By Imogen Crispe
Last Updated March 29, 2018
In our March 2018 technology bootcamp news roundup, we discuss all the industry news that we've been talking about at Course Report! We have some fun celebratory announcements, we looked at news about the positive impact bootcamps are having on individuals and companies, and the debate continued between coding bootcamps and computer science degrees. We heard about some great student experiences at bootcamp, some wonderful diversity initiatives, and new scholarship opportunities. Plus, a good number of new coding bootcamps and campuses launched in March. Read the roundup below or listen to the podcast!
Hiring and Getting Hired From Bootcamp
Coding Bootcamp vs CS Degrees
Student Experiences at Bootcamp
Diversity in Tech
UK Tech News looks at the lack of diversity in tech, and talks to Evgeny Shadchnev, the CEO of Makers Academy programming bootcamp in London, who says that 35% of students are women.
- Built in Austin talks to 4 local tech companies to find out how they promote diversity in their companies. Atlassian partners with organizations like Galvanize to provide scholarships for underrepresented women; and other companies partner with groups like Girls Who Code and Blacks in Technology to engage with the community in their outreach efforts.
512tech.com shared how one of the first speakers at South by Southwest was French activist Joséphine Goube, the CEO of Techfugees, which helps refugees around the world with resources like free Wi-Fi, blockchain-enabled cash, and coding boot camps to help migrants learn tech skills and integrate into societies.
- Fereshteh Forough is the founder of Code to Inspire, a bootcamp for women in Afghanistan – she was interviewed in Daze Digital magazine in March, and then she was highlighted as one of Vogue Australia’s Game Changers for 2018. Go Fereshteh!
Forbes, The New York Times, and Mashable reported that model Karlie Kloss is expanding her Kode with Klossy classes from 15 camps in 12 cities to 50 camps in 25 cities, with the aim to teach 1000 girls aged 13-18 per year.
- Rebecca Greenfield of Bloomberg looked at whether coding bootcamps have been successful in increasing diversity in tech and how some tech companies are still trying to help the skills gap problem.
Forbes profiles Paria Rajai, who used to work at Hackbright Academy and now works at MissionU, about her own personal mission to drive tech accessibility.
- In an article about optimizing your company for an exit strategy, Entrepreneur looks at how investors may think twice about acquiring less than diverse startups, and how you can diversify your team by avoiding employee referrals, and hiring coding bootcamp grads, and veterans.
Coding Bootcamp Scholarships
- Next Pittsburgh covered the announcement of Tech Elevator’s new Pittsburgh campus opening in May. The first course in Pittsburgh is 14 weeks and will focus on Java.
Northcoders coding bootcamp in Manchester, UK is launching a new self-paced curriculum.
- New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, West Virginia is now offering an intensive 12-week software development bootcamp class to prepare students for jobs.
Let’s Code Algoma iOS bootcamp launches on April 3rd in Sault Ste Marie in Ontario, Canada. The course is an intensive 8-week bootcamp for students aged 18-29.
- Flatiron School is opening a campus at a London, UK WeWork.
- TechCrunch profiles NextGenT, a 16-week online bootcamp for getting a certificate in network management. The program will cover the basics of network engineering, the IT industry, and students will work on a project which simulates the rollout of an HQ facility, before getting certified to enter the workforce. NextGenT also includes career coaching and will cost $12,000.
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared that i.c. stars is launching in Milwaukee. i.c.stars teaches technology and other skills for free by focusing on projects from local employers. Students are paid a $150 per week stipend. The four-month program is followed by two years of coaching, professional development, and job search support.
Coder Foundry is back after filing for bankruptcy. CoreTechs, owned by Bobby Davis, who also owned Coder Foundry, has bought the bootcamps assets for $20K, and will start classes again in May.
A 12-week coding bootcamp will soon launch in Traverse City, Michigan to prepare applicants for open jobs in the area.
- Metro reports that Columbia University in New York is partnering with Trilogy Education to offer a 24-week, part-time coding bootcamp. Enrollment is open now, the bootcamp costs $12,995, and classes begin on June 5.
New Schools on Course Report
Code Immersives, New York City
Momentum, Durham, NC
Techtonica, San Francisco, CA
MediaTech Institute, Houston & Dallas, TX
NPower, NYC and Dallas, TX
Favorite pieces on the Blog in March
- Liz enjoyed moderating a webinar with Jeff Casimir from Turing School and Rebekah Rombom from Flatiron School about how to get a job after a bootcamp. We talked about:
- How to structure your job search once you're on your own
- Whether you should accept an apprenticeship/internship
- If factors like education background and age impact salary after a bootcamp
- Jeff & Rebekah's feelings on networking and meetups
- Lauren loved interviewing Ed Jasper of Flatiron School. Ed graduated from Flatiron School 4 years ago and tells us about his career journey including his background as a personal trainer, his full scholarship at Flatiron School, and finding developer roles in fashion tech. He also shares his experience as a person of color and a person within the LGBTQ community and how that has impacted his life in tech. He’s now a Front End Developer at Rent the Runway!
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