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Coding Dojo

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Coding Dojo is a global technology education company that offers three full stack coding bootcamps, full-stack part-time programs, as well as courses on data science and other emerging technologies. Coding Dojo has campuses in Arlington, Berkeley, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Seattle, Tulsa, and online. Students can choose to learn one, two, or three of the industry’s most in-demand web development languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, MERN, 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 collaborate with peers, join interactive lectures with their instructors, work with career services, and have access to Assistant Instructors during lab sessions. Students experience building dynamic web applications, solving job-relevant problems, learning to think like true software engineers, and discovering how to become a self-sufficient developer.

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. There is no coding challenge or technical assessment, but depending on the program, students may take a placement assessment to see if they need to enroll in Programming Basics (a free ramp-up course) prior to the bootcamp.

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 startups and companies like Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap. Coding Dojo also offers career services, including one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, and comprehensive job preparation.

Coding Dojo welcomes Veterans and accepts the GI Bill at selected campuses, and provides various scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

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  • Online Full-Time Software Development Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Our Online Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp is a remote learning alternative that provides online access to our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with live 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, MERN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. Based on our 2019 outcomes report, 88.9% of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating. They also receive an average salary of $76,500 per year. Your Career Starts From Day 1 Our in-depth three-stack program is complete with hands-on learning, robust support from our instructional staff, our industry-tested learning platform, and more - so you are both challenged and supported throughout the journey. Integrated into every step of the program is our career services experience. You'll have unlimited, lifetime access to our career services team, who have successfully placed thousands of graduates nationwide. Our grads often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. We’re deeply proud every day of our 6000+ grads, and we hope to count you among them. Live Instruction Start each day with live algorithms, discussion sessions, and a group activity. Open Lab Hours Lab hours are often where the learning really happens! This is where you can work in groups or solo to create assignments and connect with instructors. Small Group Code Reviews Schedule sessions with your instructor in groups of 2 or 3 to get detailed feedback on milestone assignments TA Support TA’s are available from 2pm to 7pm PST, Monday through Friday, to line up with when most students are tackling assignments. 24/7 Cohort Access From Day 1, you’ll join our Discord community full of your fellow classmates and instructors, as well as have 24/7 access to our Learning Platform. Student Services Team If you ever find yourself struggling, reach out to our student services team! They are here to help with time management, tech issues, and more. Career Services Manager Starting Day 1 of your bootcamp, your Career Services Manager will help you create a tailored roadmap to the job of your dreams.
    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 / 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
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Part-Time Data Science

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$4,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    This bootcamp is a deep dive into the fundamentals of data science and machine learning in Python. Throughout the course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire data science process from end-to-end, including data prep, data analysis and visualization, as well as how to properly apply machine learning algorithms to various situations or tasks. This course was designed to prepare you for the real world. Each week, you’ll tackle interview-style questions and weekly exercises as you learn new topics, so that you are building the skills needed to land a new job as you learn the topics themselves. What You’ll Get: • Learn the end-to-end data science process including data prep, data analysis, visualization, as well as use cases for both machine learning and deep learning algorithms • Walk away with a work applicable understanding of the Data Science process and how to use the methodologies and tools to solve real-world problems in business and academia • Learn how to retrieve and manipulate data using Python and SQL • An understanding of the importance of machine Learning and future growth of the industry • A deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different Machine Learning algorithms • A portfolio of projects to showcase to employers Eligibility: • No 4 year degree required • No previous coding experience required - really!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    • Monthly payments as low as $85.86 available via SkillsFund 
    Tuition PlansPay the $1000 deposit, then make a second payment due by the 1st Friday of class.
    Refund / GuaranteeAll payments are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipUp to $500 available: see our website to apply.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner-friendly!
    Prep WorkNope!
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Part-Time (Accelerated Pace)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Java, Front End, MVC, SQL, Python, GitHub
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Our Part-Time Accelerated course is a flexible alternative that provides online access to our in-depth curriculum—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. Time commitment is 2-4 hours a week in lectures and optional office hours, plus 20-30 hours of self-study. Our graduates have an 88.9% placement rate within 6 months of graduation & an average starting salary of $76,500. Choose Your Own Adventure With the accelerated program, you choose your own adventure based on your professional goals and your other commitments. Take the complete curriculum over 32 weeks, or choose to only take 1 or 2 stacks. Live Instruction Lectures are always delivered live so you can ask questions and interact with your cohort. Office Hours Need more help understanding a concept? Join your instructor or teacher assistants in our office hours for your class. Small Group Code Reviews Schedule sessions with your instructor in groups of 2 or 3 to get detailed feedback on milestone assignments TA Support Seven Days a Week TA’s are available from 11am to 8pm PST Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm on Saturdays, and 8am-2pm on Sundays, so you have support 7 days a week All times in PST 24/7 Cohort Access From Day 1, you’ll join our MatterMost community full of your fellow classmates and instructors, as well as have 24/7 access to our Learning Platform. Student Services Team If you ever find yourself struggling, reach out to our student services team! They are here to help with time management, tech issues, and more. Career Services Manager Starting Day 1 of your bootcamp, your Career Services Manager will help you create a tailored roadmap to the job of your dreams. Subjects: CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, Git/Github, Bootstrap, Python, MySQL, Flask, Ajax, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js, Advanced Javascript, Socket.IO, Bower, Java 8, JSP, SpringMVC
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    • $500 discount for upfront payment
    • Income Share Agreement available; payments as low as $253/month
    • Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $1,498.75
    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
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Part-Time (Flex Pace)

