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RightNow founder announces computer programming initiative for teens

Published On: Sep 17 2013 11:11:55 AM MDT
Greg Gianforte
BUTTE, Mont. -

RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte announced a new program aimed getting more Montana teens interested in computer programming.

Code Montana gives high school students a free online software development tutorial that they can complete at their own pace.  Students will also have access to software professionals who can mentor and evaluate their work and progress in the program.

Gianforte made the announcement at the 2013 Jobs Summit in Butte.  He told the crowd there are more good paying technology jobs in Montana than qualified people to fill those positions. 

According to the Code Montana website, Montana universities only produce about 14 percent of the Computer Science graduates needed.  And the starting salaries for those positions tend to range between $60,000 and $80,000.

The Code Montana initiative launched the same day Gianforte made the announcement. Students that sign up for the program are eligible for prizes.  For more information head over to codemontana.org.

Greg Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies and sold the company to technology giant Oracle.