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Coding Dojo

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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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  • Gap Year Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Spend 6 months of your gap year with Coding Dojo and become a self-sufficient software developer with hands-on programming experience though 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 are not sure what career they want to focus on, this Gap Year bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, learn 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java, and gain valuable skills for a career in tech. Personal Growth Discover who you are as a person and what you want to do in life Boost your motivation for further academic pursuit Become more mature, independent and self-aware about your strengths and weaknesses Career Ready Mindset Build important soft skills to enhance your academic performance in college Find the right fit major and career path based on your self-discovery Gap year graduates report that their gap year had significantly added to their employability Gap Year Curriculum Full stack Development Program - 14 weeks of immersive Web Development program (HTML/CSS/Javascript), Python, MEAN, Ruby, C#/.Net. Career Services - 2 weeks of career readiness workshops (resume, cover letter, networking, Linkedin profile) Project Based Internship - 4 Weeks of project based internship to build your own portfolio (weekly check-in with a mentor) Explore A New City The Gap Year Program is available at all of our campuses. Explore living in a new city while developing your tech skills. 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.
    Financing
    Deposit$1,000
    Financing
    Financing: 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 / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 are available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,995
    Class size40
    LocationOnline, Dallas
    Our 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!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, Python, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,995
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    Our 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!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    CostN/A
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Our 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.
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipUp to $4,000 in scholarships available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

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  • Anonymous • Student
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    Just stay away from this bootcamp, there are money maker factory is true ! Just i dnt want to someone to come this bootcamp and pay 12K for this tr..sh curriculum and teachers !

    Not Suggesting !!!

     

     

  • Anonymous • NOTHING • Student
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    This is not a program that will foster a solid learning experience. Please save your money, study and apply to a more legitimate program e.g hack reactor or dev boot camp. I went through this program and can describe the experience as a factory. A MONEY MAKING FACTORY. THESE PEOPLE DONT CARE IF YOU LEARN OR NOT .... THEY CARE ABOUT TAKING YOUR 12 GRAND!!!!!!. AVOID CODING DOJO... YOU CAN LEARN THE SAME AMOUNT GOING THROUGH AN  ONLINE TUTORIAL (~$100 DOLLARS) INSTEAD OF INVESTING 12 K INTO THIS BS. SAVE YOUR MONEY PLEASE!!!!!!!)

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    Platform needs serious reworking. Laden with errors. Many online resources are the source for their material, however in the process they introduce errors, both grammatical and more importantly, code related (This isn't done as part of the learning, just sloppy proofreading and editing). This made it VERY difficult to learn, as you can imagine what learning incorrect info does for one's frustration level. Spent several weekends trying to get assignments to work, only to find on Monday that we never could get it to work, as the material had serious errors in it. In the end, most everything I learned properly came from other sources on the web. They really need to clean the curriculum up, as I certainly didn't get my money's worth. I would recommend using free or relatively inexpensive online services before even considering these courses. That being said, the instructors are great. No complaints about them. Just the actual material we are supposed to be studying.

  • Michael T. • Solutions Consultant - Web Developer • Graduate
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    This school made a major impact on my career and I couldn't be more happy with the experience. If you're on the fence about going here- definitely go to an open house and get a sense of what it's like.

    The first half of the bootcamp was a lot of intensive learning, but the instructors were very helpful in a strategic way. After understanding the LAMP stack and how MVC frameworks work, picking up the MEAN stack was definitely easier. I studied JavaScript for ~8 months before the bootcamp, but learning from the instructors was a totally different experience. Jay, an instructor, was very passionate and excited when explaining how the mean stack passes data, sockets, and the benefits of using JavaScript across the stack. 

    The learning platform has been iterated over and over and have many great exercises to learn concepts. If you attend, I highly encourage going to sports days. Ping pong and hanging out is inevitable. This bootcamp will be a lot of hard work and long hours but I promise it'll be fun and rewarding. 

