Starting this summer, high school seniors and recent graduates could jump from an eight-week boot camp straight into paid apprenticeships at a fast-growing Albuquerque software startup.
Cultivating Coders and local software company RS21 announced a new partnership last week to create pathways for youngsters to immediately pursue coding careers as RS21 apprentices after graduating from Cultivating Coders’ free, eight-week summer boot camps. Eligible youth will earn a minimum of $15 an hour to start, with up to 40 hours a week depending on their schedules, said RS21 founder and President Charles Rath.
“For companies like ours to thrive, we need a robust pipeline of world-class talent coming from our own state,” Rath said. “I’ve seen firsthand how Cultivating Coders is able to rapidly train kids. It’s mind-blowing the skills they come away with.”
RS21 will offer up to five apprenticeships after every summer program, and possibly more in future years, Rath said.
Other local companies are expected to join the partnership this year, potentially offering dozens more apprenticeships, said Cultivating Coders founder and President Charles Ashley III.
“It’s the next logical step for our high school graduates,” Ashley said. “RS21 is the first one to make this commitment, but we want to partner with as many local companies as possible. We’re concluding negotiations now with half a dozen other firms that could lead to 30 or more paid apprenticeships every year.”
Software startup 11Online will join the partnership in January, offering one or two apprenticeships annually, said CEO Alonso Indacochea.