2019: A Codeup Year In Review

Codeup in 2019

It’s official – 2019 has come and gone and we’ve hit 2020 fast! At the start of this new year, we like to reflect on 2019, giving gratitude to everyone who supported us and celebrating our many shared victories. It was a year of life changes, ground-breaking firsts, and growth.

After such a big year for our community and students, we wanted to share some of our reflection highlights with you! Here’s what happened in 2019:

2019 Firsts

  1. Launched San Antonio’s FIRST and ONLY Data Science career accelerator
  2. Graduated San Antonio’s first class of Data Scientists
  3. Expanded our program to Dallas, TX
  4. Named San Antonio #2 Best Place to Work

By the numbers

  • 129 # of individuals who changed their careers at Codeup
  • 574 total # of Codeup alumni network
  • 16 # of alumni placed in Dallas
  • 25% military veteran students
  • 27% female students
  • 52% racial and ethnic minority students
  • $189,053.81 amount of scholarship funds given by Codeup to its students
  • 49 # of partner companies who hired from us
  • $6,327,295.40 salaries earned by Codeup grads in their first jobs as Software Devs and Data Scientists

Our mission is to empower life change. If 2019 wasn’t your year, maybe 2020 will be 🙂 Reach out to us – we’d love to help you create your future!

Why Codeup is Bringing Its Software Bootcamp to North Texas

By Kevin Cummings,  NTX Inno Staff Writer (Dallas Business Journal)

Started in 2013, San Antonio-based Codeup has been making a name for itself and helping bolster Texas’ tech and startup scene by training the next group of software developers. Now, after honing its curriculum and strengthening its ties across the state, Codeup is ready to open its second campus in Dallas.

Near the end of November, with the greenlight from the Texas Workforce Commission, the company began accepting applications for its first North Texas cohort that will begin in downtown Dallas in early 2020. It plans to have about 3 cohorts go through its 20-week program, graduating between 50 to 75 people next year.

“It seems to make good sense that we should be here; the number of jobs is more than the number of people that can do them and that’s what makes it such a great opportunity right now,” Jason Straughan, CEO and co-founder of Codeup, told NTX Inno. “We want to make sure that we are getting the people that come through our classes jobs, we want our Dallas cohorts to have the same or better employment rates than they do in San Antonio.”

What started in the corner of a coworking space in San Antonio, with people walking in and out of the space while trying to teach the class, has quickly become a well-recognized organizations for helping people transition into coding and data careers. It started with a problem Straughan and his fellow co-founders noticed in the industry. Applicants would come in for interviews at their respective companies with a wealth of knowledge about theory, but when it came to practicality and implementation, they seemed to be lacking.

“We were talking about how college is teaching people to be computer scientists like you would teach an astronomer how a telescope works,” Straughan said.

So Codeup was launched with a simple premise – teach software development like you would teach a skilled trade, with immersive learning. Over the course of the company’s 20-week program, students start coding on day one. The classes go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by the end of it, students log about 630 classroom hours of direct experience.

“It’s day one you start writing code,” Straughan said. “How do you learn German? You speak it. How do you learn to code? It’s fingers on keyboards, and so that’s what we do.”

Codeup distinguishes itself from the numerous other similar programs out there in that it is outcome-driven, rather than profit-motivated. The co-founders of the organization are all involved in the tech industry outside of Codeup, allowing them to focus more on the curriculum than a business plan. Straughan said that in the beginning, instead of thinking about what students want to learn, Codeup went directly to the companies that would be hiring graduates and asked what skills were needed.

This has given Codeup a high job placement rate for its graduates, with more than 98 percent of alumni finding jobs in the industry. Codeup stands by its program, offering graduates a complete refund if they are unable to find a software-related job within six months.

“Now that we are growing, we’re trying to do it slow to make sure that we maintain that kind of quality on the output, because we think that’s the long-term goal,” Straughan said. “We think it’s actually the most responsible way to deliver and education product.”

Straughan credits Codeup’s 28-member team with the success of the company. The connections made from previous graduates has, in part, driven Codeup’s expansion to Dallas. In the past year, the organization has placed 17 graduates in the North Texas area with large companies like USAA and Cognizant. In addition, he said that the growth of the tech industry in the region has made it attractive not only for its relatively high tech salaries, but also because of the number of job openings.

When it opens next year in Dallas, Codeup will also focus on helping drive diversity and inclusion in the local tech workforce. The company strives to have cohorts that represent the larger demographics of the region. It also offers scholarships for disadvantaged and minority residents looking to apply. Straughan said that it is something the tech industry should be talking about more, because the software that is being developed is used by all types of people, and those people should be represented at the development of the software as well.

“I think one of the other things we really enjoy about Codeup is when I entered software development, almost everybody in that career looked like me – they were all white dudes that liked to play with computers… the industry is changing and it is becoming more diverse, and I think we have an opportunity to help kickstart that and speed up that process,” he said. “I realized that the impact we are making is really a cool experience, it’s moving to me, it really is a purpose.”

