I’ve been hearing more about them amongst general populace recently, e.g., at a birthday party yesterday, relative of friend said was entering one soon, and their friends were telling them it is a scam, like a modern version of ITT Tech (for-profit vocational college that lives on taxpayer subsidized student loans). I know people have been saying coding bootcamps are a bubble for awhile now, and they have highly variable reputations. There’s a bill to expand US military veteran benefits to cover more coding bootcamps. I’m curious what the talkgroup community thinks of bootcamps? Are some amazingly awesome? Are there tons of scams? Does saying something like “bootcamps are the best way to learn to code” make one seem hip and insightful, or delusional and hucksterish?
I’m putting this in ‘digital safety’ because I think part of the appeal of coding bootcamps is probably about hoping to achieve financial safety in a world being eaten by software, but the scam potential endangers this and other aspects of safety, if the hope is even realistic to begin with.
Also, this makes me think of another question: how are coding bootcamps’ records for safety and inclusion of instructors and students? Are they bro scenes or do they work for all? Presumably a mix, but what’s the overall trend and impact?