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Berkeley Boot Camps

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Berkeley Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time courses in web development; 24-week, part-time courses in data analytics, UX/UI, cybersecurity and financial technology (FinTech) and 18-week, part-time digital marketing and technology project management courses in San Francisco, Berkeley, Belmont and online. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Python, Django, MongoDB, Git and more, with in-person and online options.

The data analytics curriculum covers a broad array of technologies like programming in Excel, Python, fundamental statistics, JavaScript, SQL, Databases and Tableau.

The UX/UI program provides hands-on training in user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web prototyping with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery and more.

The cybersecurity program offers hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases and defensive and offensive cybersecurity.

The digital marketing curriculum covers highly relevant skills, training students in marketing strategy fundamentals, optimizing campaigns and websites, digital advertising and automation strategy, and more. Students will get hands-on experience with tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, and Wordpress.

The FinTech curriculum covers Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, blockchain and more.

The technology project management program takes a multidisciplinary approach to developing in-demand technical, leadership and business management skills. The curriculum covers requirements documentation, test plans, traditional, agile and hybrid methodologies, scrum frameworks, resource planning and more.

Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll in the bootcamps, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. Berkeley Boot Camps are designed for working professionals and individuals who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or looking to gain a new skill set.

Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, career content and practice sessions, technical interview training, 1:1 mentor support, soft skills training and more. Upon program completion, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from Berkeley Extension, and will build a portfolio of projects in our web development, data analytics, UX/UI, digital marketing, financial technology or technology project management programs and gain skills applicable to industry certifications in our cybersecurity program.

Berkeley Boot Camps are offered in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand.

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Belmont)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,495
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    At the Cybersecurity Boot Camp, students get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture. The Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking and modern information security throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks.
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    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science and Visualization (Online) - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,245
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Learn data analytics wherever you are through an innovative format that blends engaging content to work through on your own schedule and live, interactive online classes led by expert instructors. The curriculum teaches the most relevant tools and technologies including programming in Excel, Python, JavaScript charting (D3.js, Leaflet.js), HTML/CSS, API interactions, databases, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, Git/GitHub and more. Build a comprehensive portfolio of projects and earn a Certificate of Completion from Berkeley Extension.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,495
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in marketing strategy, campaign development, digital advertising and modern tools in site analytics and reporting. Gain experience with in-demand tools and technologies such as Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, Wordpress and more, while also advancing campaign analysis technical skills.
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    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Financial Technology (Online) - Part-Time

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    Excel, Algorithms, Crypocurrency, SQL, Python, Machine Learning, Blockchain
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Get hands-on training and instruction in financial technology and analysis using popular tools and methods including Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum and blockchain. Maintain your current schedule by studying the competitive curriculum part-time, only three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend classes. Gain access to career services like resume and portfolio reviews, interview training and 1:1 coaching.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (Berkeley)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (San Francisco)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time10 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Web Development (Online) Part-Time

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,495
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Learn to code wherever you are. The full-stack, online curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB and more. Through hands-on projects and training, students will complete the coding program in 24 weeks via live, instructor-led lessons. Individuals receive support from a variety of channels, so students are never alone throughout their online coding boot camp journey. Berkeley’s online coding boot camp gives you the opportunity to “think like a developer.” In addition to learning many of the most in-demand languages and creating your own personal portfolio, you will also partake in an 8-week Agile Team Project that mimics a real-world environment. Students are assigned a piece of the full project (division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment of adaptation of plans) and then finalize the project together with the assistance of an industry leader who has on average 5-7 years of experience as a software engineer. At the end of this online coding program, you will receive a Professional Certificate from Berkeley Extension, helping you stand out to employers.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Technology Project Management - Part-Time

