Did you know? Employment in the tech industry is expected to grow ~13%over the next decade — adding 660,000+ jobs to the US labor force. Enter:Flatiron School, designed to help prospective students prepare for careers in tech (like software engineer or cybersecurity analyst).
Whether you’re a new student just starting out or want to revamp your resume to get a boost in your career, Flatiron School offers multiple (and affordable) options to fit everyone’s unique lifestyle. Read: You or your adult kids could learn the skills needed for a high-paying tech job at significantly less cost than a traditional college tuition.
Bootcamp curriculums are up to date with current industry trends, so students gain knowledge + experience they can use in the real world. | Photo provided by Flatiron School
How it works:
Students can choose between full-time or part-time courses that will help build skills necessary for a new job in tech. While both options are available online, Flatiron also has Denver, CO + New York City campuses for in-person courses.
Flatiron can help you become a data scientist, software or cybersecurity engineer, or UX/UI product designer in as little as 15 weeks. | Photo provided by Flatiron School
Flatiron School offers bootcamps in software engineering, data science, product design, and cybersecurity engineering in two formats:
Full-Time: Learn on a fixed schedule, roughly eight hours a day, Monday to Friday, in as little as 15 weeks.
Part-Time: Learn on your own schedule over 40 weeks.
So, you can select which pace fits your learning style + schedule.
Bonus: Students gain real-world experience through hands-on projects that can help build their professional portfolios.
Flatiron also offers graduates up to 180 days of one-on-one career coaching to help students succeed during their job search. Career coaches review resumes, help build a student’s online presence, and can even help practice interviewing techniques. Students can take advantage of Flatiron’s employer network for active career opportunities as soon as they graduate.
How to apply:
Interested? Prospective students can chat with admissions virtually to see if Flatiron might be a good fit, then complete an online application followed by an admissions interview + assessment. Pro tip: Enrollment is open year-round, so you can apply anytime.
Columbia Fireflies: Miller Lite $2 Tuesday | Tues., Aug. 2 | Segra Park | 7:05 p.m. | $5+ | Enjoy $2 hot dogs, popcorn, fountain sodas, and 12-oz. Miller Lites as the Fireflies take on the Charleston RiverDogs. 🍻*
2022 National Night Out with LPD | Tues., Aug. 2 | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main St., Lexington | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Free | National Night Out is an opportunity for the community and officers to come together and support local businesses. 🚓
Family Fun Night | Fri., Aug. 12 | 5-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. | Free | Enjoy an evening of free, outdoor family fun inspired by themes of nature in the CMA’s summer shows, ft. a special guest from Riverbanks Zoo. 👀*
Prom through the Decades | Thurs., Aug. 18 | 6-9:30 p.m. | The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St. | $45 | Dress in prom attire from your favorite decade and join United Way’s Young Leaders Society to dance the night away for a good cause. 👗*
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Did you know? Just 30 minutes of reading each week can determine whether or not a child advances to the next grade — or even graduates on time. 🎓
MRC will celebrate its 15th anniversary during the 2022-2023 school year. | Photo provided by United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is looking for volunteers to support the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) — an initiative that helps pre-K through third-grade students improve their reading proficiency — for the 2022-2023 school year. 📚
MRC is a partnership between United Way of the Midlands and is in 16 schools across eight school districts in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield + Orangeburg counties. During the 2021-2022 school year, the program mobilized 102 volunteers in assisting 224 students.
How it works:
Volunteersread with students once a week during the school year (early Sept.-May) to help ensure they are reading proficiently by third grade, which is key to later success. A reading session lasts just 30 minutes, so many volunteers choose to increase their impact by working with two students back-to-back for one hour per week. Volunteers can also sign up for guest reading sessions, summer reading camp assistance, and book donations.
Plus: It works. According to 2021-2022 MRC survey results, 100% of teachers agreed that students benefit from participating in MRC and 87% of teachers agreed that MRC increased students’ interest in reading.*
The Main Course (1626 Main St.) will close its doors on Aug. 29 to begin renovations for an upcoming hibachi concept restaurant which is expected to open in October. Events scheduled for the Main Course will move next door to The Venue piano bar, which is expanding its hours to include lunch + dinner. 🦐
Benedict College is the first HBCU in SC to offer a degree in Esports Administration + open a gaming room on campus, creating opportunities for its newest learning experiences. Introduced as a bachelor’s degree program last year, the program studies planning, organizing, and marketing Esports events. 🎮 (WIS)
Dominion Energy crews are reinforcing the cofferdam in the Congaree River — the first stage in removing 100-year-old tar-like material (TLM) in the soil between the Gervais and Blossom Street bridges. The TLM must be removed from dry areas of the river because of unexploded Civil War-era ammunition. 💥 (The Post and Courier)
The Meeting Street Artisan Market(425 Meeting St.) updated its hours from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning Sat., Aug. 6. The market will also host evening editions on the second Thursday of each month starting on Aug. 11, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Zesto of West Columbia’s giant cone got a fresh coat of paint after 40 years in the Triangle City sky. The new paint was applied by Lee Strock, son of Leon Strock of Trojan Signs, who helped install the original sign with artist + sculptor Stavros Chrysostomides in 1982. 🍦
Businesses on Devine Street will host a Summer Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 5-7. Included is the Bohemian Home store, which is closing after 48 years, and will be having its biggest sale yet, including 25-75% off all items.
The Big Red Barn Retreat’sFifth Annual Fall Jam at the Ballpark will be held on Sat., Oct. 8 at Segra Park. The show will feature live music performances, including country music headliner Chris Lane. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $25. 🎵
Columbia Animal Services is holding its annual Clear the Shelters eventnowuntil the end of August. All pet adoptions are free, with plenty of dogs + cats looking for their fur-ever homes. If you or someone you know is interested, more adoption information can be found here. 🐶
Don’t just eat better — eat the best.Sunbasket’smeal kit service delivers delicious, healthy meals created by award-winning chefsstraight to your front door. Bonus: COLAtoday readers can get $100 off their first four deliveriesand more when they sign up. 🍽️ *
ICYMI, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) gave a behind-the-scenes look into the SC Air National Guard’s temporary operation at the airport. Get an up-close look at some F-16shere.*
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Malfunction junction reconstruction 🚨
SCDOT Carolina Crossroads is a five phase, $1.7 billion project. | Graphic via SCDOT Crossroads
Construction cranes + barges will arrive in the Saluda River soon for changes coming to portions of I-26, I-126, and I-20. Carolina Crossroads Phase 1 will create a new interchange at Colonial Life Boulevard, improve traffic flow at I-20, and lengthen the I-26 exit ramp to US 378.
Lane closures and delays will begin this week, taking place at night and in the early morning, to avoid heavy commuter hours. Check here for real-time updates.
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Editor’s pick: I’ve heard from a few friends that Fire and Spice(7971 N Woodrow St, Irmo)have the best cheesesteaks around, so while we were working from Loveland Coffee last Friday, I stopped by to try one. It exceeded my expectations and I must say, the 4.8 Google Ratingdoesn’t lie. I wish I could share a picture with you, but the camera did not eat first in this scenario.
Missed Friday’s newsletter? Read about these must do August events in the Soda City.
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