Coding boot camps: ‘Very empowering, very transformational’

Bianca Spinosa for writes:  When self-described extreme introvert and science nerd Isis Wenger agreed to appear in a recruiting campaign for OneLogin, the San Francisco company where she works as a platform engineer, she never imagined the ad would go viral with thousands of women in technology tweeting with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer.

Wenger is a self-taught college dropout. That’s not unusual for techies—Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg come to mind. But Wenger’s path to computer engineering involved honing her skills at a Bay-area coding boot camp. She graduated from App Academy before landing her job at OneLogin.

Today coding boot camps, usually very pricey, are actively recruiting women into tech through scholarships and tuition waivers. Course Report surveyed 42 coding boot camps and found that 38 percent of the more than 6,000 graduates in 2014 were women. In contrast, 18 percent of computer science degrees were awarded to women in 2013, according to data compiled by the National Center for Women and Information Technology from  Department of Labor statistics.

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