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!
Technically Baltimore reported that SmartLogic, a software company specializing in developing information retrieval and business analytics, launched an apprenticeship program for software developers, and aims to provide a pathway to jobs for developers who recently completed a coding bootcamp or college program.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.