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Bloc

Average Rating4.61
477 Reviews
2 Courses

Bloc is an online coding bootcamp that incorporates 1-on-1 mentorship to prepare each student for a career as a professional software engineer or UX/UI designer. Bloc's apprenticeship approach is tailored specifically to each student's learning needs. In the Web Developer Bootcamp, the curriculum is centered around frontend JavaScript and students can choose whether to learn Ruby on Rails or server-side JavaScript with Node. Bloc’s project-based curriculum is writt...

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  • Greg J.
    Jr. Software Developer • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Aug 03, 2021
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    Web Development

    Overall, this is a great course. My only criticism was that there were a few times that I had issues with projects that the Thinkful chat team could not help me resolve. 
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  • Gavin
    Front-End Developer • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Feb 19, 2021
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    Bloc/Thinkful Full Stack Web Developer Track

    When I was looking for a web development program, I needed the schedule to be flexible and this program provided that. If you don't need a strict schedule to stay on track, this is a great program for you. If you need the structure of classes at a regular time, the flex program won't give you what you need. The instructors were great and you have a mentor that provides weekly guidance as you work your way through the modules. The content of the curriculum is detailed and provides you wit...
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  • Hannah L.
    Product Designer • Student • Design Track • Online
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    Nov 07, 2020
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    Pricy, but worth it

    Bloc was overall a great experience. I received a job offer upon graduating, but it took a lot of work especially during the pandemic. I think the most valuable aspect of Bloc were my weekly mentor sessions. My mentor helped me understand industry standards, articulate my design decisions to stakeholders, and job search more strategically. Without my mentor, I don't think Bloc would have been worth it. I also think Bloc is great for anyone who wants to switch into UX design, but can't af...
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  • Jonathan Kang
    Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Oct 09, 2020
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    Web Developer

    This program consisted of a curriculum for a full-stack web developer.  It was very intensive and certainly is not an easy way into web development.  If motivation is there, I would highly suggest this program for hard workers.  It consisted of learning JavaScript and using React.js as a framework for the front-end.  The two full-stack projects were not too hard to finish with the teaching curriculum however, the direction of the projects was not as easy to come by.  Creativity is defini...
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  • Ben Sumser
    Systems / Data Analyst • Graduate • Online
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    Aug 19, 2020
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    Good curriculum

    The reason that I signed up for the course was because I had been self teaching for about two years and I realized that, like most things in life, you don't know what you don't know and so guiding that education became difficult. I realized that I would need industry standard guidance and mentorship. I was happy with the various technologies that I was introduced to and taught.

    Like any other education you get, anywhere, it is up to you to learn, to be eager, and to seek out the b...
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  • Sabrina Becker
    Web Developer • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Jul 22, 2020
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    Web Developer Track

    I am a Biology major and was a tennis coach before choosing Bloc's online web developer track. You cover HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, React.js, Jest, Enzyme, Node.js, PostgreSQL, Knex.js, Express, Mocha, Chai, Supertest, JWT, and basic algorithms and data structures. The curriculum is a lot of reading and there are no instructional videos. The only videos they had were in the careers sections for talking about resumes and networking. I was hoping for more feedback on assignments throug...
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  • Michael Mace
    Junior Software Developer • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Jun 08, 2020
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    Great Flexible Program

    I completed the full-stack web development program, and I can't say enough good things about it. Their content is up to date with the latest best practices & frameworks. The coaches and mentors are outstanding - probably the best part of the program. The program is flexible around life events if you need to take a break. I found a job within a month after completing my last project all thanks to what I learned with Bloc. I would definitely consider enrolling again!
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  • Shane Finlayson
    Sole Proprietor • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Apr 14, 2020
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    Overpriced, poor curriculum.

    Overview:    For those of you in a hurry, here is a quick overview of Bloc.io. If you are truly interested in enrolling in their program, I recommend you read this in its entirety.    The curriculum is simplistic in its explanation of topics and has several errors in the literature. At one point, they send you to Codecademy.com to learn from them. You can pay up to $8,500 to be sent to a completely different company to learn what they should be teac...
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  • Mark Bergstrom
    Engineering Manager • Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Apr 05, 2020
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    Web Developer Track

    I would definitely recommend Bloc's Web Developer Track to anyone seeking to learn how to become a full stack developer.  I had some self-taught coding experience in VBA coming into the program, but this was my first formal code training since a basic Fortran class back in college over 15 years ago.  The curriculum is great at building a good foundation and then diving deep into some of the latest and greatest concepts and strategies in use today.  The course is challenging and requires ...
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  • Travis Whittington
    Graduate • Web Developer Track • Online
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    Apr 03, 2020
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    Web Developer Track program

    This program offers an extensive and rigorous education in full stack web development. Languages, frameworks and technologies taught are HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, ReactJS, NodeJS, PostgreSQL, Express, Mocha, Chai, Supertest and much much more. Your initial courseware starts you out by learning HTML and CSS.. Before you know it you will be learning more advanced frameworks like React and Node. You will use these technologies to build full stack capstone projects. You have a senior de...
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  • Diana Marie
    Graduate • UX Design • Online
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    Aug 27, 2019
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    Some challenges in an online bootcamp

    This program has many positive aspects to it, but there are some realities that I wish I knew before signing up.

    Pros: I am very excited with my portfolio.  The effort that you put into work, definitely reflects the final outcome of your portfolio.  When I addressed my concerns and frustrations, the program coordinators were very accomodating extending my schedule.  The curriculum is constantly being updated and is accessible for students after they are finished with the program....

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  • Kacie
    Graduate • Design Track • Online
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    Jul 30, 2019
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    Wins and fails, but overall a good value

    I'm surprised to see that there are so many straight-up positive reviews of Bloc. I'm a graduate of the Designer program, I can say they got some things right and some things still need work. I'll start with the not-so-great. The curriculum around front end dev felt piecemeal and choppy. I had to slow down a lot during those sections to seek out other resources because their lessons were confusing. The self-paced program made it easy to get more time to slow down when I needed to. 

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Bloc Alumni Outcomes

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77% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 23% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 40 graduates included in report:
180 Day employment breakdown
Employed in-field75.0%
Full-time employee52.5%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position22.5%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation0.0%
Not seeking in-field employment0.0%
Employed out-of-field0.0%
Continuing to higher education0.0%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons0.0%
Still seeking job in-field25.0%
Could not contact0.0%
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Bloc costs around $9,600. On the lower end, some Bloc courses like Web Developer Track cost $8,500.

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Bloc offers courses like Design Track, Web Developer Track.

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Bloc teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

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