As any software company knows, good software engineers are hard to find.
More often than not, graduates receiving Computer Science degrees are not very good software engineers.
It’s sad, but true.
I can personally attest to this phenomenon as I received my CS degree in the year 2000 and many of my classmates simply weren’t very good – they had done some classroom exercises, learned some theory, and maybe completed a few projects, but they really didn’t have that innate command of software development practices.
Lots of people apply to FullContact with CS degrees that can barely write code.
Part of the problem is the curriculum (often years outdated) and another part of the problem is that not enough time is focused on hacking and building stuff.
I was able to refine my craft because I was working 60+ hours a week as a professional software engineer during high school and college – not because of anything I learned during school.
So, when Jim Deters told me of his plans for the gSchool, I was super excited. The gSchool focuses on hacking, building stuff and is staffed by a team of world class instructors. It’s everything a ‘software engineering’ degree should be – but universities simply haven’t gotten around to creating.
The gSchool premise is simple:
- Become a professional web developer in 6 months through an intensive 60 hour a week program.
- Get a job paying at least $60K per year – guaranteed.
- Tuition: $20,000 – which includes the requisite Apple laptop and admittance into the awesome program, held at Galvanize in Denver, Colorado.
- Scholarships and Payment options: several $5K scholarships from partner companies will be made available to select students. The gSchool has also set up a payment system allowing students to spread most of the cost over the next five years with a monthly payment of just $199. Combine the two and you’re left with an up-front fee of $5K.
You don’t need to be an expert to apply. If you’re a novice that’s totally fine.
Applications end very soon – December 3rd, 2012 — so you should head over to gSchool.it and apply right away!