Shifting Code Program Helps Retrain MI Professionals for IT Jobs

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offices in Michigan. She came to the program with a background in physics and microwave engineering. Last year, Ramadoss attempted to start her own scientific research company, but she wasn’t able to get enough funding to keep it going. Though she doesn’t have a computer background, she went to the informational session held in January and decided to give Shifting Code a try. “I didn’t know what Drupal was before,” she says. “It was a challenge—there was a lot to learn in a short amount of time. But once I got into the program, I was introduced not only to the industry, but all you can do with Drupal.”

Ramadoss says she would advise anyone thinking of signing up for Shifting Code to have faith in the program and its organizers. They’ll showcase the industry and teach the programming languages, but it’s up to the students to grab the opportunities, she adds. “It’s worth it because it’s not a long program—you’re not investing a lot of time or money into it,” she says. “Even if you don’t end up getting a job, you’re getting a skill.”

Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET

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