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what is pathways?

Pathways is a free course for adult learners that focuses on Apple’s Swift programming language and employability skills. During the course, 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.

next cohort and application

Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 and Ed Farm’s commitment to creating a safe, supportive learning environment, the next 11-week Pathways course will be offered in September 2020. We will share information about potential Pathways summer “pop up” opportunities soon. These opportunities will likely be offered as online learning experiences, so learners will be able to access them remotely.

You can apply for the next cohort today and receive updates from our team as we finalize scheduling. We will also share updates regarding summer “pop up” opportunities. Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty. We look forward to Cultivating Change with you.

11 weeks
6 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?

Ed Farm offers Pathways in the spring, summer, and fall. Adult learners who are interested in the program can apply for the course through the Ed Farm website. Complete our Contact Us form to receive updates on recruitment and registration.

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