Sunday, February 2, 2014

California threatens to shut down coding bootcamps

Have things escalated?  Now the bootcamps are being threatened with fines, shut down. And they are demanding that former customers be REFUNDED??

Coding bootcamps are scrambling to figure out how they can save their programs, after a California regulator slapped them with cease and desist letters ordering them to shut down, pay a $50,000 fine, and offer refunds to past students. The problem, according to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) which sent the letters, is these bootcamps aren't technically private schools under the law. Since 2009, California has required such private entities to apply for that status and meet a series of minimum standards to protect would-be students from fraud.

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However, it sounds like some of the BPPE's requirements may be onerous to satisfy. For instance, he AP reports that the BPPE requires a bachelor's degree and three years of teaching experiences from instructors, things which Dev Bootcamp founder Shereef Bishay said one of his best instructors lacks.


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