One of the gaps in Detroit’s comeback is the skills gap, especially when it comes to residents and the increase of new technology jobs in the city.

Although many of the new jobs in the city require a degree or technical training, just 13.1 percent of Detroit residents have a college degree.

To help bridge this, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Grand Circus announced a new 10-week program that will provide training and mentorship for Detroit residents interested in becoming entry-level developers.

Through hands-on and experiential learning, students will be exposed to a variety of essential programming tools, including HTML, CSS, Git/GitHub and SQL/MySQL.

Students accepted to the program will receive full scholarships to the coding bootcamp. Upon graduation, students are provided with job assistance training, guaranteed interviews and the skill set required for entry-level Business Analyst, Web Developer, Quality Assurance Tester or Program Manager positions.

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be city of Detroit residents
  • Be available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. for the duration of the course.

Here’s the timeline.

Applications open today – May 3 – and close later this month on May 25, with in-person interviews by invitation at Grand Circus on May 30, 31 and June 1. The course will run from July 10 to September 1.

An acceptance email will be sent by June 7, and acceptances are due June 9. For more information, and to apply, visit:

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