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Code Fellows

Avg Rating:4.25 ( 132 reviews )

Code Fellows offers full and part-time software development, ops and cybersecurity courses online and in-person from their Seattle, Washington location. Since their first cohort in 2013, Code Fellows has taught over 1,400 graduates and iterated on their curriculum and format to ensure students receive the most industry-relevant training as effectively and efficiently as possible. Students are immersed in their learning with daily lectures, pair programming, weekly presentations from full-time instructional staff who are professionals in the industry, one-week project sprints, and more. Code Fellows graduates work at Amazon, Microsoft, Zillow, Expedia, XBOX, NIKE, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and over 700 other companies.

The modular style of the Code Fellows program allows students to test into the course level that is most appropriate for their current skill level. In addition, the modular class structure allows students to choose the schedule and timing that meets their needs. Technologists with some experience can test into intermediate or advanced-level courses, while beginners can build their experience from the ground up, starting with an introductory course. Code Fellows also offers courses that run nights and weekends, both in-person or online to accommodate students who plan to continue working while going to school.

Code Fellows’ has several options at the advanced 400 level that run 10-weeks for full-time courses and 20 weeks for part-time courses. These include a Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Full-Stack JavaScript, Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Python, Code 401: Advanced Software Development in ASP.NET Core, Code 401: Advanced Software Development for Mobile Applications, Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Java with SpringMVC & Android, and Ops 401: Cybersecurity Engineering.

Code Fellows is committed to breaking down systemic barriers and ensuring all people are treated with respect and dignity. Whether Black American, Native American, Hispanic American, career changer, recent college graduate, woman, military veteran, unemployed or underemployed, or a code school student looking to join a better program, Code Fellows wants to help these individuals find a rewarding new career in tech. Through The Scholarship Fund, individuals that come from these backgrounds are able to apply for scholarships that cover up to 70 percent of tuition. In addition, one full-ride scholarship is granted to a Black American in every cohort.

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  • Code 102: Intro to Software Development (Full-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End, GitHub
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week1 Week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Not sure where or how to start learning software development? Or maybe you’re discouraged by the confusing interfaces, unclear error messages, and unexplained concepts of online coding tutorials. Just want a little help ramping up for Code 201? If you’re ready to get unstuck and move beyond the concepts covered in Code 101, come work with experienced developers who can help guide you through your learning. Join us for Code 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Code 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern developers. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-102/intro-to-software-development/
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Code 102: Intro to Software Development (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End, GitHub
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week2 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Not sure where or how to start learning software development? Or maybe you’re discouraged by the confusing interfaces, unclear error messages, and unexplained concepts of online coding tutorials. Just want a little help ramping up for Code 201? If you’re ready to get unstuck and move beyond the concepts covered in Code 101, come work with experienced developers who can help guide you through your learning. Join us for Code 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Code 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern developers. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-102/intro-to-software-development/
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Code 102: Intro to Software Development (Self-Paced)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End, GitHub
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Not sure where or how to start learning software development? Or maybe you’re discouraged by the confusing interfaces, unclear error messages, and unexplained concepts of online coding tutorials. Just want a little help ramping up for Code 201? If you’re ready to get unstuck and move beyond the concepts covered in Code 101, come work with experienced developers who can help guide you through your learning. Join us for Code 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Code 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern developers. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-102/intro-to-software-development/
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Code 201: Foundations of Software Development (Full-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, Design, CSS, Front End, MVC, Agile, REST, GitHub
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Build a strong software development foundation and learn how to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and various libraries to create fully-functional web apps. This course guides students toward developing a well-rounded foundation of skills necessary for modern web development. These skills include HTML, CSS, and JavaScript coding; utilizing Git workflow processes, project organization, designing with wireframing and employing introductory Agile development methods. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-201/foundations-of-software-development/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkCode 102: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-102/intro-to-software-development/ or equivalent
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 201: Foundations of Software Development (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, Design, CSS, Front End, MVC, Agile, GitHub
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Build a strong software development foundation and learn how to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and various libraries to create fully-functional web apps. This course guides students toward developing a well-rounded foundation of skills necessary for modern web development. These skills include HTML, CSS, and JavaScript coding; utilizing Git workflow processes, project organization, designing with wireframing and employing introductory Agile development methods. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-201/foundations-of-software-development/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkCode 102: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-102/intro-to-software-development/ or equivalent
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 301: Intermediate Software Development (Full-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, User Experience Design, CSS, Express.js, Data Structures, Algorithms, Front End, Scrum, MVC, Agile, REST, SQL, GitHub
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Becoming a well-rounded developer is much more than learning language syntax. In this intensive course, you will study the common core of software development, including MVC architecture, object-oriented and functional programming, and computer science fundamentals such as basic data structures and algorithms. Come learn how to create and launch web apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, with the help of third-party APIs and libraries from around the web. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate
    Prep WorkCode 201 https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-201/foundations-of-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 301: Intermediate Software Development (Part-Time)

