A common criticism of higher learning institutions in the United States is that they do not properly prepare students for their “real world careers.” Students are spending upwards of 4 years preparing for these mysterious, other-wordly jobs, only to finally arrive and be told they’re not properly trained. Conversely, on the hiring side for most entry level positions, a minimum requirement of 3-5 years of experience is listed as a core requirement, making it difficult to find someone who matches their ideal candidate.
In fast moving, highly demanding industries like technology, these challenges are making it difficult for employers to find and retain the talent they need. This is not only stifling productivity, it’s costing thousands of Americans job opportunities, and the chance to advance their careers.
In response to the problem, students and employers are turning to new methods of training to find the talent they’re looking for. Coding bootcamps are popping up all over the United States, and Americans are flocking to the idea.
In a recent study conducted by coding bootcamps review site Course Report, in 2015 across the U.S. and Canada, more than 16,000 students are expected to graduate from from coding bootcamps. That number is up approximately 138% over 2014’s total. Additionally, the number of schools whose focus is solely on programming education increased to 67 in 2015 from 43 the previous year.
Zip Code Wilmington
Zip Code Wilmington is the newest of those schools, offering a complete course in 12 weeks for an affordable price, and a select number of paid apprenticeships at area companies. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the school opens its doors September 1st, planning to graduate 20 students from their first semester.
According to Code.org, by 2020 there will be over 1 million more coding jobs available than there are today.
“There’s never been a better time to be someone with the right skills,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell at a press event for Zip Code. “And there’s never been a worse time to be someone without the right skills.”
Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, have all lauded the project, and even appeared in their promotional video.
The problem has also given birth to nonprofit endeavors like the Hour of Code, campaign, a one-hour introduction to computer science and coding. While their campaign is year round, their annual event draws the most awareness to the importance of technology, computer science, and coding.