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Coding Dojo

Avg Rating:4.37 ( 353 reviews )

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 size
    35
    Location
    Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, 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 / 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 scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $14,995
    Class size
    40
    Location
    Online, 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 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 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • 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 size
    30
    Location
    Online
    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 Skills Fund.  
    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 scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    N/A
    Class size
    35
    Location
    Boise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, 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 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
    Up 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 Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes

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    Nathan • Full-Stack MEAN developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    When I was 16, I got my first job at a collision shop in Seattle. I'm now 25 and have worked there for 8 years. I held various admin roles, became the I.T manager for our internal server infrastructure, and ultimately became the solo mechanic of the shop. I explored an option to combine computers and cars, the two things I knew I had a passion for and went to school to become a certified Tuner in high performance vehicles. Later in 2018 I was introduced to the idea of a coding boot camp that was located here in Bellevue Washington called the “Coding Dojo.” It didn’t take long for me to be confronted with a huge life decision. Not only would this add another loan to my already existing tool loan, but the recommended hours of commitment was a huge drawback. So, the question was do I risk dropping everything after 8 years with the same company (job security, income, work relationships, over 60K in tool investment, etc..) just to go do something I'm kind of interested in that has no guaranteed foreseeable future?

    Decision:

    My wife, daughter and I were living with our parents while my wife finishes school which would help ease the financial burden of my not working plus adding another loan. My decision then boiled down to what I was interested in more. Ultimately, I decided to risk it all. I applied to the Coding Dojo, I got a loan, quit my job, and walked in blindly with absolutely no expectations even despite my feeling of uncertainty. Did I make the right decision?

    Experience:

    A lesson I learned while working at my previous job that I take to heart is: "you get out what you put in." I spent everyday at the Dojo working from 8am-10pm every day. I didn’t miss one single day and showed up on almost every Saturday from 10am – 5pm. That being said, every single day introduced a new level of difficulty. Not every day did I have an instructor as a resource to go to for questions therefore, that forced me to develop the skills to read the documentation and get a deeper level of understanding. I also had to rely on my cohort students which kept my teamwork skills in tune. Not having the resource at my disposal made things super frustrating for me but, I understood why. I have an appreciation for their methods even though in the moment I’m angry and want to give up. Though despite all the frustrations and challenges, graduating makes the whole experience worth it. The Coding Dojo program teaches 3 different stacks, each being 3 weeks worth of curriculum learning and 1 week for you to create your own project with the knowledge you’ve gained. This schedule is very vigorous, and truth be told, you literally cannot learn an entire stack in 4 weeks. That’s why most coding boot camps offer just one language for 4 months. So why teach 3 different stacks at the bare minimum? The answer, Versatility…  Learning 3 stacks gives you what I believe to be the most valuable lesson of all. “Learning how to learn”. Having programmed in 3 different language gives you the ability to learn other languages quickly which ultimately makes your adaptability a super valuable attribute for a future employer.

    To go or not to go?

    If you do not have a passion for programming or you think maybe you could do it just to see if you like it, then I would highly recommend looking elsewhere to discover your interest in coding. Any boot camp program will test you on dedication, time, patience, and commitment therefore, be prepared. I can’t speak for other boot camps but the Coding Dojo gives you pre-course work to do before you start your program. Do it all, without fail. If you walk in with 0 coding practice, you will be in for a tougher time than you think. In the end, if your interested and believe you can commit the time and energy, the I wouldn’t hesitate to take the opportunity and just do it. It was a ton of fun and super rewarding.

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    Tim Hunt • SW Dev Eng • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I attended Coding Dojo in the Fall of 2018 in Seattle. I was a product manager for seven years at Amazon/AWS, but I wanted to switch to an SDE role because I'm more interested in technical issues and coding plays more to my strengths. I've had some background and experience in coding, having taken most requirements for a CS major in college, but at the time I was planning for a different career, while programing was just fun. I've continued to enjoy coding, and it's been a hobby over the years since, and I finally decided to pursue it as a career. In transitioning from PM to SDE, I was looking for a boot camp that would immerse me in coding, refresh some of what I'd learned in the past, and teach me new technologies/frameworks. Coding Dojo's 14-week intensive program was a good fit in timeline and topics.

