Philly daily roundup: Resilient Coders gets $2.5M; Verizon extends city franchise deal; Certara moves to Radnor

Plus, Jazz Pharmaceuticals partners with Life Sciences Cares to encourage employee volunteering.


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Local coding bootcamp lands $2.5M donation

Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott and her charitable fund Yield Giving donated $2.5 million to Resilient Coders. This donation will expand technical training, program offerings, job placement strategies and staff. The organization hopes to add more coding languages to its courses and provide students with greater assistance for building their networks.

The donation comes at the same time that Resilient Coders is finalizing its three-year strategic plan. It includes programming updates to keep up with the changing tech job market, executive director Ayanna Lott-Pollard said.

➡️ Read more about the impact this donation will have on the bootcamp

This robotics pro started as an intern

Andrew Capodieci started as an intern for off-road robotics company Neya Systems in Allegheny County, and he just never left. After rising through the ranks for 10 years, he is now the director of robotics.

He stayed for that long because of the opportunities to move forward in his career in a short amount of time, Capodieci said. His advice for aspiring technologists? Maintain work-life balance and play to your strengths.

➡️ Read more about Capodieci’s career journey

News Incubator: What else to know today

• It’s likely that Verizon’s franchise deal in Philadelphia will be extended another five years. This deal would involve Verizon providing internet service to 183 parks and rec centers across the city. [The Inquirer]

•  Biotech company Certara moved its headquarters from Princeton New Jersey to Radnor. The company previously had a small office in Blue Bell. [Philly Biz Journal]

• The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, The Wistar Institute, PIDC and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia are accepting applications for the Biomedical Technician Training Program. This time participants will work with Lovance Biotherapeutics and Integral Molecular. [The Navy Yard/]

• Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which has an office in Philly, is partnering with Life Sciences Cares to encourage employee volunteering. [Jazz Pharma]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Iffy Books is hosting a workshop about audio recording basics on May 24 at 3 p.m. [More Details]

• Iffy Books is hosting a Permacomputing meetup on May 26 at 1 p.m. [More Details]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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