EQUIP Program Brings Universities and Coding Boot Camps Together

A new federal program seeks to join traditional higher education institutions with the burgeoning market of coding boot camps.

Students in higher ed have been searching beyond the walls of their institutions to prepare for dream jobs in tech, and shorter-term coding boot camps have found success in capturing a growing market.

Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) invites Title IV schools to participate in what the U.S. Department of Education is calling an experiment to bring nontraditional education programs, such as coding boot camps and massive open online courses (MOOCs), under the wing of higher education institutions.

The partnerships allow students to use federal financial aid to pay for online educational opportunities at coding boot camps such as Flatiron School, which specializes in condensed computer programming courses; the school will in turn be partnered with universities.

“EQUIP will accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education, such as intensive ‘boot camps’ building skills in particular fields, specific programs awarding certificates aligned to employer needs, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” according to a blog post by the department.

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