Nebraska moms looking for a side hustle have a new option.
Midland Community College has teamed up with Lincoln mom and web designer Becca Kroese to give moms an opportunity to learn how to build websites with the Mom Code Academy online class starting May 1.
“This course was developed to help busy moms engage tech skills that are in demand,” said Micah Yost, lead faculty at the Midland Code Academy. “We want to help them start a side hustle, change careers, or head back to work.”
Participants will learn the basics of coding websites, including the foundations of HTML and CSS. By the end of the class, they’ll be able to create and code their own simple websites. They’ll also learn how to setup and customize their own WordPress website.
“If there is a mom looking to make some extra income working from home on a flexible schedule, this is a great option,” Yost said. “Some may find that web development is a passion and something they’d like to pursue full time. Right now, there are hundreds of jobs open around our area for IT professionals. We’d love to help moms engage these career opportunities.”
Becca first learned to code and build websites in middle school.
“My dad is a software engineer, and my mom an illustrator/designer, so mix those two together and you get someone that makes websites,” Becca said.
She started her own website and branding company, Skwintz, in 2012. She became so busy building websites that she hired her friend, Hannah Tripe of Alma, to help her. Becca is now a mom to 6-month-old, Lincoln.
“I only recently just got back to full-time work, so I completely get the stay-at-home mom life,” she said. “Lots of moms seem to turn to things like selling different products to make a little extra side cash. Instead, they could sell websites or maybe work part time contracting. These skills open doors for multiple possibilities, perhaps even re-entering the workforce. In addition to that, there is something empowering knowing you can pretty much build whatever you want.”
The Mom Code Academy is tailored toward moms, but it’s open to anyone interested in learning the basics of coding. Registrations will be accepted until the start date of May 1. Classes will meet online May -1-July 19 two times a week from 7-9 p.m. For more information or to register, visit Mom Code Academy.