The coding bootcamp industry is always evolving, so at Course Report we closely follow news and announcements in the coding education space. In September we saw a lot of interesting new data around women in tech and how coding bootcamps are increasing accessibility for underrepresented groups. We also read about new apprenticeship initiatives, heard from students about their experiences, and founders told us about taking bootcamps in new directions. There were also articles about the impact of bootcamps on the education industry as a whole, and advice about finding a job after bootcamp.
Impact of Coding Bootcamps
Getting Hired after Bootcamp
Women Working in Tech
- An article in the Wall Street Journal looks at how the hiring of women in tech has only grown 1% since 2017, with women represented in 24% of technical roles. The article talks to a number of company leaders about what needs to be done to increase workplace diversity.
- WRGZ looked at the equity gap between men and women in tech, and suggested that if companies want to increase the number of women in tech, they should root out bias in hiring, and mentions bootcamps as a way to avoid bias.
- An article in Technically DC, not really about bootcamps, has a nice story about The Melanin Collective, an organization created to support the professional growth and development of women of color in tech through webinars, workshops and curated social media talks.
- A letter to the editor on Syracuse.com from the founder of Hack Upstate, a bootcamp launching in 2019 to teach women and minorities to code in upstate NY talks about poverty in the area, and employers struggling to hire local developers.
- Emma Simms of Alphr.com rounded up the best free coding courses for women in London.
Initiatives to Increase Accessibility
Apprenticeships for Coding Bootcamp Grads
- Geekwire announced that Flatiron School is expanding to Seattle – their first West Coast location. They also have campuses in NYC, London, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.
- News 12 Connecticut announced that San Francisco-based, 2-year code school Holberton School, is opening in Connecticut!
- Rivard Report reports that 18-week coding bootcamp Codeup has expanded its campus in San Antonio, Texas, and is developing a new data science program.
- CIO Dive published an update on Woz U. One year in, Woz U says adult education is the largest focus right now. Most of their students are in the 25 to 35 year age range, with almost two-thirds already holding a degree and looking for a second career.
- Israel21c.org profiled Elevation Academy, a digital nomads-type destination bootcamp in Mexico, which is a partnership with Selina Hostels – Israeli-founded coworking and accommodation spaces geared to Gen X “digital nomads”.
- WMC5 reports that Code Crew school, a nonprofit coding bootcamp in Memphis, Tennessee is calling for nominations for students to enroll for the January 2019 class.
- Yuanxia Ding, who previously served as Chief of Staff to the Department of Education’s former Under Secretary, Ted Mitchell, during the Obama Administration, has joined Skills Fund.
- Manchester, UK-based coding bootcamp Northcoders is launching an introduction to programming course which starts in October 2018.
New Bootcamps on Course Report
- Code Stack Academy, San Joaquin, California
- Rice University Data Analytics Boot Camp, Houston, Texas
- BeCode, Brussels, Belgium
- University of Oregon Coding Boot Camp, Portland, Oregon
- Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, Nashville, Tennessee
- KMMX IT Training Center, Mexico City, Mexico
- University of Wisconsin Extension Coding Boot Camp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Favorite Articles on the Blog
- I really enjoyed speaking to three military veterans who recently graduated from Tech Elevator. They each were in different parts of the military, different ages, and had very different careers following the military, so it was fascinating to hear about their varied experiences, and how their military training translated into programming and doing a coding bootcamp. They all used the GI Bill for their tuition.
- I enjoyed finding out how Code Fellows helps their students land jobs. I spoke with their Director of Partner Relations, and Head of Instruction, to learn more about the Code Fellows Career Accelerator program, their hiring partner relationships, and how they help grads land roles at Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia! So check that piece out!
- My favorite piece to work on this month was another podcast. Jeff Casimir from Turing joined me to talk about what it actually feels like and looks like to learn at a bootcamp. We break down the differences between traditional education and a bootcamp, and how folks who didn’t do well in high school or college may really benefit from a bootcamp learning style. We also transcribed it, so you can listen or read.
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