Codeup Set to Open Dallas Campus

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Although Codeup is launching a Dallas campus, make no mistake—this location will not be a “second Codeup.” Any of the startup’s additional campuses will “belong to one cohesive Codeup.”

Codeup helps launch careers in computer programming or data science through its 20-week accelerator programs. Once equipped and trained with the necessary skills, candidates are connected to employers—the goal is to “embed greatness” in an organization.

Codeup currently offers two 20-week programs: Full Stack Web Development and Data Science. Each is focused on building the tech workforce and with a graduate placement rate of 97 percent over the last 18 months, the startup seems to be headed in the right direction.

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Local career accelerator program expanding to Dallas

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SAN ANTONIO – Codeup is expanding and opening a second accelerator campus in Dallas next year to meet the growing demand for tech workers.

“So what we’ve done in San Antonio is we started just producing software developers for web, and at beginning of this year, we began to expand to data science. We graduated the first data scientist in San Antonio a few months ago, and we have our second cohort in now,” said Jason Straughan, CEO and co-founder of Codeup.

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Codeup Dallas 2020

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11/20/2019 UPDATE: Codeup Dallas is approved and now accepting applications! Learn more here.

Codeup is San Antonio’s premier career accelerator, and we’ve been proud to build the tech workforce here over the last five years. Now, we’re excited to bring our mission of creating pathways to Software Development and Data Science careers to more people. Dallas, we have our eyes set on you!

After five years exclusively focused on San Antonio, why expand now? As the bootcamp model has grown, we’ve watched our competitors expand nationally, open dozens of campuses, buy and sell to and from each other, launch coworking spaces, and more. Meanwhile, we believe the outcomes of our graduates far outweigh the number of campuses we have. We have refined our curriculum, built our team, expanded our partnership network, and built a brand people can trust. Where did we all end up? Many of our competitors have closed or sold. We’re still Texas-based, owned by our founders, and our investment in quality has brought our graduate placement rate to 97% over the last 18 months. So what’s next?

With our product refined, we were ready to expand. We looked at cities all over the country, but quickly realized we didn’t want a second Codeup, or a third. Instead, we need additional campuses to belong to one cohesive Codeup. So we didn’t pick a city, we picked a state. 

Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world and has over 50 company headquarters from the Fortune 500 list. All four of our major cities (Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio) have high demand for tech talent, offer a welcoming place to live and do business, and are home to a large veteran population ready for the jobs of tomorrow. We are not creating a second Codeup, but we are opening another campus. The time is right, and Texas is ready. 

Dallas jumped to the top of our list to start with because we’ve already placed our graduates there at companies like USAA and Cognizant for average starting salaries of $86,666. We focus on job outcomes, so we go where our partnerships lead. That way, we can live our mission of empowering life change and launching careers in technology.

We’ve secured a space in the heart of downtown Dallas, where students will have access to vibrant city life and dozens of employers. While we await final state approval for an early program 2020 launch, join our mailing list to be the first to hear when we launch!

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Codeup Doubles Down on Transparency in Student Outcomes

Codeup Doubles Down on Transparency in Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes and the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting

With pride and excitement, we’d like to announce that Codeup is an official founding member of the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR). Codeup and all CIRR member institutions have agreed to a detailed set of student outcomes standards that eliminates unreliable graduation rates, ambiguous definitions of employment, and misleading exclusions from job placement rates.

We’re doubling down on our commitment to long-term student success, and we’re confident that CIRR will add an extra layer of value and integrity that our alumni, current students, and prospective applicants already expect from their Codeup education.

Codeup is Committed to Transparency

At all stages of the Codeup program – admissions, in-class immersion, and the job search – our staff and instructors aim to provide students with realistic advice, so they can make the most of their software development education. Historically, we’ve done this in three ways:

  1. A selective admissions process that screens program applicants for motivation, professionalism, and problem-solving ability.
  2. Transparency with students struggling in class, or for whom software development may not be the best career path.
  3. A job-placement guarantee that offers graduates who maintain job-seeker status a 50 percent refund if they don’t find a job within six months of graduation.

Even with ongoing efforts to improve these processes that monitor student success, however, we’re the first to admit that we’re human. As a small, evolving program, we recognize that we can always provide students with better feedback through detailed performance evaluations, structured student one-on-ones with instructors and staff, and transparency in student outcomes data.

Our team has already addressed evaluations and one-on-ones, but forming a consensus on bootcamp outcomes data has been an industry-wide puzzle until now.

We began resolving this issue by asking ourselves a follow-up question:

With transparency and accuracy, how do we report on students who leave Codeup or do not obtain employment?

Fortunately, other principled, results-driven coding bootcamps have asked themselves the same question, and over the past year, we’ve come together under the CIRR umbrella. For the sake of our students, our alumni, and the future of our unique approach to coding education, we’ve agreed to a detailed set of standards that establish new definitions, documentation, and validation requirements related to student graduation and job placement data.

Our Students Come First

Critical feedback from students and alumni on bootcamp outcomes has informed so much of the CIRR process. Thanks to this input, the CIRR standards support the concerns of these very students by enforcing strict standards for student outcomes reporting and, in turn, providing Codeup with even more incentive to ensure student success.

