Cultivating Coders is an Albuquerque-based intensive 8-week coding bootcamp focused on web application development fundamentals and technical training. During the program, students work on projects to help local non-profit organizations in the community. Cultivating Coders aims to prepare each student to be a junior level web developer upon graduation, and has relationships with technology companies and agencies to help graduates find employment.
Cultivating Coders wants to bring coding classes to the rural, Tribal and city areas where this sort of training is not yet available, and help increase the number of minorities in the technology industry. Cultivating Coders is a registered Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act training provider.
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Recent Cultivating Coders Reviews: Rating 4.13
High School Summer Bootcamp
Full Stack Web Development (MEAN STACK), Full time course 8 weeks long. 2017 Locations: Gallup, NM; Farmington, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Clarksdale, MS Check the schedule on www.cultivatecoders.com
- Payment Plan
- Scholarships available in select areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Minimum Skill Level
- Basic computer skills and proficient typing skills.
- Placement Test
Cultivating Coders Reviews
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I was in the Android Development Bootcamp that ended on the 29th of March. All I can say is that the course poorly planned and terribly executed. I had reservations going in but I chose to believe the things Charles Ashely told us. Ultimately he let myself and rest of the class down and this course was largely a waste of my time.
If you put the work in, the results that you get out will be worth it. The Cultivating Coders full stack will build a strong foundation that you can build a career upon. Our instructor Kyle really pushed us to to be more than just coders. We worked on REAL projects that actual clients used! Never thought I would have this type of chance living out on the Res.
The program is awesome if you put the time and effort in to get the most of what they have to offer. Most days I was putting in between 10 and 12 hours studying and working on projects, but it pays off. I highly recommend going to a Cultivating Coders camp, but be ready to work like crazy if you want to get results.
Cultivating Coders changed my life. I learned the basics of programming and I think what makes the program so different is that people there are truly passionate about coding and see it as a lifelong craft. I thank all the people I've learned with.
Learn love code <3
This Web development Bootcamp could not have been any worse. If you are skeptical about the veracity of my extremely negative comments about Cultivating Coders along with its owner, Charles Ashley, I'd advise you to check out the Cultivating Coders website: you'll discover that Cultivating Coders lacks a basic curriculum, a syllabus, and even fails to provide a basic outline of the material to be covered in its Bootcamp.
Personally speaking, I registered for the 2016 Bootcamp taught at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. The class consisted of 11 students -- each and every one of whom found the Bootcamp experience horrific. According to owner, Charles Ashley, the course was to focus on the MEAN stack. MEAN refers to Mongo DB, Express, Angular, and Node. The students received Certificates of Achievement following the completion of the Bootcamp, specifically indicating (demonstrated) competence with respect to each of these four technologies. Ironically, however, the instructors failed to offer any instruction on either Mongo or Angular. After receiving numerous student complaints/grievances, Ashley initially offered to take an additional weekend of time to teach Mongo and Angular. Ultimately (and predictably, however), Ashley predictably failed to keep this promise.
The job placement rate among these 11 students continues to stand at 0% -- a rather remarkable feat.
At this point in time, Cultivating Coders no longer offers Web Development Bootcamps with one exception: Cultivating Coders offers Bootcamps to minority Native American, High School students -- students who lack the sophistication to discern that Cultivating Coders is nothing more than a sham, a scam, and taught by fraudsters.
In sum, Cultivating Coders instructors are entirely incompetent. They don't even take the time to prepare their lectures beforehand. One of the instructors and co-owners of Cultivating Coders no longer works for this company: his first name is Charles -- I cannot recall his last name.
While I can go on and on about this sham and scam that goes by the name, "Cultivating Coders," I'll stop by simply and strongly advising potential students to refrain from enrolling in Cultivating Coders Bootcamps. PLEASE: TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK OUT THE CULTIVATING CODERS WEBSITE. You will find that Cultivating Coders entirely fails to provide any information about its Bootcamps -- a strategic decision by Cultivating Coders, so that it's more difficult for students to hold Cultivating Coders accountable.
Key facts to take away: (a) with the exception of several Native American High School students, zero Cultivating Coders' former students have found employment as Web Developers; (b) with respect to Cultivating Coders' most recently offered Bootcamp -- Web Development and the Android Platform -- suffice it to say that the entire class of students had signed a petition decrying the horrendous course instruction; (c) PLEASE CHECK OUT THE CULTIVATING CODERS' WEBSITE -- YOU'LL DISCOVER THAT THE WEBSITE CONTAINS ABSOLUTELY NO INFORMATION ABOUT THE CULTIVATING CODERS' BOOTCAMPS. That's enough for now.
