West Michigan co-working space The Factory
has launched a new initiative focused on teaching individuals the needed skills to work with the modern web.
The initiative is dubbed "coLearning
," and the first class is titled "Intro to Ruby
." It's a six-week course taught by Daniel Morrison, founder of software firm Collective Idea.
The Factory's Aaron Schaap says this will be the first of many classes, all designed to teach high-demand skills, especially for individuals that are underemployed or looking for a career change. "We feel the true learning experience is situational knowledgable. Our model is based on learning in the classroom, going to meetups and hacking on actual projects, and then putting the people in direct connection with the creators at companies."
Schaap says they have partnered with several local companies to not only help coach the students participating in the classes, but also offer job interviews after the course is finished.
"There is a lot of community demand for tech talent. Everyone in the area is trying to hire people," but, Schaap says, "all the existing talent is busy."
The cost for the "Intro to Ruby
" is $100 for those that qualify. To learn more about this class and how to register, you can visit the site here.
Source: Aaron Schaap, The Factory
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor