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Partners win grant for student code camp

May 28, 2018
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A pair of partners hope a $50,000 grant will help develop the next generation of local coders.

This summer, students will get the opportunity to learn how to become an entrepreneur by developing their own technology.

The Grand Rapids Public Library and Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will be used to fund a 10-week summer program called Code Camp: Build a Business with Junior Achievement.

The camp will be held at the Main and Madison Square GRPL locations from June 14-Aug. 23. Students will learn how to launch their own start-up business app. Along with developing an app, students will participate in JA’s program focused on business and entrepreneurial skills.

“Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is excited to collaborate with the Grand Rapids Public Library to offer enhanced activities for the summer through JA entrepreneurship programming for students,” said Bill Coderre, president of Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes.

“This is a positive example of a successful partnership between a government-based organization and a nonprofit organization,” he added.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides federal support to 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums across the country. Its goal is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement through grants, policy development and research.

Code Camp is free to attend. Students can register here. Limited drop-in space is available and can be confirmed by calling (616)-988-5400.

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