We Can Code IT’s Innovative FlexCode™ Coding Bootcamp.
Computer coding skills can open doors to a challenging and lucrative career in the ever-growing software development industry. But traditional coding bootcamps are often not a viable option for people with a full-time job or family responsibilities – a demographic that often includes women and minorities. That’s why We Can Code IT, a code bootcamp with locations in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, developed an innovative solution with its new “hybrid” bootcamp. Named FlexCode™, it offers a mix of online and in-person classes for greater flexibility, lower expenses, and a more effective learning model.
-Full Stack development training – giving you in-demand front-end and back-end skills for way more job opportunities.
-The same high-quality bootcamp training We Can Code IT offers in the classroom – plus career services to help you land the high-paying job you want.
-Spots are filling fast for the May 4th course start date – apply here!
When Mel McGee founded We Can Code IT in 2013, she had a vision to “change the face of tech.” A veteran software developer and entrepreneur, McGee built the company around a social mission to welcome talented women and minorities into a field historically dominated by white males – and to meet the demands of a growing industry hungry for diverse teams of software developers. “Our vision is to expand inclusion in technology,” explains McGee. “We want to open doors for high-potential candidates who are capable of success in this field.” But she soon realized that many in her target market couldn’t make time for a traditional coding bootcamp, especially women taking care of children, running a household or employed outside the home.
“Being part of a cohort with other students is an integral part of positive learning outcomes. Remote learning models typically fail there,” says McGee. “We needed strong outcomes and a model that ensures agile, team-oriented learning. So I started investigating a hybrid model using blended learning.” That led McGee to design a completely new curriculum for FlexCode™, a 16-week bootcamp combining online instruction with in-person classroom sessions, two weekends per month. Online resources include guidance from coding and career facilitators, weekly meetings with facilitators and coaches, and remote team meetings with other adult learners.
The FlexCode™ hybrid curriculum was designed as a “better fit” for busy adult learners who need to fit learning into available chunks of time, whether it’s a 3-hour learning session or a 5-minute review. It also serves those who can’t afford the added cost of transportation or childcare required for full-time classroom bootcamps. “This is a way to reduce costs, have flexibility in your life and get better learning outcomes,” says McGee. “You do online exercises and get resources like videos you can review over and over. It’s more than note-taking in a class that’s dependent on the quality of the instructor. These are well-planned components that give you incredible return-on-investment.”
How does FlexCode™ work?
-Full access to online learning modules with 20-25 hours/week of foundational material.
-In-person classroom meetings, 2 weekends/month for 16 weeks.
-1-on-1 weekly remote pair-programming sessions with a seasoned developer, plus online group sessions and remote community assistance.
-Online career training & homework, plus 1-on-1 weekly meetings with a Student Success Coach.
-Post-Bootcamp training options to help you maintain and improve your skills with individualized career plans.
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