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Check out this Penn-backed summer coding bootcamp for high school students

2U and the University of Pennsylvania are bringing back their virtual, three-week tech training program for teens. Here are the details.

A student participates in a 2U-powered bootcamp.

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The number of local or locally tied bootcamps and training programs continues to to grow in Philadelphia to meet the demands of a steadily growing tech sector.

Here’s another, for teens looking to learn coding and data analytics skills over their summers.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of four colleges alongside Columbia University, Rice University and Northwestern University to offer tech training bootcamps to high school students. The bootcamps are a collaboration with 2U, an educational tech company, and are open to students ages 13 or older entering grades 9 through 12. Students will learn core skills in computer programming or data analytics during the three-week camps taking place virtually in June and July.

This will be the second consecutive year 2U and Penn are partnering on a summer bootcamp for high school students. The program aims to help students develop the skills needed to flourish in college or as tech professionals.

“Providing young learners with the opportunity to attend high-quality boot camps during the summer will not only help to cultivate their interests in technology, it will strengthen their technical skills for college coursework, help them stand out from their peers in college admissions and provide a foundation for when they transition into the workforce,” 2U Managing Director of Boot Camps Lorin Thomas-Tavel said in a statement.

Since 2017, Penn has also been the site of bootcamps for adult learners powered by 2U’s Trilogy Education Services, offering cybersecurity, data analysis and visualization, coding and fintech course programs. More than 800 students have graduated from these programs and received jobs from approximately 180 companies, a spokesperson told Technical.ly.

Learn more or apply for the high school program here. The tuition fee is $2,500, though a limited number of scholarships are available through Girls Who Code.

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If you’re looking for a free and local tech learning opportunity, check out Philly’s Coded by Kids or TechGirlz.


Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. -30-
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