Boulder coding ‘boot camp’ focuses on training low-income adults

· Feb. 19, 2015, 5:27 pm

In Boulder, a coding "boot camp" for low-income adults called SeedPaths is getting 82 percent of its graduates employment within 90 days, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The eight-week course costs $6,000, but by partnering with county workforce centers, money from the federal Workforce Investment Act is used to cover the cost. 

Despite the high employment rate, some are skeptical of coding academies and prefer to hire candidates with college degrees. 

Seedpaths graduate Edgar Cordova told the paper that he can finally afford things he needs with his new job. But he does plan to return to college.

As for Mr. Cordova, one of four children of Mexican immigrants, he said he plans to buy his first car and soon hopes to get his own place. In a few years, he wants to return to college. “Having a degree opens a lot more doors,” he said.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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