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Letter: Creating a bright future

The article “Coding camps for kids rise in popularity” (Concord Monitor Online, June 25) brings out some great opportunities for students in New Hampshire. The article cited a study that claimed by the year 2020, there will be 1.4 million programming jobs in this country with only 400,000 computer science students by that time.

As the Information Technology Department head at NHTI – Concord’s Community College, I can attest the need for application developers (or programmers) in New Hampshire. Every year I have more companies calling with potential application development jobs than I have graduates to fill them. The article didn’t mention that these jobs offer excellent pay and working conditions, as well as opportunities for advancement.

In our IT Department, a student can receive his or her Associate in Science with a major in information technology in just two years. A student who graduates from our IT program is very competitive for application development jobs out there. Our students are currently working as programmers for such local businesses as Concord Group Insurance, AML Partners LLC and FairPoint Communications.

TOM LAURIE

Concord

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