The partnership with a coding academy is another example of how community colleges are working with tech-training institutions to help students quickly ramp up their job skills.
Bellevue College is partnering with a national, private coding academy to offer part-time classes in some of the fastest-changing job skills on the market: web development, web applications and other coding skills.
The types of coding skills that employers want are changing so rapidly that it’s been hard for community colleges to keep up to date, said Mark Veljkov, product manager at Bellevue College, the state’s largest community college.
By offering a subset of the classes taught by Coding Dojo, Bellevue College students “get to take a really good program that’s delivered by professionals, and we know these programs match up well with what employers are looking for,” he said.
The partnership is another example of how community colleges are working with tech-training institutions to help students quickly ramp up their job skills. Earlier this summer, Seattle Central College won a federal labor grant to offer a coding-apprenticeship program, in partnership with a St. Louis nonprofit, LaunchCode.
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Bellevue College will offer a third of the classes the private boot camp teaches, and the cost will also be about one-third less. Students will also be able to take the courses part time — in the evenings and on weekends.
Classes will be at the college, and taught by Coding Dojo instructors.
In its own schools, Coding Dojo offers a 14-week coding boot camp that costs $13,000 and requires students to spend about 50 to 60 hours a week to master the material, said Kevin Saito, the company’s vice president of product development.
The Bellevue College classes are meant to appeal to students who can’t go to a coding camp full time, and the pace of learning will correspond to the amount of time a part-time student could spend, Saito said.
The courses were chosen based on advice from Insight Global Staffing, an IT staffing company that partners with Bellevue College, Veljkov said. The company said those were the most sought-after skills in the area.
No financial aid is available; the courses are considered continuing education, Veljkov said.
Saito described the courses as “a pretty significant onramp” to high-tech jobs; for example, a student who completed the Ruby on Rails course could find work as a Ruby developer.
“Having content partners just makes good sense,” Veljkov said. “For us to try to reinvent the wheel is a waste of money.”
Coding Dojo offers a free collection of basic online lessons about algorithms, the building blocks of computer programming, for students who are curious about what the work is like.