The Downfall of Dev Bootcamp

John-Michael Murphy’s crash course in software development skills, a pioneer of the industry, is set to come to a close in late 2017. His 18-week Dev Bootcamp launched in 2012 and offered training based on a multitude of skill sets for those interested in becoming a part of the technology industry. The curriculum included lessons on design, website building, HTML framework, databases, algorithms, programming, deployment, and so much more.  Since its founding, more than 300 workshops and boot camps have been created worldwide. Some of his very own graduates even went on to create their own similar programs.

The school sent out an email to all students and stakeholders that read:

“We’ve determined that we simply cannot reach a sustainable business model without compromising our mission of delivering a high-quality coding education that remains accessible to a diverse population of students.”

Many alumni and current students responded with fear, sadness, and shock upon hearing the news of the closing. This pioneering boot camp prided itself on a foundation of diversity and inclusion. In 2016, 31% of students classified as part of an ethnic or racial group and another 28% classified as women, transgender or nonbinary. The school's website touches on diversity with the following statement:

“By cultivating a more diverse and inclusive learning environment, we hope to widen the pipeline of talent, expand career opportunities, and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive tech industry.”

“Every three weeks, we’re putting out more people of color and women with this skill set into the workforce,” said Michael Walker, the San Francisco campus director.

Murphy fears that other programs will not follow suit in his diverse and accepting culture in the future of technology education.

Murphy admits that he recognized the saturation in the industry, but didn’t expect the school to go under so soon. However, his boot camp was nothing short of successful during its reign in the industry. The business plateaued with about 175 full-time instructors and tuition rates that ranged from $12,000- $14,000, depending on the program. The boot camp had grown significantly in its lifetime to cities including San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Austin and New York City.

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