  • Jun Kim • Web Developer • Graduate
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    First of all, I really appreciate that Coding Dojo helped me a lot to gain new technology skill sets and expand my knowledge of web technology. I had worked as a front end developer before the bootcamp, and personally I enjoy learning new technology. Sometimes it is hard to gain a new skill set from self-studies. I usually study new tech by myself from books or Internet resources, it is difficult, however, to know what is practical ways or how efficiently you perceive and acknowledge the skills. The platform of the bootcamp was a good guideline for me and all instructors at the school were my mentors to guide me to correct ways. For example, I studied a lot of algorithm and data structure issues when I was at college, but some methods of algorithms and data structures had confused me. After the bootcamp, I had solid understanding of both issues such as sorting algorithms, binary tree, linked-list and so on. Those are practical and basic algorithms and data structures in cs field. It is good to know to explain them in job interviews.(Thanks to Andrew.)

    The Coding Dojo also offered me a good opportunity to work with their client who want to build an own web application from scratch. I worked on one portion of the project which is to make wireframes, high fidelity mockups and a clickable prototype. Through this project, I learned agile process that are to manage a project cycles. This was a really good experience to expose myself to the real client and practical to put this experience on my resume.
     
    I have seen that some people complained their job assistance for their students. The Coding Dojo community is growing bigger and bigger, the school has been trying their best. I believe this issue will be better off. A good example is Hackathon with Uber. They held Hackathon with Uber last week on San Jose campus. Many students and alumni participated in this event. This would be a really practical experience for the participants and their resume. I believe the school bring more events for their students such as job fairs, hackathons and so on  in the future, so that the students can have direct connections with companies' people and it can be easy to knock the door if they have this kinds of networks.
     
    I would like to say if you are eager to learn new web skills and want to meet awesome instructors, I definitely recommend the Coding Dojo is a right place you start.
     
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  • Alpana • Graduate
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    CodingDojo was a great experience for me. If you have the drive to learn something new and exciting and are committed to putting 110% effort, CodingDojo will make you a self-sufficient programmer. CodingDojo is not about  just  teaching  how to program,  but also how to solve your own problem and learn/absorb new ideas. Instructors were great. They did their best to make sure that students really learn the concept. I was really amazed by the fact that quite few participants,  without any Computer Science background,  had actually excelled in the program.

    When I decided to joined this place, even I was not convinced  that I can learn 3 full stacks in three months. But, CodingDojo has done it. I have learned 3 full-stacks and all the credit goes to Micheal Choi and his great band of CodingDojo instructors and teaching assistants. They were available, almost round the clock to answer my queries and explain the finer concepts,  many times over. They also provided services of a professional recruiter to help with my resume.  Micheal Choi, the owner, is a great individual, who has a great passion for teaching. Some of his ideas for explaining difficult concepts are really innovative. He really encourage and motivates people to learn. All in all, CodingDojo is a great place to be and three months spent here has the potential to change the course of your life.

  • Jeff • Python/Django Developer • Graduate
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    I was skeptical of Coding Dojo's program as it touts instruction in three stacks instead of focusing on one like most other boot camps. But after having completed the coursework at the Dojo and working as a programmer for a couple of months now, I would be remiss to not give Coding Dojo credit where credit's due. The Dojo made me a believer.

    The important thing to know about the Dojo is that if you are going into it without any knowledge, experience, or interest in computers, it will be tough. The Dojo provides tons of prep work before beginning the official boot camp, and this stuff is especially important to master before you begin if you're really green.

    That being said, The Dojo does a wonderful job of not just teaching the 3 stacks, but also providing great introductory computer science information.

    The course moves FAST. As others have said, as soon as you feel like you have a firm grasp on a concept, you'll either be using that concept to do something new or switching gears. But because the groundwork is laid out quite well, it becomes easier and easier to pick up new languages and framworks. And that is, I think, the crux of what makes Coding Dojo work - You learn how to ask the right questions (to your classmates, to your instructors, and to the internet), and you learn how to figure things out quickly for yourself.

    For some, this style may not be the best. You are often left to your own devices with video and text instruction, but if you absolutely positively cannot make something happen, you have a room full of classmates and instructors who are there to help you. Some might prefer a more traditional classroom lecture environment (and there are plenty of lectures at the Dojo, but they are certainly not emphasized as much as trying things out for yourself). And it could certainly be said that one could save the money and find resources online to teach yourself.

