Patterson CA Coding Class Partnership To Increase Job Prospects
For the first time, Patterson Adult School is offering free computer coding courses, adding a high-tech option to its programs ranging from truck driving to certified nursing assistant training.
Patterson Unified School District will pay Bay Valley Tech to train 25 students in a coding program starting July 6, said Jefferey Rowe, director of vocational technical education for the district.
Any adult in Stanislaus County can apply for the program, which aims to improve the employment prospects of participants in Silicon Valley and elsewhere by teaching them software developer skills.
“A lot of Patterson’s residents already come to the Bay Area for work and some of them are moving for jobs that don’t pay as well as coding jobs,” Rowe said. “This is a great opportunity for our residents to learn the skills necessary to secure well-paying jobs, even if it requires commuting to work.
Training seeks to attract technology companies to Stanislaus County
The district’s $ 50,000 sponsorship comes after the Stanislaus County office of education and local businesses pledge to fund coding courses for other groups of students, Bay Valley president said Tech, Phillip Lan. By training Central Valley residents and creating a local computer programming workforce, staff at tech company Modesto hope to attract employers like Google to the area. Lan noted how Google announced plans to expand to states such as Mississippi instead of neighboring Stanislaus County.
“To do that, they have to span the central valley,” Lan said. “Just in the surrounding area of Stockton-Modesto, we have 1.3 million people. It’s bigger than San Francisco and San Jose and yet we are constantly ignored.
One in five jobs in Stanislaus County is directly related to agriculture or food manufacturing, according to one county economic development report released last year, which a committee says puts the region at risk. Attracting technology companies to the area could help diversify the local economy, which already includes Novo Technologies in Modesto and will soon host S²A Modular in Patterson.
The coding program can build on the Patterson High classes
The adult coding course offered by Bay Valley Tech lasts seven or 14 months, depending on whether students commit to 10 or 20 hours per week. Those interested should have a computer and internet access, Rowe said, and do some preparatory work during the course as part of the application process.
To make sure candidates understand the engagement, Lan said pre-course work includes introductions to coding languages and an online assessment. The prerequisites may not be new to Patterson High School graduates, however.
Patterson High already offers computer program which includes three classes, Rowe said. Ideally, graduates of the program can apply to the Bay Valley Tech Coding Academy, build on the basics they’ve learned, and prepare for an entry-level coding job.