Cracking the Code for Computer Training Still a Mystery

The push to greatly increase the number of people to perform computer coding has surged within the past decade. Claims that millions of jobs are waiting to be filled by such trained persons has driven both business and philanthropic interests to focus on this as a high priority.

However, in the rush to create a network of skilled individuals, a reality has quickly set in for many that received such training. Some of the major firms within Silicon Valley are reluctant, if not openly disdainful, when it comes to hiring such individuals because of the belief that training has been superficial.

That education has generally focused on presenting a boot camp-like mentality which drills the information into students in a quick fashion. What the Silicon Valley companies are seeking are those with either legitimate university-based degrees in computer science or experience within the field.

The boot camps don’t offer enough of a background to help fill a job like that of Google software engineer. Those that train through the auspices of a philanthropic organization are in less of a bind, since most of these cost little or no money.

In contrast, many who choose to invest serious money in such educational pursuits can see that investment disappear upon graduation. Such concerns have led to some schools being assessed fines for essentially committing fraud.

This takes place because some have promoted grandiose marketing concepts such as a 95 percent hiring rate or a starting salary of $91,000. Such rates have often proven to be false, given the aforementioned reluctance of employers to hire them.

Some coding schools have forced students to sign what amounts to a gag order, with no public criticism of the school allowed. Failure to adhere to such rules can result in a lawsuit against the student.

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