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, User Experience Design, CSS, Express.js, Data Structures, Algorithms, Front End, Scrum, MVC, Agile, REST, SQL, GitHub
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Becoming a well-rounded developer is much more than learning language syntax. In this intensive course, you will study the common core of software development, including MVC architecture, object-oriented and functional programming, and computer science fundamentals such as basic data structures and algorithms. Come learn how to create and launch web apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, with the help of third-party APIs and libraries from around the web. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate
    Prep WorkCode 201 https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-201/foundations-of-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in ASP.NET Core

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    Git, C#, .NET, ASP.NET, Design, Data Structures, Algorithms, Scrum, MVC, Agile, REST, SQL, Cloud Computing, GitHub
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Learn to write clean, well-tested, advanced C# code using industry-standard software engineering patterns and Microsoft's new ASP.NET Core framework. You will use Visual Studio Community Edition to create ASP.NET MVC Core applications and work with Azure to deploy applications onto a live server within the cloud. The course focuses on fundamental computer science concepts like object-oriented programming, advanced data structures and algorithms, and the foundations of Microsoft’s ASP.NET Core Framework. Students will progressively build projects from start to finish following industry best practices and standard agile methodology. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-asp-net-core/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Full-Stack JavaScript (Full-Time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Build full-stack web applications with server-side Node.js and modern, client-side, front-end libraries and frameworks, including React. Throughout this intensive course, you will study data structures and algorithms, professional software development techniques, and established industry best practices as you advance your skills in full-stack JavaScript. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-full-stack-javascript/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Full-Stack JavaScript (Part-Time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Build full-stack web applications with server-side Node.js and modern, client-side, front-end libraries and frameworks, including React. Throughout this intensive course, you will study data structures and algorithms, professional software development techniques, and established industry best practices as you advance your skills in full-stack JavaScript. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-full-stack-javascript/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Java with SpringMVC & Android

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    Git, Mobile, Data Structures, Algorithms, Android, Java, Front End, Scrum, MVC, Agile, Cloud Computing, GitHub
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week10 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Learn to write clean, crystal-clear, well-tested, advanced Java code using industry-standard software engineering patterns while building servers with SpringMVC and mobile apps with Android. In this course, you will use IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio to create Java applications. You will deploy the applications to a scalable cloud server platform, install your Android applications onto your phone, and have the apps communicate with AWS services like DynamoDB, Cognito, Pinpoint and Lambda using AWS Amplify. The course focuses on fundamental computer science concepts such as object-oriented programming, advanced data structures and algorithms, Big O asymptotic analysis, and the structure of statically typed languages. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-java-with-springmvc-and-android/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Python (Full-Time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Learn the language used at NASA, Instagram, Dropbox, and other companies large and small – as you build professional-grade apps in Python. Throughout this intensive course, you will study professional software development techniques and practices as you advance your skills in Python. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-python/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Python (Part-Time)

