Mobile Development Institute Trying to Brighten the Future for Thousands of US Kids

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Mobile Development Institute establishes the Mobilize America Initiative to strengthen US dominance in the software development industry while giving thousands of poor teens free education in a lucrative career.

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Working through private donors, corporate contributions, and government grants, the MDI seeks to solve several of today’s important issues...

The Mobile Development Institute (MDI), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancement of quality mobile app development and standards in education, has established the Mobilize America Initiative, with an ambitious goal of teaching 10,000 American youths how to develop software for mobile devices.

Soon after they were founded, the MDI began to receive inquiries from high school level and recently graduated teenagers who were desperately eager to learn mobile software development, and yet had no means of paying the fees necessary for their tuition. The MDI struggled to find ways of offering substantially discounted courses to these students, but the market price for skilled teachers in this field was and remains so high that reducing the training fees wasn’t financially feasible.

The cost of complete training cost per student is relatively quite low compared to the earnings opportunities that its curriculum can provide. The cost to earn the coveted Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer (MDICD) credential is only approximately one-tenth of the average annual earnings of a skilled developer. Even though MDI training represents a low cost investment in a person’s future, they continue to receive interest from students eager to learn but have no means to make even this modest investment.

The Mobile Development Institute thus established the Mobilize America Initiative. Working through private donors, corporate contributions, and government grants, the MDI seeks to solve several of today’s important issues, including:

  • Providing a path towards a good financial future to thousands of impoverished, undereducated, and disadvantaged youths - giving them a "step-up" instead of a "hand-out."
  • Helping to maintain and fortify the American software development industry - one of the nation’s traditionally strong advantages in the global economy.
  • Diminishing the growing "digital divide" between high-income and low-income families
  • Helping fulfill a rapidly growing market demand for skilled mobile application programmers.

New mobile platform sales will soon dominate desktop-based systems, and millions of existing PC and Mac-based applications need to be rewritten for modern mobile computing. This is just the beginning of the mobile computer revolution, and advances in hardware capabilities will increasingly drive the need for new software applications to take advantage of future capabilities.

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.

Interested contributors can award scholarships to both to individuals and groups of students by contacting the Mobile Development Institute at info(at)MobileDevelopmentInstitute(dot)org.

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