Cultivating Coders is currently in the completion phase of their Android course in Albuquerque NM. Each student spend approximately $7500.00 -7900.00 for this course.
Charles Ashely was forewarned early on that the instructor was effectively not versed in Android technology, all the computers provided as part of the purchase totally failed in its ability to handle the software, the instructor was often absent, did not fulfill promises such as supplying comprehensive write-ups for material he did not teach, did not supply any (none at all) teaching material, no homework, no practice on what little was taught...the list goes on. Charles Ashely's answer to this problem was to present himself to the entire class to criticize the students for "being the worst class....hey, you came to me not the other way around".....
Weeks later, Charles Ashely still had not addressed the concerns. Finally and without any choice, our class signed a petition against him and the instructor (John Borden) asking for an explanation, a refund and / or solution.
Charles Ashely now wont even present himself to the class to at least offer an explanation. This is not a business person doing good for himself and others. Charles found a cash-cow and as long as he gets your money, the rest is not consequential. This is the impression he leaves. He has not addressed the class petition against him.
Make sure your contract allows you a refund in the event the same occurs to you. More so, attend a program from a well established entity and with a respected reputation.
Cultivating Coders and Charles Ashely are not worth the time or effort. Do not attend.
The first week I thought I would die..but the teachers really were receptive to my needs and took an active role into helping me build my dream site and my dream future...I now will have a chance to have a future where I can be financally succure and live a better quality of life. I now have a way to take my talents and reach the dreams and asperations that could never have been reached without this class...Thank You so much for believing in me=)
If you want to learn a skill set that will reward you with a great career, Cultivating Coders is the way to go. I plan to continue studying coding with the help of my mentors, Charles and John who I now call my friends.
Great intro course to coding! I went in knowing almost nothing about writing code. I came out with a firm grasp on building and launching responsive web sites. The teacher/student interaction was great. Help was always readily available even after hours! the networking also will be very helpful to my future as a web developer. Thank you John, Charles, Krieg, Chase, Dana, and Kyle for all the knowledge!
This is one of the very amazing an awesome bootcamp that i ever took. I now have the ability to work on some computer/ websites, knowing how to start one up from scratch an making it look the way that i want it to look I have some good skills in the backend of website building all thanks to this bootcamp. This is one job that i would have never seen myself in, but all thanks to my great instructors i now a Web developer.
I've really enjoyed taking the Cultivating Coders Bootcamp classes in Farmington, New Mexico. Learning about mobile and web developing curriculum has changed my life in a way that there are more opportunties than I have had before I graduated the course. I'm really thankful for this opportunity to help my family become financially stable. Also being able to take and share this knowledge of computer coding to my family members whom may be interested in the program is a true honor.
I strongly recommend the Cultivating Coders Bootcamp program for any individual who is interested in computer coding. It will change your life for the better, and more opportunities will be available.
Ahe'ee, thank you to the Cultivating Coders Instructors and fellow classmates for the love & support to get through the 1st 8 week coding bootcamp together, and for that I am truly grateful. .
I have to admit Cultivating Coders has given me the opportunity to learn web designing and development that i couldnt in my area due to lack of financial aid and courses offered in my area especially to Native Americans. It has changed my life in such a way that i will never forget the choice i made to learn these skills that i never thought i would learn.
I would highly recommend Cultivating Coders to anyone that wants to learn something new, interested or want a change in their life.
I believe i will stick with Coding throughout my future since nowadays coding is everywhere.
This was literally the best decision I've made in my entire life. I knew what coding was, but I was not familiar with it. Just due to the fact that I was never introduced to it. Coding is an art, and I'm a very artistic person. So I'm more than thankful that cultivating coders has given me the chance to and provided me an extraordinary skill set. I only plan to extend my knownlege in coding with the help of my amazing mentor's at cultivating coders.
The best career decision I've eve made.
This unbelieveable curriculum is fast paced but, full of much needed infromation. Cultivating Coders has the best instructors and support. Taking the leap and join the 8 week program has changed my life.
I was offered a postion with one of Cultivating Coders partners just a few weeks after my graduation. I would be crazy not to reccomend Cultivating Coders to any driven indiviual who is looking to take thier coding skills to the next level.
