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Berkeley Boot Camps

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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. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, Node.js, databases, MongoDB, MySQL and Git.

The data curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, R programming, JavaScript charting, HTML/CSS, API interactions, SQL, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning and more. Enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

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 curriculum 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 technical 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

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking and modern information security. Throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks, you will 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.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    This boot camp is rigorous, fast-paced and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python and R programming, JavaScript charting, SQL databases, Tableau, machine learning and more. Throughout the boot camp, you will complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, healthcare, government, social welfare and more — allowing you to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
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  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    Cost$9,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing boot camp 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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  • Financial Technology - Part-Time

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    Algorithms, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Excel, Machine Learning, Python, SQL
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,495
    Class sizeN/A
    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, and 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
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  • Full Stack Web Development - Full-Time

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    CSS, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Node.js, React.js, Git
    OnlineFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops and mock interviews.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Web Development - Part-Time

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    CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, Node.js, React.js
    OnlinePart Time9 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops and mock interviews.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Technology Project Management - Part-Time

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    Agile, Scrum
    OnlinePart Time9 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,245
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Berkeley Technology Project Management Boot Camp prepares you 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. Obtain the skills necessary to sit for the globally recognized Professional Scrum Master™ Level I Certification.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time

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    CSS, Git, HTML, JavaScript, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time9 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSan Francisco
    Get hands-on training and instruction in UX/UI design methodology, design software skills, front end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery and more. Maintain your current schedule by studying part-time, and 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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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
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  • $500 Berkeley Boot Camps Scholarship

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

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    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.

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    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (San Francisco)
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  • Dinh Do  User Photo
    Dinh Do Verified via LinkedIn
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    The material is great. It's already listed on here that they teach: MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Python, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, React.js, SEO, Node.js, and Front end material. I can confidently say I'm strong in these subjects. However, for people who have never coded before, I want to remind you that you can't learn everything or memorize everything. For example, Javascript, a programming language, has at least a thousand or ten thousand different functions and syntax nuances. Like most programming languages, there are these frameworks that people make called libraries, which is essentially prebuilt code that you want to learn. The instructor and the teacher assistants will make sure that you and everyone else are comfortable with the idea that it is okay to not know something. The course is designed for you to know enough to start working at mid level. Like every job that has to do with coding, you will never stop learning. Luckily, the course subtly tells you where you can learn and grow.

    It’s not an online course. Classes are held in the UC Berkeley Extension building. The area around the building has stores, restaurants of all kinds, and lots of transportation services. Behind the building, there’s a large paid parking area. Transportation is great too. There's a BART station only a few blocks away and bus stops everywhere. The building has a cafeteria, which a water dispenser, vending machines, a sink, good chairs and tables, a refrigerator, and a view. Bathrooms are clean. The toilets and the sinks in there are turned on by using sensors, so no one has to reach for the handle. The janitor cleans the restrooms three times a day. Classrooms seem really cheerful too because of the view, the rolling chairs, the amazing tables, and the amount of room you get. There’s a Lost and Found, booths for you to talk on your phone privately, and empty rooms for people to work. For the people that get lost in buildings, it’s impossible to get lost. Signs are everywhere and each room has a note beside it to tell what class it is.

    The Trilogy team also ensures that you get full benefits each day. Each session is recorded. If you’re absent, watch the video to catch up and email the Student Success Manager a summary to excuse the absence. If you’re going to miss a lot of days, you can request absences with just a click. All the materials and videos will always be available to you, even after you graduate. The material are files online, allowing you to store them onto your computer and grab the materials anytime and anywhere you want to (no need to have a binder full of papers). Career services are lead by a team of extraordinary professionals. Requesting a personal tutor outside of class time is something I recommend. The tutors are based in other parts of the world. It may be night for you, but it could be day time for them. If you miss homework or don’t like the grade you got, you can still do the homework, then ask a teacher assistant to look at it again. For communication, Slack, a desktop and mobile app, will be used. Think of Slack as a workplace appropriate messaging app.

