A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them. This nationwide technical talent shortage has drawn the attention of many and spurred various efforts to address it. The majority of these efforts, bootcamps for example, require significant financial resources or, in the case of coding and computer science programs in K-12 schools, a supportive educational environment.
Few programs exist that serve adults who do not have the means, background, or needed skills to access those high-end, focused coding and computer science programs.
In this video, we profile one program, based in Providence, Rhode Island, that is serving exactly those adults. With their Rhode Coders and Data Navigators classes, the Providence Public Library is creating a barrier-free on-ramp to more advanced technical skills for adults looking for opportunities to advance their careers.