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Yuma JTED to Offer Coding Program!


Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) announces a new program in Coding to be offered starting in August of 2017. This program is designed to prepare students for employment and/or post-secondary education related to design, development, implementation, installation, and management of computers. An integrated approach to learning will be provided in order to enhance the technical knowledge and skills associated with functions of Coding and Software Development.

STEDY’s two-year program will prepare students to apply software theory and programming methods for various companies, government entities, keeping up with business trends, coding applications, data storage, use and maintenance while understanding basic security issues. Students will develop advanced critical thinking skills, application of foundational skills in math, writing and communication as it pertains to high industry standards. In addition to these skills students will gain knowledge in time management, leadership, and employability skills required for building interpersonal relationships with business and industry.

Over 70 students attended the Dev Day Yuma event held at Arizona Western College in February. The feedback we have received for this event has been excellent. We know Coding is an important link to many future jobs on both a regional and national level. Learning to code has been likened to learning a foreign language. In the case of the STEDY program this will be like learning a group of foreign languages and therefore the student will become multilingual. Having this skill-set will enable the student to transition to the Coding industry and gain employment upon completion of the two year program.

We are currently looking to recruit 25 sophomores and juniors in Yuma County to join STEDY's Coding Program. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday for 2.5 hours per day for two years. Students will attend this program in the early evening after their normal high school day. This is a STEDY Central program therefore students are not earning Arizona Western College credits. The goal of this program is to have students ready for entry level employment upon completion of the program. Students will earn an industry certification paired with hands-on learning through the enrollment of SkillsUSA the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) associated with this program.

For more information please contact the STEDY office at 928-366-5884.