By Aldon Stiles |Staff Writer|
Google and the computer programming school General Assembly plan to launch a boot camp for mobile developers to bridge the gap between the instruction of public institutions and working knowledge.
The program will be a 12-week course offered on General Assembly campuses nationwide, according to Bloomberg.
“There are a couple of trends that are emerging in Higher Education that the Google boot camp demonstrates,” stated Dr. Victoria Seitz, professor and chair of the Department of Marketing at CSUSB.
“One is the increased involvement of corporations to take the reins in educating the workforce to suit their needs and the fact that public institutions are not moving at the pace to be able to meet those demands,” continued Seitz.
These demands are quite high, according to Dr. Arturo Concepcion, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at CSUSB.
“The combined users of Android and iOS mobile devices comprise over 95 percent so the demand for Android mobile developers is big,” stated Concepcion.
CSUSB students can obtain a job in software development two ways, according to Concepcion.
Concepcion stated, “one needs to have a degree in computing (B.S. Computer Science) or one can go and get a quick training in a particular field, such as, in this case, Android mobile app development.”
Concepcion went on to explain why he believes specialized training is not a more desirable option.
“I would prefer the former since this gives you the foundational knowledge and a deeper knowledge of computing technologies,” stated Concepcion.