Mined Minds Foundation

Changing The Economic Driving Force In Rural Appalachia From Coal To Code


Mined Minds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission of growing tech hubs in areas of economic need within rural Appalachia. We do this by working with training providers to grow a talented and diverse workforce, as well as working to create and bring new career opportunities to the region.

Mined Minds Foundation believes anyone can have a successful career in the technology industry, and that socioeconomic factors should not be a barrier to entry. We also understand that talent in the software development sector is hard to come by, overpriced, and that the workforce is severely lacking in diversity. By creating new pools of software developers in low-cost areas, the tech industry benefits through availability of an increased onshore workforce, and local communities increase the diversification of their economies.

To discuss how we can partner, please get in touch


  • Sponsor participant scholarships
  • Hire new programmers
  • Host an apprentice
  • Mentor new technologists


If you would like to support our mission, you can donate by credit or debit card by clicking below. If you would prefer to donate in a different way please contact us for details. Download our 2017 990 to see where the money goes.

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our Employer Identification Number is 81-2628941.


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Amanda Laucher and Jonathan Graham (March 29, 2018)

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Jonathan Graham (July 13, 2017)

Learning To Code With Audible Programming

Jonathan Graham (July 11, 2017)


"I could barely get to a website, let alone build one"
- Marvin Laucher, Coal Miner turned Software Developer (CNN, April 16, 2016)
"…companies thinking of outsourcing work to India or Ukraine will see the benefit of using [Mined Minds] coders in Pennsylvania and West Virginia"
- Ed Crooks, FT Editor (Financial Times, Mar 29, 2017)
"The area isn’t just about energy; it isn’t just about coal. Other things can happen here"
- Jonathan Graham, Mined Minds Co-Founder (PBS NewsHour, July 24, 2016)


Funded by the Appalchian Regional Committee (ARC) ARCODE grant, awarded to Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, Mined Minds is offering a free 32-week training program in the fundamentals of software development.

Training is project based and hands-on from day one. As well as technical skills in Ruby, Javascript, HTML, CSS, SQL, and more, you will learn and apply industry best practices. These include version control, pair and mob programming, test-driven development, and agile development.

Before registering interest, please download Booeys game on your phone, and complete as many levels as you can. The game exposes players to five aptitudes critical to technical careers. You are not required to complete all levels, and you will be asked your thoughts on the game during the interview process.

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