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Jul. 30, 2019 2:13 pm

How Coding Dojo’s Northern Virginia bootcamp is evolving

The prominent local coding bootcamp continues to update its curriculum of programming languages as the tech industry and corresponding job market is constantly shifting.
A group of students from Tysons-based Coding Dojo’s June 2019 graduating class.

A group of students from Tysons-based Coding Dojo's June 2019 graduating class.

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Coding Dojo has made some changes since launching its Northern Virginia campus in June 2016.

We recently identified Coding Dojo as a local resource for learning how to code as part of our Tech Stacks Month. The prominent local coding bootcamp continues to update its curriculum with classes to learn new coding languages as the tech industry and corresponding job market is constantly shifting.

Coding Dojo was originally launched in 2008 by founder Michael Choi as an internal training program for small software engineering teams, Coding Dojo’s DC Program Success Manager Bobby Bethea told Technical.ly. Today, Coding Dojo can be described as a training bootcamp for both beginners and experienced developers looking to level up their skills.

With two instructors and one TA on staff, the coding bootcamp teaches full-stack programming for the Python, MEAN, and C# /.NET Core tech stacks at its Northern Virginia campus. Each course track lasts 14 weeks. Initially based in Tysons, Coding Dojo has graduated 216 students since its local launch.

Coursework varies depending on the campus, and can fluctuate based on developments in technology. For instance, Coding Dojo discontinued its Ruby course in Tysons in 2017, which is now only taught at its Dallas campus.

“Coding Dojo refines its curriculum each year to include new/rising technologies, and to match course offerings to job demand in each of its markets,” Bethea said.

Bethea said that Coding Dojo will be moving to a new location in Arlington come August 1 to better serve their students closer to where they live. As Technical.ly DC previously reported, the coding bootcamp also recently launched a new Data Science Plus program, which is a four-week online program to introduce developers to data science.

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To help its developers land a job, each Coding Dojo campus is equipped with a career services advisor to help its graduates enter the tech employment market. Bethea said that some of Coding Dojo’s students have gone on to work at startups and major companies like Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap.

For those interested in taking courses at Coding Dojo, it also offers various payment options for tuition.

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