According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in January 2021 from 6.7 percent in December 2020, leaving 10.1 million people unemployed. Although the numbers are lower than the highest levels (14.7 percent) in April 2020, they are still above pre-pandemic levels (3.5 percent) in February 2020. However, these numbers do not include those who have stopped looking for work. According to The Washington Post, five million people have given up on looking for a job.
New York Institute of Technology’s new six-week training program, Python Programming for Women and Single Parents, provides in-demand coding skills in the Python programming language along with dedicated career services and support tailored to women, single parents, and caregivers impacted by the market downturn who may be unemployed or underemployed.
“This training initiative underscores New York Tech’s commitment to workforce preparedness and development, to building the pipeline for those pursuing careers in STEM fields, and to supporting the university’s mission-driven goal of ensuring access to opportunity to all qualified individuals,” said Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
The virtual classes begin March 31, 2021, and are designed and taught by faculty in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. The workshop features two 1.5-hour classes per week. They include an introduction to simple data types, expressions and statements, program flow control structures, exception handling, and functions as well as elements of object-oriented programming. Students have the option to join weekly team-building sessions, where participants in the training program can discuss the past week’s lessons.
In addition, participants will have access to career services, including help with writing a résumé, interviewing and searching for a job as well as introductions to companies seeking skilled talent.