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California regulator seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps

If you provide online training, it's very easy to move your business out of California. None of these regulators are qualified to assess whether the training/content meet standards: they don't even know what data science means. Also, the tons of regulations that they have enacted apply to very traditional school settings. To qualify, you must send plans of the buildings and campus where training is taking place, your catalog, what classes are taught in an "academic year", the difference between your administrative and academic staff, your marketing material, a $5,000 check (and 1% fee on gross revenue) and answer a form with dozens of other questions.

Our apprenticeship, which is entirely online and on-demand, would probably never be approved because none of the qualification criteria apply to such training: we don't have an academic year, we don't have staff (either administrative or academic), we don't have a catalog, we don't have buildings, and the list goes on; that's why, as a "lean start-up" we can charge much less less (it's currently free) and deliver far more in much less time (no outdated training).These regulations are also designed to protect state training (universities) and big business community colleges, which provide (except for a few exceptions) terrible, outdated, overpriced education that will drive you to unemployment. I'm glad we are not in California!

California regulator seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps

Here's the original article, published on VentureBeat:

A handful of California coding bootcamps are fighting for survival after receiving a stern warning from regulators, VentureBeat has learned.

Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine. These organizations have two weeks to start coming into compliance.

In mid-January, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright AcademyHack ReactorApp AcademyZipfian Academy, and others. General Assembly confirmed that it began working on this issue several months ago in order to achieve compliance with BPPE.

BPPE, a unit in the California Department of Consumer Affairs, is arguing that the bootcamps fall under its jurisdiction and are subject to regulation. BPPE is charged with licensing and regulating postsecondary education in California, including academic as well as vocational training programs. It was created in 2010 by the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, a bill aimed at providing greater oversight of the more than 1,500 postsecondary schools operating in the state.

These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down.

“Our primary goal is not to collect a fine. It is to drive them to comply with the law,” said Russ Heimerich, a spokesperson for BPPE. Heimerich is confident that these companies would lose in court if they attempt to fight BPPE.

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Comment by Laura Markle West on February 7, 2014 at 6:58am

I don't know- I don't consider a 12 week session a "boot camp"  I'd call it a 'course'  They could probably get around it by breaking it up a little. And promoting the word 'degree' right on their website is misleading.

I am not against these learning camps; I think they are an excellent idea. I think they just need to change their terminology.

Comment by Mark Bibace on February 3, 2014 at 1:25pm

Let no good deed go unpunished :)  You are correct on your comments about some brick and mortar schools.  I went to a Community College last year for a Storage class.  I thought I was back in high school.  Instructor spent too much time talking about movies he liked.  Hey guy, I'm here to learn about Storage.

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