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Want to transition to a tech career? These Pittsburgh coding bootcamps could be your launchpad

No computer science degree, no problem: These eight local courses and workshops offer web development training and more.

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Over the last decade, Pittsburgh’s tech sector has grown, with researchers and startups alike flocking to the low cost of living and homegrown university talent. But with that growth comes a heightened need for local talent in software engineering and programming.

That’s where coding bootcamps come in. These short-term courses guide students through the skills needed for entry-level software developer positions, and often help connect alumni with employers, too. A great resource for those looking to transition their careers as in-person work slowly resumes, these local course and bootcamp offerings can help their grads achieve significant salary increases and other professional benefits at their new jobs.

Here’s a list of Pittsburgh’s coding bootcamps and workshops for adults and kids alike, as well as local communities and meetups for those interested in tech careers.

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Academy Pittsburgh

This locally operated bootcamp offers lessons in frontend and backend development, as well as UX, design, and relevant soft skills. The program is currently operating on a remote basis due to the pandemic, but will return to in-person meetings when safe again.

  • When: Multiple 12-week cohorts per year
  • $$: $10,000 or a 10% post-program income share agreement

Tech Elevator

The Pittsburgh chapter of this multi-campus coding bootcamp currently offers a remote program covering programming and frontend frameworks aimed to prepare students for software developer positions. In-person bootcamps are planned for fall 2021 and spring 2022.

  • When: 14-week sessions hosted each fall and spring
  • $$: $15,950 with scholarships, grants and income share agreements available

General Assembly Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh location of this national bootcamp network offers both part-time and full-time online course options in software engineering, UX design, data analytics and programming. GA also offers short-term workshops and on-demand learning for those who want a less time-intensive commitment.

  • When: Several cohorts offered each year for all courses
  • $$: $14,950-$15,950 for full-time courses, with income share agreements available

Upstream Coding

This Lawrenceville-based bootcamp launched in 2018 offers live weekly instruction in courses covering subjects like user interface toolkits, web development and Python. Upstream’s Web Foundations courses are all free, while more rigorous courses have a fee.

  • When: Live weekly meetings for each course
  • $$: $599-$1,199 per course, with some membership discounts

Thinkful Pittsburgh

This online classroom offers multiple daily webinars in UX design, data analytics, app building and programming, along with others focused on professional skill development. Thinkful also hosts full-scaled bootcamps in other markets.

  • When: Multiple webinars offered daily
  • $$: Free

Pittsburgh #learntocode Group

This meetup group offers both a community for those interested in tech careers and opportunities to develop basic coding skills through workshops. All skill levels are welcome to participate. This meetup is hosted by Tech Elevator.

  • When: Event postings updated regularly on
  • $$: Free

Per Scholas Pittsburgh

The local outpost of a national IT training network launched in February 2021 in partnership with TEKsystems. It offers two courses: end user desktop support CompTIA training, and full-stack Java developer training. Both are remote for the foreseeable future.

  • When: IT program’s next cohort starts in June, while the next full-stack program is TBD
  • $$: Free

STEM Coding Lab

This local nonprofit offers introductory coding lessons for K-12 students through partnerships with schools and community organizations, covering coding, robotics, animation and AI.

  • When: In-school or after-school programs offered depending on organizational partnership
  • $$: Free or low-cost
Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 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 Heinz Endowments.
Companies: Tech Elevator / Thinkful / Per Scholas / General Assembly

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