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Learn the language used at NASA, Instagram, Dropbox, and other companies large and small – as you build professional-grade apps in Python. Throughout this intensive course, you will study professional software development techniques and practices as you advance your skills in Python. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-401/advanced-software-development-in-python/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkCode 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/code-301/intermediate-software-development/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Ops 101: Explore Cybersecurity

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    Growth Hacking, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking, Network Security
    In PersonFull Time8 Hours/week0 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$99
    Class size50
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Considering a career in cybersecurity? Start here! In this one-day workshop, you will experience the all-new Code Fellows cybersecurity program, learn how to protect yourself against cybercrime, and explore various cybersecurity career paths.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations (Full-Time)

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    Growth Hacking, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking, Network Security
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week1 Week
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Curious about how computers work? Ever wonder how technology professionals build physical computers, upgrade components, configure virtual machines? Join us for Ops 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Ops 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern IT professionals at the single computer level. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-102/intro-to-computer-operations/
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOps 101: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-101/explore-cybersecurity/ or equivalent exposure to basic IT systems
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations (Part-Time)

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    Growth Hacking, Mobile Security, Ethical Hacking, Network Security
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week2 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$1,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Curious about how computers work? Ever wonder how technology professionals build physical computers, upgrade components, configure virtual machines? Join us for Ops 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Ops 201, while getting a tour of the tools and techniques of modern IT professionals at the single computer level. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-102/intro-to-computer-operations/
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOps 101: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-101/explore-cybersecurity/ or equivalent exposure to basic IT systems
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Ops 201: Foundations of Computer Operations

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Learn to support technology operations by resolving issues with hardware, software, and virtual or cloud systems. In this hands-on course, you will deploy and troubleshoot Windows and Linux operating systems in various virtual and cloud environments. Key skills such as customer service, knowledge and process documentation, system shell proficiency, performance monitoring, system process management, issue handling, backup/imaging/recovery tools, and software application installation, maintenance, and removal will be practiced. The course focuses on practical systems support and troubleshooting. Students will utilize issue tracking systems and the ITIL service management framework to communicate, resolve, and document issues and incidents. Students will also study how endpoints interact with the greater IT infrastructure, exploring concepts such as network protocols, Wi-Fi, and server-based user identity support. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-201/foundations-of-computer-operations/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOps 102: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-102/intro-to-computer-operations/ or equivalent
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Ops 301: Networking and Systems Administration

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Gain hands-on Systems Administrator skills in this exciting course that follows the journey of the fictional Globex Corporation as it grows from a startup to a multinational enterprise with fully-functional network and information systems. As their new corporate systems administrator, get ready to upgrade obsolete systems and design new networks in this fast-paced learning environment that mirrors critical on-the-job scenarios designed to prepare you for real-world Ops challenges. The course integrates practical network and systems administration operations such as network design and troubleshooting, server deployment and configuration, user identity management, scripting & automation, and system health monitoring with professional exercises in change management and project planning in a simulated on-the-job narrative. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-301/networking-and-systems-administration/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate
    Prep WorkOps 201 https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-201/foundations-of-computer-operations/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Ops 401: Cybersecurity Engineering

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,000
    Class size30
    LocationOnline, Seattle
    Ready to kickstart your exciting career in cyber ops? In this intensive course, delve into critical cyber processes like risk assessment, data encryption, network security, threat modeling, code analysis, vulnerability scanning, and incident response. Gain valuable ethical hacker skills in penetration testing, and show off your awesome new abilities in two resume-enhancing projects! Designed to prepare you for today’s most in-demand security skills, this hands-on course emphasizes practical cyber operations including both offensive and defensive roles. Students will gain cutting-edge cyber ops skills by analyzing and exploiting systems vulnerabilities, implementing defenses against common threats, and using cyber toolkits such as Kali Linux and Metasploit. Vulnerability scanning tools such as Nessus are utilized, as well as security monitoring tools such as Splunk. This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects. Learn more: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-401/cybersecurity-engineering/
    Financing
    Deposit500
    Financing
    Lending partners available, including Skills Fund and Climb
    ScholarshipScholarships Available: https://www.codefellows.org/scholarship-fund/
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate to Advanced
    Prep WorkOps 301: https://www.codefellows.org/courses/ops-301/networking-and-systems-administration/ or equivalent experience
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I took three courses at Code Fellows Portland (201-401) and I enjoyed all three of them. Before the bootcamp, I didn't know how to use terminal. After the bootcamp, I got a great job at one of my dream companies.