    But Coding Dojo provides an environment of collaborative learning and support and a shared spirit of grinding through it together which is invaluable when trying to learn so much so quickly. And at the end of it all, you'll finally get to come up for air and realize you're now a programmer! And if you run into something you don't know how to do, you'll feel like you know how to figure it out.

    And as I've learned after programming professionally for a couple of months, that's pretty much all there is to being a good one!

  • Michael Dedina • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I have an MS in Computer Science and I've been working as a software engineer for 30 years. But my work had mostly been focused in a specific area, and I wanted to learn more about web-oriented technologies. So I took the 3 month course at CodingDojo. 


    Although bootcamps are generally regarded as a way for non-programmers to learn web development, I think CodingDojo is a great solution for experienced programmers as well, who want to come up to speed quickly on the open-source web development technologies that are widely used in the industry today. At CodingDojo there is heavy emphasis on the practical knowledge that is needed to write and debug web apps quickly, with lighter coverage of the basic computer science topics with which I was already familiar (i.e. algorithms and data structures).


    If you have no programming experience at all I would advise you to learn introductory-level programming skills before starting at CodingDojo. However I have seen some exceptionally bright students with no previous programming experience succeed. 


    Before enrolling I considered learning web development on my own, and of course its theoretically possible to do so using freely-available online resources. But I think you would have to be an exceptional person to be successful on your own. CodingDojo provides direction (i.e. 'what should I study?'), structure (assignments with due dates and tests), and live instruction where you can ask questions. 


    Most importantly it provides a social environment in which you work with your fellow students, helping them and learning from them, just as you would in a real work environment. Compared to when I first started in this field, software development is now more of a group activity. Although you do have to be able to sit alone in your office and crank out code when you need to, you also need to be able to collaborate extensively with co-workers and customers. CodingDojo lets you practice these important collaboration skills. I guarantee you will learn some things about yourself that you didn't expect.


    CodingDojo founder Michael Choi was my cohort's primary instructor for the first 6 weeks. He's an entertaining and effective instructor with a knack for making the material interesting, and cutting through to the most essential concepts. He often teaches by using "demos", in which he quickly writes a complete web app from scratch. I advise you to watch these demos closely. You can learn a lot from watching a skilled programmer work, but in the real world you might not get the opportunity very often. These opportunities are gold so don't let them slip by.

    All in all CodingDojo was a rewarding experience for me and I'm glad I enrolled.

  • Evan • Graduate
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        The Coding Dojo experience has been everything I hoped it would be and more. I had a background in laboratory research and wanted to make a career switch into the technology industry. I came into the bootcamp with basic computer science skills, I had built a website but really only had basic html and css skills. 
        I knew that the bootcamp was going to be a lot of hard work but I was more than willing to put in the hours. They preach “strength through struggle” here at the Dojo and I truly believe that is the only way to learn this material. If you just want the answers and are not willing to work to discover them yourself you won’t enjoy the process and more importantly you won’t grow as a developer. But if you have a passion for computer science and are willing to work hard than you can learn more in three months here than you ever would in a typical college computer science program. The instructors here are very talented, and some are experts in specific areas so if you know you want to focus on iOS apps theres a guy for that, or say you struggle with cloud services, theres a guy for that. I came into the bootcamp with a specific project idea that I wanted to develop and I think its great way to help accelerate the learning process here. I found that putting in extra hours on my own project idea was far less painful than constantly working on assignments, even though the assignments here are interesting and crucial to the learning process. My skills improved so rapidly that every couple weeks I was creating new features for my project that I would have never thought were possible if the bootcamp didn’t expose them to me. At the end of the bootcamp I had a polished site that I built from scratch and deployed in the cloud. I have a been able to put together an impressive portfolio with the projects I have completed during my time in the camp, and it’s translating into great opportunities for me here in the bay area. Next week I have a meeting with a Data Scientist at FaceBook and I have recruiters contacting me all the time. 
        So if your really willing to put in the hours and not cheat yourself the Dojo experience is proven. 

