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Unlike the for-profit training programs that are making their own push for businesses to view their graduates as viable candidates for employment, LaunchCode is entirely non-profit. In the first thirteen months of the program’s existence it has managed to place 115 candidates in companies with the possibility of full-time employment.
McKelvey’s program, which relies on training and apprenticeships, addresses what he sees as two obstacles to employment in information technology departments. “Most companies have a reluctance to hire people who do not have two years of experience. There’s a good reason for that and it’s because programmers that don’t have experience can do damage,” he says.