Colonial Life grant will expand software engineering apprenticeships.

By Christina Lee Knauss

People from diverse backgrounds who want to study software engineering will get a boost from a recent grant to the Midlands Technical College Foundation from Colonial Life.

The $135,000 grant will support software engineering through the Create Opportunity initiative at Midlands Technical College. The equity-driven workforce development initiative partners with area employers to fund software engineering education and apprenticeship for diverse participants, especially those from non-technical backgrounds.

"The grant aligns with our core values: having a caring spirit and a passion for driven results," Tim Arnold, president of Colonial Life, said in a news release. "We are proud to partner with Create Opportunity Columbia to support aspiring software engineers as they build skills that are critical to the success of businesses, government and nonprofit organizations throughout our community."

Participants take part in six months of training to prepare them for a two-year apprenticeship with local employers. Create Opportunity's second cohort launched at MTC in late August. The 10 participants will become fully employed software engineers after completing the course in March 2022...

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