CodeMontana enrolls more than 900 Montana high school students

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An educational initiative that aims to teach more Montana high school students computer programming said today that it has enrolled more than 900 participants since its launch in September.

CodeMontana said students from 140 towns around the state have completed more than 26,000 programming lessons so far.

Organized by RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte and Startup Bozeman’s Rob Irizarry, CodeMontana seeks to train students for the hundreds of high-paying, high-tech jobs created in Montana each year.

There are currently not enough Montana students with computer science training to fill those jobs, Gianforte and Irizarry said.

CodeMontana courses are free for high schoolers and were developed by Stanford University computer science graduates. Participants compete for prizes while they learn.