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    Scrum, Agile
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,995
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Technology Project Management Boot Camp prepares learners to effectively lead technology projects across a variety of industries. Gain hands-on training in requirements documentation, test plans, traditional, agile and hybrid methodologies, scrum frameworks, resource planning and more.
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    DepositN/A
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    Payment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class size25
    LocationSan Francisco
    Get hands-on training and instruction in high-demand UX/UI Design methodology which includes software skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, XD), Sketch App, InVision, Keynote as well as front-end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Git/GitHub and more. Maintain your work or college schedule by studying part-time, only three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours. Apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

1 Scholarship

  • $500 Berkeley Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Berkeley Boot Camps scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Belmont) (San Francisco)
    • Data Science and Visualization (Online) - Part-Time (San Francisco)
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • Digital Marketing - Part-Time (San Francisco)
    • Financial Technology (Online) - Part-Time (San Francisco)
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (San Francisco) (San Francisco)
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • Technology Project Management - Part-Time (San Francisco)
    • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time (San Francisco)
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (Berkeley) (San Francisco)
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • All courses in San Francisco
    • Full Stack Web Development (Online) Part-Time (San Francisco)
  • New career in data
    - 2/20/2019
    Lena • Data Analyst • Student
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    I benefited a lot from the data analytics and visualization full-time boot camp. I didn't have any programming knowledge and doing this boot camp instilled was a great first step for me in building a new career in data. What the program does exceptionally well in is the career support after the program ends. I dedicated a lot of my time attending career coaching sessions, technical mock interviews, and applying the advice and guidance the career coaches gave me and I managed to land a data analyst role at a start-up in three months. What I found the most difficult for me in the interview process for these companies is definitely the technical interview and the program definitely assisted me with that.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 21 2019
    Thank you for your review, Lena! We're happy to hear you benefited from the curriculum and enjoyed our career services assistance. Congratulations on graduating and landing an analyst role! We're rooting you on in all that you do. 
  • David • Lead Analyst
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    TL;DR: Not worth it for the vast majority of potential students.

    An opening disclaimer: UC Berkeley Extension licenses this boot camp from an outside company. So don’t be swayed by the UC Berkeley name re: quality of education. This same curriculum is also used by the University of Denver, Rutgers, and who knows how many other schools. This review is also specifically for the Data Analytics and Visualization boot camp. Their other courses might be better, but I can’t speak to that.

    Me:

    I had about 4 years experience as a data analyst before starting the class. I was already fairly proficient in Excel and SQL before signing up. I hoped to level up my skillset. My goals were getting more familiar with Python / Pandas (which I’d previously dabbled in), learning best practices around data visualization, and getting some meaningful exposure to ML concepts. I only really accomplished the first.

    Instructors:

    Julien, Sufyan, and Ahmed were all very helpful and were generally knowledgeable about the material at hand (not always, but no one is an expert at everything). Unfortunately, none of them stayed with Trilogy past my cohort (all of them found better jobs elsewhere). Hopefully other instructors are equally strong. Unfortunately they had some really silly curriculum to work with (see below).

    Classmates:

    I enjoyed the company of (most of) the other students. I still text with and see them occasionally, and I understand some others see each other pretty regularly. I was a little disappointed with the composition. It was mostly younger folks who were looking to transition into tech/data, rather than more established tech/data professionals looking to level up. The latter group had decent outcomes, the former (much larger) group seems to be struggling 4 months after the class ended (but I haven't done a comprehensive roll call, this is just from LinkedIn monitoring and chatting with friends).

    Career services:

    Less than useless. All of the UCB Extension boot camps (web dev, full stack, and analytics) are given the same general materials and guidelines, so everyone is kind of corralled down the same path. I attended two video session, scanned their materials, and did a couple resume activities. Maybe helpful for someone fresh out of college, but the material was mind-boggling basic for anyone with any exposure to the white collar employment. Their resume reviewer’s revisions would have made my resume / LinkedIn profile dramatically worse. I’d look like any other “professional” boot camp schmuck with no personality or soul. Basically another sheep blending in with the herd. No thanks.

