North Idaho College Offers Web Dev Bootcamp with IT Training Solutions

North Idaho College Offers Web Dev Bootcamp with IT Training Solutions

Immediate News Release – North Idaho College and IT Training Solutions Partner to Bring Web Developer Bootcamp

 North Idaho College (NIC) and IT Training Solutions have partnered to hold an open enrollment course – Web Developer Bootcamp.  Mike Kerwin, the instructor, has more than ten years’ experience in web design and development as a Front-End Developer.

The Need

Website communication is essential for virtually every business, organization, club, or school.  Demand is high but performance is often weak—more than three fourths (77%) of agencies believe that poor website user experience is a weakness, making it the most significant weakness identified, in the Society of Digital Agencies 2014 report.

With demand not just for a website but, more importantly, one that generates a positive user experience, the need for skilled web designers is high, all the time. One and done websites are over.  Design tastes and needs are perpetually evolving to address function and form.

“The metro Spokane-Coeur D’Alene area is a growing area for technology and young companies,” stated Heather Stratford, CEO of IT Training Solutions.  “We are excited to partner with NIC to bring new, technology based training for people starting their careers or retraining from other industries. Seasoned computer programmers will always be in demand both for full time or freelance positions.”

There is a soaring need for developers across the country and in our local area. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2012 and 2022 the demand for Web Developer jobs will increase 19.5% in Idaho, and 28.8% in Washington.


The Course

Web Developer Bootcamp is intended for beginner to intermediate students, looking to code front-end websites.  This is a 7-week comprehensive course that will develop marketable skills for designers to be hired into a company or have the skills to freelance. The Web Developer Bootcamp is designed for an individual to spend a few weeks dedicated to developing marketable skills that can be used immediately in the job force as well as to building a foundation for more advanced studies in programming.

The program covers programming languages HTML5 and CSS3 in an easily digestible way for beginners, and also gives more advanced students the option to add jquery or CSS animations and create “pixel perfect” designs without browser bugs. This is a hands-on course utilizing a hybrid learning model that blends virtual learning, personal instructor-led classroom time, and project milestones.

Specifically, students will be given access to two virtual courses totaling almost 16 hours of video instruction.  It will be offered twice in 2017, in April and October.

Once a week, students will have two-hours of interaction with a live instructor who will assign tasks and help the student develop a portfolio website. The website project will help advance and demonstrate the skills learned. The instructor will review the work of the students work each week to ensure implementation of the skills covered in the virtual training.


The Instructor

Mike Kerwin received his BA in Web Design and Interactive Media; and quickly started working for some of the most notable web agencies in Los Angeles. He worked on several prominent accounts and sites including ESPN and NBC.

In addition, he worked for several successful start-ups, helping them with complete branding and growth essentials. After gaining valuable experience in the fast-paced LA business scene, Mike decided to move back to the Northwest to help develop companies in marketing and branding as well as web design and development in the Inland Northwest.

While focusing on HTML, CSS and Javascript, Mike has gained extensive knowledge in backend programming including SQL / PHP and .NET. He has also edited video for commercial with Final Cut Pro and utilizes 3D Modeling programs, such as Cinema4D and Maya, in his design and website animations.

Mike has a great, easy to follow teaching style and is passionate about the industry and helping students develop their skills. He has mentored other developers to better hone their skills and succeed in the freelance market.


Course Expectations

This course can be taken by anyone. It can be completed while holding a full or part-time job. It is a college-level course and requires appropriate class preparation. Estimated time commitment is 8-10 hours a week dedicated to both in and out of class work.


 Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will have learned HTML5 and CSS3 programming languages, built a website, created a portfolio, learned to market themselves as a freelance web designer, and acquired time management skills to fulfill project milestones.


For questions contact:

IT Training Solutions
(509) 290-6598



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