    It has been speculated that the course is essentially four years of college condense into three months (or six if you’re doing part time). I feel that the course is more than that. It would take me a few years to get comfortable with getting a career in the tech industry but I had career services, like-minded classmates learning alongside me, and had an instructor and teacher assassistants going the extra mile. As Full Stack Developer, you can work remotely, communicating through webcam and microphone. That’s something I thought I would never get comfortable with but this course really helped me overcome that. The course simulates work experiences. Project week is one of the many times when you learn soft skills, such as performing stand ups with your team, planning with them, using whiteboards, handling pull requests, and resolving conflicts in your code on github. I am also a very young person and I have grown my confidence that I can get a career as a Full Stack Developer. Want an idea of how young I am? I just graduated high school a few months ago and I am now going through the application process of becoming a teacher assistant here.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Oct 17 2018
    Way to go, Dinh! We are thrilled you had such a great student experience and enjoyed both our curriculum and entire support team. You're completely right that you will never stop learning in this field. Thank you for providing such a helpful description of our classroom facilities and transportation methods — this is great information for prospective students. Congratulations on completing such a rigorous course, we wish you all the success in your future endeavors! 
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    Mridula Udaya Shankar • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    It gave me immense pleasure and learning experience at UC Berkeley Extension's Full Stack Coding Bootcamp. The academic support was great and all the teachers were helpful throughout the course. I'm glad I chose UCB Bootcamp, where I made a good start with my coding career and found a new family who are all technically well-versed. 

     

     

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Jul 19 2018
    Thank you for your review, Mridula! Our entire team is passionate about enabling student success, so we're thrilled you found them to be so helpful. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for choosing our program to advance your coding career. We wish you all the best moving forward!
  • Justin Wong  User Photo
    Justin Wong • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    The full-time full stack coding bootcamp at UC Berkeley Extension is a great way to make the switch to web development or software engineering, provided you know what you are getting into and are prepared to put in the work. 

    First things first: the tuition is more on the affordable side. Easier to afford, but some creature comforts are lacking, AKA don't buy into the marketing materials you'll inevitably see on Facebook, your classroom will not be a computer lab and you will not have external monitors. The Slack org is not paid for, so save any messages that may be important or you may want to keep for future reference. That being said, the San Francisco campus building itself is quite nice, but there can be limited space to work in larger groups once class is over, as the bootcamp itself doesn't have it's own dedicated space. You only get the classroom during classtime like the other extension classes.

    The curriculum is kept fairly up to date for individual concepts. For my cohort it was the MERN stack, and it certainly wasn't stale React either. Some concepts you will not get to spend enough time on, but it's a 3 month bootcamp, so that's pretty common. I would say the most detrimental example of this is at the end with React. In general, an extra half week of React would be awesome. More specifically, learning create-react-app is a great way to get up and running quickly with React apps, but almost never used in production. Actually learning webpack would have been far more relevant IMO. 

    Above I took care to highlight the word individual. Real world production-level environments will not look like the MERN stack apps you learn and create in class. It's very hard, almost unheard of, to be exposed to that in a bootcamp. So don't be surprised after graduation, it's okay.

    There are usually two homework assignments a week, and periodically career services assignments as well. Mix in 3 projects, and that's a lot of stuff to work on. If you're coming into this with zero experience and zero exposure to coding before the pre-bootcamp assignments, you NEED to be prepared to put in 40-50 hours of work, or you will be wasting your money, and letting down your cohort. The "admissions" process is a joke. Don't be fooled into thinking it won't be hard because the application part was cake. It's going to be hard, and you're going to struggle. That being said, there is a fair amount of hand-holding, so for students more comfortable with the material, it can be easy or tempting to not pay attention or look ahead. It can also start to feel like the pace of the class is too slow.

    The instructor and TAs I had were great. Jerome does a great job of breaking the material down and does not shy away from coding examples on the spot. Time doesn't always allow for deeper dive conversations into the concepts during class, but if you can bring it up after-hours or in 1-on-1s, there's knowledge to be shared there. My only complaint is sometimes I wish they had clones. Even if I couldn't always get time in-person outside of class (more my fault than theirs), I could almost always find at least one of them on Slack at all odd hours of the night. They genuinely care about the students' well-being and success. If you're someone who likes to get extra instruction, be sure to book those 1-on-1 sessions. Online tutoring through other course alumni is also available.

