hillbillies who code

while the title of this post might sound like the name of a hipster band, it’s actually part of the latest trend of people learning to code from anywhere and everywhere. according to Kentucky-based coal-miner-turned-coder Garland Couch, “a hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal.” in other words, it’s not the stereotypical image we tend to have of folks from certain regions of the States. Mr. Couch hails from a small town, but his career options grew bigger as he began learning code. just like a large portion of beginner coders, Garland is a career changer and although he is twice the age of an average CS graduate, he doesn’t let that stand in his way.  the same applies to Rusty Justice (yes, that’s what he goes by), who founded Bit Source in 2015 after 40 years of workin’ in a coal mine. Mr. Justice found that the salaries earned by miners were on par with those of many tech jobs, and with so many unfilled positions in the tech industry these days it made sense for him to get involved. with the solid work ethics of Rusty Justice, Garland Couch and countless others, it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky is dubbed “Silicon Holler.”

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