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Coding Boot Camps Are on the Rise

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A new survey finds that coding boot camps this year could turn out nearly three times as many graduates as they did last year.

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Coding boot camps could turn out as many as 16,000 graduates this year, up from 6,740 in 2014, according to a Course Report survey.

The number of boot camps in the U.S. and Canada has risen to about 70, and the average cost of the courses is more than $11,000. Offering in-person instruction on programming and the opportunity to develop real-world programs, the boot camps are attracting more college graduates who want to improve their job prospects and people who are looking to change careers.

Coding camps tend to have more of a vocational focus, compared to more theoretical and in-depth computer science courses, says analyst Trace Urdan. He notes college programs are unlikely to redesign their curricula in response to coding camps.

Urdan expects the coding camp fad to level off in the years to come. Still, coding camps could potentially complement computer science departments' curricula if students enroll in coding programs first, notes Virginia Commonwealth University's Gardner Campbell.

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