Penn partners with New York-startup to launch coding bootcamp

The University of Pennsylvania is the latest college to offer a coding bootcamp through its continuing education program – an addition that is part of a recent shift in the for-profit education industry to focus on the local job market’s shallow pool of tech talent.

New York-based Trilogy Education Services announced last week Penn as its first Ivy League relationship. It’s the education management startup’s 28th partnership, meaning the West Philadelphia institution is following the likes of University of California Berkeley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Northwestern University and, locally, Rutgers University, among others.

“Whether they are the Facebooks and Apples of the world, or small startups or middle market companies, companies are looking for people that have the right tech skills,” Dan Sommer, Trilogy founder and CEO, told the Business Journal.

Known as the Penn Arts and Sciences Coding Boot Camp and “offered in collaboration with Trilogy,” the 24-week program consists of two evening and one Saturday class per week at a cost of $11, 950.

Each cohort of approximately 25 students will learn the basics of coding, algorithms and data structure, and receive intensive training in JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery and Java – though at Penn, the focus will be on Java since the job market is calling for it, Sommer explained.