  • David Sanchez • Software Engineer - Test
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    I also studied a lot on my own before, had lots of previous industry experience but was having trouble with interviews and with prospecitve employers feeling confident in my ability to be productive with current technologies.  The bootcamp seemed to clear that right up.  Intensive work days made sure I was not 'stale' with my experience was fit for the rat race that is Silicon Valley.  I was amazed that some folks could start from scratch and make it through but I'm on the older side.

    I know its expensive and the job market has adjusted to these 'bootcamps.'  It still offers a great way to learn a lot and get a feel for how the job market works.  "If you put the hours in"  I would think you will get not only a good job but a good career.

    Google hired me early in the bootcamp since combined with my previous experience, they knew I could fit in and contribute.  If you lack experience you can st

  • Edwin • Technical Analyst • Graduate
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    going to coding dojo's bootcamp is one of my great investment for my future.  Have been wanting to take up web development for years now and they made it available in just a few weeks. It was hard for me to find time since my job schedule varies from 9-5 to 9-end-of-work-next-day.with some weekend work as well.

    The instructors was great and they do their best to make sure that the students learn. and since this is a bootcamp, it is a fast-paced school that requires a lot of advance reading, learning and research. I also saw others prosper and excell in learning even without a background in IT.

    They also have assistance on how to prepare your resume. A one-on-one with a consultant on how to prepare resume and portfolio. Their residency program allows the alumnis to continue enhancing their learning and preparing their portfolios.

    This is a truly great experience and school.

  • Joshua Huang • Web and iOS developer • Graduate
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    Coding Dojo was one of the best investments that I had ever made. I come from a marketing background and was looking for a career switch into web development. After finding out about coding bootcamps and doing some reaserch, I found Coding Dojo to be the perfect fit for me, especially as a person coming from no background in computer science.

    The Coding Dojo experience is a three month intense journey to becoming a web developer that is both extremly challenging and rewarding. The motto here is "Strength through struggle." Like all things in life, you reap what you sow. If you stick to the program and put in the long hours practicing and working on the material, you will definatly learn a lot and become a self sufficient programmer. I was skeptical of the program at first, but am not a true believer. During the program, I earned my black belt, and since completing the program a couple of weeks ago, Ive launched my first iPhone and Apple Watch app in the app store, and was part of a group that placed first at a UBER hackathon. 

    The staff here at coding dojo are extemely helpful and friendly, and the environment is designed for learning. The facities are open 24/7...literallly 24/7, and you have access to resdient TA's and Instructors during the day, and remote TA's during off hours. The learning platform is extremely well done, and allows students to learn or review the material at their own pace. 

    After graduating from the program, the founder offers a residence program that you can apply to for those that are looking for a career switch. During the program, each student is assigned to a instructor to mentor them in building their portfolio, working on their resume, going through algorithms (one hour a day in the afternoon), and hunting for jobs. In exchange, residents take turn teaching algorithms to current students in the morning and TA'ing duties once a week to help them reinforce the concepts they learned during the bootcamp. 

    I highly recommend this program to anybody looking to make a career switch. Its a lot of hard work, but its totally worth it in the end.

  • Career Changer
    - 6/4/2015
    Charles • Graduate
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    I came into the Dojo with zero experience in coding. I have tinkered with hardware in the past but nothing formal. The education platform is game changing. I absorbed so much data and so many skills in a short time. And they don't just teach coding they teach you how to learn to code on your own. Yes, we learned 3 full stacks and since graduation I picked up another language on my own and am working on another now. I couldnt have done that just a few months ago. Deciding to change careers and join the Dojo was one of the best choices I've made.
  • Hristo V. • Web Developer • Graduate
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    Coding Dojo has been the most uplifting, empowering, and educational experience in my life. If you are ready for a wake up call and a healthy challenge you need to do this. It is a boot camp, so be ready to struggle, lose sleep, and feel like a god when your code works.

    Don’t worry, you will not be alone, and you are in good hands. “Strength Through Struggle” is the motto here.

