In the Appalachia region of the U.S., a pace once dominated by the coal industry, mines have continued to close one after another. In answer, two tech consultants established a free coding bootcamp called Mined Minds to retrain out-of-work coal miners and others for remote work in tech. What they promised seemed like it could improve the socioeconomic status of communities around the world.
But some believe they aren’t as beneficial as they come off. Several ex-learners have criticized the bootcamp, saying they were promised employment upon completion of the program and were fired days later. Others have filed a class action lawsuit against them on charges of fraud. Code Burst investigates Mined Minds, their efficacy, and whether their model can work for others.
Code Burst is produced as a collaboration between CKUT 90.3 FM and eLearning Inside News.