CodeCore offers an intensive, 12-week developer bootcamp in Vancouver. CodeCore is one of Western Canada's first developer schools, and is taught by seasoned industry experts. The program culminates in a hiring day attended by Vancouver's top technology companies.
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CodeCore helped me transform my career. I was working a dead end job in a small town before moving to Vancouver specifically for the bootcamp they offer. Now I am working at a job I love that I was able to get after graduating.
I found the course to be challenging and engaging. For those willing to put in the work and can afford it CodeCore is a great experience that can greatly acclerate the initial part of developing web development skills.
As long as you understand that web development is a difficult skill to develop, and that it will take a lot of determination and effort on your part before you are job ready I would reccomend CodeCore.
As much as you will learn over the bootcamp, its is only 3 months long. You will need to continue pushing yourself and honing your skills for many years to come if you want to pursue a career in tech.
CodeCore is a great way to acclerate your learning giving you strong foundational skills that you can build on to keep up with the every changing demands of technology.
Besides the technical aspects of CodeCore you will also become part of a vibrant community of people involved in the Vancouver tech scene. You will get exposed to people working in the industry and will leave with a respectable network if you take part in the community events that happen regularly at the campus.
If you are serious about becoming a developer CodeCore is well worth the time and money. They give you the nessesary skills in the least amount of time to get started in the field.
If you are interested in reading more about the bootcamp I wrote weekly blog posts while I was attending that can be found here
I attended the Jan 2016 bootcamp after quitting my first full time job since graduation, it was not the easiest decision but I am so glad that I trusted my gut and went for it. I actually studied computer science in school, however because I lacked personal projects and was probably weak on the fundamentals, I never really felt confident for a web developer's role eventhough it was something I was very interested in doing.
I met Tam a few years back when i was still in school (~2013 i think) when he and a few other codecore instructors gave a free ruby lecture in downtown over a weekend. I was very impressed by Tam's knowledge on the latest technology and his teaching, he is able to convey all the information effectively making everything very simple to understand. so I subscribed to the codecore email and moved on. Until around 2015 when codecore announced that it became accredited, I was getting no where close to becoming a developer and was not able to find a job that I could learn the skills, so I went in and chatted with Tam, and finally made the decision to quit my job attend the bootcamp. I remember just before the course start, Tam sent me an email that had this line: "2016 is going to be a transformational year for you, and we are so excited to be a part of it". Right now I must say that he was right. I now have landed on my dream job with a higher than average starting salary, I have gained a LOT of skills and I'm confident with what I do, and I have a big portfolio with lots projects that I can show case in interviews.
In terms of admission requirement, this bootcamp can help anyone who wants to work or start a business in web development. There is an admission test you have to take, so If you have absolutely no computer science or engineering related background, like if you have never heard of "loop" or "variable" or "string", it is probably easier for you to start with the part time fundamentals course and go from there; however if you have a little bit of knowledge or is willing to challenge yourself, codecore provides prep material including the online course such as codeacademy which you can go over before the bootcamp, which I believe is pretty helpful and is enough to get started. My class had people from a lot of different occupational background, everyone who attended all the classes and stayed until the end all did very well. Codecore also helps you to prepare interviews, connecting you with companies that are hiring, providing information and invitiation for recruiting events, open houses, meetups, etc, so you can have as many resource as you need to find a job. They also offer free retake if you are not getting what you want. I felt pretty nice having this as an insurance in case I failed.
People kept asking me why codecore, why not lighthouse, the answer is easy: I have seen Tam's teaching before and I loved it, I knew that I didn't have to look around. The 3 month's experience definitely proved that I was right. I also went to Lighthouse's demo day, learned about their culture -- it's qutie different, i'm not saying it's bad, but I still prefer codecore if I were to choose again. Lighthouse is still 8 weeks, so if you looking for a quicker timeline, you can choose lighthouse. Codecore felt more homie, and codecore encourage building more independent projects so you are forced to implement everything by yourself instead of relying on group memeber, this ensures that everyone has the chance to practise the technology we learned in class and conduct individual research. Codecore also did group project since working in a group is a crucial skill, but the last project was all done individually, and we were all very amazed what we were all able to do in just 3 months. When I attended the lighthouse demo, I noticed that the projects were done in a group of 2~4. Just some comparison for your info.
If it is your ambition to become a software developer, imagine this:
12/hr days of structured, high quality learning, and practice, every day, for three months. Imagine all of that, coupled with working with a tight-knit community of likeminded individuals all pursuing similar goals, and then also learning with mentors that come from all over the industry, many of them CodeCore graduates themselves. There is simply no better path to becoming a developer than attending a bootcamp. I tried to self-teach myself for months before I even decided to attend to a bootcamp, thinking that I could 'go it alone'. This turned out not to be the case, and I'm so glad for it.
