Kaplan goes coding, buys Dev Bootcamp

Kaplan goes coding, buys Dev Bootcamp

Summary: Kaplan says the deal makes it the largest provider of test prep worldwide as well as one of the largest players in the coding bootcamp market.

TOPICS: Education

Test-prep industry player Kaplan has acquired Dev Bootcamp, self-proclaimed originator of the software coding bootcamp model. 

The companies announced the deal Wednesday, boasting that it makes Kaplan the largest provider of test prep worldwide as well as one of the largest players in the coding bootcamp market. The purchase price was not immediately disclosed.

Dev Bootcamp was founded in 2012 and has remained a prominent figure in the space as it becomes increasingly crowded.

Bernardo Rodriguez, head of Kaplan's new economy skills training (NEST) initiative, said Dev's ability to achieve both scale and innovation was a key factor in the acquisition:

Coming from another immersion learning industry where we've seen many operations come and go, we know firsthand the enormous challenge of maintaining high quality programs, with consistently strong results, while expanding reach to a growing number of students and markets.

Kaplan said the acquisition will enable it to expand into new economy skills training, complementing its existing NEST offerings under the Metis brand, which launched in December 2013 and includes bootcamps for data science, product design and software coding.

As for Dev, the bootcamp will maintain its operations strategy and function independently under Kaplan's Advance division. 

Topic: Education

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  • Congrats!

    Disclaimer: I am the co-founder of a similar program, http://www.launchacademy.com in Boston. We're a more intimate program than Dev Bootcamp but share some of their early core principals towards educational diversification.

    I first met Shereef Bishay in early 2012 after he wisely took an MVP approach to what is now known as Dev Bootcamp via his cousin and a small group of other aspiring developers based on a 'bet' that he couldn't teach them to code in 10-weeks. Not only did Shereef prove that small group wrong (winning the bet) but he's gone on to pioneer an industry that has benefited thousands of people to change their lives for the better through immersive education in software development.

    A lot of progress has taken place since that conversation by Dev Bootcamp, Launch Academy and the now 80+ other programs in this space. Immersive software development programs now collectively offer more diversity in learning opportunities for people via part-time, longer-term, new languages, online + mentorship, etc. The big winner here is the student who, now more than ever, can change the course of their career by attending a program that can teach them job-ready skills via an attractive ROI.

    Although we vary in our Development Philosophies (http://www.launchacademy.com/development-philosophies) and Instructional Philosophies (http://www.launchacademy.com/instructional-philosophy) what we share is an unwaning interest in offering an alternative option to people who want to learn new skills which will provide for a better life via a strong educational value proposition.

    Fast-forward a year or so from my first meeting with Shereef, I was fortunate to meet Dave Hoover, the founder of DBC Chicago. Our shared interest with Dave towards increasing apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring developers continues to be a critical next step for our industry. Currently the majority of the available 1mm+ software jobs available in the US as of 2020 (per code.org/stats), are housed in Fortune 500 companies. It's our responsibility as pioneers to unlock these opportunities. I look forward to the additional support that DBC has attained via this transaction to further the push towards this goal.

    I’d be happy to assist future aspiring developers with guidance and/or support directly. I’m pretty easy to find on twitter or email.

    Congrats to Shereef, Dave and now Tanner in NYC!


    Evan Charles
    Launch Academy
    Evan Charles