Nancy Lukas, who retired in 2015 after spending 20 years as a teacher, always loved technology. She was one of the first teachers to have her own website, loved using a SmartBoard and made her fourth grade students create podcasts about important environmental issues.
Still, Nancy, who has always liked a good challenge, never thought this lifelong interest would take her on a totally different career path. That was until her daughter told her about the
Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, a six-month intensive program offered by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies that provides the skills needed to become a “full stack” software coder.
“There’s no way I ever pictured myself going in a different direction,” said Nancy, 52, who taught high school, middle school and elementary school students, both English and math. “I imagined teaching for 20 more years but I decided that I had other talents that I needed to explore.”
Cristal King—who left her job as a programmer and analyst more than a decade ago to take care of her young family—knew she needed to sharpen her skills and learn new computer language in order to get back into the rapidly changing technology job market.
“Before I left, web development wasn’t nearly as advanced and robust as it is now,” said Cristal. “I know how quickly technology changes and I knew that I needed to have the skill-set that goes along with it.”
According to the Harvard Business Review, 90 percent of women who leave their jobs to take care of their family, like Cristal, said they want to reboot their careers and get back into the workforce.
Cristal wasn’t sure exactly where to go to get the training she needed to make this happen. When she first decided that she wanted a job in technology, after working as a sales representative for U.S. Healthcare, she enrolled and graduated from The Chubb Institute. At the time, web development was still in its infancy.
At 61, after a decade away from computer programming, Tom Keel thought his computer coding days were well behind him.
That was until Tom decided to jump back in and follow his son, Seth, to Bootcamp. After reading about the exciting new coding opportunities of the bootcamp-style class his son would be taking, Tom felt a renewed sense of interest in the field and decided to join him. It’s not often that two generations get to experience the same educational opportunity, and it proved to be an exciting challenge for the father and son duo.
Now both father and son are newly minted graduates of the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working side-by-side for 24 highly intensive weeks to develop skills as “full stack” software coders.
The Keels' story is unusual. They are the only father and son duo out of 375 bootcampers who have gone through the program since it began last fall.
Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Expands Certificate Program with Additional Online Sections and New Live Workshops
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Sept. 7, 2016) — Success in school isn’t just about grades or test scores. It’s also about learning how to work well with others, manage one’s feelings, and become a responsible, caring adult. But in their efforts to foster such learning, even the best teachers face a perennial question: how?
Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, launched in fall 2015, is among a select group of university-based coding bootcamp programs in the United States. This certificate program is specifically designed to teach adult learners and part-time students the skills they need for careers in web development, a high-demand area for the digital economy.
Rutgers’ Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) offers a host of educational opportunities to meet the needs of those looking to upgrade their skills, improve their marketability in the workplace, broaden their horizons, or comply with professional requirements.
CCPD primarily offers noncredit certificate programs for those interested in advancing their careers, learning a new skill, changing careers, or maintaining a particular level of competency in their field. CCPD ’s wide selection of online programs enables individuals to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Online Certificate Programs
CCPD offers dozens of online certificate programs that enable individuals to complete coursework on their own schedule in the convenience of their own home.
Alex Bruton served two years in Vietnam and 22 years as an Army reservist, but he faced one of his biggest challenges when two knee replacement surgeries left him unable to continue working on his feet as a cardiology technician.
Bruton sought help from the Veterans Administration, which referred him to the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services (DVR). That agency connected him with the ENABLE Division of Small & Associates of Livingston and ultimately with Rutgers’ Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD).
Through these two educational partners in the Rutgers ENABLED to Work program, Bruton has been able to train for a new career and enhance his marketability through job counseling.
With state grant funding paying his tuition, Bruton enrolled in an online training program through Rutgers’ CCPD last summer to become an electronic medical health records specialist. He also received counseling through ENABLE on job-search and resume-writing skills and techniques.
More than 35 departments and units at Rutgers offer hundreds of credit and noncredit courses, certificate programs and enrichment opportunities to help individuals reach their professional and personal goals. Learn more at lifelonglearning.rutgers.edu.
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