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January 18th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Colorado’s First Micro College for Learning Programming Skills

When it comes to landing a high-paying entry level position, young people have very few options without spending tons of money on college. And even then, unless they get engineering degrees from top tier schools, the odds are against them. But now young people have a faster, cheaper option.

Based in the heart of Boulder’s thriving entrepreneurial community, DaVinci Coders is Colorado’s first Micro College dedicated to teach beginners the fine art of computer programming in only 11-weeks. As you can see from the chart below, costs are dramatically cheaper taking the Micro College approach.

The first 1,000 Hours 


In the programming world, they’ve calculated that it generally takes 1,000 hours of coding to get hired for an entry-level position. To put this in working terms, if someone spends eighty-four 12-hour days, you’ll complete the initial 1,000-hours in less than three months.

At DaVinci Coders, their focus is on helping students make it through their first 1,000 hours. They can do it in 84 days, or they can spread it out over a longer period of time. Their program offers both morning and evening classes, roughly 10.5 hours of classroom time per week spread out over 3 days a week. 

Micro Colleges

Micro-Colleges are any form of concentrated post-secondary education oriented around the minimum entry point into a particular profession.

With literally millions of people needing to shift careers every year, and the long drawn out cycles of traditional colleges being a poor solution for time-crunched rank-and-file displaced workers, we are seeing a massive new opportunity arising for short-term, pre-apprenticeship training.

Colleges today cost far too much, and they take far too long.

Just like many other industries, traditional colleges are being tasked to do more with less. But at this point they don’t have a clear understanding of what “less” looks like. That’s where niche-driven Micro Colleges come in.

Teaching Rails

As an institution, DaVinci Coders focuses on teaching Ruby on Rails.

Ruby on Rails (often called Rails, or RoR) is an open source, full-stack web application framework that uses the Ruby programming language. This means a few things. Because it is open source, anyone can use it. Because it is full-stack, Rails provides everything you need to create a web application from the ground up. And because it uses Ruby, an object-oriented programming language with a flexible syntax, it is relatively easy for an inexperienced programmer to get started.

DaVinci Coders Program Manager, Nancy Slattery sums it up well. “The process of becoming an expert coder will seem like a lengthy one when you first start, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly time flies as the transformation begins to kick in.”

Future plans for DaVinci Coders include classes in mobile apps, game design, website design, and UX.

People wanting more information are being asked to contact - or (303) 666-4133.





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