A non-profit created to help hard hit residents of Appalachia get dream jobs in “the technology industry” turned out to be a nightmare for those who trusted the outfit with their time and money.
Mined Minds’ stated goal was to create “new pools of software developers in low-cost areas” that would attract tech industry employers interested having an “onshore workforce, and local communities” that would “increase the diversification of their economies.”
They had the endorsement of Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV), an agreement to teach the state national guard and the help of local commissioners. Mined Minds also received a share of a $1.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Now, “Over two dozen former students” have filed lawsuits against the organization charging Mined Minds with being a fraud that failed to deliver on its promises. More