    Curriculum:

    Whew boy. The curriculum is a very, very mixed bag. In short, some really great stuff for entry to mid level analytics, some crap that’s indefensibly useless for most data professionals, and too much breadth with not enough depth.

    Of the roughly 6 months I was in the program, the first 2.5 months were great for someone looking to break into data (albeit a lot of review for me). Excel and SQL are foundational skills, and exposure to python is a great skill to have.

    Then there’s a couple weeks of classes related to HTML/CSS and web scraping. These shouldn’t be top of mind in industry, but I’m glad I learned them. They open up some interesting data sets that I otherwise couldn’t access, which I can deploy for some interesting side projects.

    Then there’s a month plus where the class goes off the rails, careening into JavaScript and in particular D3.js. I have a special rant reserved for this later on.

    Then the last 2 months of class are a mixed bag. There’s some good information in there (a couple weeks on basic Tableau), a few VERY short sessions on R, then basically a 2 week flyby of advanced Machine-Learning and Big Data so cursory as to be basically useless.

    Notice what’s missing here. No meaningful math. No meaningful stats. No meaningful discussion of experimental design and clean data (both technically and just conceptually) best practices. Without these basic skillsets I would NEVER hire someone on my team.

    Also notice what’s included. We have both Industry Data 101 tools and concepts (basically beginner Excel) and advanced topics like machine learning. No class should try to cover that much ground in so little time. If someone’s resume hits my desk and their only experience is a Boot Camp Certificate and they claim to know Excel, VBA, Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, MongoDB, JavaScript, D3.js, R, Tableau, SKSci, Hadoop, Spark, and TensorFlow, I am going to chuckle and toss their resume. Those are vastly different technologies, many of which don’t build on or necessarily complement each other, and there’s no way you have a meaningful background in most of them after a few months.

    After taking the course, I’m not really sure who it was designed for. It almost seems like a mish-mash of parts from 3 disparate courses:

    1.) Basic intro to data analysis and tools.

    2.) Front-end development.

    3.) Introductory data science for dummies.

    The curriculum actually does a pretty good job of (1). After the first couple months, you should have some talking points for an entry-level level analytics gig (maybe associate level if you have a few years relevant experience). But no one hiring entry-level data analysts will expect those same hires to also do machine learning. No one coming out of this class will be remotely qualified for Data Science or ML Engineer jobs unless they already had a quantitative Ph.D or significant substantive technical work experience. Which makes the value of (3) above questionable.

    And (2)’s inclusion is just silly. I wasn’t familiar with JavaScript and D3.js beforehand, it’s because they have really limited utility for data analysts. They’re fundamentally web technologies best reserved for front-end data visualization specialists, web developers, or very, very rare edge cases. It makes me wonder if Trilogy just tacked them on because they wanted to reduce their work and recycle material from their Front-end and UI/UX Bootcamps.

    D3.js might allow me to work on some interesting pet projects with non-secure data. But incorporating it into a broad intro course for analytics professionals in industry is silly. Most companies will have tools which abstract away the technical aspects of D3.js for their analysts, or it’ll be handled by a team whose job is specifically dealing with web data visualization. Teaching D3.js to an aspiring data analyst is like teaching an aspiring quarterback the nuances of playing wide receiver. Yes, there’s a relationship between the two roles, but most quarterbacks are better served practicing going through their reads and throwing mechanics than catching deep passes or running routes.

