NextCorps is rolling out a new six-month training program to help build a workforce of no-code software developers.
Called the Embark “No-Code” Bootcamp, the program aims to put county residents on the path to high-paying careers. This is its second cohort, whose programming is part of NextCorps Embark.
The no-code movement, which includes web and mobile applications without custom software code, has been viewed as an opportunity for many to enter the software realm.
“Our mission with this second cohort is to educate a large, local workforce of no-code developers, which will help Monroe County to strengthen our local economy,” says Matt Foley, managing director of incubation services at NextCorps. “Rochester has already been identified as a hub for software-focused talent and emerging businesses. We’re hoping this initiative will also put Monroe County on the map for talent that can serve this new, no-code tech sector.”
The program kicks off on Jan. 10, 2024. Training a maximum of 75 people, the first phase includes the basics of no-code development over two months. In Phase 2, 25 participants from the group will be selected to learn advanced no-code concepts over four months, which will result in certification, officials say. In the final phase, 10 participants will be chosen from Phase 2 to get guidance on launching their own business.
The bootcamp is designed around participants with full- or part-time jobs. Sessions also will be recorded for learners to make up classes, if necessary.
The Embark no-code program began in 2021. Its goal was to help non-technical professionals start their own software business using no-code tools, and do so without having to quit their day jobs, officials say. Forty people in the first cohort learned no-code developer skills and 10 went on to launch software businesses.
This bootcamp also fosters entrepreneurship, but most of the programming will focus on teaching participants the basics of no-code software development.
“NextCorps’ innovative Embark ‘No Code’ Boot camp is a win-win for those looking for high-paying jobs in software development and for employers searching for freelance coders to fill positions,” says Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “The program perfectly aligns with our efforts to have COMIDA help train the workforce for the jobs we create in Monroe County. I applaud NextCorps for offering this unique program to our residents.”
Funding for the six-month bootcamp– up to $400,000–comes from Monroe County.
The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency established its Workforce Development Fund to support programs like Embark, says Ann Burr, board chair.
“Software developers are needed in nearly every industry, as technology becomes more and more ingrained in every aspect of daily life. NextCorps’ Embark No-Code Bootcamp will grow Monroe County’s workforce pipeline in this crucial occupation, enhancing Greater Rochester’s economic strengths while also putting jobseekers on track to pursue family-sustaining entrepreneurial and career paths,” she says.
Eligible participants must be full-time residents of Monroe County and be available for at least five to 10 hours a week for training and learning. These students are also expected to attend weekly, two-hour in-person sessions on weeknights. Individuals will need access to a computer and the internet coupled with an interest in designing and building apps and websites, as well as in building a software startup.
Smriti Jacob is Rochester Beacon managing editor. The Beacon welcomes comments and letters from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name. Submissions to the Letters page should be sent to [email protected].