Cloud technology provider Learning House will be partnering with universities and coding bootcamps to help students learn IT skills. It intends to acquire the Software Craftsmanship Guild, a leading coding bootcamp for software development training, and also to develop online courses.
Learning House and the Software Craftsmanship Guild have collaborated before by establishing a bootcamp at Concordia University in Minnesota. According to eCampus news, students can earn credit towards a bachelor’s degree and also partake of “all of the learning assets of a higher education institution including financial aid, providing a broader educational experience and opening up access to a previously untapped segment of students.”
Business Wire quoted the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Concordia University, Eric LaMott, who described the value of the program:
Working with Learning House and the Software Craftsmanship Guild allowed us to offer students in Minnesota an immersive experience that prepares them not only for the jobs of today, but also for the industries of tomorrow. The development of this program supports our goal of being responsive to the needs of today’s students and relevant to the skills employers seek.
Learning House specializes in cloud-based technology and helps more than 75 colleges and universities create and manage online programs and courses. The Software Craftsmanship Guild teaches students with no previous experience how to code using Microsoft .NET and Java. To be accepted, students must apply and pass an assessment, writes Rachel Aretakis of Louisville Business First. Once accepted, they must complete pre-work like a Harvard course. Then the students, most of whom are in their twenties and want to change careers, attend 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. It costs $10,000, but financial aid is available.
More than 50,000 IT jobs go unfilled in the US, writes Jim Mackinnon of the Akron Beacon Journal, inspiring a TechHire initiative from President Obama. Earlier this month, Louisville announced that Learning House will be its bootcamp provider, as it’s one of 21 cities participating in this initiative.
The president and CEO of Learning House, Todd Zipper, said:
The more than 500,000 unfilled jobs today in fields like software development, network administration, and cybersecurity, coupled with President Obama’s TechHire initiative to build the technology workforce highlight a critical need. The acquisition of the Software Craftsmanship Guild will position us perfectly to meet these demands, immediately creating an accessible bootcamp offering for students and higher education institutions across the country, and ultimately providing employers with the high tech talent they desperately need. This move will further Learning House’s initiative to develop market-driven curriculum in the technology space and help meet the needs of higher education institutions in a rapidly changing landscape.
The founder and chief academic officer of the Software Craftsmanship Guild, Eric Wise, reports that the programs have a 96% job placement rate. He says:
It has always been my dream to take the high-quality work we’ve done and bring it to a national scale. Learning House has the expertise and capabilities to help us accomplish this goal, including the ability to enhance what is already a robust curriculum.