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Boot camps for coding teach a trade for the digital age

Graduates quickly find well-paying jobs after attending the camps, which are devoted to creating software developers

Published Tue, Oct 14, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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A NEW educational institution, the coding boot camp, is quietly emerging as the vocational school for the digital age, devoted to creating software developers.

These boot camps reflect the startup 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 per cent from their pre-boot camp pay and an average sala…

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