As anyone with a school-aged child has doubtless been told, tech sector jobs are on the rise, making training for things like coding, web design, programming and cyber security hot commodities. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers back that up—the government agency projected an increase of 1.1 million jobs in the the high-tech sector from 2016 to 2026, and an output jump of $2.1 trillion. In Boise, those looking to get in on that growth may have scored a lucky break. Coding Dojo, a national technology training company, has announced plans to open a campus at Trailhead in downtown Boise, beginning next month.
In a press release, Coding Dojo cited a 61 percent increase in local tech companies in the last decade as one of its main reasons for expanding to Boise.
“Boise is one of the most innovative cities in America for tech companies, and it’s no secret that the tech industry in Boise is becoming one of the strongest in the nation,” Chris Chung, general manager of Coding Dojo Boise, said in the release. “More tech companies are looking to start operations and expand their workforces in Boise, and Coding Dojo is now on the ground ready to help these companies recruit and upskill the best and brightest tech talent who can add value on day one.”
Coding Dojo offers what it calls a “fast track” to expertise in tech through 14-week bootcamp courses. It will also partner with the Idaho Department of Labor on an apprenticeship program to offer its graduates six months of paid work experience, helping place them with one of Boise’s many tech companies.
Finia Dinh, computer science program manager for the Idaho STEM Action Center, said her organization has worked with Coding Dojo in the past, including initiatives during Computer Science Education Week. She sees its arrival as an exciting new opportunity for students, parents and educators in Boise.
“Idaho has 6,000 unfilled STEM jobs, and 1,500 of those are computing jobs. We desperately need more people to learn how to code, and Coding Dojo’s coding courses and camps and the apprenticeship program it has launched with the Idaho Department of Labor increase the avenues we have to get people into coding,” she said.
Dinh also noted other local options for those looking to learn, including the Code curriculum, a partner of the Idaho Digital Learning Academy; grant-funded events hosted by the STEM Action Center and kids’ programs like the Idaho Statewide Junior Botball Challenge and Zero Robotics. All of those initiatives point to Idaho’s recent emphasis on training a tech-savvy workforce.
“Idaho recently became the second state in the U.S. to implement all nine of Code’s policies to help move computer science forward,” Dinh said. “And within two years every single high school in Idaho will offer students at least one computer science course.”