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Fullstack Academy’s First University Partnership Makes Coding Education More Accessible

January 2019 — New York — Fullstack Academy, one of the longest-running and most successful coding bootcamps in the nation, has announced its first-ever university partnership with California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)'s Extended Education program. The new part-time course, known as the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp, will launch in April and offer training in crucial programming skills to students looking for good paying, in-demand tech jobs.

This public-private partnership, a product of the SLO County Office of Education’s efforts to skill up the local workforce, will make top-of-the-line tech education more accessible and help meet both local and regional demands for a skilled tech workforce. There is no prior coding experience required to enroll, as the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp will take students from beginner to professional developer in just 26 weeks.

This beginner curriculum is a departure for Fullstack Academy, known for its selective admissions process, and the bootcamp’s own co-founders--along with former Google engineers and computer science professors--have built a full-stack, JavaScript program that can deliver hirable grads in just 26 weeks. The curriculum will include lectures, workshops and most importantly, hands-on learning. Students will produce a portfolio of projects they can then use to demonstrate their skills to employers.  

That cutting-edge, project-based curriculum is then paired with proven career development services to ensure that students graduate with not just the technical skills, but also the career savvy to fill some of the one million tech jobs projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to go unfilled by 2020. And in the state of California alone, software developers will see a 40 percent growth rate by 2026. These bootcamp graduates, many previously unable to access full-time, high-cost programs, will now be perfectly positioned to enjoy long, lucrative careers in tech.

Students at the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp will receive the same level of support as they would from an on-campus program--namely a passionate network of instructors, teaching fellows, career counselors and more--only they’ll receive it via the bootcamp’s easy-to-use, industry-standard suite of online tools.

“Our mission is to transform individuals, communities and economies by teaching technologies that power the future,” says Fullstack Academy co-founder David Yang. “Partnerships like this extend our reach into new communities and the individuals who comprise them--and together we can create more opportunities and have a bigger economic impact than either of us could alone. This partnership is a prime example of how universities and bootcamps can work together to make education and job training more accessible to more people.”

“Fullstack Academy is a trusted academic partner and has been a leader in the coding bootcamp community for years,” says Brian Tietje, Vice Provost of International, Graduate and Extended Education at Cal Poly. “Now we have a chance to open up their highly rated skills training to a wider audience that includes our Cal Poly community. Just as in every other program we offer, students in the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp will learn by doing, and they’ll emerge with everything they need to build successful, long-term careers in web development.”

To learn more, visit https://bootcamp-extended.calpoly.edu/

About Fullstack Academy

Fullstack Academy opened in 2013, after co-founders David Yang and Nimit Maru opted to devote themselves full-time to building a coding school. Since then, they’ve expanded to Chicago and established the Grace Hopper Program, the first all-women coding bootcamp in the nation to offer deferred tuition. Fullstack Academy and Grace Hopper Program graduates have gone on to work at Google, Facebook, Amazon, various Fortune 100 firms, and countless start-ups. More details can be found at http://www.fullstackacademy.com or at http://www.gracehopper.com. For more information, contact Emily Rose Prats at press@fullstackacademy.com.

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