In the coding bootcamp industry in June 2018 the biggest trend we saw was coding bootcamps funneling grads into apprenticeships! We also saw two big fundraises by bootcamp-adjacent organizations, we heard about some interesting new legislation which could change how online bootcamps operate, and some bootcamp alumni launched exciting new careers. We also look at the effect bootcamps are having on tech industries in areas around the world, which bootcamps are offering scholarships to help women and underrepresented groups launch tech careers, and partnerships bootcamps are forming with big companies like Facebook. Read the blog post or listen to the podcast!
Trilogy Education, an organization which runs coding bootcamps inside universities, has raised $50 million in its latest funding round, after raising $30 million in 2017. Trilogy works with around 30 universities in the US, Mexico, and Canada to provide intensive skills-based programs on coding, data analytics, cyber security and UX Design. Forbes does some analysis on the success of Trilogy so far.
- On a related note, James Paterson from Education Dive looked at how, in the face of declining enrollment, universities are trying to make their offerings more attractive by launching programs in more practical subjects or specialized courses that fit employer needs, or on-campus coding bootcamps.
- 2U, a Landham, Maryland-based company who partners with Flatiron School and helps universities create and market online degree-bearing graduate programs, raised $331 million through its latest public offering of common stock.
Bootcamp Grad Success Stories
- Built in Chicago profiled Alexander Lang, a 2014 Dev Bootcamp graduate who is now a Developer Team Lead at a financial planning company called NextCapital.
- Albuquerque Journal profiled Deep Dive Coding graduate Valente Meza, a 27-year-old single parent who struggled on an $18,000-a-year Applebee’s server income, but after bootcamp became a web designer and developer earning $30,000.
- CNBC profiles Hackbright Academy graduate Becca Rosenthal, who graduated from the all women’s bootcamp in December, and is now a Software Engineer at Reddit!
- IT World Canada looked at Developer 30 under 30‘s latest selection of Canadian software developers, including Leigha Mitchell, a Bitmaker grad who is now a back end developer and advocate for diversity in coding.
- And if anyone is wondering how they can hire those talented software developers like the ones we just mentioned, Nearshore Americas published a great article called “How to find Quality Software Developers and Keep them for the Long Term.”
Bootcamps Changing the Landscape
Making Tech Accessible to More People
Flatiron School has a lot going on right now:
Fullstack Academy cofounders, David Yang and Nimit Maru, wrote a guest post for Recode about getting more women into tech, why we need more women in the tech industry, suggestions on how to increase the number of women in the space, and how to reduce microaggressions in the workplace.
- NewCo Shift talked with Susan Mernit, who is the founder of Hack the Hood, a bootcamp that works with low-income, 18-25-year-old young people of color in the Bay Area. They work with Adobe and LinkedIn, put students through a coding bootcamp, and then Adobe takes them on as apprentices.
- The New Times looked at how 26 women aged 18-24 went through a free 3-month coding bootcamp in Kigali, Rwanda, organized by local NGO Igire which provides training to youth who have small businesses.
- TechCrunch profiled Patriot Bootcamp, a series of programs under the Techstars banner that gives veterans the tools and connections they need in order to launch a startup in cities like San Antonio, DC, Austin, and Denver. Currently the program offers one to two multi-day events per year, but the CEO wants to build the program into a full-fledged growth accelerator that would target startups in addition to budding entrepreneurs.
- EdTech Times podcast spoke to the founder of Code Platoon, Rod Levy, about what they’re doing to train military veterans in tech in Chicago.
Scholarships and partnerships
New coding bootcamps/coding bootcamp updates
The Tribune and KSBY looked at a new partnership between Fullstack Academy and SLO Partners, an apprenticeship program, to offer a coding bootcamp in San Luis Obispo, CA. SLO Partners is offering a number of scholarships to recent high school graduates and women.
EdSurge and Inside Higher Ed report that Learners Guild, a 10-month software engineering program in Oakland, California has closed down, with the company saying “we were unable to find a sustainable business model.”
- New River Community and Technical College is holding a 16-week, part-time coding bootcamp in Beaver, West Virginia in July.
- 10 News reports that some students are questioning the quality of education at Origin Code Academy in San Diego. Jeff Winkler the co-founder says that at least one of the students didn’t regularly attend classes and that “being able to Google is an important part of the process. Origin Code Academy is also having some paperwork problems and is in the process of being approved by the BPPE in California.
- Fortune mentions a new coding school in Amsterdam, Codam, which is modeled after 42 in Paris, and will open this fall.
Tampa Bay News reports that a coding bootcamp is opening in St Petersburg, Florida. Suncoast Developers Guild Academy opens in July and is headed up by Toni Warren who was the campus manager for The Iron Yard’s Tampa campus before it closed down.
Coding Dojo is launching an East Bay campus in the Bay Area. Coding Dojo CEO Michael Choi talked to ELearningInside about the new location, and what goes into establishing a new coding bootcamp campus.
- Next City.org looks at how New York Public Library’s Associate Director of Technology Education and Training saw that coding bootcamps were not teaching a diverse enough group of people, and saw barriers to entry, so they launched a NYPL tech education program called TechConnect. The library has now built out 7 computer labs across the city, and Tech training programs at libraries range from high-level computer programming courses that mimic the style of a coding boot camp, to basic computer classes that teach skills such as word processing and email.
Our Favorite Pieces
- I really enjoyed shooting and editing a video interview with General Assembly graduate Ileana Ordonez. Liz and I loved hearing Ileana’s amazing story of learning to code, and why spending that time and money on coding bootcamp was worth it. She told us how learning to code landed her a job with the NYC Department of Education, and her salary is now 4 times more than before bootcamp!
- Liz delved further into the question “are coding bootcamps worth it,” and put together (with Lauren’s help) a piece that fully answers this question with data, alumni perspectives, videos, and advice on how to get the most out of coding bootcamp!
- Lauren was intrigued by Neha Gupta, a South Bay Hackbright Academy grad who was a doctor in naturopathic medicine before realizing she wanted a career that enabled her to solve more varied problems each day. She had family and friends who worked as engineers in the tech industry who supported her transition into tech.
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