So do you not recommend institutional
higher education courses?
Naturally, as a person who has a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a Ph.D., I recommend traditional forms of education. Education is the best investment you can make. But there are a number of excellent certificate programs where a person can get basic programming skills in 6 months to a year, that will allow them to enter into the computer job market without having to go through the traditional, 4-year bachelor of science program.