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End, SQL, Python, GitHub
    OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$7,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline
    Live Instruction. Career Services. 10-15 hours a week. Our Flex program is unique in the bootcamp industry, in that it offers the same benefits as a full-time program but with the most manageable time commitment out there. The Flex program was designed for the busiest students (you know who you are!). Working part-time and in school? Have a family and a full-time job? Tried self-study, but can’t stay on track without some accountability and structure? Then Flex is for you. Comprehensive Curriculum Master the essentials of web fundamentals, then dive into full stack Python - one of the most popular coding languages in the world. Live Instruction Lectures are always delivered live so you can ask questions and interact with your cohort. Office Hours Need more help understanding a concept? Join your instructor or teacher assistants in our office hours for your class. Small Group Code Reviews Schedule sessions with your instructor in groups of 2 or 3 to get detailed feedback on milestone assignments TA Support Seven Days a Week TA’s are available from 11am to 8pm PST Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm on Saturdays, and 8am-2pm on Sundays, so you have support 7 days a week All times in PST 24/7 Cohort Access From Day 1, you’ll join our MatterMost community full of your fellow classmates and instructors, as well as have 24/7 access to our Learning Platform. Student Services Team If you ever find yourself struggling, reach out to our student services team! They are here to help with time management, tech issues, and more. Career Services Manager Starting Day 1 of your bootcamp, your Career Services Manager will help you create a tailored roadmap to the job of your dreams. We have had the privilege of helping over 6,000 students upgrade their careers & their lives. In 28 weeks, all while learning the most-indemand STEM skills, you will be working on your job search for when graduation comes and goes. Our graduates have an 88.9% placement rate within 6 months of graduation & an average starting salary of $76,500. Subjects: CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, Git/Github, Bootstrap, Python, MySQL, Flask, Ajax, PostgreSQL
    Financing
    Deposit$1,000
    Financing
    • $500 discount for upfront payment 
    • Income Share Agreement available; payments as low as $253/month 
    • Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund

