Netflix, 2U tie-up to launch a virtual HBCU boot camp to offer degree programs

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Netflix, a media services provider and production company headquartered in Los Gatos, California, is developing a virtual boot camp for students with Norfolk State University, the alma mater of one of the company’s senior software engineers, and, 2U, the online education platform that ties up with non-profit colleges and universities to offer degree programs. Netflix has taken this step for students to gain exposure to the tech industry.

Netflix said that almost 130 students have been enrolled to participate in a 16-week training program commencing in January.

The new camp has been designed for current students and alumni from 2019-2020. The 16-week program will launch in early 2021.

This new program is divided into three tracks — Java Engineering, UX/UI Design, and Data Science.

The move will help 2U to grow its footprint in the boot camp sector. The move follows its acquisition of Trilogy Education Services, a boot camp provider.

As per a 2U representative, “The program will be run as a pilot, with the aim of expanding it to other universities.”

Netflix Experts will work with 2U to design each track and all the courses will be led by faculty from Norfolk State University and include guest lecturers from the tech industry.

Engineering and design teams of Netflix will serve as mentors including Norfolk State alumnus Michael Chase.

Kabi Gishuru, director of Netlfix’s inclusion recruiting programs said, “At Netflix, we see the power of technology to introduce us to other communities and cultures every day. As we invest in building the best service for our members, we want to invest in the best team to support it. Creating space in the industry for all voices will only make it stronger. Other than the boot camp, we are also focusing on addressing our own gaps.”

Netflix is fully funding the program. The streaming giant will foot the bill for students accepted into the program, and they’ll get course credit for completing the boot camp. Students will be entitled to scholarships from Netflix and will receive course credit for completing the boot camp.

Kabi Gishuru also said, “The goal is for participants to come away better equipped with industry-relevant skills to enter today’s workforce and with valuable, long-lasting relationships.”

Colleges and educational institutions have been getting into many more deals than usual this year to add boot camps to their offerings, and student interest in them seems to be growing amid the Covid-19 pandemic closures.


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