These days, knowing how to code is almost as important as knowing how to tie your shoes or brush your teeth. As technology becomes more integral to every industry, coding skills have become an extremely valuable asset to job seekers across the board.
However, according to one survey, many K-12 programs and universities are not preparing those core skills that employers are currently seeking. In an effort to bridge the gap and build a more diverse workforce, innovative coding programs are providing crucial education to populations that are often underrepresented in the tech field.
Here are five coding schools, boot camps and programs around the country that are teaching valuable skills — and changing the face of tech.
Wyncode Academy, Miami
You might not think of Miami as a tech hub, but this coastal city is an emerging tech center with a strong entrepreneurial spirit that also serves as the gateway to Latin America. Enter Wyncode Academy, which immerses students in a 10-week intensive program developed with the South Florida startup scene in mind.
Wyncode was one of the first coding schools in America, and the very first in Florida, to accept the GI Bill and was licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education. The coding school offers both full-time and part-time courses in web development and UX UI design fundamentals. At the end of the program, students will pitch their final web app in front of some of South Florida’s top tech leaders, further propelling their careers.
The boot camp reports that a whopping 91% of its graduates find jobs — and it makes sense due to the growing demand for developers in South Florida.