Alternative and independent The universe of technology-related “bootcamps”

By Caren Arbeit, Alexander Bentz, Emily Forrest Cataldi, Herschel Sanders

In recent years, nontraditional workforce training programs have proliferated inside and outside of traditional postsecondary institutions. A subset of these programs, bootcamps, advertise high job placement rates and have been hailed by policymakers as key to training skilled workers. However, few formal data exist on the number, types, prices, location, or other descriptive details of program offerings. We fill this void by studying the universe of bootcamp programs offered as of June 30, 2017. In this report, we discuss the attributes of the 1,010 technology-related programs offered in the United States, Canada, and online. We find more diversity among bootcamp providers and programs than would be expected from public discourse. This primarily relates to the mode of delivery (online vs. in person), intensity (part time/full time), cost, and program types. Based on the data we collected, we present a classification structure for bootcamps focused on five distinct program types.

Bibliography

Arbeit, C., Bentz, A., Forrest Cataldi, E., & Sanders, H. (2019). Alternative and independent: The universe of technology-related “bootcamps”. (RTI Press Publication No. RR-0033-1902). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2018.rr.0033.1902

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Authors

Caren ArbeitCaren A. Arbeit, PhD, is a research education analyst in the Center for Postsecondary Education, part of the Education and Workforce Development division at RTI International.

Alexander BentzAlexander Bentz, BA, is a doctoral student in the Department of Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to attending graduate school, he was an education analyst in the Center for Postsecondary Education, part of the Education and Workforce Development division at RTI International.

Emily Forrest CataldiEmily Forrest Cataldi, MA, is a research education analyst in the Center for Postsecondary Education, part of the Education and Workforce Development division at RTI International.

Herschel SandersHerschel Sanders, MS, is a survey methodologist in the Survey Research Division at RTI International.

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