    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $1,498.75
    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
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Onsite Full-Time Software Development Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Dallas, San Francisco
    Master the fundamental building blocks of web and software development alongside your peers over 14 rigorous weeks. With campuses in 10 cities, we’ve been delivering a top-tier coding education since 2012. Our unparalleled three-stack program is complete with hands-on learning, robust support from our rockstar roster of instructional staff, our industry-tested learning platform, and more - so you are both challenged and supported throughout the journey. Integrated into every step of the program is unlimited access to our career services team, who have successfully placed thousands of graduates nationwide. Our Game-Changing 3 Stack Curriculum Our curriculum covers more front-end and back-end technologies than any other full-stack program – without sacrificing depth for breadth. Not only does this mean you’ll graduate with more skills and a more robust portfolio, but you’ll be more prepared to learn the coding languages of tomorrow. With 3 Full Stacks at your fingertips, you’ll be ready for anything. We tailor our onsite curriculum in each metro area to match local hiring demand - see our website for details. Live Instruction Start each day with live algorithms, discussion sessions, and a group activity. Open Lab Hours Lab hours are often where the learning really happens! This is where you can work in groups or solo to create assignments and connect with instructors. Small Group Code Reviews Schedule sessions with your instructor in groups of 2 or 3 to get detailed feedback on milestone assignments TA Support TA’s are available from 2pm to 7pm PST, Monday through Friday, to line up with when most students are tackling assignments. 24/7 Cohort Access From Day 1, you’ll join our Discord community full of your fellow classmates and instructors, as well as have 24/7 access to our Learning Platform. Student Services Team If you ever find yourself struggling, reach out to our student services team! They are here to help with time management, tech issues, and more. Career Services Manager Starting Day 1 of your bootcamp, your Career Services Manager will help you create a tailored roadmap to the job of your dreams.
    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 / 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
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
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    Earlier this year I was in need of a career change after spending the past 8 years working as a real estate agent. Although I had been applying to several jobs outside my industry, I was having a difficult time landing a job, and it became clear that my current skills were just not bringing in the types of opportunities, salaries, or job locations that I desired. I came to the realization that I needed to go back to school.

    Following the advice of a career coach, I decided on attending a bootcamp versus going back for a masters degree. I always had an interest in web development, and learning how to code sounded like a great way to break into the tech industry and learn some marketable, in-demand skills that would help me build a solid foundation  for a new career. I began researching coding bootcamps on CourseReport, and decided on Coding Dojo due to the 3-full stack curriculum (at this location, Python, C#, and MEAN), phenomenal reviews, course schedule (14 weeks) and location (previously Tysons Corner, now Arlington, VA). I also learn best in an in-classroom, hands-on, immersive style program, so this course suits my learning style well.

    Prior to starting this program, I had no experience in coding, but ended up earning 3 blackbelts (highest honors) in each stack's final exam. However, that's not to say it was easy - quite the opposite! What makes this program challenging overall is the pace of how quickly it moves. So much material is covered each day, with all of the lessons, assignments, and projects, and it is difficult to complete everything in time. When the program says the most successful students put in 70-90 hours per week, they aren't kidding! Many students spend late nights and weekends working on assignments and projects, and may need to sacrifice something in their schedule, but in the end, it's so worth it.

    The program starts each day with algorithms, where students are tasked to solve complex coding challenges along with their cohort-mates, followed by a morning lecture covering programming concepts and code walk-throughs, and the rest of the day is spent working on assignments with sometimes an afternoon lecture. Each stack is 3 weeks long, followed by a final exam and project week where students get to dig deeper into languages, technologies, and topics they are passionate about. The program encourages creativity, and fosters an awesome community of peers who are all there to learn and grow. The connections you form at the school are invaluable and I can say many of my cohort-mates have become friends, and we plan to stay connected after graduation.

    The whole instruction and leadership team at the Arlington Campus is fantastic! William Goode is a talented and versatile teacher who always takes time to help students, and truly has a desire to see everyone succeed. He is able to break down complex concepts on a variety of programming languages, and his love for teaching and dedication to his students really shows. Rob Dahal is also a wonderful, hands-on instructor who has passion to see his students succeed and makes sure no one is left behind. Nina Ramiscal was my instructor for the Python stack, and she had a great ability to explain algorithms and walk through coding assignments with ease. All of the instructors are passionate about programming, and it's evident in the way they teach the material, and care about students.

    Overall, I cant speak highly enough about my experience at Coding Dojo! From the instructors and the rigorous course schedule, to the learning platform and the awesome community, this experience has been truly transformative! I highly recommend it if you're looking to change careers like I did, increase your skillset, or just starting out. If you enjoy hands-on learning, being challenged daily, and have a desire to grow professionally and personally through learning how to code, then you should definitely checkout Coding Dojo!

  • OC Onsite May 2019
    - 10/24/2019
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    Alexander Ege • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Coding Dojo has been a life changer for me. I joined the onsite program in May 2019 with little to no prior web development experience. I am leaving it now feeling more confident in my coding abilities than ever before. What you learn at coding dojo is more than just how to build a simple webpage from scratch. You learn how to grow as an individual and to work as a team with your peers. You learn to push your own boundaries and leave every day stronger than the day before.