    Outside of the classroom, the organization in my opinion is fairly barebones and thinly staffed, with sometimes little support for the students, the TAs or even the instructor. I never even got the receipt I requested by email. I suspect this goes back to the more affordable tuition I mentioned earlier.

    The career support is a mixed bag. Again, the organization here is thinly staffed. The career support directors are amazing. Both of the ones we had were very insightful, charismatic and genuinely driven to help us succeed. The people behind the scenes who review career services assignments were a different story. The feedback I received was shallow, unhelpful, and direct questions would be very vaguely answered. I'm pretty sure it's because each one has to review hundreds of these assignments.

    I can't say anything about post-graduation career services support ( I didn't opt-in at that point). However because I completed the assignments to qualify for post-grad support, our career services director still checked in with me from time to time. which I thought was pretty cool.

     

    TL;DR worth the money if you have reasonable expectations about what you're getting and how much effort you have to put in. You can't learn everythign in the classroom, so if you truly want to learn, there's so much more to check out on your own, too.

    Response From: Jayson Beagley of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Regional Director - NorthWest Territory
    Monday, May 21 2018
    Congratulations on graduating, Justin! We’re thrilled you gained such a strong foundation in web development and applaud you for putting in the hard work and long hours.

    We are happy you found the curriculum to be competitive and up to date, but understand you would have liked to spend more time focusing on languages and technologies like React.js and Webpack. We pride ourselves on teaching students how to learn, as we cover such a large amount of material in 12 weeks, we provide a high-level understanding of certain topics with the goal of individuals knowing how to dive into additional languages post-graduation. However, we are constantly working on improving our curriculum to ensure students are learning the most valuable and current skills and truly appreciate you sharing this input.

    We couldn't agree more that this boot camp will require additional time outside of class, this is one of the reasons why we implemented a three-part admissions process, making sure potential students are aware of this commitment. Our instructors and TAs are incredibly passionate about helping students throughout every step of the way, so we’re glad to know you felt that level of support and took advantage of 1:1 sessions and supplemental tutoring. We also think Jerome is pretty amazing!

    Our professional development services are built on the principle of empowerment, and our career services team strives to be clear about expectations. We frequently update our services to best equip students for the job search, and as such appreciate your insight regarding more detailed homework feedback. We’d love to hear from you directly to see what else we can do at this time to help you feel equipped for success. If you would like, please reach out to me at (510) 306-1218. Thank you for your review and we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!
  • Incredible Value
    - 9/23/2017
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    Mikhail Metrikin • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently (1.5 months ago) completed the 6-month variant of the UC Berkeley Bootcamp as one of the members of the very first cohort, and just this past week I excepted a job as a front-end engineer at a startup with a starting salary in the 90k range.

    Before coming to this bootcamp I had been teaching myself to program for about a year, but slowly, and had also been able to essentially intern(largely for free) for a company slowly learning to write automated tests in Python. So my experience with code was past absolute beginner.

    I knew I needed to find a way to elevate myself quickly to a professional developer's level, and I knew that the quickest way to do this was to focus on a Javascript - front end to full-stack engineering bootcamp.

    After researching a number of them, I chose this one partly because it was among the least expensive by far, and also because of the name recognition (Berkeley). I was happy about the prospect of taking 6 months to learn everything I wanted as I knew I would need to work part-time and generally use the time to consume more information on my own.

    This bootcamp took me and my cohort through a cirriculum that rivaled if not largely beat the cirriculum of more famous and expensive place like HR, App Acad and Dev BC. This according to notes(and code) compared with my friends who attended each. They cover everything about the front end from your first introduction to HTML/CSS to coding in Javascript all the way through to React powered full-stack applications.

    The instructors Michael and David were both excellent. Personable, kind, and (most importantly) genuinely engaged with the idea of transferring as much of their knowledge of the science and art of programming professionally onto all the student. Michael had a traditional CS background and a number of years of work while David was a grad of HR with a couple of years of working experience, which made them each compelling for their individual experiences. They are both excellent programmers.

