ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Starting Monday, Navajo Nation graduates of New Mexico’s Cultivating Coders program will begin constructing web sites for one of the world’s largest digital marketing agencies.
The work is part of a new partnership between the New Mexico office of WSI — a Toronto-based firm with 1,000 franchises in over 80 countries — and Albuquerque startup Cultivating Coders, which offers intensive boot-camp training for aspiring web and software developers in under-served areas.
By next year, at least 40 boot-camp graduates in Farmington and Gallup will begin work on WSI contracts with starting pay at $25 to $30 an hour, said Charles Ashley III, founder and president of Cultivating Coders.
“WSI will channel up to 50 web-development contracts per month next year, with plans for more later,” Ashley said. “About 40 hours of work usually goes into a simple website, and when it’s more complex, it can take a lot longer. This partnership will allow us to create information technology development hubs directly in Farmington and Gallup, providing employment opportunities for Native Americans and others in those areas.”