Coding Boot Camp Coming to East Valley

Coding boot camp coming to East Valley

The Town of Gilbert and University of Arizona are partnering on a new coding boot camp in the Heritage District area.

The 24-week boot camp offers students work in Javascript, HTML, CSS, Java, and other applications.

The tech students will also get help with career counseling, resumes and portfolios.

A similar program started in Chandler last month.

“I am proud that the University of Arizona has chosen Gilbert as their next program location as they invest in the future success of the state’s workforce,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels.

The East Valley is one of the top high-tech areas in the Southwest. It’s home to Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) and Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA). Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has an IT center in Tempe and Boeing (NYSE: BA) does cyber security and drone work in Mesa.

“The Phoenix East Valley has a high concentration of jobs that demand coding skills and by offering UA Coding Boot Camp in two locations, we will continue to fuel Arizona’s talent pipeline and its 21st century economy,” said UA Senior Vice President Melissa Vito.

The UA and Gilbert have started hosting Saturday sessions for the boot camp for students that already have been taking classes in Chandler. A full Gilbert coding program starts July 10. Cost of the program is $9,500.

Gilbert is hoping to attract more tech companies to its downtown area and office parks.

“Demand for skilled employees is on the rise in STEM and STEM-related occupations,” said Dan Henderson, director of the Gilbert Office of Economic Development. “Gilbert remains committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for residents to help meet the workforce needs of employers. We are delighted to announce this partnership with the University of Arizona and are excited to expand this leading-edge program in the east valley.”

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