    The same idea carries throughout the organization. Rosa the career director cares for the concerns and roadblocks individual students might face, and Sam of career services is constantly involved in building your public profiles and presentational person for career services. Although, ultimately, this part of the program is perhaps the weakest, as their networks are not the same as your bigger and far far more expensive BC's.

    I also got a chance to meet Pavan, someone from the parent organization of the BC, a company called Trilogy that partners with Universities throughout the country to create these bootcamps for them. Pavan was also smart, kind, and commited to hearing about my experience as a student. They all wanted to see me thrive, and not just collect a check and pepper you with information only to leave you to "sink or swim" as the case in some other programs.

    By the mid-point of the program we were already writing full-stack applications with our own server instances(Node.js), and using them to render templated views of custom sites which would both consume various API's and also access our own SQL or noSQL backend data services. Students would coluntarily explore topics like user authentication with Passport.js or WebSocket enabled multi-user live interfaces. I dove into a Google Maps Api for my first (one of three) major project and came away with a powerful new tool.

    It was at this time that I started to peek at the work my friends had/were doing at the more popular BC variants out here in SF, only to discover that their body of work was tiny in comparison. Often not particularly broad. Nothing wrong with checking out the competition once in a while. Right?

    Now, like any programming cohort there was a range of stories, many struggled HARD, and some essentially failed or gave up, but to those that did not, the experience has left them with a significant number of projects across the modern Javascript stack and an overall broad knowledge of how the heck a modern web app is built from the ground to the backend MongoDB non-relational databse. Sorry, bad programming humor.

    Ultimately no Bootcamp can singularly gurantee you a great engineering education if you just sit there with your arms crossed waiting for the instructor to automatically funnel the information into your head, you have to do the work. And, not only that, but rise to the occasion to exploit the technology introduced more deeply.

    Having that attitude may mean that you will be successful at most any Bootcamp, but this one will introduce you and set the stage for a deep variety of topics that you will want to expand on and explore to secure a mastery.

    As a student I realize I may have been an exception with my incoming experience and devotion to extra learning on the side. I would constantly look to expand on the assigned hwrk and develop new and unexpected features not explicitly required in the assignment.
    However a number of my peers who I now get to call good friends, had not touched code until starting this program, and through constant devotion to learning and playing with code they have all elevated their skills far beyond what I was able to achieve in my very first half-year of programming knowledge.

    So if you are serious. Want to learn a lot about the modern web, and plan to build on what this school offers you to stand out from the busy bootcamp graduate field out here in the SF/Bay Area, then this school will help you prosper!

    Best decision I have ever made! Can't wait to get started with my new job on Monday.

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Tuesday, Sep 26 2017
    Congratulations on your new job as a front-end engineer, Mikhail! 

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review of your experience. We’re thrilled that you chose our program for your boot camp journey; and that our tuition, university affiliation, and program duration helped to meet your needs.

    It’s terrific to hear that you learned so much from our curriculum and course instruction. We love hearing that your instructors provided you with the knowledge, guidance, and support that you needed to learn these valuable skills. Because we’re passionate about student success, it makes us proud of our team to hear that your instructors, student success manager, and career services team worked hard to help you on your journey.

    We know this course can be challenging, so we commend you on all of your hard work. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you! We’re cheering you on as you move forward in your career.
  • Coding Bootcamp
    - 9/6/2017
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    Mariam • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I signed up for this bootcamp just a month before it began. My background is in mortgage and real estate, but I had no tech background at all. The course pre work was the only exposure I had to coding. At the end of week 1, I wanted to quit. I was overwhelmed and completely lost! My instructor Jerome(who is awesome) sat me down and told me that if I commit to the course, he would be there to support me and not let me down. Rosa, the program coordinator also assured me that I will be fully supported if I stayed. Failure wasn't much of an option for me anyway, since I was a newly single mother of 3 (ages 5, 3 and 7 months), so I decided to stick it out.

