Zip Code Wilmington, a nonprofit coding school, announced that it has received funding through the New Castle County Innovation Grant.
The award will create two new initiatives for the nonprofit coding school — Techpreneur Incubator Pilot and Certification Trainer program — as well as funds for scholarships.
The goals of the grant are to help businesses solve challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and expand technical and business training for those in the region who are looking to build skills in the tech field.
“We are thrilled to receive funding from New Castle County to help infuse the Delaware community with technology skills and business acumen that are much needed as we all navigate the future during the current pandemic,” said Desa Burton, executive director of Zip Code Wilmington. “The funding from the Innovation Grant creates opportunities for those who experienced layoffs, closings, and reduced profits due to Covid-19. Our Techpreneur Incubator Pilot program is a great example, as it’s the first and only incubator in the area to offer coding, coupled with entrepreneurship and opportunities for individuals to start their own tech businesses right here in Delaware.”
The Techpreneur Incubator Pilot program provides training focused on creating tech entrepreneurship and business development. The program supports efforts to build tech businesses and jobs through Zip Code Wilmington’s coding curriculum while learning the fundamental tools of business development.
At the end of the program, the group will have the unique opportunity to pitch their business to potential investors during events coordinated by Zip Code Wilmington. Due to Zip Code Wilmington’s connections to local businesses, students will also be introduced to key figures at some of the largest financial, tech, and media companies in the United States who can provide mentorship and guidance to these young entrepreneurs, a release stated.
For Zip Code Wilmington alumni who graduated during the global pandemic, the school is offering a Java SE 8 Programmer I certification exam program by providing free training and covering the cost of the exam. Through this certification, individualswill improve their Java languageskills while differentiating themselves from other programmers who do not possess this credential. This industry-recognized certification will give job seekers the upper hand as they work toward a new career in the tech field despite the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, the release continued.
Zip Code Wilmington is awarding training scholarships to select students who received unemployment benefits between March and October 2020, who may be 200 percent below the poverty line or have been laid off from impacted industries, such as the restaurant and hospitality industries.
The New Castle County Innovation Grant is an effort to create new programs that will increase local tech jobs and opportunities while drawing talent to the region. This grant stems from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law in March.
Zip Code Wilmington is a 12-week coding boot camp in Delaware that gives students the technical, interpersonal and leadership skills needed to secure a competitive developer job and increase their earning potential.