Code Fellows

The Seattle community is filled with classes and resources for Microsoft Technologies.  I have taken my fair share of programming classes at Bellevue College Continuing Education which were very good.  Recently, however, the classes have gotten much more expensive and I don’t think they are worth it.  Also as .NET tapers in popularity and open source proliferates I find that there very few classes i’m interested in.

My recent interests are in BigData, Hadoop, NodeJS, Ruby, noSQL, and Machine Learning.  There seems to be a general lack of classes for non-Microsoft web development and emerging technologies.  After some searching I came across Code Fellows founded by local Andy Sack, I got really excited.  Here is what they are offering:

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After digging a bit, however, I was somewhat disappointed.  The classes are only offered during work hours and have very limited availability.  I decided the classes wouldn’t work for me but sent to a few friends.  One of them got really excited and went to sign up.  Only problem, Women only.

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“What?  Are you kidding me?” he asked.  I was quite surprised and quickly double checked.  Sure enough it was true.  Women only.  I have never seen anything like this.  The real kicker is the language in the application.  It goes out of its way to indicate its policy for gender equality and that everyone should have access to classes.  Here is an excerpt from the application:

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The way I read it is that Code Fellows prohibits discrimination against any person unless you are male.  I’m hoping the #nomen aspect to the program is simply temporary issue with availability of teaching resources and that this problem gets solved soon.  For now I remain disappointed.

Code Fellows, if you find this post, here are some thoughts:

1. There are quite a few customers out there interested in your summer classes but they are ineligible.

2. You might want to re-think your application language because it seems quite contradictory

3. Consider explaining the reason for “Women Only”.  There is probably a good reason just need to hear it.

4. Really like what you are doing, keep it up.

5. Your code-behind message made me laugh, I’m always checking people’s source.

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