What does the failure of Flatiron School mean for coding bootcamps?
The news of the coding bootcamp failure splashed all over hacker news a couple of days ago.
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With the explosion of coding bootcamps in recent years, it speaks volumes, as demand for coding & software skills continues to outpace supply. What’s more the starting salaries aren’t bad either.
But how will this affect coding bootcamps going forward?
Would you like a helping of beaurocracy?
Part of the ruling was regarding licensed teachers…
“In order to obtain a SED license, a non-degree granting career school must meet a number of criteria, including using an approved curriculum and employing a licensed director and teachers.”
One thing that sets coding bootcamps apart is that they train their own teachers. And they also use their own curricula. And while protecting consumers is certainly a worthwhile goal, the ruling means bootcamps will have to navigate government bureaucracy for approval. Some have pointed out that the process can be slow & full of red tape. Which is sort of counter to the whole agile startup private industry philosophy. We’ll see!
$75k after 3 months?
One of the claims their marketing made was that many students were making $75k after a few months of study. The ruling underscored this as particularly misleading. more here
As anyone who has studied computer science knows, there’s a lot of foundational concepts in logic, mathematics & problem solving, which you don’t develop overnight. Hopefully this ruling with hammer home the idea, that it takes a little bit more time folks!
Does it please the crown?
One of the comments on hacker news asks “Does it please the crown?”. By slapping these guys on the wrist, the barrier to entry will be higher. Going forward, they will have to pass more hurdles & government beaurocracy.
One of the things that sets coding schools apart is that they can train their own teachers & build their own syllabus. We’ll see if these new hurdles slow things down or not.
Billion dollar Google bet
Almost as if to provide a counterpoint, timely knews comes out of the google camp. They have commited to $1 billion in grants to train workers.
It seems demand for coding skills will be strong for the foreseeable future.
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