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Actualize

Chicago, Online

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. Actualize has a deeply integrated “Job Hacking” curriculum focused on the personal branding and networking skills necessary to land a new job, which Actualize feels is just as important as learning to code.

After the 12-week program, students have the option to join its unique Career Support program, which has contains additional training for Job Hacking, a job accountability group, and team projects to add to one’s portfolio.

To apply, students can submit an application via the website, then go through a series of two interviews with an admissions advisor. There are no coding challenges, but students must complete 4 weeks of prework before the program starts.

The daytime course takes place Mondays through Fridays, while the part-time course takes place on Sundays and weeknights, designed to allow the working person to attend a coding bootcamp while still working a daytime job.

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  • Web Development

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    AngularJS, CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, Rails, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonPart Time16 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$13,900
    Class size15
    LocationChicago, Online
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    Tuition PlansAsk for details about payment plans.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkSome introductory work given several weeks in advance of the start of the program.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    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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    - 7/21/2017
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    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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    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 learn more in the future if you want. Overall a very good experience.

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    - 5/12/2017
    Anonymous • Developer • Applicant
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    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 end up with a class that moves slowly and a school with a poor reputation

     

    I decided to proceed and sit it on a class. I came in during the week and sat it on a class that was a few weeks into the program.

     

    The Class: I came in and sat in the back. The class ended up starting 30 minutes late. The instructor was very good at communicating technical concepts to the students. The issue was that the class was just learning about methods several weeks in. I would expect something like that to be covered in the first day or two

     

    My Research: My next and final step was to research the outcomes of the alumni. The majority of them didn't have full-time employment after the program. Most only had The Difference Engine listed in their profile(which I assume is an unpaid internship) with the job title of Web Developer(which is very deceptive if you ask me). You don't need to take my word on this. Go on Linkedin and search for "Actualize" under company and you will see the same thing

     

    Verdict: This is probably a good program if you know nothing about development and want an intro. If you want to find employment in the field, do 3-9 months of intensive self-study and apply to selective program that has a history of good outcomes(and don't take their word for it either. Do the research yourself). If you do it right, you may not even need to attend a coding bootcamp to become employable.

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    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 become exhausted and burned out. I went into the class with no experience or knowledge about coding. The instructor was friendly and nice and the TA's were great additions because I felt I bonded better with them than the instructor. I felt like the environment wasn't conducive to asking questions or making everyone feel comfortable enough to ask dumb questions. Talking with others in my cohort, we were all kind of blindly flailing around but nobody really knew what to do about it but keep on going. I would recommend it but not to someone working full time. It's exhausting and grueling. Save up your money for a full time immersive or get a part time job. It's not healthy to do both at the same time. 

     

    And like with everything in life, you get out what you put in and if you're working 40 hours on top of part time class, there's not much time to put in anymore effort. 

  • Great school
    - 7/28/2016
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    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 on in the middle of the course. Following the program, there is a multiple week apprenticeship program.

    I came from an unrelated work background, but had taken some Computer Science courses in College. I ended up learning a lot from the course. The teaching staff was excellent and knowledgable and are directly responsible for this fact. They are always willing to help and are all around friendly people. The pacing of the course was just about right as well.

    Anyone Can Learn To Code is directly responsible for my job placement. I landed an interview during the showcase with a small start up located in downtown San Francisco. I was hired a couple of weeks after. Two of my classmates were landed software development gigs within a couple of months from the course ending (three students of eleven).

    I do have some concerns with how things were managed after the program ended however. The recruiting officer who is supposed to have connections within the industry was laid off during my time there. While they are actively looking to fill his role with a suitable candidate, this does not help my classmates who are still looking for work.

    Additionally, the apprenticeship could use more structure. It is a new program for the school, and kinks are still being worked out of the system. The class is separated into groups, where they work alongside one another & a mentor (in our case a professional software dev & TA). Some of us are given additional roles, like project manager for example. I feel that while this provides exposure to other areas in the software development cycle, these are not the skills that we came to learn. It takes away from the time and effort of the actual development work. However, I do have to say that the apprenticeship is overall very helpful. Working in a team environment is very different from the work we did in class, and I have learned a lot from the few weeks I've spent with the apprenticeship.

    Overall, I enjoyed my time at Anyone Can Learn To Code. I always looked forward to class, despite it being tough. I learned a lot, and I was able to find a job because of it.

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