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Want to learn to code? Here’s your Delaware resource list

Whether you're in a position to financially invest in your future or don't have a penny to spare, here are 10 local ways you can learn coding without going back to college.

Go learn something.

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With Amazon starting to retrain a third of its workforce to keep them relevant as technology evolves, your programming skills may start feeling stale. Or maybe don’t yet have programming skills and are looking for a total career makeover.

Even if you’re just interested in learning a new language you can use as a hobby with your kids, there are quite a few options in Delaware, from totally free programs and meetups to affordable bootcamps.

We’ve created a list of local coding resources for adults that do not require you to enroll in college — for the record, Del Tech, Delaware State University, Wilmington University and University of Delaware do all offer coding certifications — ranging from Saturday morning meetups to highly challenging bootcamps that can launch you into a whole new career.

All but two options are in Delaware itself, and most are in-person classes — but if you’re looking for something that’s online (and free) that you can do at your own pace, we’ve got a recommendation for that at the end.

Zip Code Wilmington

  • The deets: A rigorous 12-week coding bootcamp with job placement assistance upon completion of the program
  • When: Cohorts held in spring and fall
  • $$: $3,000 upfront ($12,000 total, with $9,000 paid by corporate partners); scholarships available

ITWorks

  • The deets: 16-week class with internship and job placement
  • When: Cohorts held in spring and fall
  • $$: Free; eligible students are age 18 to 26 with a HSD/GED and no Bachelor’s degree

Delaware Technical Community College IT Academy

  • The deets: IT training courses in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown funded by the U.S. Department of Labor
  • When: Starts in summer and fall
  • $$: Free; eligible students are unemployed or underemployed and meet experience/education requirements

University of Delaware Coding Bootcamps

  • The deets: 10-month .NET/C# or Java bootcamp, broken up into two- to three-month cohorts
  • When: Classes start monthly
  • $$: $9,000 for a full course, broken up into $2,000 to $3,000 per class; $2,000 scholarships are available for women and veterans

Code & Coffee

  • The deets: Open data meetups for all skill levels at the Brandywine Public Library
  • When: Weekly with a summer break; meetups resume on Sept. 7
  • $$: Free

Learn to Code

  • The deets: Five-week programming classes for teens and adults at the Hockessin Public Library
  • When: Sundays beginning July 14
  • $$: Free

Bear Coding Club

  • The deets: Walk-in coding club for age 8 to adult at the Bear Public Library
  • When: Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • $$: Free

Agile Boot Camp

  • The deets: A three-day seminar in Philadelphia all about Agile software development, organized by Mangates 
  • When: July 29 to 31
  • $$: $3,599 (or $2,999 if you register before July 19)

Philly Tech Sistas

  • The deets: An org that’s trying to help women of color build careers in tech with intro, beginner and intermediate coding workshops
  • When: Monthly
  • $$: $25

FreeCodeCamp

  • The deets: An online certification course in HTML, Java, CSS, data visualization and more
  • When: 300 hours on your own time (and if you need some study buddies, check out this Philly-based meetup group for students)
  • $$: Free

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