CollabNet and #YesWeCode Partnership Demonstrates Success in Placing Diverse Tech Talent into Full-time Engineering and Engineering Apprenticeship Positions

See #YesWeCode Coding Corps members in a new video share about becoming certified ScrumMasters

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CollabNet (www.collabnet.com), a global leader in enterprise software development and delivery solutions that help customers create high-quality applications at speed, today reports that 75 percent of the #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates have been placed in full-time computer-engineering roles or apprenticeships in the San Francisco Bay Area. A video featuring these graduates and their experiences has just been released. CollabNet partnered with #YesWeCode to deliver specialized ScrumMaster training and certification to the program members.

This program's results are important because they demonstrate how individuals, communities and companies benefit from well-executed initiatives such as #YesWeCode. This Dream Corps initiative aims at helping 100,000 men and women from diverse backgrounds succeed in the tech sector.

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Becoming a SCRUM Master

Last May, #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates became SCRUM masters through CollabNet's Agile Development and Scrum Master training course. 

"Our aim is to support non-traditional candidates in the tech sector with the skills and certifications necessary to excel in the industry," said Johnnie Williams, Apprenticeship Director at #YesWeCode.

Nearly all of the first cohort graduates have since been placed into apprenticeships at tech companies around the Bay Area.

Watch Coding Corps members share about their experience of becoming SCRUM masters.

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OpEd: Can Common Core Help Close the Diversity Gap in Silicon Valley?

Screen_Shot_2016-08-25_at_11.22.06_AM.pngFrom Snapchat to Tumblr—our young people are naturally conversant with technology and online environments. But comfort with technology isn't enough to be prepared or get recruited for a job in Northern California. It takes a high-quality education with expectations calibrated to market demands. To date, the deck has been stacked against black and Latino students.

Educational inequity is nothing new for black or Latino families. The nature of our localized public school system has always meant that your ZIP code can determine what kind of education you get. Schools in some neighborhoods simply aren't held to the same standard as schools in other neighborhoods or provided the same exposure to coursework that can prepare them for a career in technology.

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#YesWeCode Coding Corps Graduates Begin Agile and Scrum Software Training with CollabNet

TH3A0456.jpgSeven #YesWeCode Coding Corps members graduated from Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco after six months of intensive and immersive coding education. Coding Corps members will also receive Agile and Scrum software training from CollabNet, who recently announced their partnership with #YesWeCode.

These Coding Corps members are the first to graduate from #YesWeCode’s pilot program designed to prepare young people for careers in the tech sector.

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NBC Bay Area: Teaching Kids to Code and the Digital Divide

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Reading, writing and arithmetic used to be the three basics of a solid education. But in this age, more kids are learning to code as well.

Thousands of kids and teens are being taught coding skills at public schools and private academies across the Bay Area.

“Coding is an essential, basic technique that teaches kids how to think and how to problem solve,” said Wayne Teng, co-founder of The Coder School. The school has three locations in Cupertino, Palo Alto and San Mateo. “We definitely think it’s a very essential and basic skill."

 

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What inspires you to code?


John.jpgThe #YesWeCode Coding Corps is an apprenticeship program designed to provide high-quality computer coding training to underrepresented minorities in tech.

Read our interview below and learn more about what inspires our Coding Corps members to learn to code.

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CollabNet Partners with #YesWeCode to Expand Software Development Opportunities to Untapped and High-Value Diverse Workforce

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CollabNet® (www.collabnet.com), a global leader in enterprise software development and delivery solutions that help customers create high-quality applications at speed, today announced it is partnering with #YesWeCode, a Dream Corps initiative designed to bring technology training and industry connections to 100,000 young people in communities of color. CollabNet will start by offering Agile and Scrum software training free of charge to #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates beginning this week in San Francisco, CA.  Going forward, CollabNet and #YesWeCode will offer Agile software development training through a variety of educational outlets, including developer boot-camps, community and vocation colleges, online degree and training programs, and military career advancement centers. 

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Mic: For All of Prince’s Musical Genius, His Unsung Legacy Will Be His Activism

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It turns out Prince wasn't just a prolific musician; he was also a devoted activist.

