Just over three months ago, all 130 campuses of ITT Tech (ITT Technical Institute) shut down. For over 70 years this national college had been one of the go-to places for people in the technology industry to get a degree. Unfortunately, ITT slid so far that they no longer met accreditation standards and closed its doors across the country on September 6, 2016, including two campuses in Colorado. So what does this mean for coding schools in Denver and across our state?
Well, the real question is, what does it mean for students who are interested in learning to code? And the answer is, it means a lot! Let’s take a look at how our coding school can replace the training they offered with something so much better.
Here’s something about ITT and colleges in general: there’s a lot of padding. Coding classes that should take half a year can end up being drawn out into two-year associates degrees. It’s just the nature of for-profit institutions to want to keep you around for as long as possible.
Here’s another thing about traditional colleges: they really don’t trust your abilities. Many of them cater to the “yeah, I guess I want to code” students. You know, the ones who know they’re supposed to go to college but don’t have the drive to get things done quickly. Many of those students don’t mind “hiding out” in college for a few more years.
At Davinci Institute, we are about providing coding classes for students who don’t have the time to mess around, and, frankly, don’t want to. If you want to get into the workforce and start you career as quickly as possible, we can help you make that happen.
We're Less Expensive
Time magazine once ranked ITT Tech as second on its list of the “top five colleges that leave the most students crippled by debt.” Ouch! But when yearly tuition was between $45,000 and $85,000 a year, it’s not hard to see why it also had the highest rate of student loan defaults. (This was made all the worse by the fact that business’ lack of faith in their teaching methods made getting a job difficult after graduation.)
Now let’s take a look at some of the courses you can take a DaVinci Coders:
Ruby on Rails training — $9,995 for a 21-week course
Python training — $9,995 for a 20-week course
Game Development classes — $7,995 for a 15-week course
These courses are cheaper because a) they’re fast, as mentioned above, and b) there’s none of the padding that a for-profit college likes to insert.
We’d also like to take this time to remind you that the DaVinci Institute is not-for-profit. We’re not here to pad our pockets by wasting your time and crippling your with debt. We exist in order to help the next generation of coders make the most of their skills and interests, because we know that better code is going to make this country, and the world, a better place.
We're More Thorough
When ITT shut down, Fox 31 News in Denver wrote an article quoting a former student as saying ““I never really got full grasp on a certain area of the field. It was learn a little of this, a little of that.”
Hearing something like that makes our skin crawl. Far too often coding classes are simply a means to the next coding class. While continuing education is always important, shouldn’t the first class give you skills that are useful in real life coding situations?
At DaVinci, we have a plan and we stick to it. When you’re at DaVinci, you know that your coding boot camp training is just 21-weeks away. If you put in the right amount of effort you’re going to have the skills to get a job, usually as a junior coder.
Did the growth of coding schools such as DaVinci Institute lead to the downfall of ITT Tech. Probably not; they seem to have brought about their own demise on their own. But programming schools like DaVinci Institute are here to pick up the pieces and help those who started at ITT (or any other meandering college program) get back on their feet and get into the tech workforce ASAP. Click here to take a look at the classes we offer.