    I cannot say enough good things about the staff and instructors here. They have all been through the boot camp themselves and will help you when you are ready to throw your laptop against the wall. This challenging environment is a catalyst for knowledge, innovation, and success. The moment you feel comfortable with one technology you will be learning the next one.

    Coding Dojo has created an amazing community. Be ready to meet very intelligent people of diverse ages and backgrounds that are just as hungry for success as you are. By the end of the boot camp you will have a great network of professionals, friends, and perhaps a few enemies ☺.

    If there is one piece of advice I can give, I would say enjoy the process. It is truly amazing to see yourself and your peers grow at such a rapid pace. It will pay off I promise.

  • Sara • Back-End Developer • Graduate
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    So I'll keep this short and sweet, since I should actually be working (lol). Also, I don't write reviews. I've written less reviews than I can count on my fingers. 

    I graduated early 2015. I am employed at a start-up where they pay me to code. I am technically a back-end developer but they throw me on front-end projects when needed. I can confidently say, for the first time, that I love what I do.

    Developing is hard work, don't let anyone let you question that.  Getting through the Dojo was hard work. Job searching was hard work. Continuing to learn new frameworks and libraries gets easier, but is still a pain in the. But leaving my job, Boston, and going to Coding Dojo was also one of those experiences that I look back as a turning point in my life. I seriously went all-in and carved out a new career path. Sometimes you have to take risks to make changes like this happen. 

  • DON'T DO IT
    - 5/26/2015
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    If you are looking for a way to learn that is taught through  videos , with no real help from anyone with real experience then this is the place for you. The reason they are ablel to keep their numbers up in the high nineties for employment is because they hire their former students as "residents" and then play favorites to who of those gets actually "apprenticeship pay". If you're not one of the  upper tier students, you can forget about being treated with dignity. I fortunately was not one of the slower students but I watched as they were given the cold shoulder, eyes rolled when they asked questionl.  One of my fellow cohort members who was pair programming iwth me asked the owner of the school, if he thought everyone would get a job, the owner madea sarcastic quip and a less than positive comment towards those students. This was odd, since it went against everything that they kept saying they were for.l was shocked because the less than flattering quip was said not so quietly and in the main computer area.  Once, they have socked you away in your pigeon hole, you can expect to be the last on the list when you have a question. One girl, kept asking for help from the instructor and never received any, since the instructor would ignore her to continue to chat with my tablemates.

    They foster this us vs. them mentality and drive a wedge between the two groups with a few of us being able to stradlle both  worlds.

    I am able to learn from videos , but i could have spent ten grand on a nice bigscreen and sound system and paid a small amount monthly for something like treehouse and done the same.

    Job assistance is non existent. 

    I received two black belts and a red belt. The requiremtnes for them to assist us they said. I was never contacted and when I asked they responded with a tutorial on this stuff

    Response From: Katie of Coding Dojo
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    Wednesday, Apr 13 2016
    Thank you for expressing your frustrations so candidly. Your input and the feedback from our past alumni is extremely important to us and we always want to surpass expectations, so we’re sorry your experience fell short.Due to our obsession with constantly improving our student experience, many, if not all, of the frustrations you mentioned have been remedied within the last 2 years. For example, our onsite students are physically in class, learning directly from teachers and working with their peers, for 8-10 hours per day. It's about as hands on as anyone can stomach! We do still provide videos as this allows students to explore even deeper into topics of their interest, but the in-person teaching is where we find success. While we occasionally hire students, the total number has been roughly 1% of our graduates, meanwhile, in 2015, 92% of our graduates found jobs in less than 3 months at companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Google, etc.

    We wish you the best in your career. Having 2 Dojo black belts proves you are sharp and very capable! If you would like additional help from our career services, who are very good at what they do, please contact us and we will be happy to dive back in with you, and of course we'd provide this to you for free. :)
  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I came in to Coding Dojo with a background in finance. I was very young in my career (1 year into the workforce) when I already realized this wasn't going to cut it for me. Having very little experience in coding (Code Academy, Treehouse), I knew I had a lot to prove to everyone and myself. This would be my mantra throughout the Dojo and is what probably got me through the tough times; trust me, there will be a lot.

