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Alchemy

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Alchemy offers a full-time, 25-week professional software development course live online. Alchemy is an innovation-driven code school where students learn from industry-experienced instructors. Daily interaction with senior developers means that students graduate proficient in the most in-demand tech stacks at a professional level including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, NodeJS, ExpressJS, Postgres SQL, Jest, and the React ecosystem, while also having the skills and mindse...

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  • Triana Cerda
    Software Engineer • Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    May 12, 2022
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    It will give you everything you ask for!

    This is one of the scariest decisions I have ever made. I left a well paying, safe, secure, and long term government job to "do this thing". It turned out to be one of the better decisions I have made. I took this leap to provide a different life for me and my husband (and growing family one day). I wanted to expand our life and I needed to find something remote and flexible that paid more. I had my interview with Alchemy, was encouraged to apply for a scholarship and to my surprise-- go...
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  • Marvin Lambert
    Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    Apr 14, 2022
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    Great School. Even greater experience.

    Alchemy Code Lab was the best decision I ever made.  The teachers were incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and approachable.  The only thing difficult was the curriculum change halfway through my experience.  It was a one time, major change for the school, and our cohort was one of the first "test" cohorts to check out the new curriculum.  They worked out a lot of bugs after us, and the new curriculum offers some things that I wish we had the opportunity to learn.  But other than tha...
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  • Paul
    Software Engineer • Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    Mar 10, 2022
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    From autodidact to employable

    If you're looking for full stack web dev sort of bootcamp, Alchemy Code Lab is a great choice. I signed an offer for a software engineer position about 4 weeks after graduating. Before Alchemy, I was working nights loading trucks at UPS trying to put myself through college, which was miserable and destroying my health.  I had a solid background in math and technical problem solving at this point, and had begun to take programming seriously, as well as starting to self teach data structur...
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  • Alice
    Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    Feb 08, 2022
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    Hard and Worth It

    It's a huge decision to stop working and put your life on hold for 6 months, but attending Alchemy was definitely the right decision for me. It is HARD, and you will struggle at times, but it's because you are learning so much in such a small amount of time. I did a lot of research before landing on Alchemy(I am not from Oregon), including looking at how they come by the numbers in their success rate statistics. What really sold me was the promise of pre and post-graduation career servic...
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  • Justin
    Software Engineer • Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    Feb 05, 2022
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    Life changing

    Like many folks, I lost my job when the pandemic hit. I started researching programming boot camps on the advice of some friends who had found success in tech after participating in similar programs. My background wasn't in this field, I had to do some light programming for various things in college but I never had any real grasp on what I was doing. I shopped around, I attended a few free intro courses that many boot camps offer to feel things out. They were fine, but things felt impers...
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  • Pete
    Graduate • (online, live) Professional Software Development Program in Full Stack JavaScript with Comprehensive Career Services • Online
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    Feb 03, 2022
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    This program was a positively life altering experience

    I'd first heard of Alchemy through a friend who went through the program in 2016. During the early pandemic I lost my job and decided it was time to take my future career more into my hands. I saw coding as an increasingly in demand field and with pay that would lead to financial security for myself and my family. 

    I looked at programs around the Portland area and surveyed friends in the tech world to see what they knew about local code school options. One friend told me not even ...
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  • Tommy
    Developer • Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Sep 26, 2020
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    Literally one of the best experiences of my life!

    Alchemy Code Lab was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Prior to this, coding was something I was interested in but never really planned on pursuing. That was until one of my best friends took the program. Before coming to Alchemy, I already had a good impression because my friend had been trying to convince me to take it from when he was in the program up until the point when I finally said yes. I gained confidence in Alchemy’s ability to prepare people for tech ca...
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  • Casey Martell
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Sep 15, 2020
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    As promised on the tin

    At the time I joined Alchemy, I had past experience coding, but I wanted to bring my skills current with an in-demand tech stack. I was fully prepared to go out of state to get the best bootcamp education. Alchemy, being a smaller school, didn't happen to cross my radar until the very last minute. Thankfully, it did, and I was able to join a cohort that had just completed their prep week.

    I found the coursework to be very challenging and I really appreciated the strength of the Al...
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  • Dannie Schumaker
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Sep 07, 2020
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    Software Engineer

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    Challenging (and fun!) program with really strong network/community. Unparalleled instruction quality and career support. Went from having virtually no programming knowledge to being a confident software engineer in about 5 months. Found first role within seven weeks of graduating despite having completely unrelated professional background and seeking work in the midst of a global pandemic. Couldn’t be more grateful for decision to attend Alchemy.

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  • Evan Andrewson
    Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Aug 12, 2020
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    Great School

    I came into the program with no prior programming experience. You quickly pick up how to use vanilla JavaScript and HTML as well as CSS before moving into working with databases and libraries such as React. It's a very fast paced program where you learn a ton in a short amount of time. The instructional staff are top tier and the TA's are super helpful in answering any questions you have an providing feedback for your assignments. The career services are also top tier. I would highly rec...
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  • Chelsea Spangler
    Software Engineer • Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Aug 06, 2020
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    Committed to student success

    Enrolling at Alchemy was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The coursework is extremely rigorous, with built-in support systems to help students succeed. It’s pretty amazing that in less than half a year, students can gain a very solid found­­ation in both the fundamentals and cutting-edge technologies. The curriculum is updated for every cohort to reflect the most sought-after technical proficiencies.

