Employers, states add faster-paced training programs

STAMFORD, Conn. — After high school, Mohameth Seck enrolled in college. But he dropped out in his sophomore year to spend time developing an app.

“I was taking classes that weren’t really interesting me,” said Seck, now 25, who wanted to work in tech. “I was, like, ‘I have to wait four years to get to that point I want to get to?’ ”

Seck instead learned to code in a one-year programming course run by a nonprofit, where he stuck around for an extra year to master more advanced skills. Many of his friends took the same shortcut to good jobs at companies including Sony and Lockheed Martin.