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Press Release: Coding Bootcamp To Launch In Minnesota




Concordia University, St. Paul Develops Nation’s First Credit-Bearing Coding Bootcamp

The university partnered with online education specialist The Learning House, Inc. to build the nation’s only coding bootcamp affiliated with an accredited institution.

St. Paul, Minn. (September 15, 2014) – There is a growing shortage of software developers in the Twin Cities. To help meet this need, Concordia University has partnered with online education services provider The Learning House, Inc., to launch Coding Bootcamp@Concordia. The bootcamp is a 12 week, full time - intensive program to train entry level developers. It will be the first in the nation offered by an accredited university. Not only will the program teach students critical technology skills, but the coursework can be applied toward earning a degree.

“As an institution, we are focused on providing an education that is relevant to our students,” said Eric LaMott, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Concordia University, St. Paul. “The bootcamp offers a great way for our students to quickly gain real-world skills that will make them immediately attractive to employers, while still earning credit toward their degree.”

Todd Zipper, President and Chief Operating Officer of Learning House, added, “We’re ecstatic to partner with an entrepreneurial university like Concordia to offer this program that is sorely needed in Minneapolis – St. Paul. It will be a great opportunity for students to qualify for careers in this growing field and for employers to find job-ready developers.”

The bootcamp is slated to begin classes in January 2015. Tuition will be $10,000. Students will learn Microsoft .NET or Oracle Java, in small classes taught by veteran developers. Students will develop a portfolio of projects and have the opportunity to demo them to area employers. An employer network is being developed to assist graduates in their job search.

The curriculum was developed in conjunction with The Software Craftsmanship Guild (SCG), based in Akron, Ohio. The SCG bootcamp has been in operation for two years and has over a 90% placement rate. That expertise will be leveraged to develop a strong, relevant curriculum and help graduates of Concordia’s program find employment.

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Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Since its founding in 1893, Concordia University has been preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives by providing an educational experience that is responsive, relevant and real.


The Learning House, Inc. helps colleges and universities create, manage and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 100 schools, Learning House enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals.


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David L. Clinefelter
Chief Academic Officer
The Learning House, Inc.
(502) 751-8647

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Recruiting For Minnesota Startups Added To Twin Cities Startup Week

September 9-14, 2014 is and I am doing a presentation September 12 from 12 pm - 2 pm at CoCo Downtown Minneapolis:

Recruiting For Minnesota Startups

Recruiting For Minnesota Startups is a presentation I have done numerous times over the years at MinneBar and this spring through the Google for Entrepreneurs program.

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