Coding Dojo is a unique coding bootcamp that teaches three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Coding Dojo has campuses in has campuses in Berkeley, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Seattle, Tulsa, Tysons Corner, and online. Students can choose to learn three of the industry’s most in-demand web development languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, MEAN, Java or .NET Core. An online option is also available for students who don’t have access to campuses. In addition to an extensive curriculum, students receive 15 hours/day of mentored guidance, quick feedback in the evening from remote Teacher Assistants and tailored course content that accommodates both beginners and experienced developers. Students experience building advanced web applications, solving job-relevant problems and learning to think like true software engineers.
To apply, candidates answer questions via an online form, schedule an interview with a Coding Dojo staff member, then if accepted, must pay a deposit to secure their place.
Since 2012, Coding Dojo has endeavored to help individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companies like Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap. For each student, Coding Dojo promises one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, and comprehensive job-hunting workshops.
Coding Dojo welcomes Veterans and accepts the GI Bill at selected campuses, as well as offering a Gap Year program for high school grads. Coding Dojo also provides various scholarship opportunities for qualified students.
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In PersonFull Time70 Hours/week20 Weeks
Deposit $1,000 FinancingFinancing: Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 are available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview Yes
OnlineFull Time70 Hours/week14 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $14,995 Class size 40 Location Online, DallasOur Online Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp is a remote learning alternative that provides online access to our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in web development who cannot attend our on-campus programs, this online bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email email@example.com to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $9,995 Class size 30 Location OnlineOur Part-Time Online Web Development Bootcamp is a flexible evening and weekend course that teaches web fundamentals and a full Python stack — complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students who cannot attend our on-campus programs, or commit to a full-time course, you'll learn the skills needed to become a self-sufficient developer in as little as 20-25 hours per week. Comprehensive Curriculum Develop projects in a vast range of technologies, starting with front-end development in Web Fundamentals. From there, dive into back-end development centers around Python and put on the finer touches with AJAX and modularization. Top it off with 4 weeks of project building and algorithms. Live Instructor Support Receive hands-on support from our instruction team through live evening classes twice a week, multiple office hours, plus evening weekend support through our chat forum. Top-Tier Platform Quickly learn the essentials of the most in-demand technologies through our online Learning Platform, which has trained thousands of Coding Dojo students. Code From Home Experience the accelerated training of our on-campus bootcamps from the comfort of your home without quitting your day job. You’re only required to dedicate at least 20 - 25 hours per week toward during the bootcamp. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75 Refund / Guarantee Deposits are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Scholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Minimum Skill Level Beginner Placement Test No Interview No
In PersonFull Time70 Hours/week14 Weeks
Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost N/A Class size 35 Location Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, DallasOur Onsite Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp will teach you more than coding - you'll learn how to solve problems and be a self-sufficient developer. When you're fully immersed in our three full stack curriculum, you'll master the fundamental building blocks of web and software development, making you a highly valuable, desirable asset throughout your career. The 14-week course includes real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in fast-tracking a successful career in tech, this onsite bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more! *Published in February 2018, this is based upon a survey that was sent to alumni who graduated between January 2015 and October 2017. Out of the respondents, 94% are employed full time in field. 75% of alumni find jobs within 3 months.
Deposit $1000 Financing Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund. Refund / Guarantee Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class. Scholarship Up to $4,000 in scholarships available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email email@example.com to learn more.
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- Started my new career- 11/16/2018Jeffrey Ahn • Backend Engineer (Node) • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
I worked in the architecture field for 3 years before realizing it was not for me. After doing some research online about the different programs in my area, I ultimately decided on Coding Dojo due to the distance to my home and the variance of languages provided.
I got what I put into the program. You must be willing to put in extra hours and time on top of the curriculum. Learning 3 different languages is very good to have a wide variety of skillsets, but that also means that you may not have the depth that single language bootcamp grads will have. Putting in extra work after hours and learning the language you want to focus in deeper was something that is absolutely needed to get a job in this field. The instructors were very helpful in these steps and helped explain concepts and was always ready to help research questions with you.
I started a backend engineer job working in Node.js about a month and half ago and its a great start as I have joined a supportive team.
- Worth It- 11/16/2018Kyla • Agile Facilitator • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Dallas • Verified via LinkedIn
I came from an administrative background, ready for a change. I wasn't feeling challenged and knew that entering the technology industry was going to set me up for a good career path, since technology is only continuing to grow!
What I learned at Coding Dojo was, first and foremost, I am capable of accomplishing even more than I expected. I think a huge part of the decision needs to come from an understanding of yourself. I know that I am the type of person who can read and learn, while taking extensive notes, but I also need to be able to talk through some problems with other people. Often, I understand the concept, but need to process how I understand it, only to find maybe I have a small disconnect or lack of knowledge about syntax or something. All that to say that this was the basis of my decision to participate in the immersive program vs. the self-paced online program.
