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From Coal to Coding: New Program Trains Ex-Coal Miners in Software Development

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Experts say the rise of natural gas and automation will prevent coal jobs from coming back.

But there's a growing effort to bring a brand new industry to Appalachia -- Computer Coding.

"Mined Minds" is a free training program that teaches former coal miners to become computer coders, creating apps, websites, and games.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin helped Mined Minds establish headquarters near West Virginia's capital with federal grants to show people what West Virginia can do.

"I think it gives us a chance to diversify ourselves and be something people think we are not," said Senator Manchin.

So far, 80 people have received a computer coding certificate from "Mined Mines."

The program has sparked a new initiative to open coding "boot camps" across the state.

West Virginia plans to have six camps open by early next year.

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