Nearly $10K grant awarded for software education in Florence

Nearly $10K grant awarded for software education in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A grant for $9,500 has been awarded specifically for a software education initiative in the Pee Dee.

The Florence Downtown Development Corporation announced the award Monday of a Duke Energy Foundation grant in the amount of $9,500 designated to be used for CODEFlo.

CODEFlo is a community-sourced training program offered by the North Dargan Innovation Center, in partnership with Florence Downtown Development Corporation, to provide instruction in open source web and mobile technologies, according to the news release.

“A lot of different companies in town use these coding skills. They're constantly recruiting from outside the area because there's not a lot of people here with the skills that they need,” explained Shelby Jenerette, the Executive Director of the North Dargan Innovation Center.

The goal of CodeFlo is to expand Florence's technical workforce by providing individuals of all skill levels with access to affordable training in web and mobile technologies, mentorship and networking.

Jenerette explained this program will help train the workforce in Florence to provide local businesses with employees. The training is customized to the specific needs of those companies.

The initiative focuses on providing its services to the Pee Dee, as all CODEFlo classes are held at the North Dargan Innovation Center in downtown Florence.

“A priority of the Duke Energy Foundation is investing in projects that focus on economic and workforce development,” said Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “This grant focuses on building strong communities by enhancing state development strategies, marketing efforts and funding workforce development initiatives to retool and retrain workers with 21st century skills.”

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