ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This summer, a new train-the-trainer coding boot camp will skill up a battalion of high school teachers to introduce more computer education into their classrooms.
Albuquerque startup Cultivating Coders, which already offers intensive summer workshops for under-served youth to learn about web and software development, will launch a six-week program in June to train up to a dozen teachers to teach coding and computer science in their own classrooms when they return to school.
The company originally launched in 2015 to offer mobile, computer-programming boot camps for adults in targeted rural and urban areas. But in 2016, it formed a nonprofit arm to also provide free training for under-served high school youth. To date, that’s allowed 76 New Mexico students to attend eight-week camps, including three last summer in Albuquerque, Shiprock and Española.
The camps aim to inspire and guide students into potential, high-paying career opportunities, while also encouraging them to form after-school computer clubs to reach more of their peers.