Nevada County Coding Boot Camp?

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.

Your thoughts?

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Nevada County Coding Boot Camp?

  1. Nancy Peirce says:

    Had never heard of the Coding Boot Camp, but did an internet search and came up with http://www.businessinsider.com/guy-spent-11000-on-a-coding-bootcamp-and-doubled-his-salary-2013-4 an interesting article that explains it pretty well.

    I personally love that Sierra College has a Career and Technical Program with a two year AA or AS degree, or alternatively certificated by the industry. There is a varied course offering, eg. Auto Mechanics, Welding, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Construction Technology, Solar Energy Technician, etc., although most classes are an hour away. Butte Community College, also an hour away, in addition, offers Horticulture and Heavy Equipment, etc.

    Along that line, we do have Sierra Makers, aka The Curious Forge in Nevada County, part of the national “makers movement”. Their mission: an affiliation of like minded creative artistic & technical sorts with a common aim and venue: To explore machines, colors, electronics, ingenuity and oh yes: To gain “Critical Mass” for a Mission Statement and an opportunity to meet each other! All are welcome, typically artists, engineers and No Holds Barred Enthusiasm & optimism of every stripe encouraged, nay, Expected. You can find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sierramakers/

    In the coming years we will need to increase the ability of our citizens to be able to produce things, not just services. I really like your suggestion of the Coding Boot Camp, and also Dena’s idea to open up the shop classes for summer programs. How about adding the “Home Economics” classrooms for beginning sewing and cooking as well? A community of “makers” and “doers” is what will propel our community and nation to prosperity once again!

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  2. Dena says:

    When I was in grade school, they would open the shop and art department over summer vacation. This allowed kids to make art, clay, wood, some metal, plastic and leather projects. This not only providing a form of day care for the kids but allow many to develop skills of working with our hands when the home environment lacked the resources to do so. Open the computer lab in the summer and see how many show up. This will not interfere with the school year and will get the go getters – the ones more likely to take it up as a profession. In our case, the only cost was the shop and art teacher as well as some material cost. In those days it was picked up by the school district but if the cost were low, the parents could chip in or you might get some local companies to add to the pot.

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