    The Coding Dojo experience was great for me and has worked out very well. The instructors and teaching assistants were great. They were engaging, explained concepts well, and encouraged a lot of collaboration. It was a lot of content to cover, but they kept us motivated and pushed us along with the right combination of compassion and sternness when necessary. Aside from a few students who figured out in the first few weeks that the program wasn't for them, everyone in our cohort finished a pretty grueling curriculum, and that's a credit to the teaching staff and fellow students who all helped them along. You learn an incredible amount in those 14 weeks, and it's amazing what students are able to build after a few weeks on a new stack. Daily algorithms was one of my favorite parts, and good practice for interviewing and thinking about coding. I'm also glad that I learned 3 stacks (Java, Python, and MEAN). I primarily use Java now at work, but the others are good knowledge to be more well-rounded and draw on occasionally. I also really enjoyed getting to know and working with my fellow student. It was a great, and fun group, and Coding Dojo encourages activities and projects make it more interactive.

    I think Coding Dojo gave me all I could ask for in a 14-week intensive coding boot camp. It’s been just what I needed for my transition to a coding position. I will say that my prior experience has also been important to help me in this transition. Prior coding experience is not required for Coding Dojo, but it helps. For me it’s given me a little more depth in some areas and that has helped. Coding Dojo teaches you all they can, but there’s only so much you can cover in 14 intensive weeks. Importantly, they do emphasize learning how to help yourself and find answers in manuals and searches.

    I really enjoyed my time at Coding Dojo, and I definitely think it’s been a good choice for me.

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    Jose Briz • Founder at Riskulture • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I am about to deploy a beta version of a financial modeling software that will be tested at two real companies that do business globally.  It has been coded with Angular 7 and Node.js.  Development time has been around 1200 hours and is algorithm-heavy.  I was told it would cost anywhere between $250,000 to $1million to do do this by an established software development firm.

    Two rules have been broken here.  Financial modeling on Javascript (not Python!!!???).  From a full-stack perspective, Javascript made more sense and where the project is now I think it was the right call.  The extra work of building own financial libraries was also quite rewarding and fun, and that counts too!

    The second rule is that I am in my 40s.  Most famous and successful tech entrepreneurs are college dropouts not corporate dropouts with a family.  So out of courage, conviction and vision, I started my search for the best way to make the app of my dreams a reality.  

    The decision process was:  a) I have to do this myself ... b) I have to learn --fast, so immersive bootcamp ... c) it has to be good --- Coding Dojo.

    I made lots of research and chose Coding Dojo.  Having gone through their curriculum gave me the vocabulary and the technical and mental seeds that have helped me get this far with the project.  Reality will come after deployment, but I’m among friends with my beta testers and still got the juice to keep going!

    The experience at Coding Dojo was challenging, inspiring and energizing.  A few months after graduation, it feels rewarding.

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    - 4/8/2019
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    James J Bae • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    As the senior pastor of Bellevue Korean Presbyterian Church, and a faculty member of Northwest Reformed Theological Seminary, I’ve been desiring and planning to develop a online course of Christian Education Program in Korean language and Bible app. Not only learning programming language itself but I wanted to understand the whole span of the LMS: Learning Management System and developing apps from front-end to back-end, I have decided to study the process of software development at Coding Dojo.Another hand, I would like to prepare my post retired life having a part-time job or freelancer in the area of software development.

    I met amazing instructors and well developed program at Coding Dojo which is great for me, especially I have learned and being challenged for the way of teaching style of Coding Dojo, called "learn how to learn". After studying at Coding Dojo, I have tried to apply the way of teaching in my own class which is grateful.

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    - 4/8/2019
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    Coding Dojo was a great experience. Most of the material was really easy to take in and the instructors and student assistance were available with lots of help. The atmosphere is really what you're paying for because most the time you can find all the help you can online. If you think you can study up on your own save the $$ and do it yourself especially if you've had coding experience. Otherwise this is a perfect place to start as long as your willing to dish out the money.