And that's because there is so much more to being a software developer than just getting a 'job'. I assume either bootcamp in Vancouver will get you a job, if that's what you're looking for. However, after getting a job from attending the bootcamp, I've found that what is far more important than getting a job, is having a community to share your successes with. And this is what I've found to be the greatest strength of CodeCore. They value community. They want you to be/work on campus. They want to introduce you to likeminded people. They want to connect you with people. They want you to retake the course if it's too difficult/something comes up. They want to foster relationships.
I've enjoyed an amazing experience at CodeCore so far - I've made friends, met mentors, got a job, and began a career- and I know it will continue.
Why I picked CodeCore
I was accepted to two of the prominent bootcamps in Vancouver. Ultimately I choose to go with CodeCore for the following reasons:
- CodeCore is a 3 months program - I didn’t have a strong programming background, so I thought the extra month would help me better internalize the material.
- Better environment - larger space, plenty of study area, and leather chairs!
- I read on reddit that CodeCore produces better technical students.
- Scholarship for female students.
My Experience at CodeCore
I’m extremely proud to say that I’m a CodeCore Alumni. The caliber of my fellow classmates, the quality of teaching, and the helpfulness of the TAs. Those are experiences you can’t get from any online programs (and I took many including Code School, Codecademy…etc)
They spend the first month drilling in the fundamental and building up your foundation. In hindsight this is the most important part because I did my final project in a completely different framework that wasn’t taught in class. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” — That’s the primary difference of CodeCore from all the other bootcamps. They don’t want you to just get a job, they want to make sure you can do the job.
Build depth in your network. This includes your TA, the staff at CodeCore, and your classmates. This is your most valuable takeaway. Go to networking events and invite the people you meet to your demo day. The demo day is the best way to show potential employers your skills and what you can do for them. Help others. Don’t hoard your connections and be generous with your network. In turn, they will also be generous with you.
I graduated from the bootcamp in October 2015. Two years ago I would have reserved for coding bootcamps the same sort of rabid cynicism reserved for multi-level marketing schemes. Yet--with great relief--here I am, gainfully employed and writing a glowing review.
If you are reading this review you are probably wondering why I chose Codecore over Lighthouse. The main reason I let my guard down for Codecore is their policy of infinite retakes--having talked with Tam and getting a good feeling about his character, having the safety net of retakes convinced me that this wasn't going to be a cash-grab.
- Read/research/code/review for 12 hours a day. I did not have any prior coding experience outside of making a Blink-182 fan page on geocities when I was 11 and it worked out for me. If you're falling behind, you probably have to work harder--this is not a program you should do while working or having any other commitments to get the best result. Put in the work to get work.
- Remember that the school is also a professional network. Treat your TAs and fellow students with respect.
- Use the TAs. They won't do your project for you but they will improve you if can leverage their brainpower. Narrow your questions down to specifics about the frameworks you are using and general design patterns/principles w/r/t your code. I was reading the other reviews and there was a complaint about TA time--I still stop by Codecore occasionally and they've increased TA coverage. Also, let me iterate, the TAs aren't going to write the code for you so think twice when you ask questions whether the question is worth asking.(shoutout 2 gabe n mike)
- The curriculum of the bootcamp is reflective of the industry but I recommend challenging yourself and learning beyond the constraints of the course to increase your chances of employment. I don't see it as a fault of the curriculum though--if your skill set is spoonfed then anybody can do it.
- From what I hear the one place where Lighthouse wins out on Codecore for me are job placements. The lead instructor Tam served my first contract on a plate for me and everything's been smooth sailing for me so the job search has been great. For what it's worth, everybody in my grad class is gainfully employed and if they aren't, they're doing a start up or something.
- Use a mac--it's easier.
- Have fun!
Before enrolling in CodeCore's bootcamp, I had bits and pieces of programming experience from having self-taught myself over the years. As I began to get more and more interested in web development, I felt like I had a couple of the pieces I needed, but was missing the whole picture. CodeCore's bootcamp was exactly what I needed - an intense, focused immersion into the fundamental concepts, tools and technologies used in modern web development.
I had a really great experience at CodeCore. The curriculum is really well paced, well designed and they're constantly updating it to keep it relevant. The teachers and TAs are also top notch - Tam, the founder and lead instructor, is an incredibly knowledgable, patient and overall excellent teacher. I learned a ton during the course, and even though I had taught myself a few of the concepts and tools over the years it really helped to fill in the gaps. I would say it's definitely more effective than teaching yourself, especially for the fundamentals at the beginning. There's no shortage of free courses and tutorials on the internet, of course, but having a profesionally-curated curriculum and professionally-taught course means you don't waste your time learning things in the wrong order and going in circles (I definitely did that a bunch before the bootcamp).