    The curriculum is solid in terms of the progression that it takes you. You constantly build on top of what you did. The next step is always a challenge, but if you did things right on the previous one, you won't be lost for long before you figure out how to solve the next one. Some of the exercises will repeat albeit in another language. At first, I was a bit skeptical of this. Why are we doing the same things again?! Now that I'm working, it helps me tackle new libraries or frameworks because I always have a base to start off with. Most people like to do the classic to-do list app, but beyond that I have a few simple apps I can always fall back on if I want to learn something new. There is always something new to learn in tech and Coding Dojo trains you to adapt quickly. One thing that was a bit lacking in the curriculum was linux commands and deployment. I think there was a course on it, but it wasn't very effective. The topic itself wasn't hard to learn but having practice in this part of the process is critical.

    The environment at Coding Dojo is super chill. Michael Choi really wants to make it a very open and comfortable environment for everyone. Participate in sports days even if you suck in sports. Do stuff with your cohort, it becomes easier to ask for help if you're cool with each other. If you're applying for the summer, play sports everyday! Thats what some of us did and it really did wonders for us. Bottom line, get to know your team and don't forget to do things outside of coding!

    I was able to find a job less than a month after finishing. The hiring network was just starting to pick up when I was there so I can't comment on that. I will say that the team behind recruiting and marketing have been working diligently to push Coding Dojo to the next level. I was right beside them everyday so I know.

    Always be out there to prove yourself. You are not entitled to anything, you have to earn it. Coding Dojo is only the beginning; it will jump start your career, but there is still so much to learn. Never give up! There will come a time when you want to quit, but keep fighting!

  • Ahmed Khan • Web Developer • Graduate
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    If that got your attention, then keep reading.

    I had been a Web Developer working with HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL for sometime including server maintenance and everything in between. I wanted to get a solid foundation on OOP or Object Oriented Programming, and wanted to learn the most important stuff to be able to get up and running as quickly as possible. This is where Coding Dojo came into play. I had found that going to google and searching for tutorials were not working for me. With my busy work schedule (yes, I was still working full time as a developer), I had wasted a lot of effort and time trying to learn using this method.

    After doing extensive research for online programming bootcamps, I found Coding Dojo was the only place that offered LAMP Stack in their program. Most bootcamps concentrated either just on MEAN Stack or Ruby on Rails, but my goals and the jobs within my region were mostly PHP/MySQL based and it was a no brainer to select Coding Dojo. In addition to LAMP Stack, they also offered MEAN as well as Ruby on Rails which was a bonus.

    It’s no joke investing a significant amount of money in an online program, and you tend to rethink your decision. All that fear was laid to rest once the courses started. I found their courses were geared in a way that instructed students to the most important and useful information. All guess work on whether a topic was important or not was basically eliminated. The instructors also consult on real world projects in addition to teaching the students which meant that I was receiving relevant and current information including the latest industry standards.

    Even the learning platform, payment systems, helpdesk systems are all built in-house by the very instructors that are teaching the course which increases the confidence that you are learning from the best. They had live support instructors online ready to help when working on assignments as well. The course work included written instructions, video instructions, quizzes and assignments. We also had weekly cohort group meetings in addition to one on one instructor reviews.

    The instructor for my cohort was John Supsupin who went above and beyond to help everyone in the program. I have learned so much and wish to thank him for all the knowledge he has provided. Even after the official bootcamp ended, he offered help as and when needed which says a lot about the instructor as well as the bootcamp itself. They really want you to succeed. Couple of my cohorts are already in the coding dojo bootcamp finishing their residency and honing their craft while others are on their way to become fullstack engineers.

    As for me, I have gained a newfound confidence in my career and it has opened the doors to endless opportunities. I wish Coding Dojo and John the best and good luck to all you future ninja’s!

  • Jesse Z. • Application Developer • Graduate
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    I graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Software Engineering, but my only experience with building websites was a freshman level HTML course in 2002. Needless to say, my skills were out of date and incompatible with today's job market. Being a software engineer with little knowledge of web-based programming is a sure way to limit your job options, as I discovered the hard way when I decided to leave my job as an SAP developer. The world is moving to the web. I knew this, and didn't want to be left behind, but breaking into the market seemed impossible. I couldn't get anyone to interview me because I had spent over six years as an SAP developer. I was pigeon-holed into SAP and didn't know how to get out.

