General Assembly, a global educational institution, announced last week that they plan to grow the number of their physical campuses by over 60% this year. This will increase their campus count from 15 to 25, and one of which is in Dallas. They also announced the acquisition of Bitmaker, Canada’s leading career accelerator focused on tech design and marketing.
General Assembly offers instruction in coding, UX and design, data, marketing and career development. They offer a variety of course options from full-time, part-time, in-person, online, workshops, special events and university programs. With over 25,000 course alumni already, more than 250 instructors and over 2500 hiring partners, the expansion announcement is a big one. And Toronto-based Bitmaker is no small acquisition, with over 1,000 course graduates and more than 15,000 community members.
Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of General Assembly, commented that they are seeing an increased demand from employers who need to find employees with skills such as web development, data science and UX design. Conventional education is unable to keep up with this growing demand. This is why General Assembly is expanding and adding additional resources in cities around the globe.
Over 350,000 students have come to one of General’s Assembly’s physical campuses, either for events or educational offerings. The 15th campus opened just earlier this year in Denver. The additional new campuses are in multiple states and countries, including one right in the heart of North Texas.
General Assembly is not the first code school to come to DFW. The Iron Yard, offering courses in engineering and design, has a location in Dallas, out of its more than 20 campus locations. Dev Mountain focuses on web and iOS development as well as UX design, has locations in both Dallas and Addison in addition to its 2 other locations. Tech Talent South, a coding bootcamp, also has a location in Dallas, one of more than 10 campus locations.
Code schools such as these are becoming more popular, teaching high-demand skills in a short period of time. In 2015, 10,333 students graduated from these schools, according to a study by Course Report. In 2016, estimates predict nearly 18,000 code school students to graduate. These schools have also increased the number of physical locations, with Texas hosting the second-largest number of locations behind California. With these kind of numbers, General Assembly’s expansion is most likely an example of more to come. Dallas is certainly the place to be for this continuing growth.