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.
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.