The Winding Road From Coal To Code

“Nary a month goes by without an announcement of some new effort to train displaced coal miners to code. The appeal of mixing coal and code is approaching the once dizzying heights of “green jobs.” After all, what better way to address Appalachia’s many challenges and leapfrog to the 21st century than by transforming tens of thousands of coal miners into coders? So policy makers and social entrepreneurs are parroting lines like “we’re not shipping coal out of here anymore; we’re shipping code.” At this point, there may be more such efforts in West Virginia and Kentucky than hardluck stories in Hillbilly Elegy.”

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