UC Irvine Boot Camps
Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, one-on-one career coaching, and recruiting advice. Students will also have access to a network of boot camp employer partners.
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Recent UC Irvine Boot Camps Reviews: Rating 4.5
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UC Irvine Boot Camps Reviews
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This program is very new, and so I can see a few flaws but this is a really great fit for me. I was extremely nervous about dumping a lot of money in a coding bootcamp, but if you want to get into tech this is definitely worth it. Let me start with my main that I had.
This, along with a lot of other coding bootcamps definitely seemed like a scam to me. For this program, I really wish that they didn't make it feel like such a scam. The whole phone ""interview"" and "You have been accepted!!" is really bogus. If you want it, you'll get accepted. Why lie about it? I believe this program would get so much better attention if they were just honest and straight up. Here's the cost, here's what we expect from you, and here's what we give you. That kind of honesty will bring more people than trying to make everyone feel like they're so lucky!!
That being said, this program is definitely worth it. Since it was only the second cohort ever, I only had to pay 8,500. I did A TON of research on coding bootcamps in general before making the decision to drop all this money. But I found that 8,500 is relatively cheap. Anyone who goes through these coding bootcamps will get a job, due to the high demand for programmers in the field. So it is a cheap price to pay for a 6 month path to a whole new career.
One of my biggest fears was how I could do this coding bootcamp while working full time? If you are working full time, and you are concerned about not being able to do this, trust me. THIS IS POSSIBLE. I was thinking that if i work 40 hours, class is 10 hours, AND they recommend atleast 20 hours outside of class. That's 80 hours of work a week! It's not that bad. If you're like me, and passionate about learning to program, programming outside of work is really not that stressful. It feel more like a hobby, then it is work! You get to build cool games, meet really cool likeminded people, and collab on them to make creative projects. I am legitmately excited to come to class! So if you are full time and worried about the time crunch, do not worry! I highly recommend this to anyone who has to work full time to pay the bills and still wants a career change.
Another big concern that I had, was why choose this program over a Online Coding Bootcamp? I was actually looking a the Viking Code School as an option, it was considerably cheaper. I think it came down to roughly only 4,000 but demanded more hours. After going through the pre-work, I quickly found that doing things online just simply cannot replace the in person experience. You overlook all the little things about having an in person class that matter so much. Meeting and learning from your peers, getting to know your teacher and TAs in person certainly feel a lot better. I just felt that doing it online would not help me nearly as much as doing it in person. Which is tough, because there isn't many in person PART TIME coding bootcamps out there. If there are, they typically are short and specialize in one language (and are very expensive!)
It is now August, and I have to say I am really impressed with the program. At the end of the day, almost every coding bootcamp will find you a job if you really want it. I think that's important to note because you shouldn't be trying to pay 20k for a program just because you're concerned about not getting a job. If you want a job, and you put in the work, you will find one.
As for this class curriculum, it is very well rounded. They are definitely full stack, and the career help start right away! They have counselors always there ready to listen to any of your concerns. They also host awesome events like tech panels where employers come and talk! It's a lot of fun, and we are currently just starting the group projects. The teachers for each class both have a lot of experience, and are very nice and helpful! There are two classes (forrest and Caeser). I feel like they could train the TA a little better, and have more organization, but I certainly don't blame them since the program is so new. At the end of the day, I am learning A LOT and i'm already feeling very comfortable coding.
5/5 would recommend to anyone! I'm just trying to give an honest review to anyone out there. If you're worried about the career change, scared of dumping the money, and fear that everything is fake out there. Don't worry, I was in your shoes. I can tell you though, the job marketing is extremely well. And this course will definitely give you the guidance if you're like me and scared to learn on my own. If you take this program, you will find a job! The career service team will even help you find a job in another state if you request, they are very accomodating.
I hope this helped anyone who is curious! I apologize if my writing is all over the place, i'm going off the top of my head right now.
Response From: Jeff Howell of UC Irvine Boot Camps
We’re so glad to hear that you’re having such a positive experience with this program, it’s wonderful that the part-time schedule was manageable with your ongoing career as this schedule was designed for working professionals, just like you.
We’re thrilled that you are enjoying the career services, curriculum, and that you are becoming comfortable coding. It’s wonderful to see our students develop a passion for programming. As you mention, the in-person classroom experience is an important part of our program and allows for invaluable opportunities to ask questions and collaborate with peers, so it’s excellent that our team has been able to provide you with the guidance and support you need to be successful in this program.
We hope you're proud of all of the hard work you’ve put into this program, and we can’t wait to see where your new skills will take you. We wish you nothing but the best moving forward.
