East Lansing’s MSU Launches Coding Boot Camp in Detroit

East Lansing’s Michigan State University has partnered with Trilogy education in New York, a workforce accelerator, to offer its first coding boot camp to adult learners and working professionals. It will teach front-end and back-end skills necessary to become a full stack developer.
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MSU and Trilogy are partnering to offer a Detroit-based coding boot camp for adults. // Stock photo

East Lansing’s Michigan State University has partnered with Trilogy education in New York, a workforce accelerator, to offer its first coding boot camp to adult learners and working professionals. It will teach front-end and back-end skills necessary to become a full stack developer.

The 24-week, part-time program begins on June 1, and will include two three-hour evening classes during the week from 6:15-9:15 p.m. and a four-hour class on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend 20 hours a week on outside projects, homework, and experiential learning activities to build a project portfolio. Students will also receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance, and staff support.

“In just a handful of years, we’ve witnessed a transformation in Detroit’s economy and a growing demand for skilled tech workers across all industries,” says Leo Kempel, dean of the MSU College of Engineering “We’re launching the MSU Coding Boot Camp to help meet that increasing demand and fill the new pipeline of technology talent for Detroit’s businesses. We believe through this partnership we’ll be able to quickly scale our efforts to bring accelerated tech training opportunities to the local workforce.”

Detroit’s renaissance has been driven by a growing tech economy. According to Burning Glass, Detroit-area companies struggled to fill more than 44,000 open roles that required some level of coding proficiency in 2019, many at major auto manufacturers.

The skilled labor shortage was heightened due to a record low unemployment rate and the fact that, according to the United States Census Bureau, only 14.6 percent of Detroit residents have bachelor’s degree or higher.

The program’s curriculum covers the basics of coding, algorithms, and data structure, along with training in JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Java, and more. No previous training or experience is required, but applicants should have an understanding of coding basics.

Students will receive a Full-Stack Web Development certificate from MSU’s College of Engineering. Those interested can apply online or by calling (313) 918-1028. For more information, click here.

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