At the West Virginia Coding and Cyber Summit Nov. 15, McAfee Executive and West Virginia native Jason Rolleston made an excellent point about why West Virginians are well suited for jobs in cyber. In describing a neighbor from Pocahontas County who could fix cars with “duct tape, baling twine and coat hangers,” Rolleston accurately noted that West Virginians have a rich tradition —born out of necessity — of finding ways to make things work.
"Exposed brick and sealed concrete floors once hidden by facades and covered by shelves of office supplies now house the offices of a technology company that could function virtually anywhere but has chosen Lindell Street in Historic Downtown Martin for its latest expansion.
NewForce, a partnership between Generation West Virginia and Jobcase, aims to solve two problems: A lack of job opportunities, and a lack of trained people for tech companies in the state to employ. This program has been born out of the collective efforts of founding employer partner Core10, Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, and Nashville Software School.
Lee Farabaugh, co-founder of Core10 and NewForce Employer Partner, speaks as Generation West Virginia hosts a news conference to announce the launch of a the new program "NewForce" on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington.
HUNTINGTON — Move over, Silicon Valley. Silicon Holler is ready for its debut into the technology world. With the addition of a brand-new, tuition-free coding school in the city, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is not joking when he says Appalachia is poised to be the next Silicon Valley.
Mountwest President Keith Cotroneo also told the board that Core 10, a technology development company in Huntington, reached out to him with the hopes of working together to create a fast-track coding program. Officials with the Nashville-based company said they work with a similar program in Nashville, and because they are so impressed with coding students coming out of Mountwest, they would like to create a program to produce even more qualified coders in Huntington.
We wrote an open invitation as a response to the Washington Post opinion piece, "I want to return to my home state, but West Virginia doesn't want me." Our piece was published as an opinion editorial in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch today.
HUNTINGTON - In its second year, Generation West Virginia's Impact Fellowship program is more than doubling in size.