Happy (nearly) summer! As the COVID-19 vaccines roll out, we’re happy to relay news that tech hiring is on the rise, which means plenty of job opportunities for bootcamp graduates. Also on our May episode, we’re talking about reports that companies are partnering with coding bootcamps to reskill their internal workforce, and what this could mean for the future of education. Towards the end of May, there was plenty of buzz about Lambda School. And we’re looking back on what has (and hasn’t) changed when it comes to diversifying the tech pipeline. Plus, find out which 23 new bootcamps we added to the Course Report directory this month!
Curious about what happened in April 2021? Check out last month’s episode with the biggest bootcamp news from April.
$2.5M FUNDRAISES + AN IPO + LAMBDA LAWSUIT
ITWeb reports that iXperience raised a $2.5M Series A investment.
Galvanizeappointed Ricky Hamilton as Chief Executive Officer.
According to Nimby, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust recently granted a sponsorship to Holberton School to support its Holberton Software Development School and Computer Science coding program.
NexGenT (now NGT Academy) is about to IPO under the Regulation A+ securities exemption and has agreed to be featured on entrepreneur.com’s new TV series, “Going Public.”
TechCrunch reported that Lambda School had a round of layoffs and restructuring.
InsideHigherEd and Yahoo! News covered the new lawsuit against Lambda School by three Lambda School alumni accusing the school of false advertising.
Even though Lambda School seems to have some restructuring to do, Ryan Craig came to Lambda School’s defense in his article in Forbes.
BOOTCAMPS & CORPORATE TRAINING
In an interview with Yahoo! News, Pearson CEO Andy Bird sees the surge of interest in alternative credentials and reskilling programs as evidence that companies will become the new universities of the future. Bird points to Amazon which has partnered with Kenzie Academy and Lambda School to reskill its workers.
EdSurge reports that corporations unable to hire enough workers to fill tech positions are assuming the costs and risks of preparing people for entry-level technology roles by offering apprenticeships.
Templar Payments has become a hiring partner of coding bootcamp Northcoders through the Apprenticeship Levy, which is a UK tax on employers that can be used to fund apprenticeship training.
GETTING HIRED IN THE US – MAY 2021
Dice released their Q1 Tech Job Report and found that Seattle’s hiring scene is back up.
KIRO7 highlighted how Seattle-based Code Fellows has been helping people throughout this past year make a career change into these pandemic-resistant tech fields through their online coding bootcamp.
Business Insider caught up with Lisa Lewin, the new CEO of General Assembly, about how tech training programs are crucial during difficult economic times, especially in “second- or third-tier cities” who were already hit by the loss of manufacturing jobs.
Delaware Business Now reported on Zip Code Wilmington’s amazing 90% job placement rate for its rapid training program, Forward Delaware.
DIVERSIFYING THE TECH PIPELINE
CNBC and the Morning Brew reported on how tech companies like Facebook and Twitter are falling short of their promise to diversify their own tech hires.
According to WFMZ, 2U just announced that it is expanding its high school boot camp program to four universities this summer. These programs give students aged 13 and older an intro to coding and data fundamentals.
Jess loved speaking with CareerFoundry alumni Cici Yang and Aladrian Goods. Cici and Aladrian both graduated from CareerFoundry’s online UX design bootcamp two years ago, and they spoke about how that program continues to help them in their careers as UX designers. If you’re looking for advice on how to make the most of your bootcamp experience and land a UX design job that sparks an amazing career, definitely check out this Q&A!
Liz got to work on a really helpful guide to Ethical Hacking with Flatiron School’s Cybersecurity Instructor Jessica Meyers. Find out what it means to have a career as an Ethical Hacker – and what your job would actually entail, how much you can expect to get paid with different certifications, and how social engineering is making ethical hacking more important than ever!
Jess is the Content Manager for Course Report as well as a writer and poet. As a lifelong learner, Jess is passionate about education, and loves learning and sharing content about tech bootcamps. Jess received a M.F.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.