One more big tech giant is working towards boosting the software programming training and uncovering numerous potential job opportunities in Detroit.
E-commerce behemoth Amazon.com Inc. stated that it’s providing funding for a cohort of programmers at Grand Circus, a technology training boot camp in downtown Detroit.
All graduates of the free 28-week program will focus on Java programming. Each one of them will also be able to undertake an interview for entry-level developer roles at Amazon’s downtown Detroit office, which has nearly 500 employees. Damien Rocchi, founder and CEO of Grand Circus, said in a release:
“Working with Amazon on this initiative is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved, especially prospective students. Our mission since inception has been to bridge the talent gap that exists between Detroiters and the growing technical job opportunities in the city. We are proud to have helped hundreds of people advance their careers and we’re excited to ensure more people in metro Detroit will be able to gain the critical skills they need to succeed in their careers.”
Amazon and Grand Circus have not disclosed any financial terms yet. The programming will take place virtually and will begin on March 28 until late September. To prove the urgent need for such a program, Grand Circus and Amazon pointed to the dearth of internet access in Detroit, often called the “digital divide.” Garret Gaw, a Detroit-based director for software development, commented in a news release:
“Technical skills are more important than ever for candidates applying to roles at Amazon and beyond right now. Grand Circus is a results-oriented, trusted organization, and we are proud to be the latest local employer to help them expand their reach to prepare even more interested students for exciting, well-paying, and in-demand technical roles.”
Those interested can apply from here.