average income of $80,943 at their second job post bootcamp.

SLO Cal Careers encourages locals passionate about technology and seeking to transition into a head-of-household career to apply for the scholarship. Ideal candidates include those with IT-related hobbies, unemployed or underemployed residents, and those with an interest in coding. The bootcamp, conducted online in a part-time format for 26 weeks, covers essential skills such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, Express, React, and databases using SQL and Postgres.

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