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School of Professional Studies launches coding boot camp

Intensive course will train students to become professional web developers

  • Northwestern Coding Boot Camp offers 24-week web development training
  • Prepares students for 50,000 tech jobs that go unfilled each year
  • Designed for working professionals with no previous experience
  • Includes out-of-classroom projects and experiential learning

CHICAGO --- As demand for skilled web developers hits record levels, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies is launching a Coding Boot Camp to train workers for tens of thousands of job openings.

Each year, 150,000 jobs are posted for skilled developers, but some 50,000 go unfilled because of a lack of qualified applicants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of jobs in web development will increase 20 percent annually until 2022.

“There are a wealth of opportunities,” assistant dean of International and Professional Education Programs Erica Wilke Bova says. “Coding Boot Camp can provide the start toward a new career in a fast-growing area where demand for talent is high.”

The 24-week Northwestern Coding Boot Camp is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. It will run from Sept. 27, 2016 through April 1, 2017. The program includes two three-hour classes on weekday evenings and a four-hour class on Saturdays. In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend 10-15 hours a week on outside projects and experiential learning activities.

No previous training or experience is required, but a basic understanding of coding is helpful. The Coding Boot Camp’s curriculum covers the basics of coding, algorithms and data structure as well as intensive training in JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Python and more. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. Students will also receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, demo days, recruiting assistance and extensive staff support.

Graduates of Northwestern Coding Boot Camp will emerge in a burgeoning tech marketplace. Chicago is ranked as the fifth largest and 11th fastest-growing tech market in the country, according to Inc. Since 2011, Chicago alone has created more than 40,000 tech jobs. The median salary for professional web developers is $63,000, with some earning as much as $110,000 a year.

Visit the Northwestern Coding Boot Camp website for more details. Students can apply online or by calling (312) 416-9979.

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