It was about 6:10 on a Wednesday night when brothers and instructors Jake and Matt Overall opened class at BoiseCodeWorks. The 21 students who make up the code school’s first cohort sat in rows, tapping away at laptops.
The Overalls and their students are the Treasure Valley’s answer to a chronic shortage of software developer talent in the Valley and elsewhere. BoiseCodeWorks, which opened in August on 50th Street north of Chinden Boulevard in Garden City, is one of dozens of coding schools to sprout around the country over the past four years.
These businesses offer coding boot camps, short but intensive alternatives to higher education. For $3,200, the Overalls promise graduates that they will be competent in coding skills that employers demand.
BoiseCodeWorks is the first such camp locally.