To Accredit or Not To Accredit, That is The Question

As an educational institute, there are many issues we have had to take into consideration. One of the major concerns for the Academy at SDG focused on whether to accredit or not. Denise Roane uncovers why SDG decided to stay community focused and not pursue accreditation.

Growing with a Not-For-Profit Code School

Being involved in a code school can provide learning and growing that extends well beyond coding. From real world problem solving to the importance of community to networking, SDG covers it all. Team member, Lauren Mabra, shares her experience and insight at SDG thus far.

Wanted: Women Coders

Women in tech is a movement that isn't as widely discussed as others, but it's still a huge deal. From Grace Hopper to Dorothy Vaughan, it's evident that the computer science industry was dominated by women up until very recently. Denise Roane provides insight on what drove this change.

For the Community and by the Community

SDG took the non-profit route in order to provide a service to the community but also include the community. Our alumni and advisory board are part of that community and SDG rely heavily on their participation. Their participation is what will help keep the program and the community moving forward, improving the education provided and sending talented new developers into the workforce.

Why do we teach the full-stack?

At SDG, we are training folks to become junior developer ready in 12 weeks. That is no easy task. After several iterations, the instructional staff, supported by the community, have determined that a "full-stack" developer curriculum produces pretty solid results.

Our "Secret Sauce"

Open source software typically builds upon the efforts of others and extends it. This is our goal for our curriculum. As we continue to develop our curriculum we will be inviting our alumni, local community, and community at large to contribute. We are excited to share our lessons, assignments, and approach with the community and look forward to your contributions.

It's the Mission, not the Money

When our team first decided to launch our school in Tampa Bay it was absolutely paramount that we operate it as a not-for-profit. Our CEO, Jason L Perry, talks about why.

Hello, World!

It has been a year since The Iron Yard, the largest national coding school and bootcamp, announced it was ceasing all operations and shutting down fifteen campuses nationwide. At the time our campus in Tampa Bay had the highest enrollment and job placement and was operating successfully with a team of seven employees and ~150 alumni. Although the announcement took us by somewhat of a surprise, the code school industry is still emerging and navigating the path to a successful model.