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Coding Camp Movement Shows Spike in Graduates and Schools in 2015, New Survey Says

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A newly released survey has found that the trend towards using coding camps to quickly gain technology skills is rising steadily.

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The trend toward using coding camps as a means to quickly gain technology skills is rising steadily and gaining increasing significance in 2015, according to a new Course Report survey.

The survey found coding camps will produce 16,000 graduates this year, up from 6,740 in 2014. By comparison, four-year U.S. undergraduate computer science programs will produce an estimated 48,700 graduates this year. The survey also found the average tuition for a coding camp is about $11,000, which means the projected tuition revenue from coding camps will be $172 million in 2015, more than double the tuition revenue from 2014.

The rising popularity of coding camps can be attributed to several factors. In the past year, The White House launched its TechHire Initiative, which encourages the coding camp model as well as the message to tech companies to be more inclusive in their hiring practices. In addition, TechHire has motivated many camps to move into cities beyond the traditional technology hubs, as there are now coding camps in 51 cities, according to the survey.

"As technologies advance, in some cases, faster than the talent to actually execute--coding camps may be effective in ramping up talent so they can quickly implement these skills within organizations," says Robert Half Technology's John Reed.

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