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LISTEN: Code Camp Teaches Programming, Helps Non-Profits

Sunday, October 01, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (Air1 News – Jonathan Ellyson) – Even if you don’t realize it, you probably interact with computer code every day. There’s an organization called freecodecamp that offers a full crash course in programming and then offers the student talents to build websites for nonprofits.

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The main curriculum available at is used nationwide but local meetups like the one run by co-organizers Daniel Ashcraft and Kimberly Collins have been popping up more and more.

“There are branches in just about every major city and there are even some that are out in rural areas,” Ashcraft said, “There’s well over 1,000 Facebook groups, there are many many opportunities to come in and meet local developers and even employers.”

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The National Center for Charitable Statistics lists more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations many of whom can’t afford or access quality developers to build websites or smartphone applications. Freecodecamp helps organizations like that while also serving beginning coders who are looking to retrain for employment or learn a valuable skill.

They run FreecodecampOKC a local meetup for the coding camp out of Oklahoma City. Collins and Ashcraft meet with about 20 people face to face but also livestream their meetings to hundreds of local coding students.

“The main goal of our local group is to help people get their very first development jobs,” Collins said and those jobs are in high supply.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates more than one million programming and computer science related jobs will be vacant in the next decade and Course Report, an organization who rates and researches coding camps estimates there will be 23,000 graduates entering the workforce this year.

“There will always be exponentially more jobs in programming related fields than there are going to be computer science majors or programmers,” said Ashcraft.

If you’d like to find out more about the program visit


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