Young programmer has the 'code' to a successful future

February 17, 2017 06:11 PM

ALBANY - Before students at Tech Valley High School graduate, they're required to complete an internship called the "I-Term."

At only 17 years old, Kyle Sharpe already has what it takes to work in the tech industry.

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"It’s given me a huge insight how programming works, overall. I thought I had a general knowledge before," he admitted.

The Tech Valley High School senior recently spent several weeks at Albany Can Code, a group that connects local talent with local tech companies. Albany Can Code even offers development training for people aged 6 to 60.

"Understanding the interaction between education and work force and understanding how important it is. The alignment between what employers need and the kids and young adults are learning to develop skills for," noted Janet Carmosky with Albany Can Code.

Kyle is working to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum Albany Can Code uses in its software sector training program.

"He's giving us perspective of a really sharp person who’s already identified in computer science," pointed out Carmosky.

Kyle may be providing a service, but he's also gaining experience that can't be taught in a classroom or read in a book.

"I'm going to apply this by using all the knowledge I’ve gained from this and hopefully going into some form of career path that uses programming," he noted.


WNYT Staff

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