Yale Summer Session is collaborating with Flatiron School to offer a Web Development Bootcamp for Summer 2019, which will carry two Yale College credits, Dean Marvin Chun and Dean of Summer Session Jeanne Follansbee announced today. The Yale-Flatiron School program is based on Flatiron School’s software engineering bootcamp that has helped students around the world learn to code. At Yale Summer Session 2019, students will have the chance to take a tailored version of this bootcamp that will immerse them in computer science fundamentals and help them develop the knowledge to build programs like computer engineers. Financial assistance will be available for Yale College students on financial aid.

Chun, who asked Summer Session to develop a summer coding program, said, “The Yale-Flatiron School course will augment Yale’s Computer Science curriculum by providing instruction in the fundamentals of computer science and coding, knowledge that will benefit students, whether they go into industry or to graduate school.”  

The Yale-Flatiron School course—titled “CPSC S115 Intro to Full-Stack Web Development”—will run for 10 weeks during Summer Session 2019. The course will give students a deep dive into programming languages such as JavaScript and Ruby, with experience in both back-end and front-end programming, among other project-based learning experiences. No prior coding experience is required; however, students admitted to the course will need to complete 75-100 hours of online pre-work to ensure everyone is beginning at the same level. Students from computer science and liberal arts majors alike are encouraged to apply.

“We chose to partner with Flatiron School because of its track record in training students from diverse backgrounds: You can succeed in the program even if you don’t have experience with computer science,” said Follansbee.

The Yale-Flatiron School bootcamp will serve students already studying computer science as well as those looking to boost their studies and professional training with code. This is an important offering for Summer Session 2019 students, as demand for high-quality software engineers continues to rise, said the deans. According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. At the same time, more companies are looking for people with knowledge of coding to apply across tech and non-tech jobs alike: Roughly two-thirds of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in fields like design and marketing now demand knowledge of computer science, according to a report from labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies and Oracle Academy.

Adam Enbar, Flatiron School CEO, said,“People often categorize technology only in the context of the tech industry. But coding has transformed every industry and profession: from transportation, to food, to healthcare, to marketing, and beyond. Our education system and society as a whole will benefit as more people learn how to code and how to apply this knowledge in new ways.”

Founded in 2012, Flatiron School is a global institution offering courses and career support in software engineering, data science, and UX/UI design. Of the Yale partnership, Flatiron School’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Yashih Wu said, “We’re proud to partner with forward-thinking institutions like Yale to increase the reach of our programs  to students from different backgrounds and areas of study. Digital fluency is increasingly important across all industries, and our work with Yale will help us demystify coding and expand access to computer science education to more students.”

Interested students are encouraged to attend the upcoming information session with Flatiron School on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Rm. 116 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St.

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