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[Selkirk College] Web Development Program is Changing Careers and Lives

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One of the reasons Selkirk College made a Web Development Program was to meet the demand of the tech industry. In fact, many in-demand jobs now are from that sector. And Selkirk College’s first cohorts of their Web Development Program will be ready by the spring of 2020.

From Trades to the Web Development Program

Jakob Grant is originally from Saskatchewan. He took up welding and has since moved to Calgary, before ending up in Slocan Valley. As he was working as a dishwasher, he heard about the web development program. He was intrigued that the program teaches coding skills and web development business practices. So these can solve real-world problems and support organizations to meet the demands of the industry. At first, Grant couldn’t imagine himself in the field. But after a few months, things have changed. “Now it’s really awesome, it’s addicting once you learn more and more. Connectivity is great, but now that I am in more control of my own data sovereignty and my own movement through the digital world, there is a cool feeling that comes with it.”

From Fashion to Engineering and Coding

For Tenai Scott, her story starts right at Nelson. She started a career in fashion, but she didn’t find the spark she was looking for. She then went to the Engineering Program at Carleton University in Ottawa. It was then she realized that she excelled in math and science. But life had other plans for her. Scott found out she was pregnant.  So she finished her first year of engineering and went back to the comforts of home along with her partner and daughter. Back in Nelson, she found the Web Development Program at Selkirk. Luckily for her, it was very close to home. She ended up enjoying it. With this, she plans to work from home while taking care of her daughter.

Both Grant and Scott probably didn’t see themselves in this program a few years ago. But there are no regrets. Offers are already coming in for after their graduation. And it’s a very exciting time. “I have heard other people say that coding saved their life,” he says. “I feel in many ways that is true, it has given me a sense of direction and purpose. It’s one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.” So who knows? The Web Development Program at Selkirk College may change your life too.

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