Texas State Technical College will offer, starting in March, a statewide online software engineering boot camp for people who want to learn new skills to move into the technology field.

The rigorous 20-week boot camp is being organized by TSTC’s Workforce Training department to meet industry demand.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 1.7 million jobs for software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers will be available by 2029.

An online information session will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, via Zoom.

Once in the boot camp, students will complete at least 45 hours of coursework per week and interact with each other through online labs and study groups.

Participants will be assigned a career coach to assist with the job placement process and be available as a resource for up to six months after the course’s completion.

Students will complete the boot camp with knowledge of object-oriented programming, JavaScript, web frameworks and other topics.

“We know these skill sets are in tremendous demand, and we know they will continue to grow,” said Edgar Padilla, TSTC’s senior vice president in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and provost of the Williamson County campus.

The cost of the noncredit workforce training program is $10,300.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from TSTC and receive career placement support and coaching upon 80% of completion through the program and for six months after training is complete.

Career fields that graduates can pursue include computer systems analysis, computer software quality engineering, full-stack developing, software development, software engineering, systems architecture designing and user-interface designing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas had more than 109,000 software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers making an annual mean wage of $107,940 in May 2019.

The Dallas — Fort Worth — Arlington area had the highest concentration of workers in the state, with more than 51,300 making an annual mean wage of $110,340, according to the federal labor statistics agency.

The Austin — Round Rock area, home to tech giants such as Apple, IBM and Texas Instruments, had more than 23,400 workers making an annual mean wage of $106,080, according to the federal labor statistics agency.

For more information on the boot camp and to register for info sessions, go to tstc.edu/itcareers.

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