    This is when I found Coding Dojo. The Dojo gives you access to everything you need to learn web development. Most people just picture the learning materials when I say that, things like tutorials and lectures. You do get those things from the Dojo of course, but you also get an amazing support system. This was unlike what I had ever experienced in my previous education. The staff is enthusiastic and ready to help, but the interesting thing about the Dojo is the stress on teamwork, helping out fellow students, and coming to the answers yourself.

    The overlap in cohorts is great because it encourages the new students to work with and learn from their predecessors. For each cohort, they build a community that feels relaxed and fun, yet still productive. This is an environment that's very conducive to learning for that reason. You are surrounded by people just like yourself, who are enthusiastic about learning to code and help keep you on track while having fun. This keeps you interested, which keeps you in the Dojo after hours, which keeps you learning.

    I was surprised to learn that the Coding Dojo had alumni working in my home city of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I was put in touch with these graduates early, and they helped me with advice and let me know when the company they worked for were hiring. I did not end up at their company because I already had a job before their next hiring cycle, two weeks after I had come home from the Dojo.

    In summary, I recommend the Coding Dojo. I had the most exciting, fun, and unforgettable summer of my life, and brought my web development knowledge into modern times. Now I'm a working web developer, who was recently promoted from Jr to Associate. I can't argue with the results.

  • Anonymous • Web Developer • Graduate
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    this is definately not for someone with no previous experience. if you are expecting to be taught, forget it, you are left up to your own devices watching online videos.

    they let you sit there and struggle for "twenty minutes" which is not a bad thing, but when they do come around to help you after the twenty minutes, half of the time the instructor doesn't know whats going on , or they just brush you off. If you're not one of the gifted you can forget any type of assistance . they (staff and owner) gravitate towards the gifted already knowledgeable students and focus on them, leaving those struggling behind. We watched this occur over and over again, and even heard the owner making snide comments with one of the other students about the job prospects of the ones in our class that were struggling.

    They offer no job placement assistance, NONE, unless you want to work at the dojo as an instructor (if they like you). they keep it all on the up and up by calling you a resident and having you stay for an extra few weeks so that they can technically say everything is kosher.

    they have improved their platform for video instruction tremendously, and it better than what we had. that being said, if you are one that requires lectures and let me show you how to do it, we'll do it together and then you do it by yourself style of instruction, forget it.

     

  • Cody N. • Lead Software Developer • Graduate
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    Coding Dojo was really an amazing experience for me. Both the curriculum and the people were fantastic. Out of all the bootcamp options, I chose Coding Dojo because they do 3 stacks instead of strictly Rails. This gave me a chance to try a lot of different technologies and figure out which I like the best. Plus with doing PHP, MEAN stack, and Rails in such a short time, the best skill you're going to take away is how to learn and pickup new languages quickly. These languages may not be the hottest things in the future, but you'll be well equipped to pick up whatever is. I even got an internship as a Rails developer at a startup before the program ended (this is a rare case, but they had me prepped pretty well)

  • Greg T. • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I came in with general technical aptitude but almost zero coding knowledge. Now I'm building functional interactive web apps in both PHP and Rails, I love Javascript and I'm learning more of it all the time, and I'm on the road to a new stable career. The intensity of the program was high, but the instructors are positive and calm and encouraging. I looked around me at other students with much more experience and saw them soaring, and I felt occasionally like a complete fraud. But Michael and Trey both kept turning my attention to the mountain I had just climbed. They said, "Time. Practice. Humility. Don't get down on yourself."

    I think covering three stacks is brilliant, because you learn underlying concepts. The three stacks handle the same processes in different ways, so you see them clearly. The Dojo is building up its job hunting assistance, which will be a great addition. They also welcome alumni to come back for further practice and coaching and special classes. It's a very supportive place.