I also really enjoyed the variety that Coding Dojo offered. Several bootcamps only learn one stack or one side of development, and I wanted to learn the bigger picture. While I don't believe that we were able to go as deep into some of the concepts, such as scalability and how that relates to enterprise-size applications we would work with at a company, I do believe that I had a very valuable experience that set me up to be able to take on new roles and succeed. They talk about this day one, and I would encourage anyone to take it to heart. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You are only hurting yourself if you decide to be prideful and 'tough it out'. Also, in the real world, time means money and if you're wasting time on something that could easily be resolved by pair-programming or asking a peer, then you're simply being selfish.
Now, I work for a large oil & gas company who also has divisions in minerals globally. They are undergoing a digitial transformation, so my role was created as a hybrid to not only be involved in writing code for applications, but really help to bring the Agile and Scrum mindsets to the organization and help manage how that affects and enhances Operations overall. It's been challenging and there is a LOT to learn, but as someone who wanted to have a versatile role, I am happy. It all started with overcoming the fear of failure and taking the risk to do the bootcamp in the first place.
- Successful Career Transition- 11/16/2018Michelle • Junior Developer • Graduate • Course: Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I recently completed the online program through Coding Dojo. Prior to that, I was 3 years out of college, working as a Construction Manager in the DC Metro area. I enrolled in the program because I wanted to find a more flexible job and also I believed coding would be a more fulfilling career for me. I couldn't afford going back to college full time and wanted to make a career transition as soon as possible, so I decided an online bootcamp would be the best fit for me. I selected Coding Dojo over other options because of their presence in the DC area and name recognition with tech companies here. I also thought the course material was up-to-date and the cost was much more affordable than other programs.
The first 3 months of Coding Dojo's online program, I kept my full time job. I worked during the day and learned to code by nights and weekends. It was extremely difficult! You must be ready to dedicate a LOT of time to learning and mastering these subjects. For the second half of the online program, I quit my job to be able to spend more time on the program. After completing the program, it took me 3 months and applying to nearly 100 jobs, but I finally found my perfect dream job. I'm currently working as a Junior Developer for a government agency. My commute is shorter, my pay is higher, and I also have greater job flexibility. Coding Dojo's career assistance was excellent and I felt incredibly prepared to apply and interview for technical positions.
My biggest advice to anyone considering any coding bootcamp... If you treat the courses and assignments as a hobby, you will not succeed in technical interviews. Bootcamps can not force you to learn the material or force companies to hire their grads. You need to be excited about coding and self-motivated to constantly continue learning. That being said, Coding Dojo's curriculum was excellent and I felt extremely prepared to enter the workforce.
- Onsite CodingDojo Bootcamp, Tyson Corner - VA- 11/16/2018Arif Mustofa • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Arlington • Verified via GitHub
Before I joined the program, I knew very little about pogramming but I knew the basic of creating static website using HTML, CSS. Then, I learned Coding Dojo provides onsite web programming bootcamp. At the time I joined, Python stack, MEAN stack, and Java Spring stack offered in my area. The program was very intense and comprised only 14 weeks. The students are expected to be all out since day one. I and my fellow cohorts spent 10-12 hours in the class plus extra an hour or two at home to read materials for tomorrow class. Every day we started from 9.00am with whiteboard algorithm challenge. Each students were challenged to solve the algorithm problems. I learned alot at this module, although only 1-2 hour a day. Then before lunch, instructor will give us a guide line for goal of the day including the assignments. We, then; had to complete and submit the assignments by the end of the day. We just followed the guideline provided on the website. All reading materials, video courses and assignments are online. Onsite instructors are very little in helping the students, because the program are designed to push students to be able to solve their own problem with very little help from instructors. Students are encouraged to solve the problems by searching simillar situation on google. It's normal we left the class by 9 pm everyday, sometimes I and my fellow students had to finish the assignments on weekend as well.
The stack courses are the foundation to create web app, so I had to enhance my knowledge by reading more articles on google and wathcing the related lectures on youtube or udemy. The step by step module in learning web framework programming are very clear and very good in adopting MVC practice. Overall experience, I am very satisfied with the program.
- My Journey From the Ground Up- 11/16/2018Garrett C Wasson • Graduate • Course: Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
Long story short, I had almost ZERO background on computer coding. I had no idea on terms used, the way it all worked, how to approach it, and what it would mean for my future if I were to pursue it. I had been recommended to check the school out from a friend of mine who spoke very highly of it. I ended up commiting to the online program, and now, MANY moons later, I am completed with the online courses, and am extremely excited about my future. I learned a lot about myself, the computer coding industry, and how absolutely wonderful the world of computer engineering can be. The options and powers of it are almost limitless, and knowing that I can take what I have learned and apply it to the world we live in in a very healthy and positive manner is all I could ever want AND more. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is new to the field (as I was prior to joining), or to any seasoned engineers who are looking to round themselves out on the other subjects. The instructors were all wonderful and very helpful. The courses made sense and pushed you to challenge yourself. The end result of it was inspirational.
