Hack Reactor Acquires MakerSquare as ‘Boot Camps’ Flourish

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MakerSquare, a two-year-old coding school with campuses in San Francisco, and Austin, Texas, has announced that they have merged with Hack Reactor, the Harvard of computer programming boot camps. Hack Reactor will be operating MakerSquare, which will keep its name and staff, but it will adopt Hack Reactor’s JavaScript curriculum and admissions process. MakerSquare also plans to utilize the job replacement program powered by Hack Reactor. Other details, such as the terms of this collaboration deal, were not disclosed.

Using the “extension school” program, Hack Reactor is expanding beyond its origin, and allowing partners to set up schools in their respective cities. However, the case was quite different for Austin. Hack Reactor decided to acquire an already existing school instead of opening a new one. The CEOs of Hack Reactor, Anthony Phillips, and MakerSquare explained the importance of this merger in a recent interview.

“We thought it was important to bring in people who shared our values and had a proven track record of that,”

MakerSquare has assured the public that they won’t be replacing college education anytime soon, but they do plan to change how they operate.

“The current higher education system does not sufficiently empower and serve people. This is a fact on a national and global level. I am confident that by joining Hack Reactor, together, we can make a large dent in transforming the old education system into one that focuses on student outcomes.”

The MakerSquare program allows its graduates to work with career services.The school brings out job opportunities for its students and sends recommendations and resumes directly to potential employers. They also provide counseling sessions to get to know their students better and find them a job befitting of their goals.

Almost all of their graduates receive at least one full-time job offer within 3 months of graduating. Their developers work with giants like Adobe, Groupon, and SalesForce. The average salary per graduate is $105k, and according to Phillips:

“MakerSquare and Hack Reactor are both leaders in terms of student outcomes, quality teaching and strength of alumni network.”

Code boot camps exist to teach students the ABC’s of programming and enhance the skills of experienced programmers in a matter of weeks or a few months. These code boot camps have popped up all over the world, especially the San Francisco Bay area.

A few months back, test preparation company Kaplan announced its acquisition deal with Dev Bootcamp, one of the first boot camps in the market.