DOL micro-grant to train needed computer programmers

Published: Mar. 16, 2016 at 11:02 AM MDT
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Nearly 140 people will be taught computer programming skills through a $25,000 Idaho Department of Labor micro-grant to meet workforce needs.

BoiseCodeWorks will use the micro-grant to provide intensive, short-term training to meet Idaho’s increasing need for workers with computer programming skills.

An estimated 85 of the trainees are expected to enter related employment within 30 days of completion. An anticipated hourly starting wage of $25 will complement a wage gain of $10,000 to $14,000 annually for current workers.

Industry partners include Art of Visuals, LLC, Pixel and Line, LLC, Powers Combined Inc., Retrolux, LLC.

The Micro-Grant program, approved by the Idaho Workforce Development Council and funded through the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund, provides up to $25,000 per grant to local and rural communities for workforce development projects on a smaller scale than the traditional projects. Approved projects must increase employment and wages of a community’s workforce or assist in stemming the out-migration of youth and young adult workers from Idaho communities.

Applications are reviewed and approved by a panel of representatives from business, education, economic development and the Idaho Department of Labor.