- UI Developer- 11/15/2018Julian Auza • UI Developer • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedIn
I was a service technician at Fry's Electronics before, newly graduated CS/IT student from the Philippines.
I decided to go to Coding Dojo because a job hunt for a software developer here in the Bay Area is hard and I hardly know the stacks that are popular here, that being said Coding Dojo provided all of this.
I decided to join Coding Dojo because it'll give me good lessons on whats popular here, the algorithms/data structures that weren't thought where I came from and the good discipline to be a successful software dev.
I got out all the basics I need in the stacks I've chose, and specially improved my algorithms and data structure knowledge to the point that I am confident that I am qualified for a job here at Bay area.
I am now a Software Engineer at Facebook.
- Great support and wonderful staff- 11/14/2018Jill • Front-end Developer • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Silicon Valley • Verified via LinkedIn
I looked around at a few different bootcamps in my area, and finally settled on Coding Dojo. It sounded like it had the most varied program, and also taught you important skills like algorithms that some other bootcamps seemed to skip. They also seemed to offer the most value for money, as the fees were slightly lower than some of the other bootcamps (especially ones up in San Francisco), and they offered scholarships that contributed towards the cost of tuition which was a big bonus.
Not only that, but the staff and TAs there are also super supportive. They're friendly and approachable, and there's always someone around to chat to if you need advice. They always encourage you to think around a problem in different ways, help you to work through your code when you're stuck or debugging, and continue to provide job support and resources well after graduating the bootcamp.
- Full Stack Developer- 11/13/2018Thanh Nguyen • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
Background in finances and slowly picked up skills and tools in more technical roles. Picked up various skills and interests as I started leveraging scripting languages to process data, visualizing data with reports. After working with financial data exclusively, finally decided to take time off to attend a coding bootcamp to learn the basics of programming and development. Overall, awesome experience learning how a technical person thinks and solve problems in an ever changing technology landscape.
- Friendly staff
- Algorithms every morning, good practice to prepare for technical interviews
- Learning multiple technology stacks (Python, Java, MEAN)
- The "self sufficient developer" aspect of the curriculum can be improved upon
- Lots of "games" based projects
- Software Engineer- 11/12/2018Sammy Jamal • Software Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
I have to thank Coding Dojo for helping me get to where I am now. I left UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology and uncertainty of where I was going. Eventually I wanted to try programming and found Coding Dojo. I learned so much in my 6 month bootcamp and was able to get a ton of career guidance! I have never received a brush off even after graduating from the program and am proud to say they helped me land my first Software Engineering position with their guidance and patience. I highly recommend this bootcamp!
- You get out what you put in- 11/10/2018Jacob Barnes • Software Consultant • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Arlington • Verified via LinkedIn
Coding bootcamps in general are a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to learn how to code quickly. But that is exactly what they are, an opportunity. If you decide to invest the money then you must invest the time, the good news is that if you do invest the time, the cost of the bootcamp is very much worth it. Knowing what I know now, I would have paid double what I paid to attend the Dojo. It is normal for bootcamps to tell you that for the duration of the boot camp, usually in the 12-14 week timespan, you need to put your personal life on hold, and after having attended Coding Dojo I can tell you it is a must. I spent over 80 hours a week for 14 weeks and I got a ton out of it. Your success is very much predicated on the idea of 'full immersion'. Just like with learning a foreign language, the best way to do it is to speak only that language for a few months and all of a sudden, after a few months, you will find yourself thinking in that language, saying things and expressing ideas you didn't know you were able to. It is the same with coding. I had zero coding ability before attending the bootcamp, and for the first 10+ weeks I felt like it wasn’t ‘clicking’ and I was worried I had made a huge mistake, but all of sudden everything fell into place. That doesn’t mean that everything became easy, but I was no longer afraid of not getting it, I knew that I had the experience and tools to learn what I needed to learn with or without the help of the Coding Dojo platform.
Much of this can be done at any bootcamp, as long as you put in the effort. But with Coding Dojo there are some key differences that I was not aware of their value until after I completed the course and was working in the industry. Far and away the thing that has helped me the most is learning multiple tech stacks during the 14 weeks. During the course I started to see the value when I was able to compare and contrast between languages, frameworks etc. and it helped to solidify some of the principles and ideas which was great. Where the multiple stacks really helped was in my first job after the bootcamp. Very quickly I was able to take on tasks and learn things for my project because I had experience with it from the Dojo, and I was not intimidated because I knew that everything I had taken on up to that point I had been able to learn and implement. If I had only learned one language or framework at a bootcamp it would have been far more intimidating to me to take on aspects of the project I didn't already have experience with.