    Conclusion:

    Full disclosure, I did get a job at a large name brand tech company about 3 months into the program. Learning and practicing python from the stronger, early portion of the class had some influence on that. But that skill was more icing on the cake of a strong internal referral, relevant work history, domain experience, and great references. I was also lucky enough to: (1) convince my employer to pay for half of it, (2) already be working as an analytics professional, so I can write it off as an educational expense, and (3) comfortably cover the cost even if 1 and 2 were not true. That is not true of the vast majority of people who took this course, and I suspect most of them feel like they wasted $11,000.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Feb 22 2019
    Thank you for your review, David. As you noted, UC Berkeley Extension has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES) to offer the Berkeley Data Analytics Boot Camp. UC Berkeley Extension is deeply involved in the curriculum and outcomes of each of our classes, routinely meeting in conjunction with TES to monitor the learning experience and performance. Our curriculum is strategically engineered using extensive market and employer research on the most in-demand skills for the industry, and we are constantly making optimizations to the course material as the industry evolves. Both Berkeley and TES are completely dedicated to transforming individuals' lives.

    We're happy to hear you found our instructional team to be helpful and knowledgeable! While we wish that all of our instructors could teach multiple cohorts throughout the year, as we only hire individuals who are active practitioners in the industry, their full-time career commitments can make this difficult. While your particular instructor may not be teaching the current class, we have an intensive vetting process for our instructors, requiring a minimum of three years of professional experience in the industry. UC Berkeley Extension vets every instructor that teaches in our boot camp programs, with fewer than 2.5% of all screened candidates selected.

    It is great that you enjoyed the company of your classmates and made lasting connections. But, we understand you may have preferred more experienced classmates. While our program recommends two years of related experience, it is designed to help individuals with varying levels of proficiency. It's our mission to help as many hard-working, aspiring data analysts' as we can and we commend all those who truly commit to the course and to launching their careers — regardless of their prior knowledge or professional backgrounds. We do have a three-part admissions screening process to make sure that those who commit to this course will be set up for success.

    We regret that our career services did not live up to your expectations. While we do not secure direct employment for our students, we empower them the best we can with the necessary tools and support for entering the job market. Like you mentioned, we do provide several support services including technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, online Tech Talk panels, and one-on-one meetings with the Career Director. Our career services curriculum is designed and evaluated based on local demands and the input of local employers, to ensure our students are best positioning themselves during the application and interview process.   

    We understand that you would have liked to spend more time covering fundamental mathematics and experimental design on clean data, and less time on front-end web visualization. As this program is centered around both data analysis and visualization, we do dedicate time to JavaScript (D3.js, Leaflet.js) as our research has found that these skills make our students more well-rounded and competitive. Our course is designed to provide students with the skills and abilities to quickly learn new concepts and tools on their own (as the technical job market is always changing). We believe this methodology, and covering a wide range of topics at a macro level, helps individuals learn how to problem-solve and self-teach — keys skills in the data industry. We truly appreciate your feedback as our curriculum is frequently updated to ensure that it is aligned with the latest market needs.

    We're always looking for new ways to expand our services to best serve the needs of our students, so we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you further. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (510) 306-1218. 
  • Hannah
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    This is a great class! It's fast paced, but covers all the material needed to build out amazing projects. The instructors are fantastic, and the TAs are very knowledgeable. Plus, there are tutors for extra help. Highly recommend!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 14 2019
    Amazing, Hannah! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the curriculum and found our instructional team to be so knowledgeable. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review! We wish you all the success moving forward.
  • Takahiro Kawaguchi • MBA Candidate • Graduate
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    Covers through HTML5 & CSS to React framework.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
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    Monday, Nov 05 2018
    Thank you for your review, Takahiro! We're glad you enjoyed our full-stack curriculum and are looking forward to both your graduation and final project in a few weeks.
  • Denis • Graduate
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    The focus of the course is extremely tilted towards Web development... absolutely not what I expected from a Data Analytics program.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Oct 29 2018
    Thank you for your feedback, Denis. Like you mentioned, our Data Analytics program does cover several fundamental skills, such as Python programming, databases, and front-end web visualization. Our curriculum is frequently updated to ensure we are covering the latest market demands in the region. We have found the integration of this knowledge base to be essential in real-world data analytics roles. We would love the opportunity to provide you with any additional support and further discuss your student experience. If you would like, please contact us directly at (510) 455-5867.

