Code to Success
Free Coding Course for Teens
Utah teens each spent 144 hours across nine weeks last summer in classes designed to set them up for lucrative careers in computer programming.
In 2018, with a record 930 openings, the Code to Success program received 1,200 applicants from Utah high school students throughout 14 school districts, with classes at 27 high school campuses.
“We created Code to Success programs to empower students with literacy, motivate them to achieve their academic goals, and equip them with the skills to succeed in a digital world,” Folkerson says. “These students are remarkable because they see an opportunity to lift themselves into a better paying situation in the future by learning to code. And they are excelling in ways we had only dreamed of.”
Rob Brough, executive vice president and director of marketing and communications at Zions Bank, the title sponsor of Code to Success, says, “This is the finest program of its kind we’ve seen. To train young people at this level in the tech industry benefits far more than just the student. We wholeheartedly support such an incredible program.”
“Thanks to corporate sponsors, such as Zions Bank and Bottega, we’ve provided actionable skills that lead to high-paying employment,” Folkerson says.
Positive Response from Students
Student response has been very positive. “I’ve always wanted to be a computer engineer,” says Itzel Alamilla, a 17-year-old senior at Taylorsville High School. “I started helping adults with computer problems when I was 9. Code to Success lets you learn at your own pace and have teacher-mentors who let you try things out.”
Speaking to graduates of the program, Gov. Gary Herbert said, “Our Utah population is very computer-literate with the highest percentage of computer usage of any place in America. IT is growing exponentially in the country. The demands of these jobs are high. This is an area where if you gain the skill set, you’re going to have a high-paying, lucrative job with a great upside throughout your life. It’s a great career opportunity.”
To learn more, visit the Code to Success page at http://sieutah.org/ or call 801-257-3482.