Last Friday, Course Report was invited by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to participate in an all-day brainstorming session with coding bootcamp industry leaders. The goals for this meeting were two-fold: widening the pool of potential bootcamp students to be more inclusive of diverse socioeconomic, racial, and gender demographics and discussing how to boost confidence in bootcamps and encourage more employers to hire from non-traditional educational backgrounds. We were joined by Brian Forde (Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer), Ryan Burke (Policy Advisor to the National Economic Council), Byron Auguste (Deputy Director of the National Economic Council), and Megan Smith, the Chief Technology Officer. Of the United States. Of America.
To be clear, being invited to the White House to brainstorm about the space that Course Report has focused on exclusively for the past year is very cool. The fact that the US government considers bootcamps to be a viable alleviation to unemployment is encouraging and says a lot about hacker schools and alternative education. But perhaps even cooler was the opportunity to meet with the players in this space face-to-face and find ways to work together and with the government to ensure that bootcamp quality remains high and that job placement is on the rise. Since Course Report is based in New York, we try to put names with faces when we can, but this isn’t always possible. Being able to meet with several key players at one time was invaluable; standouts included:
We split into groups and got to work- talk of apprenticeship, funding, and diversity floated around as ideas crystallized into action items. Some of the questions I left thinking about are:
The White House brought together a significant, action-driven group of individuals and companies to talk about this growing space. Being able to collaborate with these folks was eye-opening and important, and Course Report can’t wait to strengthen these relationships as the bootcamp industry continues to flourish.
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