Kaplan Test Prep Partners With Ruby On Rails Leader Thoughtbot To Launch Developer Boot Camp

Kaplan Test Prep, the global leader in test prep, and thoughtbot, a premier web and mobile design and development firm, have partnered to launch a software developer bootcamp for individuals interested in becoming professional Ruby on Rails web developers. In the nascent market of programming academies and developer bootcamps, the Kaplan-thoughtbot venture marks the entrance of two industry heavyweights, bringing together an established leader in education and training with one of the world’s leading development firms in Ruby on Rails, an opensource web framework using Ruby programming language.

Named Metis, inspired by the Greek goddess associated with wisdom and good counsel, the initial bootcamp will be a 12-week intensive training program, using curriculum informed by Kaplan’s proprietary learning science and assessment insights and delivered by thoughtbot experts. The first class will start on February 24, 2014 at thoughtbot’s Boston office.

Metis is designed as a new economy skills training (NEST) program to provide immersive training in skills that are in high demand in today’s job market, preparing participants for hire. Under the competitive application process, candidates will be selected among applicants for an interview which will entail problem-solving questions. No more than 30 qualified applicants will be accepted for each cohort. Metis program participants will be trained in HTML5: Erb, CSS: Sass, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails and Git, and will learn how to independently create Ruby on Rails applications. At the end of the program, graduates will participate in a Hiring Day, which will connect Metis graduates with potential employers.

“The current disparity between supply and demand for developer talent in our economy means fluency in coding and software languages is a much-needed capability in today’s job market,” said Bernardo Rodriguez, Chief Digital Officer, Kaplan Test Prep. “Merging our experience as an educator with thoughtbot’s technology expertise was a natural fit in creating a superior program to help address the skills gap. thoughtbot has extensive experience as an employer of Ruby on Rails developers, in teaching Rails, and in actually building and shipping Ruby on Rails apps, so identifying and training top talent for hire is part of the company’s DNA.”

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