  • Grace Houghton • Graduate
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    Be me, complete coding noob turned coding aficionado in 12 weeks.  

    This class blew my mind like a category 5 hurricane. If you take this class,
     make sure you're on hella coffee or Red Bull because the curriculum is fast, and that's the only way you are going to last.  
    You learn the basics of coding as quick as a flash. 

    That said, enter Professor David Hallinan. 
    One in a million? More like one a googolplex.  Armed with a plethora of knowledge, he is the compass that guides you through the dark. Taking concepts that were as clear as mud and slaying the confusion.   He can break down complex ideas into easily digestible tidbits (a rarity in the tech world nowadays).  David truly cares about his students and goes the extra mile to give them additional time and learning material.  For you 90's kids- he's all that plus a bag of chips.

    Sometimes, concepts in coding... like algorithms... can be as dry as a bone.  This is where Davids charisma kicks in. He's got an entertaining side.  You'll just have to take the course and see for your self. 

    And, for a proper full course review, I can't forget my student success manager, Shani.  She's was also pivotal in helping me succeed with tutoring and answering every question I had and my career coach, Kim Black.  Together, these people set all the other courses, schools, and curriculums apart. 

    To err is human; to edit, divine.  Take this class, it'll change your mind. 

    GL HF DD
    (Good Luck Have Fun Don't Die)

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Oct 17 2018
    Amazing, Grace! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're thrilled to hear our program successfully helped you learn the fundamental concepts of web development. You're completely right that the course is fast-paced, so having a supportive team is pivotal — we also agree that David, Shani, and Kim are fantastic. Congratulations on graduating, we wish you all the best as you move forward!
  • Mark M. • Full Stack Web Developer • Graduate
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    I took the Full Stack immersive(full time) at the UC Berkeley Extension. This program was, quite honestly, way more than what I was expecting.  And that's a good thing. The material was really comprehensive and well presented. The curriculum for this program is adjusted to reflect what technical skills are currently sought in the job market.

    To get the most out of this program you should basically clear your schedule and be prepared to put in a lot of after class time(80+ hours a week).  

    Although many of the concepts can seem daunting and complex, the instructor, David Hallinan, presented everything in a really relateable and fun way. David is, hands down the best CS instructor I have ever had. The cohort that I was in had a blast every day thanks to David's teaching style.

    Along with the teacher our cohort had 2 TAs who were incredibly helpful and were always willing to take whatever amount of time was necessary to help us find solutions to our problems.

    Response From: Shani Burdette of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, Jun 18 2018
    Thank you for your review, Mark! It’s our goal to provide a comprehensive learning experience to all of our students, so it's great to hear you saw this reflected in the program. Like you mentioned, the course does require a significant amount of additional hours outside of class to master the concepts, so we commend you for putting in the hard work. Our instructors and TAs are extremely passionate about student success and we're happy you had a blast in class - we also think David is amazing! Congratulations on graduating and best of luck in all your future endeavors.
  • Nicki • Graduate
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    I just finished the UC Berkeley Extension Data Analytics and Visualization 6-month bootcamp and here are my take-aways:

    Pros: Awesome and knowledgeable instructor; a LOT is covered so you are constantly learning; you learn data science specific tools, which wouldn't be covered in a fullstack engineering course.

    Cons: Perhpas too much is covered and it becomes overwhelming and difficult to explore any particular tool in depth; the cost - it really should be about half of what I paid ($10k); although you *can* take this class while working full time, it's not super reasonable since you spend every waking hour outside of work doing classwork; there is not enough support - office hours were inconveniently scheduled and the one TA we had who was actually helpful had to stop coming because of work obligations a couple months before the class ended; career services is completely useless because it's not tailored for this particular kind of work, but is offered to all UCB extension classes (so, if you're already a working adult who knows how non-technical interviews work, their "advice" is not new).

