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Actualize

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Actualize is an online software engineering bootcamp based in Chicago that offers part-time and full-time bootcamp options. Instructors with professional educational experience teach students full stack web development including Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, VueJS, SQL, and Git. The Online Live classes are conducted in real time with video conferencing. Actualize has a deeply integrated “Job Hacking” curriculum focused on the personal branding and networking skills necessa...
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  • Anonymous
    Software Developer • Graduate • Chicago
    Mar 28, 2016
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    Worth Every Penny!

    This was one of the the best decisions of my life. I was very nervous about it going in, but once I met our instructor (Peter) I felt a lot better about it. Some people came in to the bootcamp with more experience than others, and he really made an effort to leave no man behind, as well as provide some extra challenges for people who were more advanced. 

    ACLTC advertised that you don't need to do anything outside of class, which I think is not exactly true. Some people had full t...

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  • Mark
    Mark
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Jan 06, 2016
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    The People, Schedule and Classroom set ACLTC apart

    With the technical skills, job placement assistance and infectious passion for programming from ACLTC I was able to successfully shift careers from accounting to a dream job in web development. The program was challenging, but surmountable. The lead-instructor and TAs are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. The subject-matter is relevant to the job-market, and the capstone project was an excellent challenge and example project for potential employers.

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  • Sam
    Sam
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Dec 22, 2015
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    ACLTC was great

    I signed up for ACLTC to completely change careers and hopefully become a web developer.  ACLTC has a challenging but fun curriculum that taught me HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, Rails and so much more.  Jay the lead instructor was extremely knowledgeable about the material and so were all of the TA’s.  Aside from the instruction, ACLTC also provides great job search support from helping with your resume to putting you in contact with potential employers.  Because of the gr...

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  • Trent
    Trent
    Software Developer • Graduate • Chicago
    Nov 27, 2015
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    You can't beat ACLTC!

    Attending Anyone Can Learn to Code has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. The staff has developed an excellent curriculum that makes learning to develop using an MVC framework a fun and rewarding experience. The coursework is intensive and challenging but never overwhelming. When making a decision on which bootcamp to choose, ACLTC has a lot going for it: 
    - An excellent staff that really and truly cares about your development and growth 
    - The abili...

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  • Nick
    Nick
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Chicago
    Nov 06, 2015
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    One of the best decisions of my life!

    Attending this boot camp has been one of the best decisions I've made in my entire life. Here are the main reasons why this boot camp was perfect for me:
    -I didn't have to quit my day job while attending this boot camp, so financially it made the most sense compared to other boot camps
    -The classes taught the concepts very clearly so I was able to learn and code very quickly (I had about two months of experience coding prior to this boot camp and I learned so much so ...

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  • Colleen
    Colleen
    Junior Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Oct 29, 2015
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    Successful Career Shift

    I attended ACLTC in hopes to make a career pivot and become a Junior Developer. The course was well structured, covered a TON of different stuff with just enough depth to be dangerous, and the teaching staff is clearly passionate about the success of their students. 

    By the end of the course you have tons of new skills and tools under your belt, and you spend the last few weeks of class building a capstone project to show off your new knowledge. There's a showcase for th...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Sep 10, 2015
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    ACLTC is fun and you learn the basics of programming but it does not prepare you for an entry-level position.

    ACLTC is fun and you learn the basics of Ruby, Rails, and JS but it does not prepare you for an entry-level software engineering position. The major appeal of the program is that it's part-time and allows you to keep your day job, but the downside is that they can only squeeze in 22 hours of instruction per week—not enough for coding novices to develop job-ready skills that will land an entry-level full-stack engineering job.A part-time program like this only has the time to teac...

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  • Khoa Le
    Khoa Le
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Aug 31, 2015
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    Career changer bootcamp

    Attending ACLTC has been one of the best decisions of my career. The instruction from Jay and the TA's have made learning web development much easier. The most applicable skills were focused on our capstone with web technologies such as HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails, javascript, AngularJS, ruby gems, and much more. The sweet bonus for me was with the great networking during ACLTC showcase where I landed my first web dev job the next following day. I highly recommend this boo...

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  • Kim
    Kim
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Aug 21, 2015
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    Becoming a Confident Coder

    The ACLTC boot camp is a very valuable and worthwhile opportunity to gain the confidence needed to become a full stack web developer. The instructor and assistants are patient, thorough and supportive during the entire process. I've also made a network of friends that I hope to stay in contact with for many years. This boot camp is just what one needs to boost their confidence and really go for it!

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  • Shlomo Twerski
    Shlomo Twerski
    Graduate • Web Development • Chicago
    Apr 20, 2015
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    Well structured, extremely informative, very attentive and kind staff, easy-going no-pressure environment. What more could you ask from a boot camp?

    I graduated from ACLTC's 3rd cohort. An AMAZING experience.  Firstly, they teach in a way that is really easy to understand, and they cover a lot of material. They teach you ruby, ruby on rails, sql, html, css, javascript, and AngularJS. They also teach it very thoroughly providing multiple FUN (I know,  hard to believe) exercises and hands-on learning. They always make sure you understand it, and you'll never be to embarrassed to say if you didn't understand somethin...

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  • Yedidya Weiner
    Yedidya Weiner
    Graduate
    Jan 20, 2015
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    Anyone Can Learn To Code!

    This was awesome! I held my full time job and attended classes on nights and weekends. Jay is a fantastic teacher and know his material very well. He did not just teach us how to code, but taught us the ins-and-outs of everything in the profession. I feel very prepared to get a job. Great atmosphere too!

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  • Mark Richardson
    Mark Richardson
    Dec 30, 2014
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    For Those That Want to Learn to Code

    Finding a good developer to help you is easy. Finding a good developer who is also a good teacher is much, much harder. Jay (the lead instructor) takes teaching seriously, and that's where his passion lies. I think most coding schools, especially bootcamps have a sink or swim attitude, where learning is your responsibility, and they're only there to push you along.
    But Jay really cares. He wants you to learn, and will put in the time to make sure not only that everyone is on...

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How much does Actualize cost?

Actualize costs around $16,900.

What courses does Actualize teach?

Actualize offers courses like Web Development.

Where does Actualize have campuses?

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

Is Actualize worth it?

Actualize hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 577 Actualize alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Actualize on Course Report - you should start there!

Is Actualize legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 577 Actualize alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed Actualize and rate their overall experience a 4.93 out of 5.

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