Coding bootcamps provide specialized training in software development with course completion usually taking place in less than 90 days. On October 30th, DevPoint Labs, a Utah based training company, graduated its fifth cohort since it was founded in 2013. The graduation, known as “launch day” at DevPoint, featured a keynote address from Thomas Lee an entrepreneur whose latest venture is the co-working space called Church and State.
The keynote was followed by presentations from the graduates about their capstone projects. The atmosphere felt like a Silicon Valley pitch meeting with the graduate groups presenting almost fully developed business ideas. While family members were in the audience, so were business leaders and employer representatives evaluating the graduates on their Ruby on Rails development skills. DevPoint Labs founders Nhi Doan and Ty Diamse claim 85-95% of their graduates find jobs within three months.
Bootcamp style education is on the rise, especially in software development. The Boston Globe recently wrote
With trade schools out of fashion, for-profit colleges often dismissed as expensive dropout factories, and community colleges failing to graduate a majority of their students, the rise of boot camps over the past two years is challenging assumptions about higher education, at least for some smart, highly motivated people.
The graduate mix on launch day ranged from an experienced coder to an entrepreneur who wanted to code for himself. Most had no coding or development backgrounds. The job market is strong for web development as well. The Globe article stated “‘There are almost five jobs for every one Web developer,’ said Bethany Marzewski of Stack Overflow Careers, a computer job website. ‘It’s absolutely the toughest job to fill.'” Conversations overheard at launch day reflected that sentiment here in Utah as well.