Development is an exploding and wildly growing field. It's growing so fast that there is expected to be a gigantic shortfall of people ready to enter the field as demand rises. Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying that they estimate the number of open development jobs in the next two decades to be 5 to 20 million. They further estimate the number of people entering that field to be a fraction of the number of open positions. Needless to say there is a gigantic shortfall. This is the primary reason why you may have noticed so many commercials for coding resources and a nationwide push for people to learn development. It's a fairly serious problem.
Many services have risen to help answer the call. Khan Academy, Codecademy, code.org and several other online education resources have cropped up helping people to learn the basics of development in a no hassle, consequence free environment.
We were really excited to see Treehouse entering the fray with a dedicated Oregon-based resource for learning development and attempting to fill the gap on a local level. Code Oregon is a new education program in which the amazingly popular online learning service, Treehouse, and employment provider, Worksystems, have teamed up to train and place developers in open jobs. AND they're doing it for free. Interested in participating? Just jump over to Code Oregon, fill out the form and they will be contacting interested people with more details.
The only question we had (and we need to do more research on it) is if this program will be age based. We hope not as it could even be a viable option for other individuals who might be looking to improve their prospects. At any rate, this will be a great project to track and see how it develops.