Raleigh, NC –Ramiro Rodriguez, a Raleigh resident who moved from Mexico to the United States as a child, is the founder of Code the Dream. Code the Dream is a program intended to boost immigrant, refugee, and minority people into programming and technology jobs.

Minorities are underrepresented in tech jobs. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported in 2014, Blacks make up only 7 percent and Hispanics only 8 percent of the tech industry. Rodriguez’s program supports minority communities, benefitting those who may be unable to pay for education and adding diversity to the tech industry.

Students in Code the Dream come from a myriad of backgrounds and graduate with knowledge of coding, creating apps, and designing websites. Students range from high schoolers to parents and represent countries such as Ghana and Honduras. Student creations include an app that can improve business management for private trash haulers; a website acting as an interface for music students, teachers and parents; and a bilingual service for farmworkers.

Apply for the program here.

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