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    I truly loved my time at Coding Dojo's Seattle Campus.  I think the biggest reason is because I was "All In" and was willing to put in as much time as I could to succeed.  Throughout the entire 14-week curriculum, I pushed through all the coursework on weekdays and weekends to become as self-sufficient as I could.  Learning all three technology stacks was not only fun but rewarding.  Moving my personal needle of understanding for all the technologies gave me a great sense of pride and the end of section exams were challenging to say the least but if you put in your time and follow their mantra of “Strength Though Struggle”, you will succeed!

    Daily algorithms practice also allowed my cohort to learn how to think on our feet and explain thought processes even if the solution wasn’t immediately within our grasp.  That is a skill in and of itself.

    The Dojo Instructors genuinely cared about their students’ progress towards success in their own unique ways.  Some pushed you to find solutions on your own and others gave a little more guidance but all of them were invested in your success… very much so.

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    Riley Waugh • Web Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    My experience at Coding Dojo was excellent; insofar as what can be expected from 14 weeks. I expected to burn through course materials and be supplementing with things I found online - but they keep students who get ahead busy with relevant "optionals" that take the concepts learned earlier to a more advanced and real-world level. I programmed for 12 hours a day on average, a minimum of 10 hours per day seems like it could work.

    Pros of Coding Dojo:
    Depending on your cohort; this is a wonderful experience, everyone helps one another and keeps each other motivated during - and after - the bootcamp. It still feels like a second home. The stacks are very relevant to the current tech industry in the Seattle area; and learning 3 instead of two confers more advantages than disadvantages in my experience. Once you've learned how to set up a full stack project learning on your own becomes a lot more efficient. Which is to say in my experience it's more of an advantage to have three stacks, than two in which you have slightly deeper experience. Not only do the additional technologies look good on a resume, they also help you mix-and-match when you inevitably need to work with stacks you're unfamiliar with. The algorithm sessions were massively useful for confidence and skill in interviews. The teachers were generally very good, and friendly in my experience. The project weeks were helpful after graduation and taught me a lot about programming in the real world - not to mention being fun.

    Cons:
    The learning platform is mostly good, but a couple spots (I believe in particular the C# stack) are clumsily put together. Additionally; I am going to give the Job Search category a strong 4 star review because the new hire; Mark, at Coding Dojo Seattle is doing incredible work to connect with the community and build opportunities. During my cohort however it was terrible, the Career Services coordinator left on our first week and we didn't get a new one until we were just about out of there so...Quite minimal assistance there.

    Advice:
    I believe it's getting harder out there for bootcamp grads...That said; I would not be working as a programmer right now if it weren't for Coding Dojo. If you believe in yourself I highly recommend it. If you love coding as I do, I highly recommend it. I can't imagine more expensive bootcamps teaching more...in fact I can't imagine how one could learn more than I did in the same period of time.  But start programming before you arrive, you need to love it - I recommend starting with CodeAcademy and doing a course from the following blog (not mine) http://blog.agupieware.com/2014/05/online-learning-bachelors-level.html. When you leave don't rely on digital applications; you'll need to network. Expect it to take at least 2.5 months; I was a "stronger" student, and I got almost no bites on the proverbial line until 60 days in. DO algorithms, a lot of students get scared around month 1.5 and stop going....But it's a HUGE component of feeling confident and getting a job. Finally; after you graduate, get a startup going with your friends and put it on your resume =D

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    Rui Wang • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Five months ago, I decided quite my job and learn to code. I did a lot of research and I started my journey in Coding dojo. In the beginning, I was really nervous because I have zero coding experience. However, during the three months, I learned more than I thought I could. At here, you will get as much as you put in. Especially when you study with the cohort who have a programming background. It will really push you to spend extra extra time to do more and more coding every single day. And it definitely worth the time and efforts when you look back.

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    Erick Smith • Fullstack developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    Just like anything, you get out what you put in. I attended the program in my mid 30s and was switching careers after 10+ years in healthcare. It was a huge and scary leap, I’m 100% sure I would not have gone through switching careers without attending a program like this.

