The Lander-based software company Pitch Engine has received a grant from the Department of Workforce Services to train 30 Wyomingites to be software developers.
Pitch Engine co-founder Jason Kintzler says there’s a shortage of programmers nationwide, and a growing number of companies need workers who can keep up with changing technology.
“Regardless of the industry, whether it be energy, tourism, agriculture, they’re all impacted by tech, and at some level, they’re all gonna be touched by these type of skill sets,” Kintzler says.
Using the Pre-Hire Economic Development Grant, Pitch Engine will run an eight-week training program called Wyoming Code Camp.
Bill Schepler of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says Code Camps will help adults in Riverton, Casper and Laramie learn about data structure, computer organization, operating systems and programming languages.
“If they have those skill sets, businesses can then train them into the specifics of the software that the business is trying to create,” Schepler says. “So what we’re really creating here are entry-level programmers for industry.”
Schepler says the grant will cover tuition for 10 participants at each of the Code Camps. DWS expects that most graduates will find jobs within three months.