Mined Minds Program Trains Ex-Coal Miners in Software Develop
CLENDENIN, WV (WOWK) - State lawmakers toured the Mined Minds program at the old Clendenin Middle School. The program trains ex-coal miners to become software developers, but it has expanded to accept all ages and backgrounds.
The first class of students is about to graduate and instructors say their prospects are bright. We learned about one former miner who exemplifies what program is all about.
"Billy Jack Buzzard, he's incredible, he's a guy that worked in the mines. He did something with the ceilings, I don't quite understand what he did, but he did he said he had to be hunched over the whole day. He left because of physical pain and things like that. Became a tattoo artist, and he's still currently working as a tattoo artist and is learning how to be a software developer, and he's by far one of our best students," Jeremy Tong, an instructor with the program, told 13 News.
The program is free thanks to grants and consulting work that apprentices in the program bring in.
The training typically lasts 16 to 32 weeks with 2 days in office and other work done at home.