Kuster reintroduces Coding Technology Improvement Act

Bill would expand eligibility to receive federal funding for coding programs

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-2nd Dist., has re-introduced legislation to allow coding technology programs to receive funding through the Department of Education.

Currently, only accredited universities may receive such funding, but a number of innovative institutions are offering high-quality programs that propel students into high-paying jobs in the coding arena. The University of New Hampshire partners with non-traditional education providers like the Flatiron School to prepare students for high-quality careers in software development and information technology. 

The Coding Technology Improvement Act would allow these programs to apply for federal education grants, providing support they need to expand and continue to offer skills-training to interested students. 

“The economy in New Hampshire and across the country is changing in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago and it’s critical that we provide our young people with the opportunity to gain the skills to stay competitive in the 21st Century,” said Kuster in a press release. “Careers in coding and software development are an increasingly important part of our economy in the Granite State and expanding access to technology training will be a win-win for students and our state. This commonsense legislation would allow innovative coding programs to apply for funding through the Department of Education, expanding the reach and effectiveness. 

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