Coding students work on projects at Hack Reactor on Nov. 30, 2017.

In Austin, can code schools help ease tech job crunch?

Coding schools are emerging in cities throughout America, promising jobs to its graduates in the lucrative tech industry. These schools, which teach programming languages and other tech skills, are concentrated in places like Austin that harbor a large tech industry.

In Central Texas, hundreds of people each year are enrolling in for-profit code schools to gain a foothold in the tech industry, according to data provided by the schools and the state.

But it has been nearly impossible for prospective code school students to comparison shop among code schools to determine which has the best track record at placing students in the tech industry. Different code schools report their results differently, and some won’t offer job placement data at all.

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