Cultivating Coders Bootcamp was everything I expected and more. The course curriculum was well thought out and implemented. The 8 week bootcamp was exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Learning the most I could during the 8 weeks provided a foundation where I can begin my career in web application development. I am grateful for being apart of the first graduating class of Cultivating Coders.
I had the unfortunate opportunity of enrolling in the "Android Bootcamp." The instructors were awful, and the entire class of students ultimately found it necessary to sign a petition, demanding that owner, Charles Ashley, provide a full refund or some explanation as to why the course was so incompetently taught. Ultimately, Ashley blamed the students for signing up for the course. He stated that the students came to him, rather than the other way around.
Based upon my personal experiences with Cultivating Coders, I'd admonish potential students to stay away from this scam -- i.e. Cultivating Coders.
And the good thing is that there's another coding Bootcamp in the Albuquerque region, which has been operating for many years. It's called "Deep Dive Coding." It's taught in partnership with CNN. You can find all of the details at the following website: https://stemuluscenter.org/. Compare the "Deep Dive Coding" Bootcamp's website which provides extensive and exhaustive info. about the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp, with the Cultivating Coders website, http://cultivatecoders.com/ which provides zero information about the Cultivating Coders Bootcamp.
Moreover, while Cultivating Coders Bootcamp charges $8000 for 8 weeks of instruction, "Deep Dive Coding" charges $6495 for 10-12 weeks of instruction. In addition, unlike students who complete the Cultivating Coders Bootcamp and who are typically unable to secure post-Bootcamp employment, the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp enrollees on ave. earn $45000 per year after completing their Bootcamp. Perhaps this is why Cultivating Coders refuses to publish or otherwise make known to anyone either (a) what proportion of graduating students have been able to obtain employment as web developers, or (b) even the median salary among graduates of Cultivating Coders Bootcamp.
To obtain a feel as to the many differences between Cultivating Coders Bootcamp, and the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp, I'd urge you to visit the respective web pages.
This is what I know. I completed the "Android" Web Development Cultivating Coders Bootcamp, and I'm close to 100 percent certain that zero graduating students have been able to obtain employment in web development. Just prior to the "Android Bootcamp," Cultivating Coders held a Bootcamp at the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. I was told by a reliable source, but cannot independently confirm, that zero graduating students were able to secure employment as web developers.
Interestingly, Cultivating Coders makes it clear that it provides absolutely no post-Bootcamp employment assistance. In fact, Cultivating Coders even acknowledges in writing that it provides absolutely no post-Bootcamp employment services. On the other hand, Deep Dive Coding provides a host of employment services for it graduating students.
I will remain anonymous since I'm not particularly interested in finding myself the victim of the pettiness of Charles Ashley -- I've already experienced it..
I've read the reviews authored by former Cultivating Coders' Bootcamp students/participants. And some of them make me laugh. For example, I've read the review from former student, [retracted]. According to the review, the class "even took a field trip." What [retracted] failed to note was that the so-called field trip consisted of the instructors and students visiting a sinkhole a mere 50 yards from the campus. In my mind, this hardly counts as a "field trip." Moreover, Cultivating Coders admittedly offers absolutely no job assistance. Just check out the description of Cultivating Coders at this very website: according to this website, Cultivating Coders admits that it fails to provide any job-assistance of any kind.
It's ironic that many former students gave Cultivating Coders 5 stars with respect to the "Job Assistance" category -- since Cultivating Coders readily admits that it provides absolutely no job assistance.
If I were you, I'd place more confidence in the most current reviews authored by former Cultivating Coders Bootcamp participants/students.
In sum, this Bootcamp is nothing but a scam. I'd like to provide 0 out of 5 stars for the various category "ratings". Unfortunately, I'm required to provide at least 1 of 5 stars. Suffice it to say that this Bootcamp was worthless. In the end, the students typically don't make any payments in order to participate in this Bootcamp. Instead, the Bootcamp fees are paid by the taxpayers of the State of New Mexico.
Because I've seen that Cultivating Coders' employees have behaved quite vindictively, in the past, I've decided to leave an anonymous review -- just to prevent Cultivating Coders from blackballing me at some point in the future.
Totally blessed to have the opportunity to take these 8 week coding classes, it has open new doors to my future, not just for myself but within my family and community. Thanks for the knowledge you have passed on to us Gallup instructors, you guys are awesome!
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