For those looking for a career in tech, there is a little-known option for education, closer to home. The Montana Code School, a non-profit Affiliate of the University of Montana, launched in 2015 and now has campuses in Bozeman and Missoula.
Students are given a fully immersed experience that runs for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week or they can opt for the part-time program that runs on weekends and evenings. Co-founded by Paul Gladen (Director of Gladstone Launchpad at the University of Montana) and six other professionals in the tech industry, who kept getting repeat requests from local companies in Montana and the greater region for tech talent.
Most of the students at the school are in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to change their careers and enter the tech industry. During the course of the classes, the students partner with non-profits to complete projects, and many companies send their employees into the program to work on company-specific projects in class. Students will find that the average class size is 10, and there are around 26 students enrolled in the Code School at any given time. Tuition runs about $8,000 for the program, scholarships are offered, and the classes will apply towards a minor in Computer Science.
The school firmly believes in networking and using the networks of the co-founders, and local area businesses to place students. They invite in regular guest speaks and keep the school very visible and leverage the team’s networks to find jobs for the students. Many companies reach out to the school and hire multiple students at a time.