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DevMountain

Dallas, Lehi, Online, Phoenix, Provo, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

DevMountain

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DevMountain is a technology school that offers full-time and part-time programs at campuses in Lehi, Dallas, and Phoenix. The immersive courses include iOS Development, Software QA, User Experience Design, and Web Development. The Web track covers front-end and back-end JavaScript (HTML/CSS, jQuery, AngularJS, Node.js, Express, data sources like SQL, Mongo, Firebase). The iOS track covers mobile development in Swift. The UI/UX course covers prototyping, visual/motion design, sketch, adobe suite, UX research, wireframing, and analytical tools. DevMountain instructors are all coding industry professionals and aim to bring real-world applications into the classroom. The immersive courses require 40 to 60 hours of pre-course work, 40 hours of class per week, and 10 to 20 hours of work outside of the classroom. The part-time programs require 30 to 40 hours of pre-course work, 11 hours of class per week, and 10 to 20 hours of work outside of the classroom. The school was started in 2013 in Provo, Utah. 

The first step to applying for DevMountain bootcamp is to check out the courses and start dates. Once the student has picked a course, they must submit an online application. Next, students speak with a member of the admissions team by phone to further discuss the program. After the phone call, students must complete a challenge to test their knowledge of the course subject matter. Finally, the admissions team will notify students if they qualify for acceptance. DevMountain recommends that students have some exposure to coding before applying. 

The goal of the courses at DevMountain it to prepare students to successfully enter these computer focused fields. DevMountain holds events such as a Meet & Hire Employer Lunch and a demo day to help students network and find a job.

DevMountain provides student housing included in the tuition. The furnished apartments are walking distance to the campus. DevMountain education can be financed through a loan and they also provide some educational scholarships.

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  • iOS Development Immersive

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    Xcode, Objective-C, Design, Mobile, User Experience Design, iOS, Swift
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$10,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLehi
    Want to build iOS (iPhone/iPad) apps? There is no better place to learn. You'll start building apps on Day 1 of the class, and by the end you'll have at least one app in the App Store (possibly even making you money). Classes are rigorous, and previous programming experience is definitely preferred, but if you're up to the challenge, you can become a great iOS developer with a start in this course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelProgramming experience preferred, beginners welcome
    Prep WorkOnce accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Software QA Testing Immersive

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    AngularJS, Git
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$7,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLehi
    Our 6-week immersive software QA bootcamp will prepare you with the skills needed to become a competitive candidate for junior-level software QA engineer positions. Instruction consists of instructor lectures, guest lecturers, guided projects, individual projects, group projects, and real projects with corporate clients. Students will work collaboratively with the lead instructor and mentors throughout the course. Through experience in specific technologies and frameworks that are popular today, students can achieve a flexible outlook that is comfortable and eager to tackle new technologies in a fast-moving and ever-changing industry.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOnce accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UI/UX Design After Hours

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    Design, User Experience Design
    In PersonPart Time11 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$4,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLehi
    Our "After Hours" course is a great way to dive into UX without having to quit your job or school. It's still extremely intense, but allows for a more flexible format. Classes are held nights and weekends. This class is great for those who are interested in UX, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX Design Immersive

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    Design, Product Management, User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$10,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLehi
    If you're a designer, product person, developer, or simply interested in taking a dive into UX (user experience), this class is for you. Our "Immersive" full-time UI/UX course makes the most of class time because we focus on less theory and more hands-on practice. You're probably already doing some UX whether you know it or not and this course will help you give structure to your innate thoughts through industry know how and structured design processes. The design course at DevMountain is multi-faceted, covering all aspects of the design process from start to finish. While covering both mobile and web design principles students will practice creative discovery, ideation, critical thinking, research collection, wireframing / prototyping, basic front-end coding and more design best practices. The class will teach students to understand and meet modern web and mobile design standards in the product creation process, from first pondering user centered design and design thinking principles to testing their products on multiple devices and measuring the effectiveness of their designs. Students will also learn design principles such as grid systems, typography, color theory, branding and systems-based design, design history and research methods. By the end of the 13-week course, the new designers will graduate with a well-rounded portfolio of work that shows everything they have learned and can achieve in the workplace. This class is great for those who are interested in UX, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset. The course will prepare students to step into a variety of design roles: web designer, mobile designer, UX designer, UI designer, front-end designer, freelance designer, and more.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development After Hours

