Even though Louisville’s tech training program was praised Thursday by President Obama, city officials say they aren’t done trying to improving Code Louisville.
Less than a day after President Obama’s visit, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that the program has two new partnerships aimed at further closing the tech skills gap in the city and around the country.
“We are not just satisfied with [President Obama] coming and saying we are best in the country,” Fischer said on Friday. “We want to raise the bar with a couple of other new and exciting announcements.”
About 2,000 tech jobs remain unfilled in Louisville because there aren’t enough people with the proper skills to fill those positions, officials said.
Soon, Code Louisville will be able to offer yet another class thanks to Louisville-based Learning House, a cloud-based technology learning company, Fischer said.
“They bring intensive coding bootcamp experience to cities and they will be bringing one to Louisville as well,” he said.
Jefferson Community and Technical College also committed to giving students credit hours for Code Louisville that they can use toward a degree or certificate from the school.
More than 100 people signed up for Code Louisville within 24 hours following President Obama’s visit, Fischer said. The program is free with a Louisville Public Library card.