Boot Camp or University Classroom? Preparing Women and Underrepresented Minorities for the Software Development Workforce


National Science Foundation (NSF)


Louise Ann Lyon (ETR) & Dr. Quinn Burke (College of Charleston)


With the rapid rise of coding boot camps promising training that leads directly to lucrative jobs, industry has more options for finding trained employees to fill software development jobs. However, it is not well understood who attends these boot camps and how the training they offer aligns with workforce needs. This study—a collaborative work with the College of Charleston—investigates what skills and knowledge both coding boot camps and university computer science programs offer to their students and how these align with the skills and knowledge that employers seek in newly minted software developers.