    Instructors and TAs: One of the nicest and knowledgable people that I know. Of course once in a while they may have to look up the answers to some of your questions. However, given that programming technology changes every single day, I find that understandable. They did their best to fully answer my questions and made sure I understand. They also went extra miles outside of the class room to help me with the class materials. 

    Environment and classmates: Everyone was friendly and overall, it's a very cooperative environment. Unlike back in university when my grade was determined on a curve and everyone had to compete to get the highest score compared to others, everyone here shared their solutions, discussed about new tools, and wasn't hesitate to help each other. I learned a lot of useful tools and coding styles from my classmates, and also learned a lot from explaining concepts and codes to them.

    Job assistance: I got useful job searching and networking tips from them. They helped me tailor my resume, sent me job leads every week and introduced me to companies for informational interviews. Overall, I believe they did their best to find a job. However, you should be the one who actively seeks out opportunities, connections and job leads. 

    So far everything about Code Fellows has been great. However, it's not a magical place where everyone will graduate and be successful. You have to go the extra miles yourself to learn, since this is a bootcamp. Instructors are there to help you absorb as much knowledge as possible. You should try to read all of the readings before a class start and write down your questions. Then try to find the answers to the questions during the lecture, and ask instructors if you still can't find an answer. If you don't understand what a piece of code is doing, ask your classmates and instructors. So at the end of the day, you would know what every single line of code is doing. Also, google the parts of the readings that you don't understand. You need to understand that you have limited time to master many skills and you need to work hard for it. You could be taught by a Nobel winner and still be right where you were before if you didn't try the best to make the most out of it.

  • Greg • Student
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    One of the things I realized when reading some of the other reviews is that what Code Bootcamp you pick isn't only about the content they teach you. There definitely is a culture fit to consider. All the instructors I've had so far (I'm currently in the 401 Full Stack JavaScript development course) have been very knowledgeable, but love to have fun. So, we were taught a lot, and pushed to learn, but lecture overall had a light atmosphere. If you like that, then great, if you want a more intense feeling, it may not be for you. Just to be clear though, the content of the courses are robust.

    The 201 course was a great base for me for learning web development. The overall approach is to teach you fundamentals before they give you tools to increase your efficiency as a developer. To give you an example of what we were able to accomplish when I was done with the course, look here. That was my final group project.

    The biggest strength of the course is the constant team work environment. You use pair programming, and your final project is a group project. This forces you to learn more than just how to code, but how to talk about code and work with other developers.

    I learned a lot in 4 weeks, and am very happy that I went through the course. To see how far I came in the 4 weeks, compare the group final project with my first assignment in the course, here.

  • Willie Richardson • Spanish Tutor and Event Coordinator • Graduate
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    I also was a Code Fellows student in their 201 and 301 classes.  I struggled in both classes due to an inability to absorb so much information in such a short time.  However, Code Fellows understood my situation and has given me the option to retake both classes at no cost.  They also provided me with a learning plan at the end of my 301 class. I am still pondering on whether this vocation is for me, but I appreciated the empathetic approach that Code Fellows demonstrated towards me.

    The only advice I would give is to perhaps toughen their entrance standards for their 201 class and also require more prep work before starting the 201 course, as this class felt overwhelming almost from day one.

