MotherCoders’s Tech Training is a profiled program in the Plugging In Report.
Who is served: Mothers
Number of participants served annually: 24 (first cohort graduated April 2019)
Frequency/Duration: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 9 weeks
Eligibility Criteria: Must reside in New York City, identify as a woman, be the legal guardian of at least 1 child under 17 years old, hold a bachelor’s degree, and have at least 2 years of work experience
Application process: Online application
Curriculum: Coding, user experience design, and analytics
Skill level: Intro
Cost: $4000, $4500 including onsite childcare
Sources of funding: Tuition, individual donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, ticket sales from events, branded merchandise sales
What makes this program stand out? MotherCoders amplifies the skill sets of moms who have degrees by offering training that connects participants to a career path where they can leverage their past work experiences. For the New York City pilot, MotherCoders selected moms from a variety of professional backgrounds including publishing, advertising, project management, and marketing.
What do participants need to succeed? Mothercoders acknowledges an seeks to eliminate the barriers which might prevent moms from participating in intensive tech training by providing on-site childcare.
What does the organization need? More funding to bring down the cost of the program to participants. “Funding this program is not cheap, partly because have the childcare component,” said Lee.