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The program aims to help create a pool of diverse technological talent


CanCode Communities, a non-profit organization that trains non-traditional talent for career opportunities in software, has announced the launch of its initial HerkimerCanCode: Digital Literacy Training program, which will empower individuals in the Mohawk Valley to Learn basic computer skills that are essential to pursuing and securing technology jobs in today’s information economy.

Classes will begin on February 1, 2022 and are open to residents of Herkimer and Oneida counties. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 4 p.m. at Herkimer County Community College and virtually via the Zoom platform, to provide more information and answer questions.

The digital literacy training program teaches basic computer skills, including Google Docs and Microsoft Office; use and management of electronic mail and calendars; word processing and the use of spreadsheets; and use the Web to conduct safe and productive Internet job searches. Students may include those who have used a computer frequently in a work environment, as well as those who have rarely used a computer and feel nervous about doing so.

“We are excited to launch our first HerkimerCanCode program and excited to partner with a group of exceptional organizations committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant region,” said CanCode Communities Founder and CEO Annmarie Lanesey. “We look forward to equipping individuals with the skills to build successful technology careers and giving businesses access to a diverse pool of local talent that will strengthen the Mohawk Valley. ”

To register for the first information session on December 14, go online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herkimercancode-virtual-digital-literacy-information-session-tickets-221564504397;

To register for the second information session on January 6, 2022, go online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herkimercancode-virtual-digital-literacy-information-session-tickets-221592708757.

There is no cost to attend. For more information call 518-238-6808 or email [email protected]

HerkimerCanCode offers computer coding courses to equip individuals with the skills to seek employment opportunities in the tech industry, while establishing a diverse and inclusive pipeline of tech talent to meet the needs of the business community. It is a partnership between CanCode Communities, Herkimer College, Herkimer County, Herkimer Working Solutions and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

“Herkimer College is delighted to join CanCode Communities, Herkimer County, Herkimer Working Solutions and the Community Foundation on this exciting initiative,” said William McDonald, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Herkimer College. “We look forward to being an active partner in this effort to provide community members with marketable skills leading to lucrative careers and strengthening the local tech industry workforce. “

“We already know we have a valuable workforce in our county and we believe this unique opportunity may appeal to an otherwise untapped portion of that workforce,” said Vincent J. Bono, President of the County. Herkimer County Legislature. “Partnering with Herkimer College, The Community Foundation and CanCode Communities to start HerkimerCanCode is an exciting first step in making workforce development training in the tech industry available in our county. ”

“Herkimer County leaders recognize that the opportunities available in the tech industry are increasing,” said Karin Piseck, director of employment and training for Herkimer County and director of Herkimer Working Solutions. “We think now is the perfect time to offer this entry-level look into digital literacy and software coding.

“HerkimerCanCode provides wonderful opportunities for our community and its residents,” said Alicia Dicks, President / CEO of the Community Foundation. “The Community Foundation believes that unique learning avenues like this one that support technology careers and workforce development are essential to creating and maintaining vibrancy in our two-county community. “