     

  • Why So Expensive?
    - 3/18/2016
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    I've completed the 201 and 301 courses and if I did it over again I would have chosen somewhere else.

    Code Fellows is the most expensive bootcamp out there - at least for Portland and Seattle.  $20K for the 201, 301, and 401 classes which is far more than Dev bootcamp, Coder Camps, or any other bootcamp out there in Seattle.  In fact, 5-8k more! There is no reason for this cost.  Programming languages are programming languages and there are plenty of bootcamps out there who get you to work far faster and for MUCH cheaper.  The results do not justify the costs.  Also, their job placement rates are no better than any other bootcamp.  

    Personally, there is a lot of room out there for Code Fellows and any other bootcamp to fudge their placement rate numbers.  Keep in mind that the attrition rates of their classes are not included in these numbers.  There are A LOT of students in Code Fellows classes who do not make it through their classes.  I recently heard that 40-50% of their students did not make it through a recent Seattle 201 class.  Not sure what Code Fellows is planning on doing about that.  Currently, the only prep work for their 201 course they put you through are a couple classes through Code Academy, which isn't enough.  Unlike universities, bootcamps do not go through an accreditation process and thus are never audited.

    The only bootcamp that actually publicizes their numbers and has them actually audited is Flat Iron school in New York.  Again, why? Do these bootcamps have something to hide?

    Finally, keep in mind that Code Fellows gives next to no job support unless you go through one of their 401 classes.  Why their 301 class is $1000 more than their 201 class is beyond me.  It is the same time duration and you use the exact same textbooks that you purchased for their 201 classes. So after you spend $8000, you are pretty much on your own to find any work with your intermediate coding skills.

    You can go to a similar bootcamp and receive the foundational and intermediate aspects of programming for quite a lot less.  Code Fellows may reply to my criticism by saying they care more or do a better job.  Prove it.

     Good luck.

    Response From: Brook Riggio of Code Fellows
    Title: VP of Education
    Thursday, Apr 07 2016
    Thanks for your review! WE CARE MORE AND DO A BETTER JOB!!!!! 😜 

    But in all seriousness, thanks for your honest feedback. We're sorry that your experience didn't live up to what you were expecting. If you feel you didn't get the value that you paid for, please get in touch with us so we can make it right (http://www.codefellows.org/contact).

    We love seeing students get great software jobs that change their lives. Our Code 201 - Code 401 curriculum is built for this purpose. 

    The modular structure of our classes provides students a way to take the shortest possible path that works for them. For those with programming experience, this means testing into Code 401. We created Code 201 after hearing from many students who are starting from scratch and prefer in-person classes to unguided self-study or 150 hours of assigned pre-work.

    Because Software Development is more than just knowing a programming language, Code 301 advances students' skill sets in application architecture, team collaboration, and industry best practices in front-end web development. We’ve seen and experienced how hard these skills are to pick up in independent learning. 

    Our recent cohorts have roughly an 80% passing rate, and we're working on collecting and publishing more data on student results soon (see our current alumni stats here: http://www.codefellows.org/student-success-stories).

    Career changes like this are a big step and require a significant time investment, so our student support extends beyond the in-class time. Code 401 is where we have the time and space to really explore professional workflows and modern stack-specific standards. Grads are ready for entry-level Software Developer roles, and we provide the ongoing resume review, interview training, code challenge practice, networking skills, and curated job leads, and supportive community needed to land and excel in a new career. 

    Thanks again for your feedback, and best of luck in your coding journey. Our doors are always open to our students.
  • Anonymous • JavaScript Developer • Graduate
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    I was in the last JavaScript Development Accelerator before it transitioned into the 401 in Portland. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this program. I know from talking with people at network events and from interviews that Code Fellows has a reputation for covering the fundamentals and keeping up with the newest technologies. I recieved a small grant which I was thankful for, but regardless I feel that the curated curriculum is worth the cost.

