Seattle-based digital trade school Code Fellows, which launched in January 2013, recently announced its intended expansion in courses offered for the year 2015 in response to its graduate boom of 300 in less than two years. The school has also opened its first Development Accelerator courses in Portland, Oregon and added more Computer Science and Web Development courses in the city.
With an impressive 80 percent of Code Fellows graduates gaining employment within three months of finishing, the tech school appears to have tapped into a highly demanding area in the technology skills market. Recently published data also showed the average starting salary of a graduate is an annual $75,600, rising to a top reported salary offer of $155,000. Code Fellows guarantees its program success, with a promise to refund tuition fees if the graduate fails to find a job within nine months.
The coding company falls in line with the wave of initiatives bridging the gap between what employers seek and what colleges and universities produce; all at less than half the price of the typical bachelor's degree.
The digital trade school plans to offer more courses within the first quarter of 2015 than previous quarters. Classes taken in Portland will also be scheduled at night, along with the usual schedules as that in Seattle.
Code Fellows CEO Kristin Smith, lauded the move into Portland, claiming the tech centering town as one of the "fastest-growing tech communities in the country with a wealth of software programming and app development job opportunities", writes Taylor Soper of GeekWire.
"Our aim is to help cultivate local programming talent by teaching the skills that companies of all sizes in Portland are seeking."
"We feel extremely fortunate. Code Fellows has grown almost entirely by word of mouth, and as we've graduated and placed job-ready developers, and our alumni network has grown, the demand for our courses has also continued to expand. Expanding our offerings in Seattle, and offering intensive courses in Portland for the first time will allow us to meet demand and accommodate more students."
Code Fellows offers an eight week long accelerator program course for students aiming to sharpen their coding and development skills to a more professional level. For starters, the school provides four week foundation boot camps in Portland and Seattle. Graduates from the program may pass onto the accelerator courses. The boot camp and development accelerator programs cost a relatively low $5,000 and $10,000, respectively. Students do not even require a background in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to qualify for courses. In fact, most students who had already enrolled in the school already possessed a college degree.
Smith has also stated the urgency of ensuring a job guarantee for graduates, which showed their vested interests in aiding the students get the jobs they desire, regardless of current or new locations.
"Most graduates will land jobs as web developers, mobile developers, front-end UI/UX designers, or design technologists. Some are also pursuing careers in Data Science, Machine Learning, DevOps, and other back-end and data-heavy fields. Meanwhile, about 18% of our graduates will go on to start their own companies. There's a tremendous amount of opportunity for our graduates in today's tech hiring environment."
Competing companies in the market include Ada Developers Academy; a Seattle based tuition free training school for women and Dev Bootcamp, a software development training program localized in San Francisco, New York and Chicago.