    In the end, I learned a tertiary amount of information about a lot of different languages and tools, but not enough to work in the industry. I'm planning on attending Hackbright full time over the summer so I can actually get a job because 1) I am now convinced it is super important to just completely immerse yourself in this to learn quickly and well, 2) they have a tuition program that is dependent on your employment in the field, 3) they have a much better support system - you are paired with a mentor, as well as having a regular check-in with an instructor who isn't your own to ensure you're comprehending the material, 4) the program itself seems much more structured and sensical, and 5) really one of the most important things: they want you to find the *right* job, not just "a job."

    So, if you're a woman reading this, please look into Hackbright. I really wish someone would've offered me that advice.

    Response From: Jayson Beagley of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Tuesday, May 29 2018
    Hi Nicki, we first want to congratulate you on your dedication to this rigorous program! Thank you for taking the time to share your student experience with us, as we consider each review an opportunity for improvement. We know this is an immersive course and like you mentioned, it is fast-paced and time-intensive, requiring hours of supplemental work and studying outside of the classroom.

    Our program prides itself on teaching students how to learn, providing a strong foundational skillset to be able to master additional data concepts and tools post-graduation. While we do cover a wide variety of topics at a high level, this foundation of knowledge allows individuals to learn how to problem-solve and self-teach, a key skill needed in a data analyst's career. We do find that as the course progresses, students become more and more confident in the knowledge they have learned and feel empowered to apply their skills in the professional world after the program. However, we are constantly working on improving our curriculum to ensure students are successfully able to learn the most valuable and in-demand technologies.

    It is our goal to support students throughout the entire boot camp journey through in-class assistance, office hours, tutoring sessions, and other channels like Slack, phone, and email, but we regret that you felt that the support you received was not what you needed, particularly following the departure of your TA. Your Career Director did provide your cohort an in-depth job search workshop focused on data roles following graduation, as well as an Employer Competitive Resources sheet. Did you find these to be helpful? We understand you would have preferred a more tailored career services experience, and while we do customize our Career Services by programs, we sincerely appreciate this feedback as it helps us improve and ensure we are meeting our students' needs. We strive to set clear expectations and provide individualized support through technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, and more, but we are continually refining our career services to best help students prepare for the job search.

    The student experience does not end upon graduation, as it is our goal for all students to leave the program feeling confident in their new skills and prepared for success in the job search. We would love the opportunity to speak with you directly to learn how else we can support you at this time, whether through additional learning materials or career support. Please reach out to me at (510) 306-1218. We wish you the best of luck as you move forward in your endeavors!
  • Joe Faulstick • Student
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    I recently graduated from the 24 week, part-time Full Stack Web Development course offered by Berkeley. Overall, this course was an incredible value for me. Our instructor, a veteran in the industry, brought a lot of real world experience to the class while teaching us while both of our class's TA's made the learning process enjoyable and easy.

    I walked away from the course with a well rounded skill set in front-end and back-end technologies along with a renewed confidence to continue my learning on my own. 

    The curriculum is very current and appears to evolve class to class as new technologies appear, so I felt that what we were leaning was the most applicable at the time.

    My only critique would be the career services. Many of the required lectures and 1 on 1 times occured during weekday business hours which conflicted with the part-time 12 week program's target audience that works full-time during the week. I would have liked more flexibility in the schedule. In addition, it wasn't fully clear what services we would receive beyond general guidance on resume building, which I did not need.

    To summarize, if you are on the fence about taking one of these courses, know that this was a great value to me and exceeded my expectations.

    Response From: Shani Burdette of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Tuesday, May 08 2018
    Thank you so much for your review, Joe! Congratulations on graduating, we applaud all of the hard work you put into learning these valuable skills. It made our day to hear that you found the curriculum well-rounded and competitive with today's latest technologies, and that you enjoyed your instructor, TAs, and the program as a whole.