    It is an intense program and I feel like you should be prepared for 10 weeks of around-the-clock coding. The class I took started at 9:00AM with lecture until noon, and then lab hours until 5:00PM. In the evening, I worked and studied until late. I mention this because that is what it takes to cram over a years worth of independent work into 10 weeks. This program works, but you have to be willing to put in your maximum effort!

    The program's support of students is amazing, and I felt that they invested in our success. There were guest lecturers on every Friday to talk about what they look for in an interview candidate, how to network, how to whiteboard, etc. I found those lectures to be valuable in my post-graduation job search. Code Fellows admins sent me weekly job leads. The job search curriculum stresses the importance of networking. For me, networking isn't fun, but it is clearly important and I am thankful that I trusted the system and followed my teachers' and administrators' advice.   

    I just got hired after two months of job searching and I couldn't be happier about my experience at Code Fellows and the support I've recieved since graduating. 

    Response From: Brook Riggio of Code Fellows
    Title: VP of Education
    Thursday, Apr 07 2016
    Wow, this is so awesome! Congrats! 

    Thank you for taking the time to come back and share about your experience—even though I’m sure you’re busy with the new gig. Success stories like these are why we do what we do. Seriously: There are hi-fives and fist-pumps around the office with every single placement report that comes through. It’s daily motivation for us!

    Once you feel settled in, come on back for a visit! We’d love to hear how your new career unfolds. 
  • Disappointed
    - 3/14/2016
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    Job Assistance: the professional development page gives a much stronger impression of the support you will find during the ten week program. Instead of professional development for one hour during 6 of the ten weeks it is a 6 hour day on the sixth and eighth week.  The six hour days only contains about two to three hours of actual content. The rest of the time is doing what they call workshop where you write answers in paper. They say they have you do this onsite because people don't do these exercises at home. 30-45 minute topics are on: your brand; linked in page and inward facing partner profile; interview prep and a guest speaker on tech interviews. 

    The info isn't bad. However, for the limited amount of time they give guidance it should be a firehouse of information and guidance.

    There was one career fair hosted three weeks before we graduated. Our class wasn't invited. Only previous graduates were. Odd as we all need jobs and were on the verge of finishing the program.

    Their page says that you will receive a mentor. Unfortunately, that isn't accurate.

    Their main advice. Network. That's absolutely true. I wish the professional development page on their website would be more humble and say it's really up to you to go out and sell yourself with the coding skills you've developed. Their is no shame in that promise of professional development.

    Curriculum:

    The curriculum isn't bad. You basically learn the MEAN stack. You will work weekends in groups. Lots of test driven development. Study that if you haven't. My biggest concern was that this course taught the same curriculum over ten weeks that our teacher admits he covered over eight weeks for the previous three development accelerators. It was $4,000 more for the exact same content that seemed stretched out. Many days of lecture felt like time inneficiently spent. That wasn't a good feeling. As far as I'm concerned they owe the students who took that class a deep apology and a refund of the extra 50% cost. Supply and demand I guess. 

    Instructor: this was probably the most challenging part for me. Our teacher seemed like he really didn't care about the students. This was such a pivotal moment of our lives in which we made huge financial sacrifices and time sacrifices and time pulled away from loved ones. It was so discouraging to have a passion and excitement to do something new and to have a teacher who appeared to just be coasting. Our teacher knew how to code. There is no question about that. Teaching is something different. Code fellows should take into consideration that their teachers really represent them as we don't get to meet many of the staff who I'm sure care and are hard working and do have a vision for people to succeed and transform their lives.

    Overall experience: I've ran into people from other code camps and this isn't an unfamiliar phenomenal. The code camp pages, recruiters, preview nights are always going to glow with how much they are going to do for you. But the biggest indicator of success are two things. One, you have surrounded yourself with people who are committed and passionate. Two, your passion and drive. 

    The code school can definitely enhance those things. The 401 for me, however, didn't.

