What: BDW at Night: technical intensive courses
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: BDW campus, 3390 Valmont Road, Boulder
T he University of Colorado’s postgraduate program is launching BDW at Night, which will offer 14-week technology courses to the public.
The classes will have an eclectic mix of students, from CU undergraduates to BDW students to the general public, and cover topics such as website languages Ruby and Node.js, Full-Stack development and building a WordPress site.
David Slayden, founder and executive director of BDW (which isn’t an acronym), said the night classes are another one of the program’s experiments in providing innovative and relevant courses to the Boulder community.
“These four classes were developed for our program, so now we’re offering them at night to make them accessible to the public as well,” Slayden said. “These classes are not offered on campus otherwise, but there’s a lot of interest and need for them, so now these are available for those people who can’t take a year off to do BDW.”
BDW is a yearlong, postgraduate certificate program hosted by CU’s ATLAS institute. The innovative, hands on technology track was launched three years ago; 67 students have graduated so far, with 100 percent job placement, Slayden said.
Benton Rochester, an interactive developer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky advertising agency in Boulder, enrolled in two of the night classes less than two months after receiving the BDW certificate.
Rochester, 26, said he gained useful experience during the BDW program leading to his dream job, so when the program opened some of their classes, he was first in line to enroll.
“I wanted to go back and fine tune my development skills for the long term, taking my position to the next level and learning to build things in a more advanced way,” Rochester said.
Students don’t need to have a computer science background to take the technology-based night courses, Slayden said. In fact, they’re hoping the unique student group will provide collaboration between students with varying perspectives.
“This technology is not just used by programmers but by the health care industry and others, so there’s a real hunger to become both computer literate but also understand the languages,” Slayden said. “We want to show them how to do it rather than just use it.”
Registration is still open for the classes but spots are filling up fast. The classes are $1,050 each with a discount for CU students, faculty and staff and enrollment is open to everyone, Slayden said.
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