Jul 29 2014

Cities Use Coding Bootcamps to Groom IT Experts

If the Department of Labor's projections hold true, there will be 1.4 million new information technology jobs by 2020. Whether there will be enough qualified professionals to fill those positions is a widespread concern.

But Kansas City, Mo., Louisville, Ky., and Minneapolis are among the cities offering solutions to the problem. City leaders there are collaborating with local IT employers to expand coding bootcamps in their communities, according to a White House blog post. “Coding bootcamps teach participants with minimal to no IT backgrounds how to write computer code on an accelerated time frame (usually between 9 and 12 weeks) and regularly result in high paying jobs.”

The Wadhwani Foundation will help to document and evaluate the models used by these cities, with the goal of improving and expanding programs across the country.