    I looked into a lot of onsite bootcamps in the area, attended open house meetings/ and decided on Coding Dojo one main reason. I attended a few free coding workshops that Coding Dojo hosted and could tell the instructors were knowledgeable and enjoyed their teaching style. It’s always nice to try before you buy and would recommend trying to attend a workshop if they are still offering them.

    The instructors were all excellent and were the strongest part of the program. They put in one on one time and all of them went above what I had have expected to help struggling students. 3 stacks felt a little ambitious and during the program it was hard to tell if a smaller scope would have been better. In hindsight after working in the development field I’m glad to have that broader view of the options out there and it helped during the job search to be comfortable applying to more jobs.

    One important thing is that the success rate seemed from just my personal observations. About half of my cohort never finished the program due to a slow attrition for various reasons, mostly I think from deciding this wasn’t for them. Just be prepared for a fairly intensive program with a lot of material to go through at a pretty fast pace at times. I wouldn’t recommend a program like this if you can’t spend 60+ hours or more per week to learning.

    But in the end I’m working at a great job for almost a year, my work has been interesting, and my career growth has been more promising than ever. It’s been an excellent choice for me.

    TLDR: I’m very happy I attended and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about a program like this. Just make sure you’re ready to chew what you’re about to bite off.

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    Before Coding Dojo I had just graduated with a degree in a completely unrelated field, Communication Studies. I'd done a specialization in computing during college so my interest in programming had been piqued but I hadn't had the chance to really get as hands on with it as I would have liked. Before graduation I did some searching around and found Coding Dojo. I was generally interested in their whole philosophy of learning multiple stacks and learning how to learn as opposed to just 'learning a language'. I do feel like it's helpful to do your own research beforehand and figure out what's popular in your area/areas you want to work just so you can make a more suitable decision. In general, I was satisfied with the way the program went. The curriculum and in house platform was rather nice to follow along with. It provided a nice comfortable base to come back to in case you ever got really overwhelmed searching the net/just saved a good amount of time when looking for things. Their approach to ongoing tech interview prep is solid too. I think algorithm questions aren't really a thing a person should be cramming for a couple weeks toward the end of a program and Coding Dojo fixes that with the daily doses of algos. My main complaints were cohort size and career support, although they're maybe a bit related/unique to my case. I had an abnormally small cohort which I felt hindered the usual networking benefit you get from these sorts of programs. Oh also, some more structure around exam/project time would have been nice. It's nice the you can kind of just test at your own pace but then also it sort of makes projects difficult to coordinate when instructors are more hands off and students are finishing up tests/preparing for tests at different times. But back to career support. Again, a bit unique to my case, but our career services person (who ironically ended up working at a different bootcamp that I TA'd for later) had just left right as we were entering our career week. We had someone come down from the Bay to handle it and overall it wasn't a bad experience. But it was definitely not optimal to just have someone temporary for that sort of thing. Also, I feel like in general it would have been nice to maybe have more career resources check ins throughout the program. Maybe even organize some group networking events/meetup attendance. Set up tours with local companies or something. It's weird, I feel like I've gotten more job lead emails months after leaving/when I've finished my job search (probably an artifact of the previously mentioned change of staff). Overall though, very solid program that will definitely get you up to speed with web dev in a relatively short amount of time. As evidence to this, at my current job I work as a React Native developer. I only briefly played around with React and never touched React Native before starting, but I believe my time at Coding Dojo helped me become the sort developer who was able to get up to speed with this new exciting tech in less than a week.  

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    It wrote and rewrote this review several times. My Bootcamp experience was intense with many ups and downs. It is good to have some time to reflect on my experience.  

    I remember reading reviews on this site when I thought about changing careers. The basics are as follows: Coding Dojo is a fourteen week (15 if you include career week) full-time Bootcamp where you learn three programming stacks. It has an online option, but the bulk of the students in the program are onsite with actual instructors. They advertise that will be working 70-90 hours a week for this Bootcamp, and they weren't lying.  In short, this school is for people who are willing to have their life consumed with coding for 15 weeks. The "three stacks curriculum" is incredibly fast-paced, and even the best of us have felt overwhelmed at times.

