30 Eastside residents attend coding workshop sponsored by TechHire Bellevue

In partnership with TechHire Bellevue, this weekend Code Fellows brought its Code 101 workshop to Bellevue City Hall. Attendees tried out some basic coding and gained an introduction into the life of a coder. (PHOTO: James Henderson)

This weekend, more than 30 local residents attended a workshop at Bellevue City Hall focused on coding skills development and careers in technology. The Code 101 session was sponsored by TechHire Bellevue in partnership with Code Fellows, a local coding academy. And while attendees didn’t walk out the workshop ready to build the next great app, they did get an early look at what it’s like to work in software development — and what it’s like to learn software development as a second career.

In recent years, workforce development has become an increasing priority for the Puget Sound region. According to the Washington State Employee Security Department, King County employers are expected to add more than 4,700 technology jobs in this year alone. But area colleges and universities aren’t graduating enough students in tech fields to fill all of those jobs, resulting in a fundamental imbalance. As the economy and the workforce change to meet the demands of a shifting global market, these trends are becoming increasingly acute. The City of Bellevue is committed to meeting these challenges in conjunction with our regional partners, and TechHire Bellevue is just one way to do that.

Though our Code 101 session was a one-time event, we hope to host more tech education events in the future — be sure to watch for additional TechHire Bellevue programming coming soon. We will be launching conversations with workforce training providers and community colleges, nonprofits and tech firms. Our goal is to ensure that Bellevue residents, employees, and companies remain at the forefront of the global technology revolution. We hope you will join us on that journey.