Technology

New Philly Coding Boot Camp Will Make You a Web Developer in No Time

One of the city’s top institutions will host it.

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If you’re looking to expand your professional portfolio with some in-demand tech skills, there’s a new program option in Philly that you might want to consider. The University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with New York’s Trilogy Education Services, recently announced the launch of the Penn Arts and Science Coding Boot Camp, a 24-week coding program.

Geared toward adult learners and working professionals, the program will equip students (with little to no experience in coding) with the basics of coding, algorithms and data structure. Participants will also receive intensive training in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Java, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Database Theory, Bookshelf.js, MongoDB, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Course material is adjusted according to market demand.

In addition to regular classroom instruction that will be held at the Pennovation Center on Saturdays and two evenings every week, students will spend around 20 hours a week on outside projects and experiential learning activities.

At the end of the 24-week period, which begins on January 23, 2018, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Arts and Sciences. And at the cost of $11,950 total, the cohort of about 25 to start will also receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance and staff support.

Trilogy is a continuing education program manager for institutions around the globe. It has already teamed up with 27 other institutions including Northwestern, Rutgers and UC Berkley Extension to host the coding boot camp, and graduates have been placed at leading companies including Deloitte, Oracle, IBM and GM.

“In the last 12 months, the Philadelphia metro area had thousands of open positions that required web development skills,” said Dan Sommer, CEO and founder of Trilogy. “This mirrors the trends we’re seeing across the country as web development skills continue to play an essential role in professional success throughout the digital economy. We are proud to partner with Penn and support their workforce acceleration efforts.”

Employers in the Philadelphia area alone have added more than 25,000 new tech jobs since 2002, equivalent to 25 percent of all net job growth in the region during that period, according to the Economy League. And over the next ten years, Greater Philadelphia could see 26,000-44,000 job openings in IT.

“Coding is becoming an essential skill for the workplaces,” said Robert Hollebeek, Penn Arts and Sciences Coding Boot Camp academic director. “There are so many books, techniques and languages that it’s hard to find a path to the kind of skills that are needed in the local employment market. This course facilitates that path.”

You can learn more about the program here.