Each month, the Course Report team rounds up the most interesting bootcamp industry news that we read and talked about in our office. In April, we were showered with a ton of exciting fundraising and acquisition news, ISAs (income sharing agreements) continued to be a hot topic, and coding bootcamps began getting approved for a new veterans program called VET TEC. We also saw some great diversity initiatives and scholarship opportunities for bootcamps in the US and abroad. Plus, a report from the Christensen Institute looked into bootcamps as disruptors, and two schools are planning to expand the bootcamp model into healthcare – read to the end to find out more.
Inside Higher Ed and Politico report that Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy undersecretary at the Department of Education, said in April that the Trump administration is considering establishing a program to offer income-share agreements.
An opinion piece in The Hill looks at how higher ed needs a rethink in the context of the college admissions scandals. Instead of pushing people towards the “best” colleges, this writer suggests pushing towards career readiness through coding bootcamps.
Tech Cabal looks at the discrepancies between women and men in tech in Africa, how much access boys and girls have to technology in developing countries, and highlights initiatives to get more girls and women into tech, mentioning that 21% of Andela’s developers are women.
And on a related note, CIO East Africa looks at how the International Telecommunication Union celebrated Girls in ICT day on April 25 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Providence Journal gives us an update on the new VET TEC program from the Dept of Veterans Affairs, an initiative to help veterans enroll in nontraditional programs teaching high-tech skills. The program applies specifically to classes in one of five areas:
My San Antonio looks at Nebraska’s major tech worker shortage, and how 100 students want to go to code school but can’t afford it. The governor and business leaders are now calling for more funding for scholarships.
SF Chronicle profiles companies offering “Returnships” to people who have been out of work for 1 to 2 years, and focuses on a woman who did a bootcamp in 2016 and her struggle to get back into the workforce.
According to Irish Tech News, a new coding school in Dublin called the Talent Garden Innovation School has opened to teach Artificial Intelligence, Data, UX Design, Digital Sales & Marketing and Digital Transformation.
Metropolitan Community College is launching a 9-month part-time code school called MCC Code School in Omaha, Nebraska.
And in the Vanderbilt Hustler, we learned that a Dev Bootcamp grad and a fellow Vanderbilt alum are launching a new bootcamp in Nashville called Codebug over the summer. This summer, there are classes from May 6-17 and June 17-28.
Liz’s favorite interview in April was with a mom named Ashley who went to DigitalCrafts and landed an internship at a Financial Services company, and spun that into a full-time job. With Mother’s Day coming up, Liz asked her about getting through a bootcamp while balancing kids and Ashley had some amazing advice on setting up a schedule and logistics. Here’s a quote from Ashley: “Becoming a developer has made me a better role model for my family. I have two girls of my own and when I learn new things, I like to show them as well. We even made a sensor for their school garden to indicate when the soil needs water.”
Imogen enjoyed working on a new video which is like a mini-documentary about the coding bootcamp industry, why it exists, and what sort of outcomes students see. The title of the video is “Are coding bootcamps worth it” and it includes interviews with coding bootcamp graduates from Hack Reactor, General Assembly, and Flatiron school.
Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.