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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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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jan 28, 2018
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    So Impressed with Actualize

    I worked full time and attended Actualize bootcamp and it was hard but 100% worth the effort. Today's my last day of bootcamp and I can honestly say it's one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I am so happy with the instruction Actualize provided us with because the whole experience feels complete and well worth it. I was nervous because I came into this with no experience and mixed expectations but I feel like I'm coming out of this with soooo much more than I ever thought. Ac...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jan 28, 2018
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    Great development class for intro programmers

    There's a lot of noise in the Chicago bootcamp world right now, so when I went to look for a good one that fit my schedule, I had to take a really critical position on most. I'd had a friend go through a dev bootcamp horror story, where she got dropped into a class with a first time teacher, no real support, and was basically told to figure it out herself. The reason I chose Actualize is because all of their instructors have real world teaching experience, and I couldn't be happier with th...

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  • Anonymous
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Nov 19, 2017
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    Great experience overall

    I don't have any complaints with Actualize. Josh(teacher) was very clear on the subjects he taught. The curriculum itself was very organized and progressed smoothly. The whole class got along, and the environment was friendly and challenging. If you every need help out of class, you can come in up to 2 hours earlier and instructors will typically be there to help.

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jul 21, 2017
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    Developer

    Actualize (formerly Anyone Can Learn To Code) is a part-time, 3-month web development bootcamp and apprenticeship with cohorts in Chicago, NYC, and San Francisco that costs $13,500. The program consists of three months of in-class training followed by placement in their web development agency, The Difference Engine. After the Sundays-and-weeknights training program, graduates spend up to four months as part-time developers with The Difference Engine building projects for clients...

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  • Anonymous
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jul 21, 2017
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    Actualize Boot-camp

    The Boot-camp at Actualize was a fantastic experience. While it was stressfull at times I would definitely consider the course and my experinece there a success. The instructors are passionate about what they are teaching and they know how to have fun while teaching. I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in learning how to develop.

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jul 21, 2017
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    Web Developer

    I am a high school science teacher and went through the course myself. I can tell the people at Actualize have spent countless hours discussing best teaching practices and pedagogy. They are always responsive to student needs and improving instruction. This is a very inclusive, respectful, and caring environment. This program is great for people who work full-time and want to make a seemless career change. 

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  • Anonymous
    Web Development • Chicago
    Jun 30, 2017
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    Learned a lot in a fast-paced environment

    It was a great experience learning in an environment that's not quite as full time- 22 hours a week.  As opposed to some other bootcamps it allows students to keep their jobs while still going through some pretty intense training.  In 12 weeks, they even admit there are some things that we just didn't have enough time to cover as in depth as they would have liked but they make sure you are introduced, get a little experience with it, and have the abitlity to find the resources you need to ...

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  • Anonymous
    Developer • Applicant • Web Development • Chicago
    May 12, 2017
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    Software Developer

    I interviewed for this program a while back and also sat it on a class. I researched this program and others before deciding to attend a coding bootcamp. Ultimately, I decided to go with another program due to the following observations.

    Inteview: The interview was fairly quick. Within 30 minutes, I received the paperwork to officially sign up for the class and place a deposit. This was a major red flag for me. If there isn't good vetting of applicants, you will ...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Mar 07, 2017
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    Convenient but grueling

    I was most drawn to Actualize because it was a part time course that claimed to teach you how to become a full stack web developer in the same amount of time as a full time immersive course. I didn't have the luxury of quitting my job and devoting my entire time to learning how to code so I went with actualize. I worked 40 hours full time while attending 22 hours of bootcamp as well. It was a good idea at first but as the course went on and the material grew more and more complicated, I be...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • San Francisco
    Jul 28, 2016
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    Great school

    Anyone Can Learn To Code was a great experience for me. I found a software engineering job almost immediately after graduating.

    The structure of the course, at the moment, is a few week period of pre-work with video lectures, office hours, and remote work. The remainder of the course is in person at nights. This was very helpful for me, as it allowed me to continue my day job. At the end of the program, there is a showcase for the personal capstone projects that we started work o...

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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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