We appreciate our community for holding Codeup accountable to the high standard you deserve. We hope you will continue to do so, as we advance our mission to help people launch rewarding careers in software development.

As always, please feel free to reach out to any members of the Codeup staff or info@codeup.com with any questions or comments.

ITT Tech Closes, New Model of Education Rises

ITT Tech Closes, New Model of Education Rises

A New Model of Education

ITT Tech’s recent closure highlights the time barriers, financial risk, and poor career prospects that are finally catching up with the traditional for-profit education industry. So what can students do instead?

Forbes Magazine ranked San Antonio as the American city with the 15th highest rate of job growth in 2015 – no surprise given our city’s recent swell in tech and entrepreneurship. The boom has created a mismatch between a surplus of available jobs for developers and a shortage of local technical talent. Codeup, a career accelerator for new software developers, has begun bridging that gap by training 267 developers and creating $5.8 million in new tech salaries since 2013.

Codeup is different from traditional models of continued education. Four-year universities and two-year technical schools often no longer serve students’ needs. The recent closure of ITT Tech, one of the nation’s largest for-profit educational institutions, is a great example. Tuition at schools like ITT Tech, DeVry, and Kaplan is high ($45,000 – $90,000), they have been found to use predatory lending practices, and they rank highest among colleges that leave students in the most debt. Graduates of ITT Tech San Antonio who received federal financial aid earned an average salary of only $38,400 ten years after completion, just barely above the national average for the category. Their overwhelming time commitment, high tuition fees, and limited career support make it hard for students to complete degrees and advance their careers.

ITT Tech Closes, Another Door Opens…

Given the decline of these diploma mills and a changing jobscape, other forms of education have exploded. The new reality is that the traditional college student archetype is now a minority, while demands for alternative, dynamic educational models are only increasing. Students need a better way to enter the workforce with relevant technical skills.  

As a four-month intensive career accelerator, Codeup offers something special: a place where students can find like-minded peers and launch a new career. Our classroom-based program turns non-techies into software developers. In addition to excellent technical instruction, students receive one-on-one career guidance and gain opportunities to connect with employers. If a graduate cannot find employment within 6 months, Codeup offers a tuition back guarantee. We partner with multiple reputable loan and grant partners to make financing easy, and also accepts GI benefits. Graduates have increased their salary by $17K in the first year on average.

In light of the recent closings of ITT Tech across the country, students should pause to reconsider their educational path choices. Codeup is San Antonio local, dedicated to providing students with community, professional independence, and technical literacy. Are traditional models the best option, or might Codeup offer something better?

Codeup Named a Top 30 Coding School

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Codeup Named a Top 30 Coding School

 

While awards aren’t why we do this, it’s nice to be acknowledged!

In a recent study of coding schools, Codeup was named a Top 30 program out of all of the learn-to-code options worldwide including programs in faraway places like New York, London and Honolulu.

Thanks to our awesome staff, kick-butt students, employer partners and supporters for making our success possible.

Here’s the report from Switchup.org:

https://www.switchup.org/research/best-coding-bootcamps

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Python Ahoy!

Codeup programming students

We’re excited to announce that our next full-time bootcamp starting in September will use the Python programming language as its back-end language for our six-month accelerated learning program in software engineering/web development.

In speaking with many employers, they told us that they saw Python as a great foundational tool for use in a wide variety of applications including data science, web development, DevOps and scripting.

For prospective students, this is also big news. The popularity of Python is growing and is now the number one teaching language in universities worldwide.

We will continue offering PHP in alternating courses going forward.

Thanks!

Michael @ Codeup

Scholarships for Women: Why We’re Doing It

Female Student Scholarship | Code Tech Bootcamp

A hot topic that is trending is the special treatment ladies in the tech industry receive just because their women. No one can deny there’s too few women in this field. According to a National Public Radio report, about 20 percent of all U.S. computer programmers are female. So, in order to draw the ladies in, companies within the technology industry give them incentives to engage.

One way we do that is by offering a ladies only tuition scholarship. We want to them to populate the computer programming field for many reasons:

  • If tech is the future in San Antonio and the U.S., it’s wrong to omit a majority of its residents, women, from this landscape. There are 4 percent more women than men on this planet. The women make up for more than half of the population.
  • Men are bad at making products for women.  We’ve participated as mentors for 3 Day Startup San Antonio, and there were countless times when the participating teams, consisting of all men, proposed some product they were certain women would want.  When they asked women about their need or want for said product, the ladies responded “heck no.”
  • All-male environments are more likely to devolve into groupthink and locker room behavior.  For a period of time, Geekdom had this problem.  They’ve worked to enhance a welcoming vibe for women, and their community is better because of it.
  • Finally, groups of men smell bad. It’s a small thing, but a definite reality.  Put a half dozen men in a closed office and things go very badly, very quickly.  Women fortunately, smell good, so having them work in a tech office with an open floor plan is a good thing.