Overview

Building America's Innovation Workforce in West Virginia

Software developers in West Virginia make between $47,000 - $90,000 per year, depending on experience, and NewForce is now accepting applications from those who are interested in entering the tech sector in West Virginia.


NewForce is a tuition-free, in-person, team-based intensive tech training program in Huntington, West Virginia. It was created by employers, community colleges, and nonprofits to ensure West Virginians have the right tech skills for companies who are ready to hire in the Mountain State.


Through the intensive six-month curriculum, NewForce students work together, receive mentorship, and graduate with in-demand software development skills and direct connections to jobs. The program finishes with a Job Interview Day where the program’s employer partners interview NewForce graduates for open positions.

Program Timeline

Now accepting applications between October 11 - November 9 for classes starting January 14, 2019

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Choose a Career in Software Development

No background in coding, software development, or math needed.

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Curriculum

NewForce uses proven curriculum developed in partnership with Nashville Software School

The C# language and the .NET framework are the centerpieces of Microsoft’s technology stack for application development. When combined with other Microsoft technologies or open source technologies developers have the ability to build a wide variety of applications from web applications to server-side web services to enterprise-scale transaction processing systems using this technology stack.

Front-end Development Foundations

Months 1-3

Software Development Foundations

Months 4-6

HTML5 and CSS3

Learn how to structure webpages using semantic markup in HTML5 and then style those pages using CSS3.

JavaScript

Learn the basics of programming & JavaScript – the world’s most widely used programming language. Use JavaScript to extend your static HTML & CSS and create dynamic user experiences.

C#

Learn to write C# (pronounced “C sharp”), an object-oriented programming language designed for building applications that run on the .NET Framework.

.NET MVC

Master building applications using Microsoft’s ASP.NET MVC framework.

AJAX, jQuery, JSON & More

Learn to use JavaScript libraries and more advanced techniques to build applications and more complex single-page web apps.

React.js

Learn the leading front-end framework and build amazing single-page applications.

Visual Studio

Learn Microsoft’s integrated development environment (IDE). You’ll learn how to take advantage of Visual Studio’s power to become a productive C# Developer.

SQL Databases

Use the industry-standard SQL language to store and access data from relational databases.

Responsive Design

Build websites for any device with mobile-first strategies.

Command Line & More

Work faster. Use the terminal without fear. Learn shortcuts, how to use your editor like a ninja, and other developer tools to create a professional, streamlined environment.

Source Code Control

Learn how to use Git to safely manage and track changes in your code. Learn how to use GitHub to collaborate with other developers on your team or around the world.

Collaborative Development

Gain experience working in teams, so you’re ready to work on one when you graduate.

Collaborative Development

Gain experience working in teams, so you’re ready to work on one when you graduate.

Source Code Control

Learn how to use Git to safely manage and track changes in your code. Learn how to use Github to collaborate with other developers on our team or around the world.

APIs and Services

Learn how to expose data using a RESTful API, as well as how to access data via third-party services to make your applications more dynamic.

Capstone

Leave NewForce with a completed C# .NET MVC capstone project that demonstrates your abilities.

Seriously consider NewForce if you...

- are a problem-solver
- can work through challenges and don’t give up easily
- are curious, creative, and love learning new skills
- can work under pressure and take constructive feedback
- can work well on a team and like helping others succeed
- teach yourself new skills and like to learn
- have coding experience but want to have what it takes to get hired at a tech company
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Program Instructors

Learn how our instructors found software development and how they transitioned to a career focused on coding.

Jordan Castelloe, Lead Instructor

Before I discovered programming, I managed a family-owned store in Asheville, NC. I started teaching myself to code because the store's database management system couldn't give me the numbers I needed, so I jerry-rigged it with custom scripts. It was a slippery slope: before long, I was having a lot more fun building hacking software for the business than I was managing it. I attended Nashville Software School for full-stack web development and stayed on as a teaching assistant after I graduated. I love working in a field where there's always something new to learn. I'm excited to help NewForce students embrace the learning curve and take their first steps into the new frontier of the tech industry.

Kim Preece, Instructor

As a math major, I was offered a student assistant position in the IT department at the Corps of Engineers. I loved work there and the ever-changing world of technology and soon changed my major to computer science. Before teaching web development at Mountwest, I worked as a Systems Analyst for several years. I love that web and software development are tools to develop creative and innovative solutions that make our lives easier and connect people, not just computers. I am dedicated and excited for this wonderful opportunity to work with the NewForce students!

Joshua Joseph, Instructor

I really found my passion for teaching working as an IT student assistant at Mountwest CTC. But my love of programming came later. Honestly, I hated my programming classes during undergrad. But that changed when I had the opportunity to teach a newly created program in Animation and Game Development. Being a gamer, I was immediately hooked and changed my tune about programming. Years later, I’m teaching full-time at Mountwest and I can confidently say I can't picture myself doing anything else. I’m very excited about the NewForce program and what it brings to our region!

Partners

NewForce is made possible by partnerships with employers, community colleges, and nonprofits to ensure West Virginians have the right tech skills for companies who are ready to hire in the Mountain State.

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Prospective Employer?

Get connected to the tech talent pipeline in the Mountain State.

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