New stories are emerging about his continued support of black activists. Shortly after the 57-year-old's unexpected death, Alicia Garza, one of the women who began the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag that later spawned a nationwide movement, wrote a moving tribute that touched on his legacy as an activist. 

"Early on in the evolution of Black Lives Matter and this new upsurge of black freedom dreams, he quietly and yet deliberately made sure that we had what we needed to be successful," Garza wrote. "I remember asking what we could do to acknowledge him, what could we do to show our gratitude and the response was to keep going. To keep building. To keep moving towards freedom."

Former White House Advisor and current political commentator Van Jones gave a moving tribute to Prince over the weekend. "Prince was immensely charitable — giving away lots of money anonymously," Jones wrote for CNN. "He helped causes as diverse as public radio, Green For All, the Harlem Children's Zone and Black Lives Matter."

"More importantly, he made lots of calls behind the scenes to get people to act on causes that needed attention ... He was kind of like the 911 of the celebrity class."

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Rolling Stones: Prince, the Secret Philanthropist: 'His Cause Was Humanity'

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It began with an anonymous check about 10 years ago. Environmental and human rights activist Van Jones was working on George W. Bush's Green Jobs Act when he received a $50,000 donation and no name attached to it. "I promptly returned it," he recalls. "I'm not taking anonymous checks for $50,000. It could be from anybody." But then someone sent it back, and he returned it again.

Eventually Jones received a call from a rep for the donor: "I cannot tell you who the money is coming from, but his favorite color is purple." Jones laughs. "I said, 'Well, now you've got another problem, because now I'm not going to cash the check, I'm going to frame it.'" The story got back to the man who wrote the check, Prince, who found it so funny he called Jones up and befriended him.

That's when Jones learned about Prince's secret other gig: philanthropist. Since Prince's death last Thursday, Jones has learned just how involved Prince was in philanthropic causes. In recent years, the artist – who worked with Jones on the organization Green for All, which creates green jobs in disadvantaged communities, and#YesWeCode, an organization that educates urban youth about technology – worked to raise awareness for movements like Black Lives Matter and sent money to the family of Trayvon Martin. Prince's ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, met him through doing philanthropic work for his foundation and he encouraged her to start her own charity; she's now building a school with her In a Perfect World organization in his memory. In a statement after his death, she described him as a"fierce philanthropist."

The artist had become interested in Jones' Green Jobs initiative when he saw news reports about young people of color putting up solar panels in Oakland and wanted to help. "He liked the fact that I was bringing it to the hood," Jones tells Rolling Stone. "He just thought it was an amazing way to create jobs. He was always about economic independence."

It wasn't easy to define Prince's politics. He was very concerned about poor people and black people, but he also believed in economic empowerment and uplift. "He wasn't red, and he wasn't blue," Jones says. "He was purple. With one sentence, you would think he was Republican, because he'd be talking about the economy, and with the next, you'd think he's a liberal Democrat, because he was talking about the need to fight racism. It was a flow of insights and inspiration. At the end of the day, it was purple politically."

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Fortune: Prince Secretly Funded Solar Tech In Oakland

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Prince, at times, had a love-hate relationship with technology.

While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist.

According to Prince’s friend and longtime green advocate Van Jones, Prince was a major backer of Jones’s group Green For All, which has worked on installing solar panels on the roofs of buildings in Oakland. Jones tells SFGatethat “there are people who have solar panels right now on their houses in Oakland, California that don’t know Prince paid for them.”

Prince, at times, had a love-hate relationship with technology.

While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist.

According to Prince’s friend and longtime green advocate Van Jones, Prince was a major backer of Jones’s group Green For All, which has worked on installing solar panels on the roofs of buildings in Oakland. Jones tells SFGatethat “there are people who have solar panels right now on their houses in Oakland, California that don’t know Prince paid for them.”

Prince was found dead at the age of 57 last Thursday at his home at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Jones says Prince funded many other charitable organizations as well as the solar projects, and that Prince quietly worked behind the scenes on initiatives combatting gun violence and police brutality. According to Reverend Al Sharpton, he donated money to the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American shot by a white neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

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