    I personally loved the challenge. I have taken several online grad school classes and having an instructor physically there to help me felt like a breath of fresh air.  I was also lucky to be in an amazing cohort.  Some of my best memories of my experience was trying to finish difficult assignments with my classmates. I would get stuck, and my neighbor would help me. When they got stuck, I would help them.

    I can't speak for all of the locations, but I know that the career services manager in Dallas is fantastic. Throughout the Bootcamp, we had lessons on how to network. I had the opportunity not just to meet, but to present my projects to potential employers throughout the Bootcamp.  When I finished, my career services manager was someone I could talk to about my job search, to give me mock interviews, and to help me negotiate with potential employers.  I never took advantage of it, but if you also want to move to another location, Coding Dojo can help you with that. A student who took his courses at the Coding Dojo branch in Virginia did career week at my location, Dallas.  

    I know many people did not have as positive an experience I did. A significant percentage of the students who started with my group did not finish or had to retake parts of the course. Some people who graduated earlier than I have who have not been hired for software development jobs yet.  I don't know how these numbers compare to other Bootcamps, but I can imagine the rushed "three stacks" curriculum probably made it worse.

    I wish there were a way to tell you if you are a good fit for Coding Dojo.  I have seen some students who came in with significant programming experience drop out of the program. I have seen other people who have never written a line of code before the Bootcamp thrive in the program. In the end, if you are someone with grit, and are in a place in your life where you can spend 14 weeks to dedicate your life to learning how to program, Coding Dojo likely will be a rewarding experience.

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    - 12/3/2018
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    David Savage • Full Stack Developer • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    Before Coding Dojo I implemented electronic medical records systmes in hospitals for many years. I was a traveling consultant, so I implemented systems across the country. I wanted to learn some newer and different technoligies because consulting required me to mainly do the same job over and over. It didn't allow for much creativity.

    I enjoyed my experience at Coding Dojo very much. I was probably the oldest student in the room (I definitely was) but I never felt that anyone there thought that was a problem at all. It required long hours, but it was fascinating and great to feel and contribute to the energy of my cohort every day. 

    Having been a programmer in the past, I felt I was able to understand the basics fairly well but the pace was very rigorous. Also, a lot of information is supplied by the teaching staff, but a lot of self learning is also required. I did spend between 70 and 90 hours per week on average in order to keep up.

    I feel that I walked away with a very good basic understanding of full stack programming and some of the details of three separate stacks. I have a lot left to learn, but I feel that I have a good basic understanding.

    I completed the boot camp over a month ago. Since then I have increasingly been looking for a development position. I'm starting to get interviews and it seems that the projects I have developed on my own using my Coding Dojo skills are impressing employers. I'm hopeful that I'll land something pretty soon and gaining more confidence every day.

    I feel that Coding Dojo was money well spent. 

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    I began my coding bootcamp journey at Coding Dojo in September 2017. I was unhappy with my repetitive job as a chemist and was ready for a new challenge. I am currently a software engineer at a small company in Denver, Colorado and it took me 1 month of serious searching  & applying to land a software engineering job.
    The application process to Coding Dojo was fast and easy, and the instructors were great. Going through this program with a cohort of amazingly talented and determined students made the bootcamp fun and successful. Being continually challenged by my instructors and my fellow students pushed me to work harder than I thought I could.
    I must mention though, that I had an upper hand to most of the other students in my cohort. I have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and worked as an Analytical Chemist for 2 years before beginning this program so I've been trained to think analytically and problem solving skills comes more naturally to me than most. But, Coding Dojo provides an amazing platform to learn from, and all the tools required to get a job (they even help with the job search process). Add in your will and determination to succeed, and you will be a software engineer in no time.

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    Coding Dojo was definitely worth the money. Our instructors were very knowledgeable and good at guiding us through learning material for ourselves via actual experience/trial and error rather than simply showing us how to solve a problem without any exploration - much like you'd experience learning a new technology on the job. I came in with some collegiate Computer Science coursework and feel like I learned more in a few months at the bootcamp than I would have if I finished my degree. The course is definitely challenging and can take up a lot of your time, but you learn quite a lot. You do have to learn how to keep your own discipline and stay on-track through the weeks, but the end result is worth it. The only negative point is that the text/videos given to us as part of our curriculum were occasionally confusing or difficult to follow, but instructors generally knew where the problem points in the materials were and were able to guide us through rough patches without difficulty. Overall, as long as you're able to motivate yourself to maintain effort even when the material seems difficult, Coding Dojo is definitely a positive experience.

