2017-06-07 / Features

Koo Announces Open Registration For C4Q Coding


Recent C4Q coding graduate and Flushing resident, Ana Ma, City Councilman Peter Koo and Christopher Mendoza. Recent C4Q coding graduate and Flushing resident, Ana Ma, City Councilman Peter Koo and Christopher Mendoza. City Councilman Peter Koo joined with the Coalition For Queens (C4Q) on June 1 to announce open registrations for its C4Q Access Code Program, an initiative that teaches coding and professional skills to talented adults from diverse and low-income backgrounds. Graduates from these courses have gone from making $18,000 to over $85,000 a year on average upon securing a tech job with their new skills. Over the past three years, CM Koo has provided $15,000 in funding for the tech program.

To allow for more students in Flushing to enroll, C4Q has recently extended the application deadline to June 30. Income requirements for registration are $45,000 and under for an individual. To learn more about the program, and to apply, visit www.c4q.nyc/accesscode.

Councilman Koo stated, “Technology is increasingly in demand as a skillset across all sectors of employment. The first personal computer was released only 40 years ago. Today, everyone has a mini computer inside their smart phone. New York City’s job market is constantly evolving, and computer skills are still an emerging market in high demand. Learning to code will open up endless possibilities for the future so I encourage our community to take advantage of this opportunity to learn a new skill.”

C4Q CEO and Founder Jukay Hsu, stated, “C4Q is continuing to increase economic opportunity through technology to residents from low-income and diverse communities all over New York City. We are proud to work together with Council Member Koo to spread the word of our Access Code program in an effort to find more students with potential to change the tech industry.”

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