I don’t know how common it is for bootcamps to teach algorithms but I know that some do not and at the Dojo we did morning algorithms every day. It was absolutely invaluable for several reasons. For one, it teaches you general concepts that are applicable any time you are writing code and really helps to get you in the mindset for the days learning as well as continually training your brain to think a different way. Secondly, they are done in groups and that is a very under appreciated part of algos and the day to day work; learning to communicate your ideas to others as well as being able to absorb concepts from your peers. There is a stereotype of coders who sit in a dark room and get everything done by themselves… That is not likely to be you or anyone you know because is almost doesn’t exist in a professional setting. Most of my job is communicating whether it’s implementation details, reporting on errors/bugs, stand ups etc.
Another thing that the Dojo does well is to train their instructors the right way. They are there as patient (VERY patient) guides to exposed you to the material through the platform via the algorithm book, and the coding principles and assignments you do every day. Bar none, the absolute most valuable aspect of their instruction is that they allow you to fail. Coding, just like anything else, is learned mostly through failure. Sometimes you will think they are being unhelpful, but when I look back at the times I was struggling and frustrated and they wouldn’t give me more information, it was because they knew I had the pieces to solve the problem and that if I didn’t solve it on my own I wouldn’t grasp the concept. You must remember, the instructors are there for support, not to give you answers. More often than not it is far better for you to work with a peer to solve the problem, both you and your peer will learn more from this method, it oftentimes won’t feel like it in the moment, but I promise it is the best way to learn the material. Lastly, the instructors will try to help you to keep a positive attitude, but at the end of the day it is your responsibility, nothing will be a more help to you than doing whatever you need to do to stay positive especially when you are the most frustrated. Take a nap, drink some coffee, eat a snack, go for a walk… just do whatever you need to do to keep spirits high.
From day one Coding Dojo makes it clear they will not get you a job. That is your responsibility. But the career services team does well with getting you exposure to companies, getting your resume and linkedin looking great, and teaching you how to network effectively. There is a ‘career week’ at the end that is very helpful in getting you into interview mode. Also, your career services advisor is available the entire time you are at the Dojo. It is hard not to focus on the getting a job after, but while you are there you should put your head down and work on only the material and worry about getting a job after.
Lastly, life after the Dojo. Both the career services team and community managers do a great job of putting on events consistently to catch up with other alumni, network with companies and keep in touch with the community. I haven’t been able to attend as many of the events as I would like, but I get to everyone I can. I also went back to talk to the current students as an Alumni, they do this often throughout the course so that you can meet Alumni and hear their story, which is very helpful for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and keeping your spirits high while you grind through and learn as much as you can.
- A Great Investment- 11/8/2018Jaxon • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
As a recent college graduate in Mathematics, I knew I wanted a job in tech but didn't have the experience or know how to get a job so I joined Coding Dojo. I feel the curriculum really prepared me for a job as a developer. I was hired by a consulting company after the Bootcamp and during the training, I found that I knew as much if not more than most of the people there with CS degrees. Coding Dojo is a great resource and the best priced compared to other online coding bootcamps. I highly recommend this program for people with a degree that are trying to break into tech
- Eirika Sawh • Associate .NET Developer • Graduate • Course: Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time • Campus: Arlington • Verified via LinkedIn
I'm extremely skeptical when I see 5 star reviews.
That said, I really can't give Coding Dojo anything but a 5 star review. I mean, I went in with no real knowledge of web technologies and came out of it with a job as a developer!
The curriculum (Web Fundamentals -> Python -> MEAN -> Java) was fast paced, but there are copious exercises, explanations, and videos on the online platform to refer to for extra practice or clarification.
That said, if you're onsite, you should really make the most of the amazing instructors there as well. They were always extremely helpful, stayed late, had great insight, and could effectively adjust their explanation styles to meet different students' needs.
After finishing, Herman (the career advisor) provided a career readiness week which involved resume prep, interview exercises, LinkedIn, and more. Like the other instructors, he was available for further talking as well and had tons of great insight. (Not to mention he constantly handpicks jobs to email students about, sets up company and alumni events, and more.)
With all of that said, here's what you really need to know before starting:
1. You get out what you put in. It's really that simple. Coding Dojo has tons of tools, but if you don't do anything with them or you do the bare minimum, then you're doing yourself a disservice, really.
2. You don't need any prior coding experience to succeed - it helps, but I know a number of students from my own cohort who didn't know anything about coding and landed developer positions shortly after the bootcamp ended. You may have to put in more effort to achieve the same results as others, but honestly, if you aren't willing to put your all into this, then maybe an intensive bootcamp isn't the best idea anyway.
3. It's an intensive bootcamp. It doesn't beat around the bush and try to make you think otherwise - if you want the best results, you will probably be spending 8-12 hours a day working on code. I (like many others) advise against trying to juggle too many other responsibilities while being at the dojo.
4. Just because you're there all day doesn't mean it has to be a slog. Your classmates are in the same boat as you, and even if you're of different skill levels, you should try to get to know them and be friends. Not only will this help grow your professional connections for once you leave the dojo, but it just makes the whole experience much more pleasant.
