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NOVA’s Uncommon Coders is looking for motivated adults who are ready to take their career in programming to the next level.

The greater Washington, D.C. metro area is expected to grow the number of programming-related jobs by 30,000 positions over the next ten years. At NOVA, we’ve adapted our approach to programming education and created the Uncommon Coders program to meet the needs to provide our participants with a fast, structured pathway for career success.

NOVA’s Uncommon Coders is a 12 week coding boot camp customized to fulfill the training needs of local employers and was developed in collaboration with The Iron Yard, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing code schools. Due to the accelerated pace of the program and time commitment, participants should be highly motivated self-starters who are passionate and ready to succeed in their programming career.

Here’s what to expect:

  • In classroom Monday – Friday from 9:00-5:00
  • Outside class individual and team project work
  • 12 continuous weeks
  • Uncommon Coders must be the participants’ sole focus and full time job
  • Class requires a MAC laptop computer and internet browser, other key computer specifications will be provided
  • All prospective candidates must fill out our Uncommon Coders application once accepted will register directly with NOVA Workforce.
  • Candidates may complete a series of interviews to ensure minimum requirements are met and the candidate is ready to succeed.
  • Uncommon Coders classes are taught by instructors from The Iron Yard. Classes are taught at NOVA’s new state-of-the-art Regional Workforce Center located in Woodbridge just off I-95 in Prince William County.
  • Download the Student Fact Sheet.

Please note: This program is focused on veterans, transitioning veterans, military spouses and veteran spouses. Cohorts are normally set at 20 participants.

To be notified of future cohorts or other announcements, please email UncommonCoders@nvcc.edu to be added to our listserv.