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 UConn Partners with Trilogy Education for New Coding Boot Camp

The University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Engineering has recently partnered with leading workforce accelerator Trilogy Education and together have launched of the school’s first coding boot camp.
Geared toward adult learners and working professionals, the UConn Coding Boot Camp is designed to teach the front-end and back-end skills necessary to become a proficient full-stack developer.
The 24-week, part-time program in Stamford, CT began in July 2019, with two three-hour evening classes during the week (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and a four-hour class on Saturdays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Enrollment for the next set of classes starting February 4, 2020 and April 14, 2020, respectively, is now open at bootcamp.uconn.edu. Those interested can also call 860-453-0163 for more information.
“While the University of Connecticut’s undergraduate computer science program grows every year, the demand for tech workers in the state far surpasses the number of students graduating from our traditional degree programs,” notes Kazem Kazerounian, dean of the School of Engineering.
“As part of the school’s contribution to economic development within the state of Connecticut, our partnership with Trilogy Education to launch the UConn Coding Boot Camp will make it possible for adults from all backgrounds to quickly learn the skills to pivot into these high-demand tech roles and create a new pipeline of talent for local businesses.”
“UConn Stamford, the City of Stamford, and the entire Fairfield County region will benefit from this opportunity,” adds Terrence Cheng, director of the UConn Stamford campus.
“Our identity at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is heavily shaped by technology and business. Working with Trilogy further strengthens this identity, enhancing UConn Stamford’s ability to meet the needs of our professional communities, while also upholding our commitment to engagement, partnership, experiential learning, and economic impact.”
With the labor market the tightest it's been in a generation, Stamford employers are hungry for job-ready tech talent. According to new research from McKinsey, web development ranks among the nation’s fastest-growing professions, with demand for coding and advanced IT skills set to grow by more than 90% in the next decade.
In the Stamford area, companies across industries struggled to fill more than 8,000 job openings requiring coding skills in 2018 alone. According to Burning Glass, some of the top employers for web development jobs around Stamford are Deloitte and Synchrony Financial.
“UConn joins a network of the country’s largest and most respected public research institutions that recognize their power to bridge the growing tech talent gaps in their communities,” says Dan Sommer, Trilogy Education’s CEO and founder.
“Together Trilogy and UConn designed this boot camp for anyone with the drive to learn a set of skills that will help them future-proof their careers. Every step of the way, students will have supportive instructors, tutors and career coaches to guide them, along with a curriculum tailored to the needs of Connecticut employers.”
The program’s curriculum covers the basics of coding, algorithms, and data structure, plus intensive training in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, React, and more. No previous training or experience is required.
In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on outside projects, homework, and experiential learning activities. They’ll also build a professional project portfolio to showcase their abilities and hone their competitive edge in the employment market. Students will also receive a range of career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance and extensive staff support.
Boot camp students will gain skills to develop dynamic end-to-end web applications, as well as receive a certificate in full-stack web development from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
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