Coding Boot Camps Can Get Students Jobs; CA is Busting Them (Nanny of the Month, February 2014)

They make it their business to mind your business, and this month buttinsky busybodies are banning lace panties and hassling those who feed the homeless.

But this time Nanny of the Month zeroes in on California!

At learn-to-code bootcamps, students spend about 10 weeks and around $15,000 on programs that often lead to good-paying tech jobs. And that’s something the State of California refuses to tolerate.

Never mind that the Golden State’s unemployment rate is the nation’s fifth highest, the real problem is that boot camps don’t have state licenses, so says the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), which recently doled out a bunch of cease and desist letters to the “problem children” (and yes, that’s how the BPPE’s Russ Heimerich refers to boot camp operators).

Maybe the problem children should follow the university model: jack up tuition and fail to prepare students for the job market. Then California might stop busting coding boot camps, and start subsidizing them instead.

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Nanny of the Month is written Ted Balaker and produced by Balaker and Matt Edwards. Edited by Edwards. Opening graphics by Meredith Bragg.

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  • sarcasmic||

    How dare someone engage in economic activity without asking permission and obeying orders! What do they think this is? A free country?

  • Paul.||

    But what if someone gets educated wrong? How do you prevent that without licensing?

  • SweatingGin||

    Where do we H&R commenters fall on the "traige" of problem children? (actual text in the vid is wrong). At about 1:12

  • kinnath||

    problem children are the problem of the parents

  • Loki||

    I'm pretty sure we're all at the top of some government list somewhere.

  • John Galt||

    There just has to be a way to fracture California from the continent so it can be purposely dumped into the Pacific.

  • Loki||

    If only Superman hadn't stopped Lex Luthor's plot to seed the San Andreas fault with nukes.

  • The Last American Hero||

    I concur, they are definitely the state most needing the Beleriand Treatment.

  • ~Knarf Yenrab~||

    this month buttinsky busybodies are banning lace panties
    Production, import and sale of lace underwear will stop in July 2014 in Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus under a Moscow-led Customs Union. Officials say lace does not absorb enough moisture.

    First energy-inefficient lightbulbs in the States, now insufficiently absorbent panties in Russia.

  • CE||

    Methinks the real problem is the cheaper/faster alternative to paying the state of California for a four year degree to be a programmer, a skill that can be learned in one year (or less if you're motivated).

  • BigT||

    You make it sound like CA is some kind of monopoly or cartel that uses force to protect its turf.

    ... I guess it ain't called the Golden state for nothing.

  • Brain2000||

    I bet the was developed by people who took a 10 week course.

    No, but seriously, I find few developers actually have a grasp on how to perform their job properly. Either you have it, or you don't. A 10 week course can be enough for those that have it. An 8 year course won't be sufficient enough for those that don't.

  • Mr Whipple||

    I guess next they'll be going after the W3C for their free online tutorials. I learned HTML5/CSS3 and Javascript/JQuery and I have a few websites up that I designed and developed from scratch using only a basic editor and Inkscape. Next on the list is SQL and PHP, and I already have a LAMP stack installed and host a site on Tor. The last formal training I had was in the 80s when I had to take FORTRAN 77. The way the economy is going, it doesn't look like the construction industry is going to recover anytime soon. Instead of building additions for people, I'll be building websites. Lord knows, some of the local businesses around here could use it.

  • ||

    Shades of Holder, IRS, & company. This guy has obviously learned the art of selective enforcement -- if we like you, we won't enforce the law. If not, goodbye Sucker.

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