June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Community Engagement Division
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014 and 2024, the job market for software developers will grow by 17%. As the number of jobs for those with development skills grows, the potential pool of applicants remains inadequate. Although many entry-level software developer positions require a Bachelor’s degree, the shortage of workers has encouraged employers to consider hiring and training those with Associate’s Degrees, certifications and those who have completed coding and software development boot camps. This paper, submitted as an Engagement in Practice Paper to the Community Engagement Division, describes one such boot camp. In the paper, we describe the partnership development, design and outcome of a 12-week community based iOS app development course taught in a partnership between the Computer Science department at a research institution, a state sponsored workforce development program, and a local technology training company. It details the generalized struggles and successes of the students, the lessons learned, and a second curriculum and class structure based on those findings. Finally, the article presents unanswered questions about community based development courses and the next steps in the University/community partnership.
Jones, J. N., & Smith, T. R., & Mack, N. A., & Sherman, I., & Gilbert, J. E. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: The Development of and Lessons Learned from a Community-Focused App Development Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28239
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