pathways to tech

Pathways to Tech is a series of learning opportunities beginning with Apple’s Swift programming language and enhancing employability skills. Pathways learners build confidence with coding, develop digital and essential skills, and attain post-secondary credentials. Upon course completion, Ed Farm illuminates additional post-secondary pathways learners can follow to continue their journey towards software development, information technology, and entrepreneurship.

Pathways Workshop Series

Workshop opportunities will be made available throughout the year. Periodic updates about experiential opportunities and all the latest Pathways to Tech information will be posted.

Mar 1, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Code with Swift Workshop

Mar 2, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Branding Your Tech Journey Part 1
Mar 4, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Creative App Design Workshop
Mar 7, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Branding Your Tech Journey Part 2
Mar 8, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM IT Workshop
Mar 11, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Code with Swift & Creative App Design Workshop
Mar 15, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM IT Workshop
Mar 25, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch & Learn Workshop hosted by Fetch


pathways update

Pathways to Tech

Applications for our 2024 in-person cohorts are now closed. We appreciate the great interest received in 2024 and all Pathways participants this year. 

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8 weeks
4 hours a week
1 certificate

what you'll learn

Build confidence with coding by exploring Apple’s Swift programming language
Develop digital skills through interactive lab exercises and guided projects
Develop essential skills using personalized learning technology and 1:1 support
Attain certificates that will kick-start your journey toward a job of the future

Pathways to Tech

who is the pathways course for?

Pathways is free and held in person for adults 18+ with a high school diploma or GED who live in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, or Walker counties. Learners must attend 90 percent of the classes.

what will learners create?

Learners work on multiple labs and guided projects during Pathways. Through these experiences, learners build a mobile app portfolio to share with potential employers.

what should learners expect?

Pathways is an interactive learning environment that meets people where they are. Ed Farm instructors treat all learners with respect and design lessons with a focus on learning objectives.

what do learners need?

Ed Farm provides devices, curriculum, expert instructors, and networking opportunities. Learners just need to exercise a commitment to the course and bring a growth mindset to every class.

how can I join pathways?

Adult learners interested in the program can complete our application above.
additional pathways

directions for further development

Innovate Birmingham

Innovate Birmingham creates a sustainable pipeline of tech talent in Birmingham by offering software development bootcamps, data analytics bootcamps, and college scholarships.

Lawson State Community College

Lawson State’s Business and Information Technologies Division offers numerous technology certifications, including the CompTIA A+ certificate and the Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate.


CodingSolutions is a competitive job accelerator and talent refinement program that recruits and transitions college graduates with past programming experience into professional careers.

Sigao Studios

Sigao Studios is Birmingham-based Agile coaching and software development firm specializing in technology solutions built on the Microsoft Platform. Sigao regularly offers a three-day course that guides participants through the world of Scrum Mastery and Product Ownership.

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

UAB’s Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science. Students can pursue a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Cyber Security, M.S. in Data Science, and more.


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national nonprofit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT offers multiple programs, including Aspirations in Computing and Counselors for Computing.


CO.STARTERS is an action-driven, collaborative program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn their business ideas into action.