Treehouse, the online coding school, is today introducing VR Techdegree, a first of its kind online certification aimed at aspiring virtual reality developers. Treehouse Techdegrees are 12-month guided-learning programs designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country. With the VR Techdegree, students will gain the skills they need for one of the fastest growing areas of technology by learning how to build virtual reality apps.
IDC forecasts more than 100M virtual and augmented reality headsets will be shipped to consumers by 2020. With such a large hardware platform on the horizon, VR software will soon take its place alongside websites and phone apps and every business will need a VR presence in order to remain competitive. Looking out even further, it’s not difficult to imagine a future where head-mounted displays eclipse (or even replace) categories as large as desktop computing or mobile devices.
As this technology continues to evolve, business opportunities will become more tangible and Treehouse has created the VR Techdegree with this future in mind. While there are many VR jobs available today, across a range of industries — entertainment, architecture, or simulation and training — there will be even more jobs available in the coming months and years, necessitating developers experienced in game engines like Unity.
The VR Techdegree will be available in January 2017 and will include a curriculum of courses, real-world virtual reality app projects, project code review, peer-to-peer support through Slack, and a final proctored exam. Upon successful completion, students will receive a verified certificate and xx real-world projects, which will demonstrate knowledge and skills to potential employers. This makes Treehouse the first school in the world to offer a well-rounded certificate that’s designed to get students job-ready in the new field of VR Development.
“Our mission is to help people change their lives by getting the certification they need to get a great job in the tech industry,” said Ryan Carson, Treehouse founder and CEO. “VR is going to play a massive role in business in the future, driving a huge number of VR development jobs. We wanted to be the first school to offer a highly effective online credential to prepare people for these exciting new jobs.”
The Techdegree program is designed for those who are looking to make a career out of technology — whether a student is looking to enter the workforce for the first time or make an overall career switch. While many can see themselves working in tech, the time commitment and exorbitant cost of traditional two and four-year degrees can be a deterrent. Alternatively, what is offered on free learning sites is not always taught properly, does not reflect the most up-to-date skills required, and is not organized in a way that is accessible to students. Treehouse’s goal is to solve this by delivering the best online education product on the market at a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree.
Each course has been designed by educational experts and employers to ensure that Treehouse students have the very latest skills and qualifications needed to get the best jobs in tech. A Techdegree program takes about 6-12 months on average to complete and will cost from $199 per month. For more information on Techdegree visit: teamtreehouse.com/techdegree.
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