When I was researching bootcamps, I looked at Lighthouse Labs as well. I ended up choosing CodeCore because of their strong ties to the local dev community. I definitely don't regret my decision. CodeCore's always opening up their space to local dev meetups and talks, which was really good to be a part of when I was a student. You get to meet lots of people outside your class. Now that I've graduated, I've been back frequently to attend some of their events and I always feel welcome.
In summary, I would highly recommend CodeCore to anybody considering getting into web development. They have a thorough and constantly-evolving curriculum, excellent teachers, and excellent support.
So, you want to learn to code, but you don't know where to start? Try CodeCore!
This is my story: I had lost my job and I wanted to do something different and earn more, obviously. Aside from having installed several flavours of Linux, I had no coding experience whatsoever and since I needed some kind of structure to learn, learning only through online tutorials was not my favourite option, although I tried that too. So, I started to look for a course where I could learn the basics of coding and see if I really liked it. I went to Lighthouse Labs and to CodeCore. The first school looked nice, but I was totally disappointed when I was told that in order to be accepted, I would have to pass an interview where people would decide if I had "the right attitude" for the industry. That made me feel very uncomfortable: it was like if wanting to learn was not good enough! I had already planned to go to CodeCore the same day and so I did. My experience there was completely different. I had absolutely no obstacles to enrol and everything flowed easily since the beginning. One of the things that really makes CodeCore different is that if Tam (the leading instructor), another team member or TA know a resource or have a contact who can help you in something, they will never hesitate to offer you some help. From the best possible technical advice to actual job search support and contacts, the variety of resources that CodeCore offers has no match. In other words: they really want to see their students succeed and you can feel it. For me, that is simply wonderful! To finish, I just want to say that after attending the Fundamentals and the Bootcamp, CodeCore helped me get a job in a company that is at the forefront of the online payments world. I am not officially a developer yet, but I will become one in a few months. This is perfect for me, because I still have time to learn more before getting the full responsibility of a developer. And if that wasn't good enough, I am earning several thousand dollars more than in my previous job, so at the end of the day, this has been one of the best investments in my life, not only from a financial point of view, but also from a personal and professional perspective: I became part of the CodeCore community and it also got me into the Vancouver Tech world.
In today's day and age there is almost no technology that can not be self taught if given enough time. The value of CodeCore is not merely that you are taught how the develop web applications, but your energy is carefully guided and focused to learn how to develop web applications without waisting time on learning the wrong technologies and methodologies.
CodeCore's excellent instructors, TA's and well designed course materials prepared me for employment in the industry and allowed me to be a productive member of our development team from the get go.
I was looking to get into web development, and I was applying for University to do computer science. After seeing the local bootcamps, I decided it would be worth taking the course and trying to go directly into the workforce instead. I had no prior experience, and started with the fundamentals course to learn the basics of Ruby, HTML, and CSS. I went through the fundamentals and felt confident, so I quit my dead end job, and took the full bootcamp. It was hard, there's a lot to learn and it's hard to absorb everything in 8 weeks, but I also found it incredibly rewarding to create an entire web application from scratch. A month after I'd finished the bootcamp I had two job offers to choose from.
It's hard work, especially if you don't have previous computer science experience. I'd suggest that if you're thinking about it making a career switch to start messing around on your own first, do the suggested codecademy courses (Ruby, and HTML/CSS). Come into Codecore and talk to Tam or Bronwin, they're really approachable and helped validate the ideas behind what I wanted to build, and that Codecore would help get me where I wanted to go.
Once you finish the bootcamp, it's still hard work. But I feel like it's given me more control over my career, more options, oppourtunity, and room to grow. Codecore has also been an amazing support after I finished the bootcamp. I come back to the school just to work on projects and hang out with other developers. They do a good job of kicking your butt and getting you out to networking events, and whenever I mention that I'm interested in a local company Tam offers to give me an introduction. Codecore's been a huge networking asset, and it's always interesting to talk to graduates and hear about what they're working on, or who they're working with.
To be a great web developer you have to constantly learn, push, and grow. Does that sound good to you?
I was looking for a career change. I did a lot of research before chosing a bootcamp. Why I chose this one was I needed hands on training. I need someone to walk me through everything. Years ago in university I made websites before CSS was invented, but stopped after graduating, and found a real world corporate job. So I had some experience with coding, but programming, creating functions and methods etc, sounded very intimidating. The people at codecore provided me with guidance, training and leadership.
