April 17, 2015 (Golden, Colo.)— On Thursday, April 23, 20 Denver Public Schools students interested in a career in technology from Lincoln High School and West Career Academy will attend the Career Connections program at HomeAdvisor, the largest digital technology company in Colorado. During the program, the students will gain hands-on experience in programming by learning how to code a simple task: scrambling an egg. Additionally, the students will gain knowledge of user experience jobs by using HomeAdvisor’s onsite testing facility to assess a popular pizza delivery website.
The Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF) leads the Career Connections program. CTF has partnered with Denver Public Schools’ Youth Career Connect program to equip students with high-demand skills and connect them to opportunities for continued education and careers in Colorado’s competitive technology industry. CTF is the philanthropic arm of the Colorado Technology Association that bridges companies to STEM education, technology and workforce programs in Colorado. CTF exists to make it easy for companies to meaningfully engage in the community to create the future workforce they need.
“Over 60 students have participated this year, and 100 percent said that the program motivated them to consider a career in a technology field,” said Alexandra West, Director of CTF. “All of the students agreed that the experience helped them understand how what they are learning in high school applies to the work world.”
“We are hiring many technology positions this year, including more than 20 developers, and it’s not always easy to find qualified people to fill our growing demand,” said Shannon Garcia-Lewis, HomeAdvisor’s Vice President of Human Resources and Staffing. “Supporting programs such as Career Connections is important to HomeAdvisor as they help build pipelines for future technology professionals.”
HomeAdvisor.com is a local services home improvement marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowners’ projects to the nation’s largest network of over 85,000 pre-screened home professionals; Pro Reviews lets homeowners read verified customer reviews of home professionals; Instant Booking allows homeowners to schedule services with background-checked home professionals online, as well as see pricing for jobs prior to booking; True Cost Guide provides the average cost of home projects coast-to-coast based on data from real homeowners; and the interior design app DesignMine provides an inspirational and collaborative platform for remodeling projects. Additionally, the field service management software mHelpDesk helps professionals streamline their business through scheduling, managing, and invoicing tools. Access to all of HomeAdvisor’s resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
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