Apr 05, 2017 12:12 PM EDT
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has announced its partnership with Revature, a leading technology talent development company. Their collaboration will allow all UMUC students and graduates, regardless of their major, to access Revature's online coding program at no cost.
UMUC is the largest public online university in the nation. The tech company's flagship product, RevaturePro, gives online instruction in enterprise software development languages, guided projects, assessments and mentoring.
Yahoo News reported that the program consists of courses in Java, Microsoft NET and front-end web development, among others. Students can go through the program at their own pace and receive support from the company's industry mentors.
Nikki Sandoval, Associate Vice President for Alumni and Career Services at UMUC, said that the partnership will allow students with non-technical academic backgrounds to expand their career options by mastering the latest software programs and computer platforms. She noted that the program by Revature offers an accessible approach to IT training that will complement any career path that the students or graduates choose.
Joe Mitchell, Revature's Executive Vice President of Academic Partnerships, added that coding skills are necessary to succeed in the modern workplace across various industries. The company has designed a program that prepares students for a great career in software development.
According to TIME, Revature, which is based in Virginia, is setting up classrooms at colleges and universities across the nation and recruiting college graduates for a free 40-hour-per-week, 12-week crash course in in-demand coding skills.
During the course, the students receive minimum wage instead of paying for their education. In return, they just need to commit to working for Revature for two years at an annual salary that ranges from $50,000 to $65,000.
The company has also partnered with George Mason University, Virginia's largest public research university. Mason students will be provided with free hands-on technology training that prepares them to fill critical gaps in the workforce at Northern Virginia.
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