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Hacker schools offer students a different path to tech jobs

The rise of hacker schools gives students more tech opportunities

hacker-schoolsAaron Groch had a bachelor’s degree in English and was already writing for the web when he went back to school to study computer programming. But Groch said after two years of computer science at Georgia State, he dropped out because he felt he wasn’t learning to write code fast enough, the skill he needed to land a better job.

The Atlantan then turned to an alternative that was billed as quicker, cheaper, and effective. He went to hacker school, not a place where you devise ways to crack Defense Department security, but where people learn code in a hurry and don’t have to take anthropology.

In eight weeks at Tech Talent South in Atlanta, he had the skills he wanted. Then he got an internship at a local web developer.

(Next page: How do hacker schools operate?)

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