     

    If your goal is to just get through the program to get  the certificate in hopes of landing a job, you are wasting your money. They test your knowledge on the interviews. You have to make this a full time commitment and put in 40,50 hrs a week to get the most out of the program. It's a very intense 12 week program,but you are fully supported by the instructors, TA's and even tutors. I didn't realize that they offer the 2 tutoring sessions per week until week 4. Make sure you are assigned to a tutor asap and take full advantage of all of your resources. What you put in is what you will get out. 

    The curriculum is strong and solid, but I wish we had spent more time on React and Python instead of Firebase and Handlebars. I am sure they will work this out for future cohorts.

    Career Services just started for us, so I don't have a whole lot to say about that now.

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, Sep 18 2017
    You rock Mariam! Congratulations on completing the program, we applaud all of your hard work. We know this course can be challenging, that is why we strive to provide in-depth student support. It makes us incredibly proud of our team to hear that they were committed to providing you with the support you needed during the program.

    We’re thrilled that you had such a positive experience with this course. We wish you continued success in your future endeavors.
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    Alexander D Ratliff • Full Stack Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    So this can be a great course for someone but here's the caveats:

    • You CANNOT work at all while in the full-time cohort.  Say goodbye to your family for 3 months, you MUST eat, breathe, sleep, dream coding to succeed in this bootcamp.  In fact, it does a disservice to the entire class and the student who is working (including part-time) to be in the full-time cohort.  You could work doing the part-time cohort, but not the full-time.  It just goes too fast and you won't have enough time to dedicate to practicing your craft.
    • I come from a background in IT, albeit I've been out for a minute.  The applications are different nowadays because you're combining several languages and/or offshoots of a language with HTML and CSS.
    • The only real flaw I saw with the course was 2 things that could be changed from the go-- (STAFF PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:)
    1. Make sure to let students try the pre-coursework BEFORE signing up for the class.  If you don't have time for the pre-coursework or you can't complete it because it's too hard, THIS CLASS IS NOT FOR YOU.  Don't waste your money.
    2. Get rid of the Handlebars section and focus on REACT instead.  Never have seen any jobs requesting that skill, but REACT is in HUGE demand!  Plus having that extra week to focus on it would be great and better served for the class.

    Instructor and TA's were good, but since we were the first full-time cohort for UCB Extension, there were obvious places it could improve.  Once a few changes are made, this can definitely be one of the premier coding bootcamps around.  The basics are all there for it and the instructors definitely have what it takes to make it into an elite program.

    Don't overlook it, just ask a lot of questions and prepare yourself.  That being said, you would have to prepare yourself well for any coding bootcamp.  You're not going to come in and get something out of it by being half there.  You're cheating yourself and wasting money if you think you can just come and expect to get a certificate with half performance.

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, Sep 18 2017
    Congratulations on completing the program, Alexander! We appreciate you taking the time to leave detailed feedback. As you mention, this program requires a full-time commitment and it is not recommended that students maintain outside employment during the boot camp. This is an important insight for future students to know. We understand that this course may be challenging. That is why we provide in-depth student support in the form of office hours, tutoring sessions, and a dedicated slack channel. We hope these resources were helpful to you.

    We’re constantly updating our curricula, and student feedback is an important part of keeping our course material up to date, so we really appreciate your input. We hope you’re proud of all that you accomplished in this program. We wish you all the best as you move forward in your career.
  • Just graduated!
    - 9/5/2017
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    Chi • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I am in a unique situation of having previous experience with another full-time bootcamp prior to graduating from this one. 

    1) Finance: deposit (which is pretty standard for coding bootcamp) + monthly payment (many bootcamps require full payment upon enrolling unless you qualify for special assistance.  I would say the tuition cost is roughly mid-range compared to other bootcamps.  

    2) Curriculum: fairly updated (I love ES6 and MERN).  

    3) Pace of class & teaching approach:  This is the biggest difference between my previous bootcamp and this one, in my opinion.  Comparing the two, Berkeley bootcamp does more hand-holding to help people ease into the material, whereas my previous bootcamp takes more of a "sink or swim" approach (which has its own merits too).  At times I find Berkeley bootcamp similar to a college course instead of a military boot camp, which is to be expected since UC Berkeley Extension oversees/runs this bootcamp. As a result, both the pace and the atmosphere of the class is friendlier to most people, but it is also easier for students to "drop their guard" and top students may get impatient/bored as they wait for the rest of the class to catch up (but they can offer to help struggling students).  If you prefer really high intensity/immersion programs that form "band of brothers" then you may be better suited for another bootcamp.  

