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    Training refugees
    for careers in
    web development

About New Americans Code

New Americans Code helps refugees who have the aptitude, desire and commitment to learn basic coding and prepare them for a career in web development. Southern Idaho is one of several designated refugee resettlement areas in America. Since 1980, some 19,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries have started new lives in Idaho. At the same time, there is a shortage of web developers in Boises sizable technology industry and beyond. At New Americans Code, we believe we can serve both.

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Curriculum emphasis

New Americans Code emphasizes basic web development skills. Graduates of the program will be eligible to work as a trainee junior developer. Or, they will be well-prepared to enroll at Boise CodeWorks, Stevens-Henager College, University of Phoenix, College of Western Idaho or other local schools, to learn the full suite of web skills.

  • HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP
  • Frameworks: jQuery, Bootstrap
  • Important: Git, LinkedIn, SourceTree
  • Object-Oriented Programming theory
How it works

Geared to helping refugees enter web development

What does it cost? What are the requirements? Do I need to have coding experience?

New Americans Code is free to attend. Students must have basic familiarity with computers, high intellectual capacity and intermediate English. And most importantly, a very strong desire to learn, to persist and to feel good when they put their skills to work.

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Basic skills and frameworks emphasized

What will I learn? What will I create? What will I take with me? How can you help?

Students will learn the foundations of front-end development: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, jQuery, Bootstrap and Git. They will also establish Github and LinkedIn profiles and create their own personal page to display their skills.

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When & where

Classes now underway with 9 to 12 hours of instruction

Classes held three days a week at convenient Boise locations

A pilot class is underway to test methods and curriculum. Approximately 7 students are currently enrolled and we meet three days a week at the Boise Public Library and Vynyl, a Boise Website and mobile app developer. We are assessing different combinations of levels and schedules.

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How New Americans Code operates

NAC is seeking nonprofit status so foundations and businesses can fund the program.

NAC will have an approximate annual budget of $50,000 in its first year. That is about $1,200 to train one student, including $300 for a donated laptop (if a student needs one) and $900 for instruction and overhead.

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New Americans Code thanks the following companies for their encouragement, help, guidance and commitment.