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    I will be very honest about my experience at Coding Dojo in Los Angeles, CA.  

    Ultimately going to the Dojo was the best decision of my life. I was previously an admin assistant and now I am a web developer who loves her job. BUT graduating from the Dojo was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I was fortunate to have a friend who went through the program and was honest about what to expect.  So, I was fortunate enough to know what to expect going into the program. Hopefully this review will help do the same for others.

    In the program each student will learn three different stacks (a bundle of software that makes up a functioning website/application) 14 weeks.  Because a stack is made up of multiple different components you are constantly learning and building on what you’ve previously learned.  This is where the difficulty of the program starts.  If you don’t fully grasp something the rest won’t make sense.

    The program is built for students to work together and help each other.  If a cohort fails to gel together or falls apart before the program is done, then it’s nearly impossible for a student to succeed.  Needless to say it is vital you make friends and keep going together. 

    As for the program I wish it were three weeks longer, a week more on each stack.  There is no room for an error. Expect to do 60-90 hours of coding a week.  I actually told my friends not to expect to see me for three months and that is exactly what happened.  But the program does teach you how to be a fullstack programmer.  You will not be fluent in any stack, but you will have a working foundation of each language.

    As for career placement, the Dojo does have a career service which does its best at connecting graduates with job leads.  But do not expect to get a job right out of the program. Most companies don’t want Junior Developers or they don’t trust bootcamps to produce decent programmers. (I honestly think this is the same with other bootcamps and not just with Coding Dojo) So expect lots of rejection, but do not give up.  I was one of the first in my cohort to land a job and it took me three months. Eventually all my cohort mates landed jobs – at least the ones who put effort into the program did.  So plan your finances accordingly and have realistic expectations. 

    Ultimately what you put into the program is what you’ll get out of the program.  I’ve read some of the bad reviews of the program and I know some of the people who wrote those bad reviews.  I can honestly say those were the people who were constantly missing class, not staying late to finish their course work, regularly goofing off, basically not putting 100% effort into the program. So if you are serious about programming and you think Coding Dojo is the bootcamp for you, then expect to work extremely hard and have realistic expectations of job placement.

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    I enrolled in Coding Dojo after graduating with a Computer Science degree but feelling like I lacked some practical experience. I definitely noticed that in college a lot of the coding was done in a vacuum: the professor would setup a nice space in the code and tell you to fill it in with code relevant to the class curriculum. While the algorithms and fundamentals I picked up are definitely still relevant, coding isn't that clean cut as apply x algorithm we learned in class today, there's always going to be open ended questions on how to solve a particular problem and definitely documentation reading.

    Different coding boot camps or schools will promote things like how they're teaching the latest and greatest framework, but it's rarely the important part. The most important thing is that they build students that can problem solve without hand holding and build strong fundamentals; there's always going to be another new shiny framework.

    In that sense, I think Coding Dojo did some parts right while I was there: they started each day with algorithms and white boards, first thing in the morning. Not only are these similar to the style of questions you'd get in a job interview, but they sharpen how you think when coding in general, which is what the job interview is trying to assess. Some students started skipping algorithms in the morning, but this is the perfect environment to take advantage of: solving agorithms in groups and being able to see other ways of thinking.

    In a sense that choice of skipping or not is the answer to whether your experience at Coding Dojo will be worth it or not. Coding Dojo provides the student with the tools and environment to succeed: Instructors willing to help, peers to bounce ideas off of, and training of fundamentals. It's up to the student to put in the effort to make the experience.

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    I was in a position that you, the reader, are likely in right now. The details obviously may differ, but a career transition/change is no simple feat. I'll give some short backstory then describe my experience at Coding Dojo. 

