Code Boot Camps: a New Approach to Workforce Development?

The New York Times recently ran a piece on a new type of training institution for technology workers, code boot camps.  They are high-pressure and costly, but the seem to deliver results:STEM

These boot camps reflect the start-up ethic: small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to meet industry needs) and unconcerned with SAT scores or diplomas. Most are expensive, but some accept a share of the graduates’ first-year earnings or a finder’s fee from employers as payment.

Most important, at a time when so many young people are underemployed, most graduates, especially those from highly selective boot camps, quickly find well-paying jobs. In a recent survey of 48 boot camps, Course Report, an online boot camp directory, found that three-quarters of graduates were employed, with raises averaging 44 percent from their pre-boot camp pay and an average salary of $76,000.

Clearly, some of the outcome is unique to the tech sector, and to their ability to be highly selective among applicants.  Nonetheless, the concept of training institutions as  “fast, nimble” and focused on competencies, not test scores may be instructive to other training providers.

The full story is here.

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