Newark to Launch Free Art (of) Code” Web Development Training

BY lyanne


Yesterday, Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council announced today that the Newark Workforce Investment Board (NWIB) and NewarkWorks are co-hosting the “Art (of) Code” web development training program, beginning on Thursday, September 10, at 10 a.m., in 990 Broad Street, Room 7.

The 12-week program is FREE to Newark residents, and will teach participants JavaScript and modern software development techniques. The program will also include classes designed to support participants’ job searches, with lessons on interview preparation, how to succeed in written and oral exams, and mock interviews. The program is aimed at youth who are not enrolled in school or out of schools, or adults who are unemployed and receiving benefits or low-income.

“Computer technology and design are among the rapidly expanding job and career fields of the present and future,” Mayor Baraka said. “This free class will enable many underserved and at-risk residents to transform their lives – and thus our City – into a life of prosperity and empowerment. I commend the NWIB and NewarkWorks on developing this program and urge all eligible Newark residents to participate in it.”

Requirements to take the class are as follows:

· Be a Newark resident and U.S. citizen
· Pass an 8th grade math and reading skills test
· Youth: 18-24 years old, not enrolled OR out-of-school
· Adults: Unemployed, receiving benefits, OR low-income

The program consists of the following:

· Two-four weeks of pre-work exercises, including a brief personal essay
· 12 weeks of coursework – every Monday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a total of 144 hours of instruction
· Homework assignments, periodic quizzes, and tests on coursework

Participants will be issued laptop computers upon which to do their assignments. Those who graduate the class will be allowed to keep them.

Potential career paths for graduates can include being a junior level front end web designer, becoming an entrepreneur at a boutique web/social marketing company, earning fellowships, paid internships, or full-time employment. Junior web developers can earn between $30,000 and $50,000 a year, while the average annual salary for web developers in New Jersey is $67,540.

The Newark Workforce Investment Board’s mission is to lead and empower the City’s workforce system by leveraging assets and resources to ensure the educational, professional, and economic success of Newark residents and the prosperity of businesses in the community. NWIB engages businesses to link the services of the local workforce system with the needs of the private sector.

It is a business-led board that acts like a Board of Directors to identify the needs of the local job market and to link resources. The NWIB also works in conjunction with economic development and related organizations to promote economic growth and to fully utilize the workforce system. The NWIB is charged with integrating publicly funded workforce services and job training programs into a system that is flexible, seamless, accountable, and responsive to the needs of both workers and businesses.

It is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational oversight for the Newark One-Stop Career Center, which includes NewarkWorks, Newark Youth One-Stop, Newark Career Training Center, and the Office of Re-Entry.

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