    I worked as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry for a year and a half. I couldn't stand that job and my girlfriend was already traveling/living in Australia, so I left to travel/serve tables/volunteer for almost a year and a half. Upon returning, I realized I had not-so-subtly choked my career trajectory within a few inches of its life. I'd had a very brief (one intro course) experience with coding in school (I studied an engineering discipline), and had always known that software development was a great path to pursue. I decided to look into bootcamps. 

    For me, the bootcamp I wanted to enroll in needed to meet two criteria. 1: It had to be reputable, and 2: It had to be a short distance from my apartment. Coding Dojo met both, and its approach was interesting–teach three full technology stacks, where most bootcamps teach one. I figured the breadth of knowledge might put me at an advantage over other candidates come the job hunt. I started in March of 2018. 

    A bit about my experience: The Coding Dojo curriculum moves extremely quickly. It's not easy. If you take it seriously and put in the work to keep up, you will finish the program surprised with your capabilities. I left the bootcamp feeling two things. 1: Initimidated by the world I had thrown myself into, yet, 2: Strangely confident in my ability to learn. The instructors are helpful without handing you answers, and there's a ping pong table. Pluses all around. 

    Two months after finishing the program, I was hired as a software engineer. My company specializes in Internet of Things/Alexa business solutions via the AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform. We also do a good amount of machine learning/edge computing. Day to day, I'm a backend engineer. I use Python and Node (both taught at the Dojo) and discuss high level architecture for projects, which was also stressed during my time at the bootcamp. 

    There are definitely many great choices when it comes to bootcamps. In my experience, Coding Dojo is one of them. 

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    This bootcamp provides you the tools you need to do to develop yourself into a junior level developer.

    It is up to you to grab those knowledge and build impressve projects to attract the company HR's attention.

    Bootcamp will work for you if you try your best.

    If you are looking to do a bootcamp, you are trying to do a career change or further your knowledge in programming in current technology and Coding Dojo will provide you that.

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    I did an onsite Coding Dojo program about a year ago and got a job offer a week after graduation. It was a very intense three months where I was putting in 14-16 hours of studying 7 days a week. I was able to complete a couple of projects before graduation which made me stand out to employers. 

    At Coding Dojo they prepare you to be a self-sufficient developer, so you do not need someone's constant attention (important once you get hired). The material is really curated and encourages students to do the research and find answers to their questions online (which is what you will be mainly doing when have some questions on the job) They go over the best ways to search for answers online and troubleshoot the issues. Coding Dojo also practices the "20-minute rule" where you do your own research for 20 minutes and if can't find an answer, only then ask the instructor for help.

    I encourage you to do thorough job market research before going into any coding school to see if the stacks offered at that school align with those in demand in your market. The beauty of Coding Dojo is that they cover three most in-demand stacks, which drastically improves the chances of getting a job. 

    Also, when it comes to coding- you must think of it more than just a job, in my opinion, in order to be a successful software developer, coding also has to be your hobby. 

    Last but not least, perk of Coding Dojo is that you get the lifetime career services support. So when you are looking to move companies or just need some career advice, Career Services Manager is always there for you.

    I would again emphasize the time commitment for the duration of the program. Coding Dojo has all of the necessary tools for you to become a successful full-stack developer, and you are encouraged to use them, BUT if you just expect to put in less than 8-10 hours a day it will be much harder for you to land an offer you will be (or should be) happy with.

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    - 11/19/2018
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    Before attending courses with Coding Dojo, I was in office management for 25+ years and the only coding background I had was HTML and CSS. For years, I had been interested in becoming a developer, but didn't know which route to take so I called a friend who manages a software engineering team in San Jose, CA. He gave me the contact info for Coding Dojo and told me he had heard really good reviews about them from his colleagues.
     
    All of the instructors I had were fantastic and the courses were well laid out. The web fundamentals class was a breeze because of my previous knowledge of front end languages, but I really struggled with the back end stuff. I would recommend having some sort of basic foundation/understanding of Python and/or Javascript beforehand. If I had at least that much, I believe the experience would've been less stressful for me.
     
