ALEXANDRIA, VA – For over 20 years, the Alexandria nonprofit Computer CORE has helped adults learn computer technology and programming, thereby advancing their careers. The newest educational opportunity begins Tuesday, Sept. 14 with the virtual class Code Beats Computer Coding Camp. The free course will use hip hop and other music beats to teach computer coding.
For five weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m, participants can interact with their instructors – Virginia Commonwealth University professors – and special guests during live sessions. At the end, there will be a friendly competition to see who can create the best beat. Besides coding, attendees will also learn basic music theory.
Code Beats Computer Coding Camp is part of a statewide initiative to give people the chance to explore new career options. VCU Educational Specialist Katherine Hansen is in charge of coordinating the effort.
“Adult education is instrumental in helping many Virginians get back to work,” she said. “Providing a pathway for learning computer coding is a great way to learn a new skill that can provide a life-sustaining wage to many adults from the safety of their own home,”
Upon completion of the course, an option is available for a computer programming class that will last six to nine months. It is designed to be a bridge between Code Beats and a community college course that leads to certification.