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#52tuesdays: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation + Tech Talent South

Written by Addie Rising    on January 16, 2018    in
For many, hard work and determination can change the course of your life. For one Charlotte resident, one course may change her entire career path.

Jessica Smith Robinson currently works as a receptionist at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, but she has always been good with computers and has a passion for coding. She wants to become a web developer, and she has taken several free courses at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library.

Tech Talent South awards Jessica Smith Robinson (center) with a scholarship for an 8-week code-immersion course.Tech Talent South aims to teach adults and children the basics of coding and web development through in-person classes, in a condensed time period.

Tech Talent South worked with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to find a recipient for an 8-week code-immersion course and on Nov. 28 -- the final day of #GivingTuesdayCLT -- Jessica was awarded a scholarship valued at  $6,500.

Jessica is eager to learn, and with this scholarship she will be taking an important step toward pursuing her dream.

Jessica exudes, “This is such a wonderful opportunity for me. I’m a sponge right now, just soaking up all of it!”

For the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation helping Jessica pursue her dreams falls right in line with its mission. “Our library’s mission is to improve lives and build a stronger community and we’re doing that one customer at a time,” said Teleia White, Individual Giving Manager for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Tech Talent South says with their 8-week course you’ll be able to build an app all by yourself. 

“I’m ready. I’m totally ready,” Jessica said.
 



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