    I am still working in an office managemenet role. However, because of dual knowledge of office management and coding, I was hired by a tech company to work remotely handling all of the back office administration, as well as helping some of the dev work. After my first year, I was offered a position as a full-time developer.
     
    P.S. My company has hired two other Coding Dojo alumni over the past two years ;)
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    Coding Dojo Online was awesome! If you can commit the time required to complete the course, you will obtain a very practical real-world education out of it. From my experience, the instructors were very knowledgeable dilligent and kind people who are willing to aid you on course material, personal projects and algorithms.

    As far as job assistance goes, job leads were emailed every Monday and you were given some great career guidance to aid you in the job hunting process. However, I felt that the amount of focus they required you to put on finding jobs was a bit inadequate. This is likely due to how the online format of the course works.

    More importantly, the curriculum is very hands-on learning three full technology stacks. I started off learning the front-end HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript; then moved onto learning Python, Flask and Django; finally, I chose my third stack as C#/ASP.NET Core. At the end of each unit, I was given a very challenging test. Rather than regurgitating non-applicable theoretical knowledge, the task was to build a real and dynamic application within 24-48 hours.

    This is what makes their curriculum so compelling, I learned practical knowledge that I use every day post-bootcamp. Additonally, every new technical skill I learn is built on top the strong technical foundation I recieved from Coding Dojo. 

    Time permitting, if you are interested in building real-world practical applications, becoming a masterful code ninja and being recruited into a potentially lucrative tech job then you need to enroll in this bootcamp!

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    While Coding Dojo doesn’t teach every aspect, it gives you a good solid foundation  in web development AND the ability to be a efficient developer that gives you the ability to learn outside of the platform. Other words more advance depth concepts can be obtain from docs with easy understanding. The technology is always changing so rapidly that it’s a must to learn the foundations and to have the ability to know how to keep up with the changes. So don’t expect to come to the boot camp and complete it and that’s the end of the road for training. You still need to keep learning after you complete the boot camp which gives you the knowledge to do so! The only pitfall I found was there are some technology stacks / topics not really covered. Such as docker. AWS in depth. Firebase. Severless approach, graphql and some others. While the topics aren’t a must. It’s something that you will most likely run into one way or another. 

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    I joined the dojo at 18 and I went to college for a year... Not for me. I wanted to learn to code for the longest time and I just really didn't know where to start because I didn't have any peers that could tell me where to start. I went to the one in burbank and was early every single day for the first month which is how they spilt up the languages they teach you by months. After a very short first week of front end dev I learned python as my first language with Django. I didn't get to make a project in any stack as the school finds passing your test more important then creating a project yourself. If I could go back I would have not done the test at all and just focused on personal projects during that time. My next 2 language were ruby on rails (ruby) and mean (JavaScript). My experience with ruby was plesent even though I didn't really care for the language and still don't but the teacher was very smart and wrote the online ruby part of the platform which was nice (thank eduardo 🥚). My Mean experience was not good and I would like to give the teacher a little credit he tried but boy is it a lot to learn in 1 month, I believe it was the fault of the curriculum, as M. E. A. N stand for mongo(your nosql database), Express(request handling library) , Angular(A front-end extremely heavy framework) , and Node(JavaScript on the server). I believe one person passed the test for mean out of the 30 in my cohort... Honestly it was disappointing especially since we did algorithms every morning before coding with would be actually really helpful but then you'd have a 10 min break and then go into an hour long lecture. If the lecture was first and then algorithms back to back so people would have more time to code I think that would be better. But back to mean, after I left the dojo with my strength in python I felt like I had to learn JavaScript so I decided to learn react which would have been 10000% easier to learn if they taught it at the dojo instead of angular. But I had to learn react on my own. You won't get to learn Java or any language unless the teachers currently working there teach it. I still haven't gotten a job yet after a year but that's because I want one in js react or python. The best thing that you will learn from the dojo is how to be self motivated and sufficient. The most important thing to me was the exposure to this world that I had always wanted to dive into but never had the know how where to start. I don't know how some of the people around me made it as long as they did, some of them were over 30 and had like families because if you want to learn and get your work don't I was there from 7am to 8pm or later every day.
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    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.

Thanks!