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Courtesy of Joe Hatcher Mined Minds CO-Founders Amanda Laucher and Jonathan Graham speaking at the Software Craftsmanship North America.

LOGAN - Most coding bootcamps across the United States cost $10,000 to $20,000 plus living expenses for some. Mined Minds is offering these courses for free in Logan County beginning this summer.

The 32-week program will begin June 4 on the third floor of 229 Stratton St., in Logan.

According to Joe Hatcher, junior business analyst, individuals must spend 40 hours or more studying and working on building their skills each week.

"It's a craft," Hatcher said. "Like with any craft, you have to work and work hard at it. Software development isn't easy - it's a language. So the more you work at it and see different types of concepts and problems you have to solve, the easier it becomes."

Hatcher said some people feel overwhelmed when getting into software development, but that this program is hoping to make the transition easier.

"A lot of people quit or jump into something else," Hatcher said. "With Mined Minds, it's a special program because you're going to be working with junior and senior developers on projects they're working on as a consultant. They work with small startups and small businesses in the community."

Mined Minds was started by Amanda Laucher and Jonathan Graham with the goal of helping one person transition to a new career. That person was Marvin, Laucher's brother and a coal miner who was worried about how he would feed his family if the mine where he worked closed.

He is now reportedly a professional software developer, delivering projects for clients and helping others start careers in technology.

Courses will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and the lab will also be open throughout the week for students to work and for community members who may be interested in learning more about coding.

Students must be 18 years of age or older and should be a resident of West Virginia. Hatcher said there is an interview process that includes testing an individuals' skill level with coding through a game.

To apply, call Hatcher at 304-953-3779.

Nancy Peyton is a news reporter for HD Media. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @NPeytonLB.


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