5. Don't slack off during project week. I don't know how many people I saw do this. Don't be one of them. In some ways, coding is closer to painting than it is to math. Here, the instructors teach you different brush strokes and may have you paint a flower as a "belt exam" test. You now know some general techniques of painting, and during the entire week they give you to work on a personal project, you should try and see how you can apply these techniques. Maybe create a full garden of different flowers, or try and paint something entirely different! It's up to you, but just do something. I'd argue that applying your knowledge during project weeks is the most important part.
So... should you choose Coding Dojo?
If you don't have the time or can't make the commitment, then I would say no, no you should not. You will have a miserable time and won't learn much.
If you have the time to fully devote yourself to a coding bootcamp and want to learn real, practical skills and create actual projects, then yes, yes you should. If you have the drive, you'll get so much out of Coding Dojo.
- The best educational experience I’ve had- 11/6/2018Liberty Failor • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and I was impressed with the curriculum. Being able to completely focus on learning to code and not have my time divided with work and different classes was a game changer for me. I felt so productive at the dojo and it was amazing to have the help of my cohort when I got stuck. The 12 hours a day I spent there flew by because I was enjoying what I did so much. It’s a lot of work, but extremely rewarding if you’re able to put in the hours needed. I had taken a few classes previously, and that helped not feel as overwhelmed. I recommend doing as much coding and learning before you arrive as possible so it’s not as overwhelming and so you can better know if coding is for you. However, don’t put a boot camp off too long if you know it’s the right path for you because you can’t find the time to code and learn, which is what I did. Best decision I’ve ever made was to go to Coding Dojo.
- Awesome Experience- 7/30/2018Fabian Brooks • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
I am a Coding Dojo student graduate. I am orginally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am also an Army Verteran with 13 almost 14 years of service time.
I loved my experience at Coding Dojo being very green to coding. The atmosphere was awesome the instructors were awesome. I can genuinely say it was the best course or school I have been to. The conetent was great.I truly reccomend Coding Dojo for anyone wanting to improve of leran from the begining.
- Glad to have taken this course- 7/16/2018Tim Winfred • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
I worked in marketing for almost seven years before I attended Coding Dojo, and, having recently graduated, I am excited for my future. Looking back to before I started the bootcamp, I can't believe how much I have learned in such a short period of time. I now have the skills to build a website with amazing functionality, unlike anything I was ever able to do before. The language stacks I've learned include Java/Spring, Python and MEAN (although I would have liked to learn React instead of Angular).
It's only been a couple of weeks since I graduated, and I'm keeping my head up about job prospects. I'm attending a lot of networking events and working my contacts to try to find quality jobs to apply to (instead of apllying to job boards in mass quantity).
- From Teacher to Programmer in 14 Weeks- 7/11/2018Steven Torrence • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas • Verified via LinkedIn
Before I get into the review, I think it’s important that I state I had no prior programming experience before coming to Coding Dojo. I had a background in education and taught in the public-school system for 7 years before deciding to make the career switch.
I had a really good experience at Coding Dojo. It is true, you really do get what you put into it. They offer three full stacks and I feel like they really deliver on their end to teach you those technologies and provided resources but that’s only half of the equation.
So much of a person’s success is dependent on how willing they are to push themselves, make mistakes, and become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Making mistakes is HUGE, btw. If you come in with that mindset, there is no limit to what you can learn here at the Dojo and also life after graduating.
Back to the review! A typical day in the life of a boot camp student at Coding Dojo looks like this:
- 7:30-8:00am - Review assignments from yesterday and read up on today’s assignments.
- 9:00am – Algorithms/whiteboarding
- 10:00am – Group discussion over algo solutions
- 10:30am – Morning lecture followed by time to work on assignments
- 12:00pm – Lunch followed by more time to work on assignments
- 2:30pm – Afternoon lecture/Demonstration (Great chance to ask questions from the morning)
- 5:00pm – Technically the “end” of the day but most stay until 7:00 or 8:00pm to work together on assignments/projects.
There would be some days where the schedule was altered to better fit the needs of the cohort, but this was typically the structure for the day.
The instructors are FANTASTIC and were a huge resource for me while at the Dojo. They were always willing to offer assistance or provide more insight into other programming technologies. On top of that, they are good people that really have a passion for technology and sharing it with others.
The curriculum, the online platform specifically, is good. It’s nowhere near perfect and there were times I felt that new topics could have been introduced in a more logical order, but it does provide a good foundation for you to build from. Fortunately, they are frequently updating it and making changes.
To summarize, I don’t think I would have been able to learn as much as I did on my own in 14 weeks. Having other people to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with has proven invaluable and I feel has really set me up to be successful in my new profession.
