Written by Phillip Ramati
Dzmitry Dubarau was tired of working in restaurants and barely making ends meet. What he really wanted to do was work with computers. The only problem? He had almost no skills in that discipline.
“I think back then I typed maybe 16 words a minute,” he said with a chuckle. “I was really slow.”
So Dubarau decided to enroll in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Coding Boot Camp, eager to learn new skills that could land him one of the many computer-related jobs that are popping up across the state.
There are many potential jobs out there for the boot camp graduates. With nearly 9,000 software development-related jobs posted in North Carolina since June 2016, it’s almost impossible NOT to find a career in that field. The main qualification necessary is the requisite skillset in programming.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte are working to meet the need of filling those jobs by entering a strategic partnership with Trilogy Education Services, a company that operates “programming boot camps” at more than 20 universities across the country. The boot camps are designed for students like Dubarau, with few computer skills.
The camps are also there for students such as Christi Savino, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Central Florida. However, Savino chose to pursue a career path in biblical counseling and raise her family instead of working in programming, so her previous skillset was severely outdated.
“I missed working with computers a lot,” she said. “What I liked about UNC was that it wasn’t an all-day class – you had two evening classes a week, plus Saturdays. I saw what the UNC lessons were offering up with Java, HTML and CSS, and I decided to do this one.”
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