It’s an exciting time at HackerYou with our recent registration as a Private Career College in Ontario. Along with our new status, we’ve made some changes to our bootcamp curriculum, and I’m excited to share these with you.
One of the advantages in coming to HackerYou has always been that our content is constantly updated to stay relevant with the industry. We are always incorporating new best practices as they emerge. As part of launching our new Certificate program, we’ve locked down a new curriculum for our students.
- We start with HTML & CSS. Our students hit the ground running with the skills they need to craft clean, semantic sites that can adapt responsively to any device they are viewed on.
- The third and final area we focused on – which we’ve decided to reconfigure – was WordPress, a content management system that allows developers to create easy-to-update sites for clients.
In order to allow our students to take their applications to the next level, we are introducing Firebase into our curriculum. Because it is a back-end-as-a-service provider, Firebase allows us to add persistence to our applications. This gives students the ability to make applications that allow users to log-in or sign up, store data, and even upload media. All of these features give our students the means to create amazing applications while still focusing on mastering front-end technologies.
The decision to remove WordPress from our bootcamp curriculum was one we carefully thought about. HackerYou’s bootcamp is first and foremost a front-end development bootcamp. While WordPress is an amazing system and tool for creating websites, I believe that diving into it for a such a limited time at the very end of the program wasn’t giving the platform justice. Now, instead of having students shift their focus away from the front-end and into a new environment, we will be continuing the focus on front-end skills. This focus allows us to turn our students into specialists, not generalists. Instead of knowing a little about everything, our focus allows students to build a more in-depth skills set and toolbox. Graduates of our bootcamp who are interested in learning WordPress can still do so through our part-time Intro & Advanced WordPress courses, where they’ll have the time to really dive into the power of the platform and become an expert.
One of my favourite parts of my job is seeing what our students build, and I can’t wait see what 2017 will bring for our new cohorts of students.