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NYC’s Flatiron School is launching a remote dev education program in Philly

The New York City dev camp industry continues its expansion to Philadelphia.

Students immersed in code at the Flatiron School.

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Last month we reported on the NY Code + Design Academy’s expansion to Philly. Now aspiring developers have another option: The Flatiron School, another developer bootcamp program, is launching a remote course in Philly in February.

Flatiron will offer its 12-week, full-time web development course in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., concurrently with its NYC course. Most of the lectures are short, pre-recorded videos, said Arel English, an instructor for Flatiron. Instructors will be on location in New York and available via videoconferencing and other channels to students in each city.

The course is selective: only four to six students will be chosen per city. The Philadelphia students will meet at Center City’s City CoHo coworking space and work through the course together. It costs $7,500 and scholarships are available.

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This is Flatiron’s first venture into remote courses, English said, and chose Philly and D.C. because of their budding tech scenes and proximity to New York.

Flatiron accepts students of all levels of experience, including beginners, English said. The course requires 50-70 hours of pre-course work that students do on their own.

NYCDA’s initial offering in Philadelphia will be less intensive (and cheaper) than Flatiron’s: their beginner class meets twice a week and costs $3,500.

Upon graduation, Flatiron helps place students at jobs. One of their former students — Emily Lowing — actually works at Center City dev shop Promptworks. Promptworks had previously reached out to Flatiron for possible hires, said Promptworks cofounder Mike Nicholaides.

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