    4) Instruction team: I thought the instruction team did a good job considering how wide the student range is.  Instructor and TAs are easily available/accessible, although I did have to correct one TA's understanding of Javascript's 'this' keyword.   

    5) Job Assistance: the activities the career coach asks you to do are all highly valuable.  I personally find sessions with the career coach useful only when I specifically tell the coach what I would like to be work on.  One weakness of this bootcamp is that it's relatively new and as such does not have an extensive alumni network, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.    

    6) Logistics:  compare to my previous bootcamp, the Berkeley bootcamp is less organized but that also means the Berkeley bootcamp is more lenient on certain things while still trying new ways to improve the students' experience.  

    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, Sep 18 2017
    Hi Chi,

    We really appreciate your detailed review, as insights like this are very helpful for future students. We’re glad to hear that your instructor, TAs, and Career Services team were able to provide your class with assistance and support when it was needed.

    It’s wonderful that you had a positive experience with this program. Congratulations on all of the hard work you put into completing this course. We wish you nothing but the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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    Marian Arghandewal Safi • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    Response From: Rosa Tadeo of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Saturday, Sep 09 2017
    Thank you for your review, Marian! We're so glad you had such a positive experience with this program. Congratulations on completing the course, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
  • Mohamed A Karim • Student
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    As a business owner, I highly recommend this digital marketing bootcamp.  Instructor and the TAs were highly knowledgeable and always available to answer questions.  Curriculum was relevant and packed with valuable and actionable topics/items.   I was able to increase my knowledge in the field, get hands-on experience as well.  
     
    Anyone interested in advancing in the field of digital marketing, I highly recommend they take this 18 week bootcamp.  It is an excellent investment in one's future! 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, May 18 2022
    Incredible, Mohamed! It's great to know you felt supported by our entire instructional team and benefited from the curriculum. Congratulations on successfully completing the boot camp! Thank you for your review and recommendation – we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
  • Fintech Boot Camp
    - 6/25/2021
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    I've been in the finance industry for 20 years, having been in investment management, company financial management and startups.  I clearly see that technology is revamping almost every aspect of finance in a major way, so I joined the Berkeley Fintech Boot Camp to retool myself for the present and future.

    I'm halfway through the program now and it has exceeded my expectations!  Within 7 weeks, I was already able to automate a time-consuming piece of my quarterly work to update a set of portfolio tracking spreadsheets.  In machine learning, the brilliant scientific developments of neurology and math are available at my fingertips with a dozen lines of code, it's that simple!  And I'm looking forward to the blockchain section next.

    The projects are my favorate part.  We students get to define projects, so I chose what is highly relevant to my actual work.  It's very empowering to be able to make happen what I used to rely on others to help with and be able to continuously improve it.  Besides, I can communicate effectively with the tech team as now I speak their language and understand their processes. The potential of my domain experience can be unleashed with the hands-on skills in Fintech.

    The boot camp provides ample support round the clock, between instructor office hours, TA office hours, Learning Assistants online and your dedicated tutor.  It's very luxurious :)  Instructors, TAs and tutors all have hands-on expertise in Fintech and can make the connection between the curriculum and real life use cases.

    The Boot Camp is quite intense in the first couple of months, so one does need to be able to commit sufficient time just to keep up.  I think 30 hours per week is the least it takes.   The program does a great job building out the systematic framework for the entire fintech space, and you advance fast!  Then you can decide which area is your point of interest and can delve deeper there afterwards.

    Hope this helps!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Jul 01 2021
    Amazing, Jackie! We're thrilled to hear the program is exceeding your expectations. It's great to know you're enjoying working on real-world projects and learning to effectively communicate your findings. We couldn't agree more that tapping into this new skill set is empowering. Our entire team is passionate about enabling student success, so we're glad you're benefiting from their ongoing support. We couldn't agree more that the boot camp requires extensive time both inside and outside the classroom, so we commend all your hard work thus far. Congratulations on hitting the halfway point, we're looking forward to helping you successfully complete the course! 
  • AB • Student
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    It is a joke - don't get ripped off for $12000.

