California Coding Academies Will Be Shut Down In Two Weeks Unless They Come Into Regulatory Compliance


A number of California coding bootcamps have been warned to come into compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations, or else be shut down and forced to pay a $50,000 fine, according to VentureBeat.

Hackbright AcademyHack ReactorApp Academy, and Zipfian Academy all received cease-and-desist letters.

‘Compliance’ with the BPPE basically means more paperwork for these coding academies, including providing student contact lists, standardized catalog statements, and enrollment agreements. Coding academy adminstrations have been lukewarm on the regulations thus far, as Anthony Phillips, co-founder of Hack Reactor, notes, “What [those standards] look like and what makes sense for our schools is not necessarily going to fit in the current regulations.”

For the time being, Phillips and his peers don’t have to clear a very high bar to avoid shut down — BPPE spokesperson Russ Heimerich says, “Our primary goal is not to collect a fine…As long as they are making a good effort to come into compliance with the law, they fall down low on our triage of problem children.”

Although the academies aim to provide a leveling effect for coding education, the private tuition costs remain too steep for the average unemployed — or underemployed — millennial to just hop in. Hackbright Academy charges $15,000 for 10-weeks of education, and Hack Reactor charges $17,000, although that academy claims 99% of students land a job with an average starting salary over $100,000.