    More than anything else, what sets Alchemy apart from othe...
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  • Luke Donahue
    Engineer (Expensify) • Graduate • Professional Career Track: Advanced Software Development in Full Stack JavaScript (MERN) • Portland
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    Aug 05, 2020
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    Alchemy really does have it all

    Alchemy Code Lab is by no means your average code bootcamp experience. While many code school graduates might feel like they're ready to enter into the tech industry, I think few of them really are. As an Alchemy grad, I felt like I had a huge leg up over other code school graduates. Alchemy doesn't just cover foundational web dev concepts. The curriculum changes to reflect the rapidly evolving landscape of modern frameworks. Another incredibly important facet of this program is that on ...
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Alchemy Alumni Outcomes

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91%
Graduation Rate
80,000
Median Salary
Of the students who enroll at Alchemy, 91% graduated. 94% of graduates were job-seeking and 96% of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $80,000. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 45 graduates included in this report:
180 Day Employment Breakdown
DescriptionPercentage
Full Time, In-Field Employee68.9%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position22.2%
Short-term contract, part-time position, freelanceN/A
Employed out-of-fieldN/A
Notes and Caveats
View full data on all students & years at AlchemyCodeLab.com. Important differentiators from typical bootcamp data: All students receive career services support, even after 180 days People are only excluded from data if they explicitly tell us they are not seeking a job
* These outcomes are not audited by Course Report. In some cases, data is audited by a third party.

Recent Alchemy News

Jess Feldman
Published December 19, 2022
In 2019, Bonnie McNeil was worried that the gap in her resume from being a stay-at-home mom might hold her back in changing careers. Knowing that a tech career would afford her better work-life balance, higher salary, and more job prospects, she enrolled at Alchemy. Now a Senior Software Engineer at Quil, Bonnie shares how Alchemy not only helped her launch a new career, but also continued to...
Jess Feldman
Published August 10, 2022
Alchemy is a live, online, immersive bootcamp that helps career changers make a successful pivot into software development. We spoke with Alchemy Co-Founder and Program Director, Megan Nelson, about the Alchemy admissions process. Learn what to expect, from the interview to the technical skills you need in order to get in. Find out how Alchemy is helping coding beginners level up before bootc...
Jess Feldman
Published May 11, 2022
Marty Nelson, CEO and Chief Alchemist at Alchemy Code Lab modeled their careers curriculum based on what graduates can expect from today’s tech industry. Marty shares what the careers curriculum covers and how students can apply their past “career capital” to their new tech career. Find out the typical job titles and salaries of today’s Alchemy grads, and how Alchemy’s free Developer 101 cour...
Jess Feldman
Published February 28, 2022
After 10 years as a CNA, Noah Puckett hit a ceiling in their healthcare career and wanted a new career that offered a higher salary, better benefits, and more flexibility. To expedite the career change, Noah enrolled at Alchemy Code Lab and was grateful for the community support, career coaching, and structured learning. Noah became a bootcamp TA and is now a Software Engineer at New Relic, a...
Jess Feldman
Published March 30, 2019
Oh Summer, one of the best seasons of the year! While it’s a time to relax, bask in the sun, and plan trips with family and friends, summer is also an awesome time to learn. If you’re a current student, teacher, or professional looking to learn to code, a summer bootcamp is a great opportunity to learn to code in a short time frame. Various coding bootcamps offer summer courses to help you la...
Lauren Stewart
Published January 19, 2018
Most high-salary industries need more diverse workers, and tech is no exception. The conversation about diversity in tech usually focuses on gender, diversity encompasses racial, socioeconomic, cognitive, and experiential differences. Think pieces and diversity reports show large tech companies admitting they have a problem and beginning to address the diversity in tech crisis, but can the ...
Liz Eggleston
Published September 22, 2017
Deferred tuition and income share agreements (ISAs) are becoming more widely available and can be attractive to students who don’t have $20,000 in the bank. ISAs and Deferred Tuition align a school’s incentives with those of their students – essentially, a school isn't successful unless their students get jobs. Plus, deferred tuition and ISAs remove the barrier of an upfront tuition, expandin...
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Published January 26, 2017
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Imogen Crispe
Published August 15, 2016
Many competitive coding bootcamps want you to have some programming knowledge in order to be accepted into their programs – whether they’re looking for past experience on your resume or require that you pass a coding challenge. For a beginner, it can be tough to get the experience that a selective bootcamp looks for in the application process. There are many ways to learn basic coding (incl...
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Published March 17, 2015
We’ve all seen the statistics, and the verdict is clear: women are vastly underrepresented in technical fields. While women are the leading adopters of technology, the software development industry is only made up of 20% women. Course Report wants to see more women in technical roles, and coding bootcamps have a unique opportunity to boost these numbers. One way to attract women to apply and ...

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Alchemy costs around $24,000. On the lower end, some Alchemy courses like (free, online-live) DEVELOPER 101 cost $0.

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Alchemy teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

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