    One of the most valuable assets of the onsite program is having other students around you going through the same thing that hold you accountable. I tried to learn many of these concepts on my own before coming to Coding Dojo but struggled to get the necessary help when I got stuck and ultimately ended up frustrated or overwhelmed. Youtube tutorials and aimless google searches will only get you so far. Having someone else to bounce ideas off or to peer program with is monumental for understanding. I felt Coding Dojo was the perfect environment to get the help I needed when I needed it.

    My cohort quickly became family as we spent countless hours together tackling challenge after challenge. As a bit of an introvert, this was a great opportunity for me to network and branch out and meet new people. Many of my cohort-mates are now some of my closest friends. I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this bootcamp and value every connection I made in the process. Use your classmates to your advantage and you'll be amazed at what you can all accomplish.

    The daily algorithms are very useful too. Each morning starts off with a new algorithm to conquer; putting to the test concepts you may have just learned earlier that week. When it comes time to applying to jobs, there is a large probability you will see one of these algorithms again in an interview. I found the daily algorithms to be a fun and exciting way to keep us challenged while also prepping us for real world interviews. Not only do you get to put your knowledge to the test, you get an opportunity to see how others approached a problem and discover new ways to solve it efficiently. Very valuable exposure for the job search process.

    As far as instructors go, I am happy to say I had some of the most remarkable instructors I could ask for. They came to work every day with a smile on their face and a clear drive to teach something they are passionate about. Even though they are scheduled to work from 9 to 5, you can often find them staying late to make sure we received the help we need. Their upbeat attitudes and wealth of knowledge makes coming in each day enjoyable. Unlike many of my college courses, these instructors are here because they are passionate about the subject matter and want to see their students succeed. At the OC Dojo I had the pleasure of learning from Neil M., Devon N., Chris B., and Prescott B. Each adding their own flavor to the material. Neil, the permanent instructor there, is sharp and charismatic. I don't think I have ever asked him a question he could not answer. Chris, Devon, and Prescott are also phenomenal instructors who are always ready to lend a helping hand without hesitation. Together, they make a solid team and the hard work they put in really shows. If you attend the OC Dojo, know you are in good hands.

    This bootcamp is a serious challenge. When they say 80+ hours a week, please take that number seriously. If you come into this bootcamp expecting it to be a casual 9-5, you will have a tough time. You will get out of this camp what you put in. Realistically, three months for three stacks is a tall order to fill. Once you get the hang of the pacing, however, you might find the challenge as addicting like I did. Coding can be fun, and Coding Dojo will help you discover that. You will learn how to be self-sufficient and reach levels of understanding you may have never thought you would ever reach.

    If you stick with it and persevere, you will leave this bootcamp a changed person. Not only will you have completed projects to show off in a Portfolio, you will have the skills needed to pursue any technology you desire. Quickly learning the ropes using the skills you learned at Coding Dojo. I would highly recommend this bootcamp to everyone. Regardless of your past experiences, if you put in the time, you will see results.

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    Coding Dojo offered me somthing that I theoritcally could have learned on my on but most likely wouldn't. Thanks to them I know 3 full frameworks and was to make my own web application.

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    - 10/21/2019
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    I attended the onsite immersive program for 14 weeks at Coding Dojo in Orange County. I learned a lot at a quick pace, the environment of students around me made me feel welcome and get into a productive mode. The assignments all lead to the next and it solidified my understanding of any new concept that came our way. It was a lot of hard work and anywhere from 60 to 90+ hours a week but it was well worth the effort!

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    I attended Coding Dojo starting in June of 2019. Right away I noticed that I was putting together the dots that I was missing trying to learn this on my own. The course was very demanding, but in a good way. I was very interested in the curriculum, they made it fun with real life applications, and small games. I started off in the Tech industry as a Graphic Designer, and felt like I wanted to do a little more. Coding Dojo made this dream a little more visual and I seen that I could anything if I put my mind to it , it I persevere. After the Camp they helped me reshape my resume, and apply my skills to the job search. Im currently looking but I learned that the Journey isn't over until you reach your goals.

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       I enjoyed finding out the environment and culture of programming. I learned so much! I appreciate learning about the immense value programming has for almost every piece of technology. Regarding the instructors, I appreciate how they told our cohort the high expectations, from the very beginning.

