Springboard, an online learning platform that prepares students for the tech industry’s most in-demand careers with comprehensive courses, has recently partnered with Loyola University New Orleans, a private Jesuit university, to deliver completely remote, self-paced tech training programs in data analytics and software engineering. These bootcamps are open to the public, enabling Loyola to offer university-credentialed programs for in-demand tech skills.
The courses are designed to fit into the lives of busy working professionals looking for flexible opportunities to help them upskill and pursue a new career. As Loyola students, participants are not required to enroll, and many bootcamps do not require related industry or academic experience. Enrollment for the first cohorts is open until August 28, and classes begin on September 5. After that, students can sign up anytime to be assigned to the next monthly cohort.
Speaking about the development, Executive Director of Loyola University New Orleans Office of Professional and Continuing Studies, Jill Boatright, said:
We are committed to fulfilling the professional and personal development needs of the greater New Orleans community, and our partnership with Springboard enables students to learn new skill sets that lead to more significant career opportunities and financial growth. Through Springboard, students will quickly gain real-life experience that prepares them for jobs in the growing tech sector in New Orleans and beyond.
Springboard has helped more than 20,000 students around the globe build the skills to transform their careers. The platform’s market-driven curriculums are developed by industry professionals with firsthand experience who consult hiring managers at top tech companies for input on the skills they seek in candidates. Students spend most of their time working on real-world projects for Springboard’s partner companies and creating a portfolio showcasing their passion and demonstrating their abilities to potential employers.
The company also has weekly one-on-one calls with industry mentors working in the field and receives guidance from career coaches on building a network and landing a job. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from Loyola. About 92% of job-qualified individuals who reported receiving an offer received it within 12 months of graduation from companies such as Amazon, Boeing, IBM, and J.P. Morgan. Since its inception in 2013, the firm has doubled its team size each year, with offices in Bengaluru and San Francisco. The Springboard community currently includes tens of thousands of students and alumni, more than a thousand expert mentors, dozens of career coaches, and hundreds of employer partners.
Colin Lumsden, Vice President of Business Development, Springboard, added:
New Orleans’ median tech wages are 94% higher than overall median wages across the metropolitan area, and our skills-based courses prepare professionals to get hired for these attractive roles. We are honored to work with Loyola University New Orleans to provide more students access to supportive learning programs that allow them to enter the tech industry and experience upward mobility, even without a four-year degree.
- Data Analytics Bootcamp, students’ learning, goes beyond technical skills to focus on areas where employers find the most significant gaps—strategic thinking, problem-solving, and communication. Students gain knowledge of all the fundamental business statistics concepts; analytics, visualization tools, including Excel, SQL, Python, Microsoft Power BI, and Tableau; plus advanced analysis techniques. The program can be completed in six months or less if students dedicate 15 to 20 hours per week.
- Software Engineering Bootcamp students learn key aspects of front-end and back-end web development, databases, data structures, and algorithms. Each module includes resources, exercises, and optional career-related coursework. Most students complete the course in nine months or less if they dedicate 15 to 20 hours per week.
Prospective learners can learn more and enroll in the first cohort until August 28 on the website. Scholarships and financing are available for eligible students. Springboard’s partnership with Loyola marks its 13th university collaboration, further solidifying its status as a leading partner for universities seeking a turnkey solution for offering cutting-edge tech programming.
Loyola University New Orleans welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world. Through teaching, research, creative activities, and service, the faculty, in cooperation with the staff, strives to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community.