Coding Dojo Chicago Expands

The Windy City is famous for its sports teams, music and art, but did you know that it  also has a thriving tech scene? The Chicago tech job market Chicago Coding Dojo was ranked the sixth largest in the nation in 2016 by real estate firm CBRE with a 34.9 percent growth in tech employment from five years ago.

While still much more “undercover” than places like Silicon Valley, Austin and Seattle, Chicago had more than 179 startups that raised over $1.7 billion last year, according to a report by Chicago technology news outlet Built in Chicago. The city’s 10,000 yearly graduates with tech-related degrees feed startups like Avant, ParkWhiz, and Uptake, and enterprise tech companies like Groupon and Morningstar.

But even all those CS majors can’t fill local companies’ demand for developers and programmers. As a result, Coding Dojo Chicago is moving so we can accommodate more students at our campus. We’re unveiling our new space at an open house on April 6th. We’ll have plenty of food and drink, and friends and colleagues are welcome!

We’ve moved upstairs to Suite 610 on the sixth floor of 213 W Institute Place. Our new space is 9,000 square feet and includes new classrooms, new Chicago Coding Dojobathrooms with showers for those late night coding sessions, and (most importantly) a second kitchen for students. Never worry about running out of refrigerator space again! Coding Dojo Chicago can now accommodate 150 students per cohort and hope to graduate 360 students per year to help fill the huge demand for Chicago tech workers.

If you’re a Chicagoan who is passionate about technology, but can’t take 14 weeks off to come to our onsite program, don’t worry! Check out our Meetup page for free weeknight classes in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, iOS and C# starting in April. These are great for non-technical people at technology companies who might want to move into a developer position or project managers who want to learn the basics to get better at managing programmers. We even offer evening programs to area tech companies that are interested in becoming employer partners.

Chicago Coding DojoAlthough Chicago is rapidly becoming a major tech hub in the nation, the market for graduates is a little different. We’re making an intentional choice to offer technologies and programming languages in Chicago that will prepare students for work at local technology companies. Java and C++ are very popular among Chicago’s traditional enterprise companies. Python is quickly growing in popularity and some companies we’ve talked to are even converting their legacy Java stacks to Python. JavaScript is quickly becoming the new technology of choice, while C#  is growing among enterprise companies as well. There is still demand for PHP developers, believe it or not. The local startups prefer Ruby on Rails and C#.

Find more info about our Chicago location and events on our Meetup page and our website. We hope to see you at our open house on April 6th!

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