Enrollment nearly triples in coding boot camps

Seen as a path to lucrative tech jobs

Coding boot camps, which teach computer science skills over the course of several weeks, are growing in popularity, according to a new survey.

The survey was conducted by Course Report and received responses from 63 of 67 coding boot camps in the United States and Canada. Overall, Course Report estimates 16,056 people will graduate from the programs in 2015—up markedly from 6,740 graduates in 2014.

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The number of programs has also grown, rising from 43 in 2014 to 67 today. The courses last between two and four months and cost an average of $11,063. According to the survey, the most popular programing languages taught in boot camps are Ruby and JavaScript.

The boot camps are gaining credibility as a pathway to high-paying tech jobs. For instance, Denver-based Skill Distillery recently gained approval to accept GI Bill education benefits.

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Course Report says that U.S. undergraduate computer science programs graduated 48,700 students in 2014 and hypothesizes coding boot camps could surpass that in the coming years. However, edSurge notes that comparing those numbers may not be fair because many boot camp students are mid-career professionals gaining additional skills (edSurge, 6/8; Mathewson, Education Dive, 6/9).

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