With a shortage of computer programmers in NY, private education firms such as General Assembly, Codecademy and the Hatchery are offering intro programming courses for novices. Though long-term efforts are underway, they are not providing enough talent or at a fast enough pace to keep up with the demand of NY startups.
These classes are drawing in everyone from Wall Street refugees to bartenders to entrepreneurs. The Hatchery, a company in Midtown, is even hiring itself out to employers on an a-needed-for-projects basis. Though these institutes recognize that their courses are not the equivalent of a computer science education, and their pupils cannot completely fill the void, it is a great start and will take care of the basic programming needs of most companies.