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Actualize

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Actualize is a 12-week software development bootcamp in Chicago and online throughout the US, offering both part-time and full-time options. Instructors with professional educational experience teach students full stack web development including Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, VueJS, SQL, and Git. Both the in-person and online programs use the same immersive, instruction-driven curriculum, with the Online Live classes conducted in real time with video conferencing. Actual...

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  • Kyle Pazdel
    Student Software Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Nov 18, 2022
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    Learning first, equipping students for success

    This Bootcamp is designed to teach students to learn coding basics and fundamental skills, and its project-oriented hands-on approach is highly effective at enabling students to continue to learn afterward. I came from almost zero coding experience and now have the ability to build full-stack web apps and code in four different languages, with experience in two frameworks. Still, more importantly, I have the ability to dive into new technologies and languages and continue to broaden my s...
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  • Robert Veraldi
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Nov 18, 2022
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    Exceeded Expectations

    It's tough to decide where to start. This is easily the best, most fulfilling academic experience I've had. My professor, Joey, was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, helpful, and personable. Learning to code can seem like it's going to be a mundane experience but he (and my peers, TA's) made it something I looked forward to each day. My cohort was 10 people, all dedicated to learning, which made the environment a bit more intimate and made it easy to not just be another face in the room...
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  • Lucas Duffy
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Nov 18, 2022
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    The Most Honest Bootcamp in the Field

    My first bootcamp i signed up for was extremely shady and failed to deliver on the majority of the promises they made during enrollment. I ultimately left that program to try to dodge what remained of that bullet and my experience left a bad taste in my mouth regarding bootcamps as a whole as this was through a reputable university. A family friend eventually reached out with extremely high praise for Actualize and convinced me to give it a shot. I'm so thankful for that decision, this p...
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  • Abraham V Rodriguez
    Graduate • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
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    Nov 18, 2022
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    Incredible experience for coding and career

    Extremely good experience, I was able to learn a lot about coding because of the great curriculum as well as the instructor.  A lot of resources and there is a lot of focus on how to keep improving after the end of the bootcamp which was amazing.
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  • Wyetta Bontempo
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Nov 18, 2022
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    Actualize Ruby on Rails Bootcamp

    Not your typical online course. Super engaging faculty. Perfect for folks new to software development. I was a non traditional student and had a lot of experience, and the faculty took the time to adapt the curriculum to meet my needs. Lots of hands of coding with super support from faculty and peers. Strongly recommend. 
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  • Esther Morris
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Oct 07, 2022
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    Great Clear Teaching

    I started my Actualize boot camp with no prior coding knowledge. In 12 weeks, Brian Rice, my cohort instructor has amazed me with his teaching. He is clear and thorough. He is patient and explains complex ideas in simple terms. He explains the why instead of simply the what.

    I can tell that a lot of thought has gone into creating the curriculum. The flow of content was very logical and engaging. I feel that the only difference between me and a seasoned developer, is the amount of ...
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  • Maxwell Lillie
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
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    Oct 07, 2022
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    Actualize, Actually a Great Time

    I'm writing this on my final day, something I had wanted to do having found it on course report, and it was something they asked. I was scared to go into a bootcamp, I had failed a Software Engineering Degree as a freshman fresh out of high-school, so that added a big stigma in my mind of going back into coding. I searched around for two big things, teachers who were all about interacting with the students, working alongside them, and how their job placement program operated. After a few...
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  • Joe Ulica
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Oct 07, 2022
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    Really Awesome Experience

    The Actualize coding bootcamp was really a great experience. There's a great balance between exposing you to new concepts without being overwhelming and giving you time to practice what you've learned. The instructor I had was phenomenal - very personable with tons of coding and teaching experience. The effort put into lesson and activity design was apparent from the get go. 
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  • Keosha Young
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Sep 09, 2022
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    Trust the Process!

    I actually chose Actualize after coming to this website. There were countless 5-star reviews! So many, I didn't believe it so I decided to go further by asking former students on LinkedIn about their experience. To my surprise, the reviews were the same and they all recommended it. I'm so glad I listened to them and decided to enroll. Before this course, I had no prior experience with coding. I now have the confidence to say I feel like I can learn any language, framework, etc. I would h...
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  • John R.
    Graduate • Web Development • Online
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    Sep 09, 2022
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    Great way to learn new skills

    They understand the difference in how adults learn. The course will challenge you and push you to learn while giving you the flexibility to do it in ways that interest you.  They also understand how to build comradery between online students, which makes a huge difference in learning from each other. 
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  • Mark
    Student • Web Development • Chicago
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    Sep 09, 2022
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    Coding Bootcamp

    This was the best online course I have taken. Actualize makes it feel like a real classroom setting with real classmates that become friends the instructor was phenomenal to say the least. Had a blast and learned a lot!
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  • Daisy
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    Sep 09, 2022
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    Amazing Program

    My instructor, Katherine, was amazing. She is incredibly kind and helps with literally everything. The TAs, DJ and Matt were also the coolest. All the instructors were so willing to help and always made themselves available for anything that we needed. This program is truly student-focused. The instructors are perfect examples of that. 
    It was very challenging, of course, but the experience is very rewarding. I am confident that this is the best decision I've ever made. 
    I would de...
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Actualize costs around $14,900.

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Actualize has in-person campuses in and, Chicago. Actualize also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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