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Hack Reactor Opens New MakerSquare Programming School in Los Angeles

The Hack Reactor collective of programming schools plans to open a new campus in Los Angeles through its Austin-based partner, MakerSquare. The new MakerSquare Los Angeles campus will open for classes on June 29.

There is a shortage of software engineers at technology, entertainment and media companies in the Los Angeles area, according to information from Hack Reactor. By opening this new school, Hack Reactor and MakerSquare aim to make it easier for people in the area to gain the skills they need for these local career opportunities.

"Coding isn't just a niche field — it's the core skill of the new economy and there is a need for coding schools to expand beyond traditional tech centers and into big population centers," said Harsh Patel, co-founder of MakerSquare, in a prepare statement. "Los Angeles is one of the regions hit by the shortage of highly trained software engineers. Currently, Southern California still lacks in number of advanced coding schools to sustain the workforce demand of the region. We are aiming to help fix that problem by graduating exceptional software engineers in the area."

The MakerSquare program runs for 12 weeks, and students spend a minimum of 66 hours per week in the classroom. Each cohort includes 20 to 30 students.

Other schools in the Hack Reactor collective include Hack Reactor's Onsite program in San Francisco, Hack Reactor Remote, MakerSquare San Francisco, MakerSquare Austin and an Oakland-based coding school for underrepresented communities, which will launch in summer 2015.

MakerSquare Los Angeles is now reserving seats for its first cohort of students. Application and admissions information can be found on the MakerSquare site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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