    We understand that you would have preferred more scheduling flexibility for some aspects of our career services, and we sincerely appreciate this feedback as it helps us to improve and ensure that we are meeting our students' needs. We strive to set clear expectations and provide individualized support through technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, and more, but we are also constantly refining our career services to best help students prepare for the job search.

    The student experience does not end upon graduation, however, so we look forward to continuing to assist you as you work 1:1 with your Career Director. We would also welcome the opportunity to provide you with any additional career support you might need, so please reach out directly at (510) 306-1218 if you would like to discuss this further. Once again, we congratulate you on your achievements and wish you the best as you go forward!
  • Jason Kunkel
    - 5/3/2018
    Jason Kunkel • Graduate
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    I entered into this boot camp with zero background in coding and a lot of trepidation about my ability to follow along the many languages we were set to learn. From day one our instructor, David Hallinan, put my mind at ease. His ability to relate to the students, to break down complex code into relatable terms, and his eagerness to help us succeed made coming to class every day enjoyable. David was consistently supportive and very giving of his time, and you could tell he genuinely cared about our successes. Highly recommend this course and David as your instructor!

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, May 07 2018
    Hi Jason, thank you for your review of the course and your instructor, David. Our team members are passionate about teaching, committed to guiding and encouraging students through complex problems. We are always thrilled to hear their dedication and efforts resonated so positively with others. We have to agree - David is pretty great! Congratulations on graduating, we are proud of all the hard work you put in and applaud you as you continue your coding journey!  
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    I never thought I will take someday a Coding Bootcamp, but I did! Before that, I didn't have experience at all! And now after 12 very intensive weeks, I can write code and build these amazing apps. We were told that we have to put about 40 hours beside the class. First I thought that's not possible but I really put this time into studying and doing homework! In this 12 weeks, you get less sleep, don't have a social life anymore but you will develop valuable skills! The class was every day from 10am-2.30pm, for me it was a perfect time because as a mom I still could take care of my kids and in the evening doing my homework. I mean not every day was easy and not every day I understood everything, but we had really a great instructor David Hallinan. There was always a lot of help from the instructor David and the TAs Peter and Alex. I really enjoyed every day of the Bootcamp! 

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Wednesday, May 02 2018
    Thank you, Maggie! As you discovered, it takes hours of additional studying and practice outside of the classroom to successfully immerse oneself in the topics covered each week, so we appreciate you pointing that out. You did a great job at balancing your schedule, and this is great feedback to share with prospective students.

    It makes us incredibly proud to hear our team was committed to providing you with the help and guidance you needed throughout the program. We also think Peter, Alex, and David are pretty amazing! Congratulations on completing the program, we applaud all of your hard work. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
  • Joel Hernandez • Graduate
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    Before coming into this bootcamp, I didn't have any experience in coding. I couldn't imagine me writing more than a few lines a code before I started. I also heard it was very challenging going into it and it actually was. BUT, now that I'm down with the program, I've written easily hundreds of lines of code and even though it was more challenging than I expected, I'm glad I went through it.

    Not only did I gain valuable professional skills, but, 1. I met great people, 2. Even when things got tough, I pushed myself on a regular basis--but, I wasn't alone, there was plenty from peers, TAs and from David(teacher) and we all came out of it better because of it 3. I now have a great portfolio I can showcase to other professionals and prospective employers. 

    Special shout out to David Hallinan for his tremendous support, in-depth knowledge of the material, excellent teaching skills and humor. Kept us engaged all the time. Funny guy.

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Wednesday, May 02 2018
    Thank you for your review, Joel! We love hearing that you developed close connections with your classmates, TA's, and instructor, David (we also agree - David is pretty great at keeping class interesting and lighthearted). It makes us incredibly proud to hear our team is providing students with the support and guidance they need during their boot camp journey! We understand this course is challenging, so we commend you for all of your hard work. Congratulations on completing the program and continue coding! We wish you all the best moving forward.