     

     

  • In Transition
    - 2/10/2016
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    Code Fellows is in a major transition and there is a feeling of chaos - at least on their Seattle campus.

    More than half of our Code 301 class at the end of four weeks still remained ineligible to take their Code 401 classes, which begs the question: Is Code Fellows setting up students for failure? Why aren't they giving students the right advice to prepare for these classes?

    During our project week, the actual rubrics for these projects was only given after our assignments were handed in. Why?

    Response From: Brook Riggio of Code Fellows
    Title: VP of Education
    Wednesday, Mar 02 2016
    First off, thanks for being a student with Code Fellows and for sharing your candid feedback about Code 301. Our students' feedback is valuable to us and we appreciate your honesty as we continually work to improve our program. 

    We're sorry that you didn't have a good experience in this course, and that you were negatively impacted during the roll out of our new curriculum. Our full curriculum is designed to take people from beginner to career-ready is as short a timeframe as possible, and unfortunately this intense pace doesn't work for everyone. Although four out of five students in Code 301 so far are ready to progress to Code 401 by then end of the 4-week course, some need more time and training to solidify new or more complex topics before they're ready to start Code 401. 

    If you have any concerns that you'd like to talk about, please feel free to come in and talk to us so that we can make it right. Our doors are always open!
  • So So
    - 2/9/2016
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    I recently went through their Code 301 course.  Could have received the same education through Tree house or Code Academy though and saved a lot of $.  

    Response From: Brook Riggio of Code Fellows
    Title: VP of Education
    Wednesday, Mar 09 2016
    Thanks for sharing your honest feedback about the Code 301 course. I'm sorry that you didn't receive the value you were expecting in this course. 

    At Code Fellows, we love Treehouse and Codecademy, and frequently recommend those resources to our students before, during, and after our courses. Our students often tell us that they learn more deeply when they have in-person help when they are stuck, can tackle projects with pair programming, partake in live code reviews, and receive personalized instruction. 

    For those considering studying online, we highly recommend also attending in-person meetups and taking time to connect with and learn from software developers who have been in the industry for a while. Previous Code Fellows students are also welcome to come back and use our coworking space. 

    We wish you the best in your ongoing learning journey. If you'd like to come in and talk about any other concerns you had about your time at Code Fellows, please let us know! 
  • Anonymous • Sofware Engineer • Graduate
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    I attended one of the last full stack javascript accelerator programs before it turned into '401'. I think it's basically the same, but the course was slightly shorter and cost less money. I never attended the prereq courses.

    I think the program was absolutely awesome for me. I learned a ton, and got a great job about 5 weeks after graduation. Plus I use what I learned all the time with my new job as a software engineer. Our instructor Tyler was top notch, and I really think the curriculum was an optimized way to learn.

    I have to admit that the Code Fellows I attended may be significantly different than the one that exists now. The courses, cost, and enrollment numbers are all different now from my understanding. It sounds like they are trying to increase tuition and enrollment across the board. I think it's fine to do that, but I wonder if that hurts the general rigor and selectivity of the school. I noticed they no longer have the job guarantee. I think that's a little sad, since I know I would not have attended without it. I still think that it's a great program that was absolutely key in my professional development. My teacher was awesome and I was lucky enough to be part of a cohort with some extremely talented peers. 

    If you're doing it right, you will be working for the knowledge that the course provides and not the certificate. My company didn't recognize Code Fellows at all, but they certainly saw that I was technically competant during my interview process. I can't attribute everything to CF. I taught myself javascript for 7 months prior to enrolling, but I would say I learned the most job relevant JS during the Code Fellows months.

    Overall, I'd say that if you are genuinely interested in computers and will work your arse off, then this is a great place to fulfill your potential. However, if you are approaching this like getting a generic college degree so you can have a piece of paper that says you are qualified, then you got it all wrong. You have to work hard to make this work. Code Fellows is only one piece of the puzzle.    

