- January 4, 2012
In most of the country, high unemployment rates continue to plague individual’s lives and the overall health of our economy. Average length of unemployment throughout 2011 rose, leaving the typical unemployed person out of work for an average of 40 weeks. Obviously, there’s a need for an immediate and effective solution.
However, walk into any tech conference, startup job fair or Big Data meetup and it becomes readily apparent that there are jobs out there, but there aren’t enough people with the right skills. With their ingenious and well-timed project, Code Year, Codecademy aims to teach technical skills to the masses via interactive programming lessons emailed weekly. The promise is that participants will be up and programming within the year.
We suspect most folks reading this blog have some serious technical chops, but if you aren’t amongst the Rubyists and PHP-junkies, this is a great way for you to get started. And if you’ve got the skills, we suggest you share with your friends.
It’ll be interesting to track the success of this project (how many people will actually learn to code by the end of 2012?) and see if a similar model can be applied to other job skills.