Some people are really smart, no matter which bootcamp they would choose, they would end up the same. Me not so much, I definitely needed patient and knowledgeable teachers. All the TAs at codecore were saints, they never got frustrated with me or impatient. Eventhough I asked same thing over and over again. Most of the TAs at codecore had impressive credentials and well known in the community.
Birds of a feather flock together... Its weird, like minded people find each other. Most people in my class had similar stories and background. We were all looking for something different and wanted change. We all got along, there were good vibes all over. I got the same feeling when I met other previous graduates and current students.
I enrolled in the bootcamp with very little coding or development experience. My goal was to get a developer job straight out of the bootcamp, which I did!
Tam and the instructors are phenomenal. The TAs are amazing and available every afternoon/evening for help with homework. All the knowledge and support you need is at CodeCore, it's up to you to show up and do the work!
The BEST part about CodeCore is the community. Everyone looks out for each other and you will make many new friends. There are always networking events and people helping you find work.
If you want to be a Rails developer you should absolutely do the bootcamp! Do yourself a favor and do the required/suggested prep material to set you up for bootcamp.
I came to CodeCore committed to switching careers to get started in software development and unsure what to expect in terms of pace and rigour. I had spend a number of months before the course learning from online courses and guides, but was moving to Vancouver to be closer to opportunities and wanted make it easier to find a position developing software by rounding out my skill set and making some connections with local developers.
I was very impressed by the teaching style and personal committment to the success of the students that I saw from the lead instructor Tam, which is what had initially drawn me to Codecore over the other comparable alternatives. The course material is culumative and the pace was relentless for many students who were not coming in with a high level of preparation. Tam was careful to arrange for extra help sessions for students needing them and was also helpful in providing stretch exercises to other students to keep everyone engaged.
In addition to the general high quality of the daytime sessions, I found much of the value in the program to come from the less structured evening sessions with teaching assistance who teach part time and work daily as industry professionals. Their alternative perspectives on topics were intersting and having more one on one time than during the day allowed them to jump a bit deeper into some of the topics that might have been compressed during the main curriculum in order to have time to cover everything.
Codecore helped me during after the bootcamp to make connections with some local companies, one of which I interviewed and started working for the week after the program finished. Transitioning into the workplace I found that Codecore had set me up the basic skills I needed to get started and helped point me down the further learning paths I need to become a fully proficient professional.
For anyone willing to put in the required hard work, the Codecore bootcamp is easily the most focused, ambitious and supportive program I have seen for people looking to transition into a rewarding career.
I attended CodeCore Bootcamp in October 2014, and I can honestly say that it gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in transitioning to a developer career.
I did a good amount of prepwork, as directed by the staff at CodeCore, and it definitively helped.
CodeCore provides TA hours every day, which if you are willing to stay and work will help you immensely, TA staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.
Attending a CodeCore bootcamp will also help you get connected with industry professionals as these are around CodeCore every day of the week.
I would recommend CodeCore wholeheartedly for anyone looking for excellent teaching, TA-ing and chance of getting a job as a developer!
I may have come in with large expectations. I may not be the typical case. For me, viewing across-the-board, 5 star reviews doesn't really tell the full story. The T.A's in the class can potentially be helpful when you can acquire help. That isn't always often enough. I did go in with some computer skills, minor coding previously and an intention to learn. Come the exam at the end, I wasn't prepared for the material. Neither was about 75% of the class I would assume, who didn't show up to write the exam. I had windows, and a prerequisite of the course should be having a Mac. I was unable to do the final due to my operating system, as well as almost a full class I sat in for.
If you are serious about wanting to become a web developer, then CodeCore is your answer. Its definately not easy, and requires a lot of commitment, but if you take the cohort you can definately get to where you need. Even if everything dosnt sink in all the way after taking the cohort, you can come back and re-take the course again, or sit in on some classes you think you need a bit more help with - what other place offers that ?
You can leave here confident in your abilities - weather you have no previous knowledge in any computer related field or you have a background (even a degree ) in computer sciences. Bottom Line - you will be challenged, and you will leave a complete, confident web developer.
I have quit my job as a cook to join the Ruby on Rails Bootcamp and it is one of the best decisions I have made.
Tam is an awesome instructor. He explains everything very clearly. There's a lot of TA's to help you with assignments and personal projects.
One of the best qualities of CodeCore apart from the awesome instructors is CodeCore is not just a bootcamp, it's a community of developers. Past and current students are all approachable for any questions that you may have.
