Real projects and real schedules will, Center Centre hopes, prepare students for future jobs. That doesnt happen in a traditional academic environment, where I put in 90 minutes of class, and now I can go play frisbee, says Leslie Jensen-Inman, one of the schools founders. That doesnt really help a hiring manager. Center Centre will also aim for real demographics; it aspires foreach class to representwomen and people of color, and that students be recruitedthrough unusual avenuesvia relationships with local churches and volunteering events, instead of bus-stop advertisementsto reach people outside the design and tech world. Center Centres creators say its curricula and policies will distinguish itfrom similar programs that have emerged in recent years, whichrange from 10-week bootcamps to extension classes at major universities . The Savannah College of Art and Design added a UX design degree just last year. General Assembly, a coding academy, created a UX design track in 2013, a year after opening its Bay Area campus. We were in San Francisco, starting to hear this zeitgeist talk of UX, UX, says Anna Lindow, who oversees campus education for General Assembly. I remember feeling that we were at the beginning of the wave. To date, 3,200 students have gone through the 10-week-long course. Of those, General Assembly says 99 percent found design jobs within six months. Recently, IBM Design and InVision offered input on curriculum updates.
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