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You Can Teach a Coal Miner To Code


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Hey programmers, you think you're so special? With the right support they can turn Appalachian coal miners into programmers.

The startup is called BitSource, and the surprising thing is it’s actually working.

The miners underwent 22 weeks of intensive training from open-sourced coding curriculum the founders gathered online, and instructional videos on Lynda.com. Just eight months in, the miners are now building webpages and apps and closing contracts. They’re not all Millennials, either: they range in age from mid-20’s to their mid-50’s.

it is all education, right? 

Right. Still, first time I've heard of training coal miners to program. 

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