I would caution against even filling out an application. Like others, I did the easy little tests and phone interviews. I was "recomended for enrollement," and then they emailed a poorly worded, hokey credit card form asking for my $2500 hold money. They worded the email in a way that made you think you owed them money, so pay the invoice and hold your seat in the class! In a separate email they sent a auto-fill form -- with just a couple clicks you accepted all the terms of enrollment, and were bound to the company.
I never filled these forms out and never accepted or signed a thing. I even spoke to the rep confirming that I did not actually owe anything and that until I actually enrolled I was still in decision-making mode.
So, after reading enough about the company and weighing my options, I simply emailed the rep a "Thanks but no thanks," letter explaining that I declined to enroll and would pursue my coursework online via Udemy and Udacity, and that I appreciated their time.
She called me a day later, and "Congratulated me on pursuing my education in code." I was a little confused becuase she made it sound like I enrolled in the school. I told her thanks and sorry I couldn't go forward with UCI extension. I told her if things ever changed I would let her know. She acknowledged this and said it was ok and she understood.
A week later on they send an email (probably automated) as follows:
This is a notification that your card will be charged in 2 days.
I don't know if this was an atuo email, but it seemed pretty shady. From the enrollement email to the weird "Congratualtions" phone call to this... it's like they were trying to play dumb and act like I was enrolled.
Just avoid this type of annoyance and find some other bootcamp. Learning Fuze in Orange County has a pretty good reputation. Go there. Stay away from these shady sketchy people.
Response From: Jeffrey Howell of UC Irvine Boot Camps
Thank you for reaching out. We sincerely apologize for any miscommunication or confusion that occurred during your admissions experience.
Once a student is accepted into the program, they do receive an email explaining that in order to guarantee a seat in the class and enroll, the next step is to pay the deposit. At this point in time, you are correct that no agreement or confirmation of enrolling has been made. Students also receive an electronic agreement to sign and return should they move forward with payment/enrollment. This trusted system was chosen not only to make it easier for students to digitally sign the documents rather than having to print and scan, but also to facilitate record keeping. We are sorry if this digital format was not what you were expecting and have made a note to explain better to all students in the future. We appreciate your pointing this out.
If a student declines the program, we always call the student to learn how we can better our program. We try to maintain a relationship with even those applicants that choose to pursue other schools. The important item for us is that you are getting the education you seek. You mentioned via email that you had decided to pursue learning to code through other avenues, our advisor simply meant to congratulate you on that endeavor and let you know that our program would be here should you ever change your mind.
Regarding the auto-charge email notification, you should not have received that email as it was intended for an enrolled student. As you mentioned, we did not have your credit card information on file and so no charge could have been made. With many emails sent each day, human error does happen and we apologize for the alarm it caused.
We are constantly working to improve our processes and overall experience, and we thank you for your feedback.
I recently enrolled for the Coding Boot Camp at UC Irvine Continuing Ed in partnership with Trilogy Education Services. The enrollment process has been smooth so far and everyone has answered all the questions I have asked at both UCI-CE and Trilogy. I was at first skeptical about it since technically this is a Trilogy Education Service program that is run at UC Irvine along with many other Extension and Continuing Ed programs across the country. I did a lot of research and looked up reviews at all the other schools to see what the feedback was and almost all of it is good. The UCI program only started this year so there hasn't been a cohort to finish yet but UCLA has had good sucess so I would look at that program as I imagine it will be very similar to UCI's. There are also some good reviews and feedback on Reddit too if you want to look them up. The current instructors they have are getting great feedback from the current students from what I have heard.
Like everything in life you get what you put into it, so if you aren't willing to do the work outside of the classroom I would look elsewhere. What really sold me on the program was the part-time 24 week program. I work full-time and the class schedule will work well with my schedule and family. There isn't any other part-time programs in the area that cover the Full-Stack, I only saw one other one that was a 10-week course and only covered the Front-End. I also like that spread out over 6 months instead of cramming it all in 12 weeks which is much better suited to my learning style.
I'm looking forward to getting started on the pre-course work and diving in head first come September. I'll update my review a few weeks into the course.
Response From: Jeff Howell of UC Irvine Boot Camps
It's wonderful that our part-time program works for your schedule. It's designed for professionals like you, who require class times outside of work hours and on weekends. We’re excited for you to start the program, and hope you find it to be a valuable educational experience.
As you mention, this program will require you to work hard to develop the many skills covered in the curriculum, so we’re glad you’re ready to dive in! We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish with the knowledge and skills that you will gain, and wish you success in this program, and beyond.
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