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Why Coding Bootcamps Still Matter

Last week, two well-known and prominent coding schools announced that they were closing their doors. With so many students and potential students weighing their career and education options, many are questioning the future of coding bootcamps and the technology industry.

At Eleven Fifty Academy, our mission is to close the growing technology skills gap. Our for people, not profit driving force allows us to strive toward accomplishing that mission. And, it will continue to drive it so long as the market demand for coders exists, people are willing and want to pursue a career in coding, and coders are looking for a way to enhance their careers. In the growing sea of coding bootcamps, Eleven Fifty Academy is able to look to the future because we measure our success on student outcomes not our bottom line. We don’t consider our job done until students have been prepared for and found a job.

Employers are looking for skilled technology employees.

In a recent study, over 80% of IT and business executives said they are at least somewhat concerned about the IT skills gap their companies face. Knowing this, we’re confident that our Employer Network will continue to grow as more and more technology based companies seek qualified coders to join their teams.

Coding bootcamps provide those qualified coders with the hands-on experience they need to succeed in those roles. Because we focus on helping you develop your skills, you’ll gain the experience you need in a shorter amount of time at a fraction of the cost.

Coding bootcamps are set up to meet evolving market demands.

The top identified areas with IT skills gaps include emerging technologies (AI and IoT), cloud infrastructure, legacy modernization, cyber security, and software and app development. Traditional education options simply cannot keep up with the growing technology advances. When curriculum reviews happen once every three years at their most frequent, it’s difficult to identify the areas in which the curriculum needs to change most urgently.

At coding bootcamps like Eleven Fifty, we work with an Industry Advisory board to constantly review our curriculum. Doing this helps us better prepare students for the changing technologies they’ll face after graduation. This crafted curriculum is designed to meet evolving market demands and employer needs.

Students all over are realizing the power of coding bootcamps.

In 2013, there were about 2,178 coding students around the country. In 2017, there are projected to be 22,814 coding bootcamp graduates around the country. That’s a huge increase in coders, but it still isn’t enough to fill the growing technology skills gap.

By the year 2020, there will be an estimated 1 million computer jobs open, but only 400,000 computer science students. With traditional options unable to keep up with the pace of technology and in-demand skills, students are already seeking out an alternative that allows them access to a quicker path to purpose. Coding bootcamps are providing that access and so much more to their students.

The bottom line is that coding bootcamps aren’t fading. They are gaining momentum and strength with every cohort that graduates from their programs. If you’re ready to be part of that momentum, learn new skills, and develop yourself into a coding professional, then we want to talk with you. Contact us to learn more about our SmartStart programs and to get started!

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