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Computer coding now seen as vital job skill

Elizabeth Long hardly fit the profile of a technology geek. She had a degree in recreation, wrote newsletters for nonprofits, and later worked as a legal assistant.

But she wanted to code. She began taking coding classes at the nonprofit Girl Develop It, then in April completed an intensive, two-month program at the Startup Institute, a firm providing technology training in Boston. The result: a new job, a raise of more than $10,000 a year, and a new career.

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