- Recent Graduate- 7/10/2018Anonymous • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
The Coding Dojo is a bootcamp that truly believes in making a positive impact in the lives of its students. Coding Dojo is one of the few boot camps that have decided to teach its on-site students three full stacks. While some people may believe that this causes a too broad overview and does not have enough content have not gone trhough the program. During my time there I learned all that I could about the three stacks and have a deep understanding and can appreciate the subtle differences between the stacks. Each of the stacks that are covered have well over 40 individual assignments to be completed and then at the end of three weeks you have an exam that cover all of the information that you have learned. That final week of each stack is devoted to students creating a project in that stack that they just learned. This is done so that students can walk out of the course not only with knowledge but also three projects that the can then showcase to potential employers. Before coming to the Dojo I went through a university program and got a BS in computer science but was left with a feeling of what next because they only covered the basics and did not go far enough to make their students employable. Coding Dojo is very much different in that respect in that you can walk out of the program and be market ready. I will not lie its a difficult program from the time commitment to the concepts but if you put the effort forward you will great benefits from the program.
One of the most important aspects of a good bootcamp is to have quality teachers. I can honestly say that Coding Dojo has some of the best teachers that I have come across in a long time. Not only are they knowledgable in the different stacks but they actually care and want to see each of the students succeed. Its this caring attitude and commitment to the students that really put them above many others. Another "teacher" of sorts is the career services individual for the boot camp. Her job is to make sure that each student after they have completed the stacks is them ready and prepared to take their new skills to market. She makes sure that students understand and can produce resumes, cover letters, introduction letters, negotiation tactics, a stellar linkedin and other such important things. This was one of the first times that I have gone through something like this and it really does put your mind at ease and give you a direction that you need to follow in order to land that first job.
I really can not say enough good things about the program and I look forward to poutting my new skills to work doing something that I love.
- My Experience- 5/30/2018Vickie • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
To start, I will say that no matter which coding bootcamp you take, it will not be easy finding a job (unless the boot camp offers placement post grad). When I was looking at coding boot camps, it seemed like it would be "easier" to get a job because you will have a lot more projects than a regular grad student. This is not true. Yes, it will be nice to have projects but that does not give you an upper hand. However, even though it will be difficult and a struggle, it is not impossible. Additionally, for your first job, it will most likely not be the high salary job you're expecting, unless you have prior experience. In search for my first job I applied to everything including non paying internships just so I can get the experience.
The curriculum in general is decent, there are endless things to know about developing but they do a pretty good job of covering enough that you will at least be familiar with most basic topics. If you really work hard and stay focused, you will learn a lot by the end of the boot camp. You will be able to create things you never knew you could and it will feel great. One suggestion I would make is to really pay attention to how and why things work. I focused so much on making things work that I wasn't very good at explaining it at the end.
As far as the job assistance goes, I don't have the best experience because when I started the person in that role quit and I didn't get the full benefit of what they could offer. Someone started right after I finished just in time for my career services week and was it was helpful, but there is only one person for many students, so its still not as involved as you may want. Their career service is good for advice on your resume, salary negotiation, and general advice for looking for a job. Just like anything else, you get more use out of it if you continue to reach out and keep in touch.
Another good thing about Coding Dojo is that they continue to support you as much as possible after you're done. If you need help and they have some free time, the instructors seem to be very open to helping you. I personally have received help from instructors months after I graduated and I really appreciated it. Not sure if other boot camps are like this but its definitely a pro.Most importantly... do not do this if you're not going to give it 110%. I took a big risk in my life to make this career change and I made sure I didn't slack off. There were a few people who didn't take the extra time to work and study and it showed. A lot of students in my cohort dropped out because they got so behind. Don't waste your time/money if you're not going to give it everything you got.Additionally - you HAVE to be self-sufficient. A con about Coding Dojo is that they now have large groups for one teacher. It got a little better by the time I was in my third stack but in the beginning it was tough to get help when there were so many students for one instructor.
- Brilliant, compassionate, rigorous- 5/22/2018Nicci Abueg • student • Student • Course: Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHub
Want to be a developer? Want to code? Love learning and challenges? Not sure about algorithms? What if you have kids, job(s), outside commitments? How do you do a full bootcamp at 70 hours a week in-person? I don't know! I do know that Coding Dojo Online Bootcamp has supported this mom, to three young special needs kids, while living abroad, like family, to meet my goals of learning (how to write code, algorithms, Python, MEAN) and I've seen them support and challenge and work with so many other students with a wide background of education. They all truly believe you can code and YOU can! YOU will! All the staff, instructors, career services, fellow students, and teaching assistants are super sharp people with a heart of wanting to see their student be successful.
Coding Dojo has a FREE platform to do algorithms, critical to development, to support new folks... get passionate, get on and do them before you get into a program (http://algorithm.codingdojo.com/). When you finish this, sign up for the new FREE algorithms class online (http://www.codingdojo.com/academy/algorithms-i) and meet and learn from teachers and current and past students. I don't know any other program that offers so much free support. Whatever time and energy you have to pour into learning... it will be matched by other students, teachers, TA's.