    - The instructor has not prepared any slides and is unaware of the course / slides content coming up in the class. This makes a horrible impression of the course and creates frustration amongst all students. 
     
    - For each activity / homework - he is not aware of the content (it seems we are all reading it together) 
     
    - The instructor plainly reads through the slides while presenting. There is no valuable time for learning the best practices. And if the slide is too much to absorb, he would skip. 
     
    - The assignments are old. The course is supposed to be online - but all assignments are meant for in person work. It leaves students to be frustrated. There are no clear instructions on what to do and how to do. As the instructor is unaware himself, we end up wasting time and start reading it together. 
     
    - This is not a Berkeley standard course. A lot of students have similar frustrations and concerns and they have been expressed on the Slack channel as well as Bootcamp surveys. I am not sure if Berkeley people have access to any of it. 
     
    - There is no transparency and management in the system. There is no way to send feedback to Berkeley authorities through the Bootcamp and thus many students are not even sure what to do next. Trust me, a lot of students want to drop out and we have openly expressed it. 

    The management, the school (extension, not UCB), third party organization offering the course is all here to rip off the money. Its a scam. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Jul 10 2020
    Thank you for your feedback, AB. We regret to hear you are unsatisfied with your boot camp experience.

    From your review, we understand that you are not satisfied with the instructional support you have received. Our program has an intensive, multi-part vetting process for instructors, requiring a minimum of three years' experience as an active practitioner in the tech industry — however, we understand that not all teaching styles resonate with all students. In order to ensure quality instruction, we measure instructor success based on participant feedback, video audits of their teaching, and student engagement.

    While our curriculum is regularly updated based on market demand, we want individuals to graduate with the necessary skills to quickly learn new technologies and skills on their own, especially as the technical job market is always changing. Our team is continually updating our course material and instructional support to ensure individuals have the best learning experience possible, so we truly appreciate your input. Your cohort was delivered via our virtual classroom due to COVID-19, for the health and safety of students. We are confident that our course can be delivered successfully through this online format, but we understand that this required some initial adjustments and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    We sincerely care about all our students and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you further to provide any additional support you may need at this time. If you would like, please contact us directly at (510) 306-1218. We wish you all the success moving forward! 
  • WEB DEVELOPER
    - 3/29/2020
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    The bootcamp was overall good and the teachers had excellent teaching skills. It was our responsibility to obtain the necessary supplies in order to be fully equipped during the war( coding challenges). I had noticed one thing, maybe others didn't. We had some brilliant minds that they were really sharp when they had to solve a coding problem but most of them they had lack of creativity (97.3 per cent). The system unfortunately chooses really good coders instead of evaluating other aspects of someone's skills. The rainbow has seven colors and I had noticed only one color during the class: The blue color. It seems beautiful to the sky but without the other 6 is insignificant. I am suggesting to include some other lessons too because as I explained the rainbow has 7 colors not only 1. I also want to see how the genius people that they claim to be can solve this scientific problem with the corona virus. They will break into pieces because they have obtained  only one level of thinking and of course they can not solve this issue. We need smart people in this country. We do not need a vehicle without wheels and lights. The Tutors did the best to support us but some students because they paid so much money for the tuition they have started complaining about the Tutors. I was a student at the following calendar year + month: September 2018 - February 2019. Start expanding your horizons instead of being limited to yourself. With this way you gonna see real results and you won't see any results by claiming about something that you re not(smart). One advice: If someone has a little bit of experience with coding, I would highly recommend him-her to go to Berkeley. Otherwise, I would say forget it.
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Berkeley Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Apr 01 2020
    Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear that you had an overall positive student experience and benefited from our instructional team. Like you mentioned, trying not to limit yourself is a great mindset to adapt and help you succeed throughout the program. We're always working to optimize our boot camp offering, so feedback like yours is extremely helpful. Congratulations on graduating! Our entire team wishes you all the best as you continue forward.