Via News Release
“Minneapolis, November 17, 2015 – The White House and U.S, Department of Labor today announced several nationwide initiatives as part of its TechHire program, including a new $500 scholarship offered by Prime Digital Academy (Prime) for students of color.”
Currently, 15% of Prime’s students identify as non-white – but the bootcamp for aspiring software engineers believes scholarship support will move the needle on diversity. “Scholarships for women offered by The Nerdery – Prime’s sister company – have contributed to 35% of our applicants being women and 38% of our students being female,” said Mark Hurlburt, President of Prime Digital Academy.
The White House reports that among America’s 5.5 million open jobs, over half a million are in information technology fields such as software development – and that the average salary in a job that requires IT skills is 50 percent higher than the average private-sector American job. The new scholarship for students of color is funded by Prime to support minorities looking to start careers in software development.