Arkansas Coding Academy
Arkansas Coding Academy offers a 3-month bootcamp in Android Development in Conway, Arkansas. The program covers the building blocks of Java and Android OS. ACA wants to provide individuals with the skills and mentorship to succeed in the technology industry, and create a talent pipeline from classroom to workforce.
ACA will help students find jobs, and has a number of partnerships with various employers. ACA may also provide childcare and transportation expenses for eligible students.
The bootcamp is a collaborative effort between the University of Central Arkansas, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and other business partners.
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I really appreciate the organization and assistance that are provided during the 3-month course. The instructor and director work dilligently with us the whole time and continue to follow-up after completion to help with employment.
If you are looking for a career change, this field is a great one and the academy is a great gateway to gain skills and certification. The director also seems well-connected and deeply invested in ensuring employment for graduates.
This course is not easy, but with hard work and dedication, it is exactly what is advertised. The staff is very upfront and gives you the opportunity to have a say in the day to day with the coursework and pace. Louis was an awesome instructor and Mary & Anita were helpful whenever I needed anything. If you can put in 100% to this course you will get 100% out. I was able to get an entry level job as a developer and haven't looked back since.
I have been silent about this course for months, but I feel strongly that I must urge people to steer clear of it. I have even considered looking into what I can do to sue them. It was that bad. This course was way overpriced ($6,000) and was unorganized with poor instruction although it looks like a bargain compared to other code schools. However, the course is really just a recruitment scam for a local company called Metova. It’s set up so that you pay your own money (or unemployment services pays your way) for the chance for that company to see if you have the natural ability to be hired as a coder. Very little code learning actually takes place during this class. The other "partners" listed on the website are essentially nonexistent and have little interest in the academy. They are only there for namesake. The teacher was a Metova employee and only concentrated on helping the students who sat close to him instead of regularly getting up off of the couch and walking around to see what we were working on or if we needed anything. When you learn to code you don't even know whether or not you need help since everything is so foreign. Feedback about lab assignments was rarely given, only a completion grade. Also, he would read his own PowerPoints verbatim during lecture - very annoying.15 students per one teacher is not a good situation, especially at such a high price tag. We were originally told that there would be 2 teachers but one bailed right before class started. You are NOT allowed to leave the premises, and the classroom is too small for that many people. It was a horrible environment. Career assistance is almost nonexistent. We all felt like director and instructor were just flying by the seat of their pants most days.The director spends most of her time trying to recruit prospective students into paying for an overpriced broken program rather than fixing problems with the course and actually helping the graduates find work like she promises in the beginning. Her career support lectures were very lame, and she used our class as a guinea pig on more than one occasion. One day we were forced to sit in class and listen to a guest speaker give a lecture for over an hour on a topic that was totally irrelevant to what we were studying. Right after that lecture, the director came in quizzing us on how well we thought the speaker did. She used us to gauge his teaching ability because it was someone she was looking to hire to teach the next class. This happened during our last couple of weeks of class right when we were in the middle of getting our final projects ready to show to possible employers at demo day and had little time to spare. Everyone was royally pissed off about it. On top of that, most apps were not ready for demo day and turned out lame. We were not given enough time to write our final apps. Also, I noticed from pictures online that the newest incoming students are receiving PC computers instead of MacBook Air computers like we received even though the course costs more now, $6,500. Another cost cutting measure for them. Only 5 out of the 15 people in the class found any work in software after the class was over, and two of those folks who found work had previous careers in technology before signing up for the ACA bootcamp. The rest of us students were promised the world but were left out to dry. This class will be a major waste of your life if you choose to sign up. Go to college and get a degree in programming, or learn online for free, or pay for a legitimate bootcamp.
Get a Udacity account or some other online code learning site. Don't spend your time or money on this course. It was very unorganized and about half of the people from our class are still not employed in a coding/software career even 6 months after graduation. You can learn just as much on your own online. I wish I knew this tidbit several months ago and had not spent my time in this class.
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