       Having finished a master's thesis only five months ago, the daily schedule during this bootcamp experience was more demanding! I learned to sleep less, think about homework more, and often work on coding through the night. If you would like to say "Hello World" to the "crunch time" that game developers talk about, if you would like to know the lifestyle of the programming greats, or if you would like to take on one of the most difficult challenges of your life, an onsite, immersive experience at Coding Dojo might just be the right fit for you. I recommend coming to an open house, talking personally with the instructors, and getting a tour of the Coding Dojo location that interests you.

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    - 10/5/2019
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    I have been a student at Coding dojo. I joined the online software developement program. I had some background with computer science, that made it easier for me to further learn and make projects using HTML, CSS and Javascript. With Python I selected C# for my third stack and the instructors helped me understand basic requirements. I would recommemd this program to starters as this bootcamp provides 24/7 assistance from TA's and the instructors are really supportive.

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    I attended the Onsite Immersive Course, which is a 14 week course. You start in Web Delevopment, going into Python, C#, and then MEAN (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js). After graduating High School, I was always at dead end jobs. After having my child, I knew I had to do something quick. My brother came up to me asking if I wanted to join this intense boot camp with him and I agreed. On day one we dove head on with code, learning front end development and algorithms. They ask you put in as much time as you possibly can, hoping for around 80+ hours. I myself, at the beginning, put in around that much, but as I became more comfortable, I started attending for about 60+ hours. There were multiple moments were I hit a wall, but having someone close who also attended definitely helped out. At some points, the curriculum would be outdated, or very unhelpful, but they highly incourage you to google as much as you possible can. Google is 100% your best friend during this course. If you are interested in the tech field at all, or just curious. There are times where an instructor can not be found, or they are in depth with another student, which can be very aggrivating. Having the other students around you will help with keeping you moving forward, and are very helpful if you get stuck. I highly recommend you come to this course; even if you do not plan on doing anything with coding, learning how the world around you works is amazing. Many times I will see something where I now think how it could run more efficently, or just how it may work.

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    I attended the onsite immersive program for 14 weeks at Coding Dojo in the Seattle area. Before I started the program, I had little to no prior knowledege or experience in the field of technology. I spent a lot of long hours, (80+) each day at the Dojo working on assignments. The goal of the program is to prepare students to become self sufficient developers by giving in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies that are in demand in the tech industry. You will spend most of the time learning the language on your own and sometimes with other small groups of people. One thing that sets Coding Dojo apart from other bootcamps is they have a one hour session in the morning that is mainly focused towards algorithims and data structures. The instructors give a mini lecture and students work in groups to solve real world algorithims that could be brought up during a real interview for a job opputunity. Most of the instructors were helpful with guidence and support. One thing to change could be updating the platform to what is current such as the versions of the technolgy. Overall, I enjoyed my time at Coding Dojo, putting long grueling hours was well worth it in the end of my 14 weeks! 

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    If I had to rate my experience while attending Coding Dojo Berkeley. I would have to say that deciding to attend the bootcamp was one of the best decisions that I have made for myself. The rate at which you learn is phenomenal. The amount of material that I learned in the three months whille in the bootcamp would have taken me years on my own. Not only did I learn all of these skills, I've met great people also. The instructors are really helpful and patient. The manager always makes sure that the students are always accommodated. Overall, Coding Dojo is great! I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

     
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    - 9/7/2019
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    The program is intense. Be prepared to commit the time (80+hrs/wk) and energy. You will get out of the program what you put in. I averaged around 84hrs a week through the whole course, with some weeks being less and others much more.

    DO NOT SKIP DAYS. Don't even skip morning algorithms. Get there early, get your coffee, and get motivated.

    Your cohort is your team. They will have different backgrounds and approaches. Learn from them and they will learn from you. ALWAYS offer to trouble shoot their code if they are struggling and be welcoming to requests for help. Reading and diagnosing their code is of immense value to you and you have much to learn from the experience.

    DO NOT GET HUNG UP ON THE WHY. There are decisions language designers made about languages and modules and libraries that will not make sense, often because their reasoning is beyond the scope of your initial learning. Getting hung up on why prevents you from progressing.