  • T.W. • Full Stack Developer • Graduate
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    I'll cut to the chase. Within one week after graduating from CodingDojo's bootcamp program, I got hired on as a full-stack developer. I'd say 90% of my success is due to knowledge I gained at Coding Dojo.

    Presenting yourself as a capable web developer is all that it takes to really find a good job in this industry. Right now, the demand for competent developers is so high that recruiters and hiring managers are actively reaching out to potential candidates. Don't worry about the hiring network. Coding Dojo will help you ramp up your resume and visibility that you'll be getting about 6 calls/emails a day from recruiters and hiring managers.

    The biggest criticism I find about Coding Dojo's program is how self-paced it is. Coding Dojo provides the necessary tools you need to give you the right direction. They're not here to hold your hand throughout the process. If you really want to become an awesome developer, you have to have the drive within you. The process of learning something like programming can be so hard that it'll drive you crazy. But those that succeed are the ones that are able to make it past those obstacles.

    I blogged every day of my bootcamp here: 
    http://teds-coding-dojo-experience.blogspot.com/

    Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog if you have any questions.

  • Anonymous • Dojo Graduate • Graduate
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    I recently finished the Coding Dojo boot camp. The best way I can describe the school is, it is really similar to a Japanese cram school. The teachers and staff are very knowledgeable about the information they are teaching. It took me about 3 weeks to a month after I graduated from the boot camp to get a job. Unlike many other boot camps, new students with zero knowledge can become full stack developers in the 3 months. Plus, they can learn multiple frameworks in that time and new technologies, such as, MEAN stack. Micheal Choi is very knowledgeable, and really found amazing ways to quickly and efficiently teach students what they need to know to thrive in the work environment. But this bootcamp is very much a "get out what you put in". If you don't try and struggle a bit, you aren't going to get what you want out of it. 


    If you are looking to go from 0 to 100 in 3 months and KNOW the information, then this is the bootcamp you want. In my experience, Coding Dojo does not have affiliates with other companies. So you can't be promised a job. However, what you do get out of this bootcamp is a very nice portfolio to show you potential employers. Additionally, the teacher will help and show you how to sell yourself to companies. When i did start looking I was getting 5-6 calls a day for a few weeks with my new found knowledge.

  • Eric C. • Javascript Developer • Graduate
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    Attending Coding Dojo was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Granted the boot camp was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through, I can confidently say that anyone can be successful in and after the boot camp as long as they put in the time and energy that Coding Dojo expects of its students. That being said, I came into Coding Dojo with zero coding background and, upon completion of the boot camp, I gained the knowledge required to build fully functioning applications.

    Coding Dojo covers three full stacks (LAMP, MEAN, Ruby on Rails) as part of their course curriculum. A big portion of the curriculum is taught using the online learning platform that is improved regularly based on student feedback and also has new content added teaching the industries latest technologies. Coding Dojo has really mastered the way they introduce and teach the course material to their students. This is something I took for granted and quickly came to realize once I finished the boot camp and was required to learn a framework on my own without the help of the learning platform. What used to take me a couple days to learn and then create a viable application, using the learning platform, now took me a few weeks to learn on my own and that’s when I really appreciated how good of a job Coding Dojo had done to present course content in a way that any student, even those without a coding background, can understand.

    Even with an outstanding program, Coding Dojo would not be what it is without its dedicated instructors. Starting from day one, you can tell how passionate the instructors are in the way they teach and you get a real sense that their main goal is to make sure you learn the material and succeed in this field. If a student seems to be struggling on a certain concept, you can bet to see instructors set aside extra time to make sure the student is caught up.

    Never would I have believed that I could reinvent my career in only a couple months but it really is possible. It’s a great feeling to go into an interview and come out smiling, especially when you were expecting the worst, because you were able to answer most if not all the questions they asked and it’s because Coding Dojo has done such a great job in preparing their students for what‘s to come after the boot camp.

    If you’re passionate about coding and want to take your skills to the next level, whether it’s to make a career change or for your own project on the side, I would highly recommend Coding Dojo because you will not get a more affordable education anywhere else especially at the caliber of education Coding Dojo provides.

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