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This non-profit will pay for your coding courses to help you enter a new job field

Posted at 4:27 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 18:42:54-04

A startup non-profit has helped more than 1,000 people land a job in the tech industry by training them with the necessary skills for computer coding for free. 

LaunchCode has found a unique way to teach people with all backgrounds how to code before helping them find an apprenticeship. 

The St. Louis based company just brought the first class to Tampa in 2017, and on Thursday they will graduate 60 people from their program. 

After teaching the computer coding skills, mentors will help those who finish program find a paid apprenticeship with one of their employer partners. 

The non-profit says more than four out of five apprentices become full-time hires.  

On their website you can find Tampa Bay as one of their six locations across the country. 

Kyla Rieger was a stay at home mom for nine years, and decided to re-enter the workforce. 

"I tried to learn coding on my own, but it's hard to know where to start," she said.

After her youngest child started Kindergarten, she saw an ad on Facebook for LaunchCode Tampa Bay. 

She will graduate on Thursday at 6 p.m.

LaunchCode will open up their second round of applications shortly.

For more information, click here.