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This fall Baker University will launch a nine-month coding bootcamp in partnership with The Software Guild. The online program will offer students training in software development through online courses. Student have the choice of two tracks: .NET/C# or Java. The bootcamp provides the in-demand coding skills that technology employers seek in today’s job market.

The program will be taught by Software Guild instructors using Software Guild’s course structure and curriculum. Students will spend 15 to 20 hours per week in a collaborative online environment. They will have daily access to teaching assistants and instructors to ensure guidance and hands-on support throughout the program.

“We’re excited to begin teaching students and connecting with employers in a new state,” said Eric Wise, chief academic officer of the Software Guild. “This expansion shows The Software Guild’s commitment to training hirable, technologically savvy talent. We’re looking forward to working with a respected university such as Baker University to bring this nontraditional software development program to the region.”

In an industry in which technology jobs become available faster than they can be filled, 95 percent of graduates from The Software Guild’s existing on-ground bootcamps in Akron, Minneapolis and Louisville have found employment at the end of their programs. All three cities are formally recognized as TechHire communities under president Barack Obama’s initiative.

Dr. Lynne Murray, president of Baker University, believes this program will be another shining example of Baker’s commitment to creating high-quality, workforce-relevant programs.

“It is our first mission to provide the highest quality education for our students. Our partnership with The Software Guild, a well-regarded education provider, allows us to do just that. Providing the community with this career-changing program is an added benefit.”

Bootcamp classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 12. Registration and more information can be found at bakerU.edu/coding-camp. All Baker University alumni who attend the first cohort will receive a $500 tuition credit.

Once formally enrolled, students with financial needs have the opportunity to apply for accessible, low-interest loans that will cover the full cost of tuition through Skills Fund. Skills Fund supports alternative education opportunities that have a track record of job placement success.

About The Software Guild
The Software Guild, which is owned and operated by online education technology solution provider The Learning House, Inc., is an accelerated, hands-on coding bootcamp where individuals become software developers through either an in-person bootcamp or a fully online program. Apprentices learn either .NET or Java and acquire the skills needed for entry-level developer positions. The Software Guild has more than 300 companies in its employer network, a 95 percent job placement rate and master instructors with an average of more than 10 years of industry experience. The Software Guild has locations in Akron, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and online.

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