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

Do you attend an HBCU in the state of Alabama? If so, register for our Virtual App Design Workshop. The workshop will be Monday, December 4th, through Thursday, December 7th, from 2 pm - 4 pm.

One talented winner will receive a $1,000 prize for their app design and presentation.

More workshop opportunities will be made available. To receive updates about experiential opportunities and all the latest Pathways to Tech information, be sure to complete our interest form below.

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 cohorts are now open. We will be hosting multiple cohorts in 2024, beginning with Cohort 9. Classes will be held at Ed Farm, located downtown on 4th Avenue North.

Apply today!  

For more information and to stay current on all adult learning cohorts and sessions throughout the year, follow us on our social media platforms.


8 weeks
4 hours a week
2 certificates

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

who is the pathways course for?

Adults 18+ with a high school diploma or GED who live in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, or Walker counties. Pathways is free, and 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. Complete our interest form to receive programming updates and newsletters.
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.