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University of South Florida partners with Virginia tech firm for free coding bootcamp

Revature's free 12-week coding bootcamp introduces USF students and alumni to front-end development languages like Microsoft.NET and Java.

Corinne Lestch
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Students and alums at the University of South Florida will be able to take an immersive coding bootcamp. (USF)

A tech solutions firm is partnering with a Florida university to provide coveted coding skills to students and alumni.

Revature, which according to its website makes "leading-edge, next-gen and niche technologies" for businesses around the world, has teamed up with the University of South Florida, a research institution with campuses across the state. The education system was ranked No. 25 among public research universities by the National Science Foundation.

The Reston, Virginia-based company will offer an intensive coding bootcamp to all USF System students and alumni, who will also have the opportunity to enroll in Revature's online immersive bootcamp for free.

By enabling students and alums to enroll in RevaturePro Online, which teaches coding at all levels from beginner to advanced, the company will have access to a new pool of skilled computer programmers, and the participants will receive free coding training and experience.

The courses focus on front-end development languages like Microsoft.NET and Java, and offer projects and assessments. Students can personalize their learning and study at their own pace. They can also receive mentoring from industry leaders and continuing education, company officials said.

“Coding shouldn’t be difficult to learn,” said Joe Mitchell, senior vice president of Academic Partnerships at Revature.

The bootcamp "breaks down accessibility and financial barriers so USF students and graduates from any academic background can gain the skills needed to break into a rewarding career in software development," Mitchell added. "Our hope is that student interest in this program will grow over time, leading to an on-campus bootcamp to make the immersive program even more accessible.”

The program lasts for 12 weeks and is held at the company's headquarters in Reston. Students and alums who complete RevaturePro Online or hold STEM degrees are automatically guaranteed an interview for the bootcamp. If accepted, students receive housing and a weekly stipend.

“With technology integral to business globally, we believe everyone, from any major, can benefit from learning coding skills,” said USF Assistant Vice President of Career Services Russ Coughenour. “USF is dedicated to facilitating powerful solutions, like these innovative programs offered by Revature, which will help our students and alumni launch rewarding careers and thrive in the workforce of tomorrow.”

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