In the world of STEM education, coding bootcamps fill an important niche, re-educating an existing workforce and create an emerging workforce to fill the growing number of vacant software engineering jobs in California.
The ERC is seeking to bring a university to Nevada County. While this may be an effective long term strategy, a more near term solution could be to develop a Nevada County coding boot camp with the cooperation of Sierra College and the tech industries in the county. Our local industries would benefit and we would be building a knowledgable workforce which could be use to attract software companies to Nevada County.
Long term this STEM strategy could be coupled to strong computer science curriculum in our schools, starting at in K-8 and moving to high school levels. Students would be prepared to move to the boot camp and into to the work force at the end of the camp. If they desired to have a 4 year BS or 6 year MS boot camp graduates would have a skill set they can use to fund their education, rather than run up huge loans. They would have the means for achieving their long term educational goals without crushing debt.
It is time to be thinking out of the historical box. It will be extremely hard to attract companies to Nevada County with out a highly qualifies work force. A boot camp could fill and immediate need to generate an attractive qualified work force.