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American Libraries magazine, Get cracking on code: Community courses lead to jobs

By Kate Silver

Date Published: 3/3/2015

Matt Ferguson was in a dead-end job, and he knew it. He'd become a paralegal because it gave him flexibility to spend time with his family. But working in a small office, he had no hope for advancement, and he didn't love the work. After researching different career options, he decided to learn about web development, an area ripe for growth. That's what led him to the Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library (LFPL).

In a matter of months, Ferguson took a series of free coding classes through the library. it opened up an array of career possibilities, and he was quickly hired as a front-end web developer with an advertising agency.

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