I loved the CodeCore Bootcamp! I did their fundmentals course too, which really set me off on the right foot for the first few weeks.
Tam is a really great instructor and there's lots of awesome TA's around if you ever get stuck. I continue to recommend CodeCore to people who tell me they're interested in learning programming.
- Leah, Cohort 8
If you are thinking about pursuing a career in the software industry then I highly recommend you to come and checkout CodeCore bootcamp. They have friendly and experienced teachers from the industry, and they provide great supports in assisting you to land your job after the bootcamp.
Learning by yourself or taking a university / colleage program would take much longer time, and could be harder to keep up with the fast-chaning industry. Take the bootcamp to learn the most up-to-date skills that will help you to survive in the industry,and ,furthermore, gives you the ability to pick up other materials own your own.
Before the bootcamp I had limited coding skills. After finishing the bootcamp, I am now a full-time mobile / web developer doing the job I love.
I highly recommend CodeCore to anyone who is willing to work hard for a successful career change to becoming a programmer and wants the best support out of a bootcamp in Vancouver. Honestly speaking, taking the Codecore bootcamp is the best decision I have ever made in my life given that I just graduated from UBC Sauder with honor in accounting one year before taking the bootcamp; I was as scared as anyone who is trying to start a new career in an area for which they have no previous knowledge, but with CodeCore's help, things could not have been smoother after I decided to just go for it.
CodeCore stands out the most from other bootcamps I have looked into in Vancovuer in terms of its constantly evolving curriculum, amazing support from its teaching staff and its strong community. Having graduated almost one year ago, I am amazed by how much the material you will learn at the bootcamp has evolved in every bootcamp and how related they are to the current trend/what the employers are asking for. And the results of graduates coming out of the bootcamp has shown that the skillset you will get and hopefully master by the end of the court will make you a competent junior developer ready to be hired. The teaching staff at CodeCore are well-equipped with both passion and industry experience to help you understand this material, give you suggestions on how to use them and help you connect to companies which pay you to use them.
One of the highlights from my experience of the bootcamp is how amazing the teaching staff are at CodeCore. For instance, they will actively try to get to know you, give you new programming knowledge as well as tips based on their experience and follow up on your own personal learning progress. With the support of the teaching assistants, I never feel lost during the course despite being constantly challeneged; furthermore, they are also very passionate about students' personal projects and will give you amazing ideas on how to achieve them. And frankly, they are also really good and fun people with very unique or even weird personalities, but at the end of the bootcamp, you will be so glad that you have made friends with these amazing people.
One characteristic of CodeCore that makes it stand out the most from other alternatives is its strong community. Because of the fact that all graduates are forever welcome to come back and work on their start-ups, listen in lectures to learn the latest technologies, ask for TAs' help and help out current students, CodeCode always has friendly and competent graduates who are passionate about contributing to the commmunity by inspiring students with their own work and helping them out with course material. Furthermore, having naturally developed strong bonds with the teaching staff through the bootcamp, students will gain tons of valuable industry relationships, hence having more options in terms of job opportunites. Furthermore, students will have no shortage of chances to attend industry events organized by CodeCore or software companies; these experience are crucial in helping them gain connections as well as understand the industry better. Overall, CodeCore just feels like a community filled with TAs who go the extra steps to help and bond with students and alumni who enjoy being permanent and contributing members of the community.
As an intermediate developer, I am currently working in a freelance team. One aspect I like the most about my job is being available to work on projects on different subjects from the begining to the end. My transition from accounting to programming and having a job I actually enjoy could not have been smoother and more clear-cut without CodeCore's help and all the friends I have made through CodeCore, and knowing that I will always have CodeCore's support makes me so glad that I have joined the community. Hopefully, if you are in the same boat as I was 2 years ago, my review can be helpful to you.
Taking the codecore bootcamp was the best decision of my life, I am now in a career I love making good money. The great thing about codecore is its more than a school its a community. I'd say the resources that were made available to me as an alumni were even more important to my growth as a developer than the course itself. I highly recommend codecore to anyone interested in programming or looking for a career change.
I have the highest respect for CodeCore Bootcamp. The new space is great, and the community is awesome. Students who struggle can retake the bootcamp -- a huge plus!
Personally after graduating I'm not making $50 an hour in a job that I love. The instructors here are truly great.
I highly recommend CodeCore, Tam and all the TA's are extremely intelligent and easy to learn from. Everyone at CC goes out of their way to help you. Going to CC was one of the best decisions I've made in my career.
I have a background in IT but hadn't done any programming and I have always wanted to do freelance/contract web development. Thanks to CC that's now exactly what I'm doing.
5 STARS all the way!
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