Maybe you're wondering...
- how do I manage my time - I spend every morning and evening online coding or doing algo's... I use the messaging system they have to get questions answered most hours or collorbarate with students and share code and algorithms.
- how much time do I have to put in to be successful? - This will depend on how much "distraction free" time you get. If I were you, I would get started on algo's ASAP and then ask all the time for help when you get really stuck. Get ahead by looking at the previous sessions video's to know what you're going to be taught for the upcoming lecture. Doing this allowed me to ask in live lecture about concepts being taught that were unclear to me during the previous sessions recorded lectures. I also spend a lot of time on algorithms.
- but aren't algorithms optional? NO. Yes, but no. I used to hate algorithms and fear them but no more. Dive in and you'll be met with really passionate teachers and TAs who will help you master these and rock your interviews!
- Career Services has options for folks in the online bootcamps through Zoom and I've gotten to hear from other graduates in industry and do a resume writing workshop. I have chatted several times with career services, they're great and send out jobs frequently to graduates to consider.
- Not getting the help you need. Email your teacher or admin and tell them what you need. I have no doubt you'll be met with compassion and your team will work with you.
- Cold. Hard. Truth.- 4/29/2018Andre • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas • Verified via GitHub
If you're deciding on whether or not to attend Coding Dojo, I would ask myself these questions.
How long have you prepared for this?
Will you be able to show up everyday, no exceptions?
Do you have realistic expectations?
How long have you prepared for this: If you want to achieve your highest potential for success, do not decide you want to learn how to code, and then sign up for a bootcamp 2-3 weeks later. You need to prepare. You need to utilize as much online learning as you can, until you feel confident enough in your skills. Coding Dojo is an intense program, and falling behind typically leaves you behind the entire course. That's a place you don't want to be. Prepare for atleast 6 months before you sign up, that way when you get there, you can work from ahead and even complete the optional assignments. This will give you the most bang for your buck because already understanding the fundamentals allows you to better comprehend the coursework, as well as learn more advanced topics that other in your cohort won't have time for!
Will you be able to show up everyday, no exceptions: If you're unprepared and you miss class you've wasted your money. Even if you limp all the way through the program, you won't have gained enough of an understanding of the material to be competitive in the job market.
Do you have realistic expectations: Bootcamps do a good job at advertising. 14 weeks gets your 70k with a 99% job guarantee, except for that fact that they don't get you a job, lol. You have to do that yourself, and honestly right now bootcamps don't have that great of a reputation in the job market. Put yourself up against graduates with CS Master degrees, and Bachelors degrees which will be most of your competition. Your foundational knowledge that you gained at the bootcamp usually won't match up. I'm not saying don't look for a job, and i'm not saying you can't find one. Some people from my cohort already have jobs and we've been out about 3 weeks. I'm saying your expectations should be to learn, to learn how to keep learning, and to build. And if after all of that a job happens, take it as a bonus.
Coding Dojo has been the best decision i've made in life to this point. It's not perfect. There are things that can be a lot better. They need more instructors. Some of the learning platform can be confusing. I wish they taught Java or PHP instead of Ruby. It definitely is a cash grab, but that's not to say that it's not worth it. If you ask yourself those three questions above, and then make the right action according to each one, you'll come out of the Dojo with a good understanding of how to code, some cool projects under your belt, the ability to keep learning(they even open up extra platforms when you graduate), a certification from the state that says you know what you're doing, a guide on how to jump into the job market(career week), and a real sense of accomplishment. I haven't looked for a job but I have already made money working on contracts. It's a skill that you'll start off not having and end up having. Take it serious, and it will benefit you. Highly recommend the Dojo. What up Matt!
- Career Path Change in 14 Weeks- 4/18/2018Justin Quiros • Co-Founder • Graduate • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Dallas • Verified via LinkedIn
I stepped foot into the Dojo with several years of non-tech working experience, some very basic understanding of HTML/CSS. I stepped out of the Dojo 14 weeks later with a solid understanding of Python, Ruby on Rails, Python, and much more (frameworks, libraries, servers, working within a terminal, etc), but most importantly, I left the Dojo with the ability to pick up just about any language or framework tossed at me if given the opportunity.
I can honestly say I would have not been able pick up on the technologies I have mentioned above, within a 14 week span if it was not for Coding Dojo. Period. With that being said, I will reiterate what some of the folks here have already mentioned...
This is absolutely, 100%, a program that you get out what you put in. If you want to exit the Dojo with any type of traction in regards to landing a job as a developer within the first few months after graduation, you will have to work hard/long hours, weekends, and whatever else it takes for you to understand the concepts that are being taught. It will be challenging, you will get frustrated, you will contemplate why you signed up for this; but I can assure you you will meet some like minded folks that will be there right there by your side, you will share aha! moments, you will learn from prior mistakes, you will become better by the day, and ultimately you will become a self sufficient developer.
