Coding bootcamp Tech Elevator is officially making a home in the district, the organization announced Wednesday.
Tech Elevator is launching its seventh campus in DC for its 14-week program at the Mindspace coworking spot on K Street NW. The course will largely focus on Java and have approximately 10 spots open for its January 2023 cohort.
Student programming will largely be completed online, DC market leader Tally Wolff told Technical.ly, but students will have access to the Mindspace location for coworking. A statement noted that the bootcamp will also host whiteboarding sessions, paired programming for students and one-on-one meetings with staff, as well as the chance to complete any other job search work with Wolff. Tuition for the program is $16,500, and Tech Elevator is currently accepting applications.
“Students will get key cards, they’ll be able to come in, they’ll be able to work from here, take their classes from here, collaborate,” Wolff said. “So it’ll be really great fun. The energy here is really nice.”
Wolff said that Tech Elevator wanted to move into DC after seeing both organic demand from district-based students and employers’ thirst for talent in the area. The news of the new campus closely follows Tech Elevator’s appointment of Wolff as its DC market leader. Wolff, formerly of Generation USA, will run such DC campus operations as admissions, student and alumni engagement, events and business development.
In the new role, she hopes to build relationships with employers seeking junior talent and ensure the cohort reflects DC’s diverse population.
“Looking at the demographics of who we serve, we really look to match the area where we are,” Wolff said. “So DC is such a great, diverse city, so I would really hope to see us match that and support a really thriving environment of students.”
Tech Elevator teaches a full-stack curriculum while focusing on Java. It has a graduation rate of 95% and a 180-day job placement rate of 90%, according to the information it provided to the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. In addition to its national remote platform, the bootcamp has six other locations in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware.
As many aren’t capable of moving into a four-year degree program when looking for a career change, Wolff thinks that the bootcamp model is a great one for making tech more accessible.
“Something like our program where [students] get in and they can really get the hands-on application of how to do this, and the fundamentals that really can launch them into a new career, just makes it so much more accessible to students who are looking to make that change,” Wolff said.
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