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California Threatens Code Boot Camps With the Boot

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Several California coding boot camps are receiving increased scrutiny.

California educational regulators reportedly are pressuring several coding boot camps to comply with state regulations for vocational schools.

Credit: Federico Caputo

California educational regulators reportedly are pressuring several coding boot camps on the grounds that they are operating as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions.

Such boot camps train people in coding skills in 10- to 12-week intervals. If the boot camps do not come into compliance, they risk a $50,000 fine and the threat of being shut down.

However, several boot camp administrators say they do not need to be regulated as strictly as vocational schools that train people for occupations that require licensing.

California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) started cracking down on coding camps in January, demanding they be licensed in the same way as other vocational schools. BPPE insists that the schools it oversees demonstrate transparency with their finances to avoid such issues.

Some programming schools are set up like a trade school and say their graduates get offers for jobs with name-brand tech companies after completing their courses. Meanwhile, other boot camps seem structured more in the manner of social programs; Hackbright, for example, concentrates on enabling women to learn coding. As a result, these programs contend that conventional education regulations are inapplicable to them.

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