Along with the above I will leave you with this. The program is not perfect, nor should anyone expect it to be. There is always room for improvement, and I have personally witnessed the continuous improvement over the months. Whether it be additional content on the learning platform, layout of the facility, implementing career service activities throughout the course of your boot camp, etc. This will only get better and I am actually kind of jealous now that I think about it.
I would definitely recommend Coding Dojo. I am grateful for the program, the instructors, and the cohort members that took the journey alongside me.
- No prior experience turned developer- 4/13/2018Tiannia Romero • Student • Course: Web Development • Campus: Seattle • Verified via LinkedIn
I came into coding dojo with no programming experience. I was a university student who just wanted to learn how to code in python, and I didn't even know if I would like coding. However, Coding Dojo made me fall in love completely with programming and the skills I learned have opened me up to opportunities that most university students are unable to participate in. Coding Dojo is not easy. It will require long days (like 12-16 hour days) and a lot of effort to learn everything. They also intentionally leave some things out of the instruction to force you to learn how to learn on your own (like you will in the real world), they say that they don't just train you to become a programmer, they train you to be self sufficient. So basically, you'll get what you put in.
The instructors are phenomenal and relatable, probably because some of them are previous students and have been through the rigourous course. While no one is forcing you to come into the dojo, watching my cohort push through tough assignments and working together really motivated me to perform at my best.One of the best features about attending a onsite bootcamp is the help and support you get from your cohort. You push and pull each other all the way through. Which I loved and was used to from my prior military service, it was almost like having a battle buddy. They are basically the only reputable coding school that takes the GI Bill, and they know how to migrate through VA benefits, which means less stress on you.
You really get exposed to a good cross section of web development however, I cannot understate the time commitment that is expected. The pace was grueling, but I somehow found myself waking up every morning re-energized and excited to learn new things and interact with my classmates and the instructors who are genuine and actually fun to be around. Soon, I will be graduating and will have learned three full stacks, developed the ability to self-learn new languages, and made life-long friends.
I defenitly would reccomend Coding Dojo to anyone that would like to dive into the programming world, it might be rough getting used to the different learning structure but it is defenitly worth it.
- Coding Dojo is a "money grab"- 4/3/2018Freddy • Student • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Chicago • Verified via GitHub
- My experience at Coding Dojo Burbank- 3/27/2018Chris • Front End • Student • Course: Onsite Bootcamp • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via GitHub
It's difficult to write a review Coding Dojo without also reviewing Coding Bootcamps in general. So I will try include both my "review" of Bootcamps in general and then also my review of Coding Dojo relative to other Bootcamp options.
Bootcamps in general:
One piece of advice I feel morally obligated to include as a warning to anyone looking at Bootcamps: do not assume that once you finish the Bootcamp employers will lining up begging to hire you. In fact, expect the exact opposite. Once you complete the Bootcamp you are going to have to scratch, claw, and fight your way to an entry level position. So as I write this review, I just want anyone considering Coding Dojo or Bootcamps in general to be completely sober and realistic about what this is going to be. Throughout the Bootcamp you are going to work harder then you’ve ever worked before. Your brain is going to absorbing and learning enormous amounts of new information. You will be frustrated at times as you spend long long hours looking in front of a glowing computer screen. Then once you finish you will have at the incredibly sense of accomplishment, but at the same time that sense of accomplishment will be mixed with a feeling of: “oh crap now I actually gotta convince someone to hire me.” And it will be DIFFICULT for every 100 resumes you send out you’ll get like maybe 1 response. My advice is that you are going to have to aim LOW. Junior level, intern, total entry level, hell you might have to consider unpaid internship because I’m telling you it is not easy to get someone to hire you a brand as new Bootcamp grad with no formal professional experience. That first job is going to be HARD to get, but the major value in the first job won’t be the pay it will be experience that your gaining.
Still interested? If so, here’s pros and cons of Coding Dojo specifically:
I think one of the main benefits that Coding Dojo offers is that it is one of the cheaper options out there (no small thing). I know a lot of other Bootcamps that were much more expensive. Other than price, one of the unique things about Coding Dojo is that they take you through 3 stacks. By far, this is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Coding Dojo compared to other Bootcamps. And there are benefits and drawbacks to this. The benefits are that you have a wider range of skills. This makes you eligible for a wider range of jobs. You don’t have to limit your search to purely one stack. The drawback is that while you have a wider range of stacks to draw from you haven’t had as much time in each one. In some ways you might feel like your just starting to get the hang of something (say Angular) and then boom time to move on to the next stack! So your skills will be wider, but that might mean that they’ll be a little more shallow as well. Towards the end you may want to start specializing and focuzing on getting good at that one thig, The other benefit about the Dojo is that they don’t kick you out the door the minute your done. They have solid career services and let you do a Residency program after your done. This can be helpful. Other than that, Dojo is as good as any program it's really about what you put into it. What you put in is what your get out.