Twin Cities academy helps tech career transition

Making career change to tech industry

BLOOMINGTON, - More and more people are changing careers later in life.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Some local educators in the Twin Cities are working to fill the void.

Prime Digital Academy in Bloomington offers an accelerated program for people without traditional backgrounds in tech. Thursday night the school will offer a free two-hour workshop for interested in the building blocks of web services. The workshop starts at 7 p.m.

Prime’s founder, Mark Hurlburt, said no previous knowledge is necessary. The workshop is designed for beginners and is a great way to get your feet wet and meet others in the community. If you’ve been thinking about learning to code but not sure where to start, then this is for you.

Students will go over HTML and CSS, the building blocks for what is seen on the web.

Currently, Prime has graduates working at 120 tech companies in the Twin Cities.

Paul Stafki, 32, and  Suzanna Altman are two graduates working at Irish Titan in St. Louis Park.

Stafki once worked in a North Dakota oil field. Altman said she was a potter.

Without Prime, both say their transition would’ve been tough.

The next two free workshops are Nov. 16 and Dec. 14. For more information, click here.


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