       

     

    Response From: Brook Riggio of Code Fellows
    Title: VP of Education
    Wednesday, Mar 09 2016
    Thanks for your review! We're glad to be a part of your ongoing journey. The new program is modular for this very reason. It's awesome when programmers can jump straight into our advanced courses. While some students opt for Code 201 and 301 to get up to speed, we love that there are so many quality resources available for developers who are ready to dive into JavaScript development. Congrats on your new job and feel free to stop back by the campus to say hello!
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    Right now it seems like the main goal of this company is to make a profit, and not actually turn out top notch programmers. They've split up their classes now, and are making a total of 20k off of students who go through the whole course. Their scholarships are miniscule. The TA's are usually students who finished the course before and don't actually know what they're talking about. Apparently the job gaurantee has gone away, and they didn't bother to notify any of their 401 students. 

    I had a great 201 and 301 experience, but will not be taking the 401 (the course that really matters). The teachers in the 201 and 301 were fantastic, and there were a few TA's (that have since left on to bigger and better things) that were great as well. But for 12k, you expect that to translate into the 401...it doesn't. 

  • to take note of...
    - 1/10/2016
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    Codefellows broke up their development accelerator, which means you'll have to complete several courses (i.e CF201, CF301 and a 401) before you can specailise in either Javascript, Python or iOS. This also means higher course fees and a longer time out of the market. There was a lot of emphasis on getting you to move on to the next course, which meant it was hard to fail and you might not get honest feedback. In 201, the instructors and TAs were former students with no industry/teaching experience and modifying the syllabus from previous batches. Also, their programs are catered for locals, with international students receiving limited support. 

    If these do not bother you, then CF is a reasonable place to get you where you have to be in terms of web development foundations. 

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    My experience was with the Python Dev Accelerator out of Seattle. Here are my thoughts.

    Pros:

    • Our instructor Cris was amazingly helpful; he works incredibly hard
    • The average student out of my Dev Accelerator was quite capable and talented; at least for my class, it was relatively high caliber
    • I got lucky and got a job that I really enjoy. I think I'm one of 7 out of 16 with a permanent position six months after starting
    • The curriculum that Cris created was good. It was a nice blend of working with up-to-date libraries while also developing CS fundamentals

    Cons:

    • Codefellows has gotten more expensive (12k for final program now and 20k for the full course; used to be 12k for the full course)
    • The 9 month job guarantee has quietly gone away
    • Each Codefellows Dev Accelerator (it's now called 401) is a one-man-show; single instructor classes despite each class being 100-200k in gross revenue
    • While there is some friendly job support via Gina, it really isn't enough. Many people were struggling to find good skill/career-building activities to pick up afterwards
    • The graduation statistics currently at codefellows.org/student-success-stories (which previously lived at codefellows.org/alumni-stats) haven't been updated properly in about 2 years. Average graduate salaries have gone down and job search times have gone up, and the histograms on this page are exactly the same that were there 2 years ago. As of writing this review they still cherry-pick update this page, which I find dishonest
    • The cost per unit time is on-par with high-profile bootcamps, including Hack Reactor and Galvanize. Those programs might have more comprehensive job and career support
    • Cris is worth whatever money he got. The value that Code Fellows adds is not worth it. Overall the program feels overpriced from a service-value perspective

Code Fellows Outcomes

* These outcomes are not audited by Course Report. In some cases, data is audited by a third party.


100%
Graduation Rate
98%
Employed
$72,500
Median Salary

Of the students who enroll at Code Fellows, 100% graduated. 96% of graduates were job-seeking and 98% of job-seeking graduates found in-field employment after 180 days and report a median income of $72,500. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 1096 graduates included in this report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full Time, In-Field Employee
81.7%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
12.1%
Short-term contract, part-time position, freelance
4.0%
Employed out-of-field
5.1%

Notes & Caveats:

Here are are the details on how we track Employment Data