    PART OF THE LEARNING IS ERRORS. You will get them. You will need to research them. This is part of the learning experience and it is VERY important to your future career. As I write this, my first software contract is for a machine learning implementation. I anticipate a lot of errors and there will be no one to tell me the answers or course material to correct my deficiencies. Which leads me to...

    THE TWENTY MINUTE RULE- Obey. Do not sit there and churn your wheels. Seek help once you've spent the time giving it a good try. You may not resolve every problem in 20 mins and that is fine. You learn something every time. Continuing your progression, during the course, is more important than solving every problem on your own.

    You will find errors in the material; you will encounter parts that are not as well-explained as you would like. Guess what. The same goes for technology documentation. While I'd love for ever part of the course to be explained in just the right way for me (and Coding Dojo should always try to improve their material), getting around these obstructions is a learning experience too. Do your part to help by giving good feedback and reporting errors when you find them. Several changes in Windows related materials were corrected post-haste when my cohort reported them and their solutions.

    On that note, GET FAMILIAR with your computer. Do not buy it three days before course start. You want to be familiar with the computer and know it will be good to work from. You may find typing for a few hours, the keyboard is uncomfortable or that it is a lemon or defective. These are not things to find out on day one or two nor something to battle continuously through the program. If you can, practice working across two screens. This is very important skill.

    MOST IMPORTANT- Your attitude. This program does not hand everything to you on a platter, much less one made of silver. You will work for your knowledge. This is good preparation for the working world. Your fellow cohort members will be like your future co-workers and your instructor will be like your leadership on a project. Learn to function in the environment.

    Good luck.

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        As cliche as it sounds you really do get out what you put in with this bootcamp. Given that, if you really want to get the most out of it, you should go into this bootcamp with at least some coding experience. If you have never coded before it’s a big risk just jumping into a bootcamp assuming that you will a) have the aptitude for it and b) enjoy it. When I joined this bootcamp I already had some coding experience: I have an engineering degree in another discipline and did some light coding when I was a kid (I believe I had a Geocities page at some point). For me this bootcamp was relatively easy but I definitely had moments where I did struggle. From what I observed from my less technically inclined peers, many of them struggled, but the ones that actually put in the full 70-90 hours a week (closer to 90) really excelled. For example, one of the students I worked with on a project had previously worked as an auto-body mechanic. He ended up taking one of the exams early because he was putting 12+ hour days, six days a week and prepared for this bootcamp weeks in advance. I would never have known he had no experience in coding before. So you really do get out what you put in.

        As to the actual content of the bootcamp, the camp is divided into sections. The first two weeks you learn HTML, CSS, javascript, Jquery, SQL and git. These are going to be the fundamentals you are going to use throughout the bootcamp. Next you start your first stack, the Python Stack which is three weeks. After Python you spend a week on projects and/or test retakes, you do this after each stack. The last two stacks are C# and MEAN which are also three weeks with a project/test retake week after. As you can see they move very quickly here, they probably only spend about two days on language fundamentals and the rest on frameworks. Because it is so fast paced, I personally feel we don’t get enough of a deep dive into each language/stack. Personally, and at least one other graduate has had this idea, I think they should only do two stacks and do a deeper dive into each stack.

        Most of your learning takes place from readings and assignments on their platform. The platform does enough to walk you through the process of creating web apps, however I wish it got more in depth as I mentioned above. After this bootcamp you really are going to have to buckle down and take a deeper dive into each stack to really understand them. Additionally, sometimes that platform is flat out wrong. For example, one of the instructors tried to do a deployment demo using the platform and he had to stop because there were to many issues with it so he said he was going to re-write that section on the platform, which he did. The platform also had videos where instructors would walk through code however most of the time I didn’t find it very helpful so I’d watch them at 2X speed. 

        The instructors are great, it is true that some of them are former students who haven’t worked in the industry before however they are still very knowledgeable (they go through a six month on the job training before they are full fledged instructors) and passionate. My only complaint about the instructors is that there were not enough of them or TAs. For example, because of some circumstances, the entire dojo only had one instructor for three cohorts for about a week. Many of us were not happy about that.

        In summary, while this bootcamp may have it’s faults, this is a great bootcamp for those who are highly motivated, can sacrifice basically almost all their waking time for 14-weeks, have at least a little previous programming experience and are independent learners.  

     

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