LaunchCode to expand in Seattle, Portland after $8 million in federal grants

LaunchCode, the St. Louis-based organization that matches up and coming computer programmers with jobs at established companies, is poised to expand in Seattle and Portland, Ore., following a pair of U.S. Department of Labor grants totaling $8.4 million awarded to partner organizations.

The Labor Department awarded Seattle Central College $4.4 million to implement LaunchCode’s apprenticeship model with the goal of setting up students with jobs at local companies at no cost to students. Seattle is also leveraging another $4.4 million in private donations to help support that initiative.

Another $4 million Labor Department grant was given to Portland-based Worksystems Inc., which will partner with LaunchCode to train Portland residents to help them get hired into IT and coding jobs. As a result of partnerships with local training providers and employers, Worksystems’ TechRise PDX program will create 180 tech apprenticeships in Portland.

According to a LaunchCode release, the funding will support the organization through 2020. To date, LaunchCode has placed more than 420 candidates in jobs at tech companies in 12 states.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal

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