Coding 101: Tri-State job seekers find lessons in computer language in and out of the classroom

If the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a computer programmer is someone sitting alone in a room, pounding away at a keyboard typing gibberish, then it might be time to think again.

Fifteen out of 20 people entering Bob Nields' office at Cincinnati State already have four-year college degrees--and not in IT.

They haven't found jobs yet, so they're aiming to enhance their degrees with expertise in languages that haven't been around for very long: computer programming and coding.

"All of the these liberal arts degrees are having a hard time finding jobs," said Nields, who runs the school's Computer Software Development Department in the Center for Innovative Technologies. "They are coming back and getting degrees because there are better jobs."

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