Online School Teaches Mobile App Development to Impoverished Teens for Free

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Mobile Development Institute now providing free programming classes to low-income students through the Mobilize America Initiative.

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The training program is designed to be completed in 5-6 months. The students can learn from home as all of the instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on guidance is conducted over the Internet via teacher-led webinars and desktop sharing.

The Mobile Development Institute (MDI), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancement of quality mobile app development and standards in education, began providing free training to low-income students through the Mobilize America Initiative.

The training program is designed to be completed in 5-6 months. The students can learn from home as all of the instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on guidance is conducted over the Internet via teacher-led webinars and desktop sharing. Graduates of the program complete a portfolio application that they can leverage to launch their career and receive the MDICD certification in their field of specialty.

It begins with a series of three group training classes conducted over a period of three months. The first course involves fundamental programming theories and concepts that can apply to all computer systems, mobile or otherwise. This introductory course also helps students to decide which current mobile platform that they want to master (the current choices available are Google Android, Apple iOS, or RIM BlackBerry). The second course instructs the students in the specific programming language that they will need as a foundation to create software for their mobile platform of choice. The third course provides an introduction to programming directly for their mobile platform of choice.

Once the group training has been completed, the student then begins working with one of the MDI’s mobile development master trainers on a one-on-one basis. The master helps the student complete a mobile application development project. Over the course of eight weeks, the master guides the student through every step of building a finished and published application. The completed student application serves as their portfolio piece that the student is then able to offer for sale as well as proof of experience in seeking employment. When their final project is complete, they receive an MDICD certification from the Mobile Development Institute in their mobile platform field of specialty.

For students to qualify for free training, they must be United States citizens between 16 to 20 years of age, their family must be considered as low-income by current regional standards, the student must have a demonstrated interest and passion for computer technology, along with a measured aptitude in logic problem solutions and puzzles. Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis as funding permits, and can be added to the waiting list by visiting mobiledevelopmentinstitute.org/scholarships.

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