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Zip Code awarded $100K grant to help small businesses become hiring partners

The funds, from the Delaware Division of Small Business, will help small businesses offset Zip Code's tuition reimbursement fee.

Zip Code Wilmington's office at The Mill.

(Photo by Holly Quinn)

Zip Code Wilmington has had a busy year, with new leadership and a new data engineering program. Now the nonprofit coding bootcamp is getting a boost in the form of a Workforce Training Grant from the Delaware Division of Small Business, it announced this week.

The grant award will be upwards of $100,000 to help Zip Code’s small business hiring partners offset the tuition reimbursement fee required of companies when they hire one of its graduates.

“We are excited to receive the Workforce Training Grant from the Delaware Division of Small Business as it helps diversify the types of companies that can hire our talented and highly motivated graduates,” said Desa Burton, executive director of Zip Code Wilmington, in a statement.

“As a self-sustaining nonprofit, we rely on tuition reimbursement paid by our corporate partners when a graduate is placed,” she said. “With this grant, small businesses seeking to hire our graduates will have affordable access to the skilled tech talent they need to help their businesses grow and remain competitive in an ever increasing technical marketplace.”

Eligible small businesses looking to become Zip Code Wilmington hiring partners can apply to take advantage of the Workforce Training Grant through June 30. Email Lossie Freeman, director of corporate partnerships, at lossie@zipcodewilmington.com to learn more.

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