What happened in the world of coding bootcamps in July 2018? In our latest news roundup we look at the fascinating merger of two prominent bootcamps, an exciting fundraise for a bootcamp which focuses on apprenticeships, and a settlement worth $1 million. We also delve into the college versus coding bootcamp debate, celebrate lots of successful bootcamp graduates, and look at the proliferation of coding bootcamps in up-and-coming tech areas. Finally we look at new, innovative ways to finance bootcamp (and the potential for predatory behavior in them), and what the job market is looking like for grads right now. Read this blog post or listen to our podcast!
Galvanize acquired Hack Reactor. This was covered by Reuters, EdSurge, AmericanInno and more. Galvanize is a Denver-based bootcamp, with campuses around the US. Galvanize isn’t disclosing details of the deal, but they recently raised $32 million and say they used some of that to buy Hack Reactor. In total Galvanize has raised about $100 million in venture capital. Related: Galvanize Acquires Hack Reactor: Everything You Need to Know
iProgrammer reported on a new survey from Digital Ocean about developer trends, which found that 15% of respondents had taken a coding bootcamp to provide them with better skills and experience than college. The survey showed that 61% of respondents who had attended a bootcamp felt well-prepared for a job, but this was true for only 36% of college graduates.
An opinion piece in Real Clear Education, by Carol D’Amico (who served in the U.S. Department of Education as assistant secretary for adult and vocational education), looked at how students should be treated as consumers when it comes to education, and how she believes that like coding bootcamps, colleges should start being judged by their student outcomes, rather than faculty credentials and the quality of the institutions through accreditation.
An interesting case study in the Seattle Times this month looks at how the city of Seattle gave grant money to two apprenticeship programs last year: Launch Code and Apprenti. Launch Code spent $1 million, but were only able to place 4 of their apprentices; so they closed their Seattle and Portland campuses. But Apprenti, was so successful that it expanded to other states.
CBS MoneyWatch profiled Darc Boykin, a college dropout who was working at Uniqlo, and after attending Per Scholas and General Assembly’s free 12-week CodeBridge program, he’s a developer at an e-commerce company
Today Online profiled a successful student from 42 code school in Paris, Brian Young, who studied there for 3 years, and is now a software developer intern at Insas Technology Berhad, a software and systems firm in his home country of Singapore.
Lindsay Gellman of The Atlantic wrote a deep dive about Income Sharing Agreements, recognizing that ISAs have the potential to really change the way that educators relate to students, indicating that ISAs are very much in their nascency, and pointing out that there’s little consensus around how much is fair to reap from program graduates, and for how long. She uses Lambda School’s ISA as an example.
Bakersfield profiles Wyncode graduate Calvin Simms, who didn’t finish college, used deferred tuition to go to coding bootcamp, and now works for Wyncode’s in-house consulting agency, Wyntalent, in Miami, making $8000 more than in his old job.
A few publications including TechRepublic, IT World Canada, SD Times, and Dice highlighted Digital Ocean’s latest report on developer trends in the cloud, which surveyed around 5000 tech professionals, and included questions about hiring coding bootcamp graduates.
Two Thoughtworks recruiters wrote for Fast Company about what they look for in software developers, mentioning things like determination, and commitment to learning your craft, over having a college degree.
American Inno and Atlanta Biz Journals report that Flatiron School will open a campus in Atlanta, and is partnering with Atlanta-based Opportunity Hub (OHUB) to offer $1 million in scholarships per year for students of color across the country.
Lauren was excited to interview a coding bootcamp prep course grad in July – Sarah, a graduate of First Step Coding’s 8-week prep course. Sarah was a high school English teacher for 6 years before realizing that she was more excited about the way technology could support education. She wanted to transition into a more logical, problem-solving role so she attended First Step Coding, and now she’s moving from Boston to San Francisco to attend full-time coding bootcamp Rithm School in September.
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.