Competitors no more: colleges and coding boot camps collaborate

Strategic partnership offers benefits to both sides

Coding boot camps, traditionally seen as a college alternative, are increasingly partnering with major colleges and universities, according to Goldie Blumenstyk, writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  

Coding boot camps initially gained traction with students making career changes, college dropouts, and recent graduates looking to build a specific skill set. Students typically viewed these camps as a shorter and more focused alternative—or complement—to a traditional college experience.

That distinction is blurring now as boot camp providers begin to see value in collaborating directly with universities, and vice versa. One boot camp provider, Trilogy, which is operated by Trilogy Education Services, has entered a partnership with 17 universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern University, and the University of Central Florida. Another coding boot camp provider, Revature, has partnered with 10 universities and is soon expecting 80% of its enrollment to come from those schools.

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Blumenstyk notes that these types of partnerships benefit both parties. Coding boot camps can assist universities with their continuing education needs, and in at least one case, helped a university design a computer science degree program. Boot camps also report that they help students gain employment after graduation. For instance, Trilogy notes a 90 percent employment rate for its boot camp graduates. The university and boot camp partnerships have also created a pipeline for minority students to enter the STEM field (Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/3). 

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