Coding Bootcamp

Coding Bootcamp opens doors

Mohawk College and IEC Hamilton partnered on a new Coding Bootcamp program this Fall. The program involved about 30 adult learners at the Hamilton Public Library downtown and The Eva Rothwell Centre learning HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

The program was inspired by coding bootcamp innovations taking place in the private education sector that teach coding skills in short timeframes, for example HackerYou. These programs tend to be very hands-on, immersive and industry-focused. They’ve been gaining media attention and industry respect for turning students into web developers in as little as a few months.

The innovative approach to learning is excellent, but these programs also tend to be high-tuition and inaccessible for a lot of learners. The Coding Bootcamp program was free, and though not the same pace as private sector bootcamps with different objectives, the program borrowed the concept of hands-on immersion in coding.

The Coding Bootcamp program took place across 12 weeks, and by the end had students that had never written a line of code before creating web apps by the end of the program (e.g. Robert Ling’s Hamilton Quiz).

Congratulations to the first ever Coding Bootcamp participants!

 

Opportunity to help new Coding Bootcamp program

 

This Fall IEC Hamilton and Mohawk College have been running a new pilot Coding Bootcamp program for 30 adults. Over 12-weeks the participants learn HTML/CSS/JavaScript, the goal is to create opportunities for individuals that may not typically have access to knowledge economy jobs. These types of Coding Bootcamp programs have been popular with private sector for-profit educational organizations, but this is the first of its kind to my knowledge that is non-profit run and targeting this demographic.

Preliminary results have been fantastic, adults who didn’t know about text editors 5 weeks ago are now creating fairly complicated web front-ends! Each Wednesday participants hear “community talks” representing different career and educational pathways (e.g college vs. university, UX, social media manager, etc.). For example, here’s Suzanne Zandbergen at The Generator with some of the students in the program!

IEC Hamilton is applying for another Future Fund grant (due tomorrow) from the City of Hamilton to continue the program. If you would be willing to sign-up here today to say “yes, I’m interested in giving a talk at next year’s Coding Bootcamp”, we would be very grateful! It’d be an excellent show of interest/support, next year we’d reach out to make sure it works out for everyone scheduling-wise!

Thank you so much! Previous “calls to action” I’ve blasted out like this have resulted in *major* support, and we have reason to believe that support from the Hamilton tech community has made a critical difference in obtaining these grants. We really appreciate it, and will be organizing an event I’ll be sending details about in the near future to explain how companies can get involved in these exciting and growing “learn to code” programs!