Thanks to a partnership with Bitwise Industries, local students are finding themselves walking the path from poverty to professional success.
It's estimated that nearly eighteen million Californians are living in poverty and, thanks to a partnership with Bitwise Industries of Fresno, West Hills Community College District is striving to do something about these bleak statistics.
Partnering with Bitwise, West Hills students over the past few semesters have gotten a unique chance: the chance to learn how to become a computer programmer/coder at no cost to them. The first group of students have graduated from the program and are already seeing the results.
While in the program, they learn the basics of computer coding, build websites and work for clients around the world of freelancers.
"This program is a winner for the Valley. Not only does it help us address the workforce shortage in technology but it also helps lift people into the middle class by giving them important and marketable skills," said Dr. Stu Van Horn, Chancellor of the West Hills district. "We strongly believe these types of programs are necessary to continue to spur California's economy for years to come.
Read more about this program at the California Economic Summit here.