As Miami’s first development boot camp, Wyncode, gets ready to begin its first class next month, a second code school has jumped into the market.
Ironhack plans to bring its programming to Miami beginning this fall, said co-founder Ariel Quiñones, who moved to Miami from Barcelona last week to set up the company's new U.S. base. Ironhack offers eight-week courses in web technologies and iOS programming.
“We founded Ironhack in Spain over a year ago to train software developers and tech entrepreneurs in the latest technologies with an obsessive focus on programming best practices. So far we’ve placed nearly 100 percent of our graduates that were seeking employment. This is particularly thrilling in the context of a country that has almost 60 percent youth unemployment and a fairly young tech ecosystem,” said Quiñones, "a recovering investment banker" from Wall Street who worked in Latin America.
Code schools are already quite common in other tech and startup areas, such as San Francisco, Austin and New York. Ironhack, which has been offering bootcamps in Barcelona and Madrid, chose Miami for its first international expansion because of its emerging tech scene and also because Ironhack specializes in the Hispanic marketplace and plans to use Miami as its base for expansion into Latin America.
Its eight-week, full-time bootcamp costs $8,000, competitively priced with what other code schools charge. For its classes of about 15-20 students, it has a three-step selection process in order to assess the person’s fit and skills. "We’ve realized a big part of the learning experience is who you put in the classroom. We’re pretty selective," said Quiñones, who co-founded the company with Gonzalo Manrique. Ironhack also doesn’t want absolute beginners. “There are so many free online resources out there, go through those before you come to Ironhack," he said.
Like other schools, Quiñones says Ironhack focuses on what it sees as a talent gap between what traditional universities are producting and the real demands of the workforce.”We think that we can produce the talent needed to close the tech skill gap and to fuel the growth of the emerging local startup ecosystem,” he said, adding that Ironhack brings in CTOs to help teach the classes and is also working on a learning platform to complement its in-person courses.
Ironhack is scouting locations now for its first Miami course in web development planned to begin in September in Miami. More information is here.
Meanwhile, Wyncode's first cohort for its nine-week coding boot camp begins May 5 at The LAB Miami. Wyncode recently announced a partnership with healthcare technology company CareCloud: If CareCloud hires a Wyncode graduate, he or she will be given a $5,000 signing bonus that will cover more than half of the tuition costs. CareCloud will also be sending members of its development team to work with Wyncoders during campus visits.
Wyncode is continuing to explore similar collaborations, and its list of hiring partners is already nearing a dozen South Florida-based companies, the company said.