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    AngularJS, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS
    In PersonPart Time11 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$10,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationLehi
    Our "After Hours" course is a great way to dive into code without having to quit your job or school. It's still extremely intense, but allows for a more flexible format. Classes are held nights and weekends. This class is great for those who are interested in coding, need some skills to better their employment options, or simply learn a new skillset.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOnce accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development Immersive

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    MySQL, AngularJS, HTML, jQuery, Mobile, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Lehi, Dallas, Phoenix
    The full-time class is the best immersive coding experience you can find. It's a world-class coding education. It's also a grind--8 or 10 or 12 hour days of instruction, 1:1 mentoring, and work. You'll live, eat, sleep, and breathe code for 12 weeks. And when you're done, you'll be a different person. This class is great for those who are serious about learning to code. If you want to code as a career, this is the place to do it. There's no better place in the country for this price to get nearly two years worth of world-class education.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    DevMountain has partnerships with Climb and SkillsFund.

    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkOnce accepted, students must complete pre-course work before first day of class.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

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  • Spencer Kekauoha • Mentor DevMountain • Graduate
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    Prior to attending DevMountain, I had concerns about the effectiveness of bootcamps and the prospects of finding a career upon graduation.  I was accepted into DevMountain and a Master's Program in Information Systems at the same time, but after researching DevMountain I decided to go there instead.  I couldn't be happier with my decision.

    DevMountain ended up being the best educational experience I've ever had.  The course was very challenging and the outcome really depended on how much time you wanted to put in.  The curriculum was solid and makes you learn how to problem solve.

    The instructors and staff at DevMountain are awesome and put all their energy into making sure each student succeeds.  

    Overall, DevMountain taught me how to learn on my own and gave me the skills to confidently jump into the tech industry.  I highly recommend DevMountain if you are interested in learning how to code and want to jump start a new career.

     

  • Trevor Casey • Front End Developer • Graduate
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    DevMountain was the perfect environment for me to really learn Full Stack JavaScript development. Like many others I did a lot of research before choosing to go here. I looked into a few boot camps like DevPoint Labs, Hack Reactor, Tuiring School, The Iron Yard & DevMountain. But for me all things pointed back to DevMountain and the biggest deciding factor was how much effort they put into making sure that their students and graduates found jobs. 

    My advice is this, if you want to just learn how to code and don't need to do it in a hurry then there are plenty of great FREE resources online. However if you want if you want to jump start your career and have the confidence that it'll work out, then go to DevMountain.

    They have great instructors and solid curriculum and do everything they can to help you succeed. 

  • Alex Trevisanut • Mentor for DevMountain • Graduate
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    If you're looking for a change in a different trajectory and enjoy code; DevMountain is for you. I'd only taken one CS course prior to attending here. Now I'm graduated and feel like I have all the tools I need to succeed in my career. Aside from having wonderful teachers, mentors, and resources available, one of the most valuable things DevMountain teaches you is how to learn, so that even after you leave, you can continue to grow your skillset exponentially. Before attending, I did thorough research on multiple bootcamps, and by far DevMountain was the best. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a way to kickstart their career in Web Development or make a career change.

  • Skyler • iOS Developer • Graduate
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    I attended the iOS immersive summer cohort at Dev Mountain in 2015. I entered Dev Mountain with the determination to change my career from the medical field to iOS Development. Dev Mountain had a great comfortable learning environment which included snacks, comfortable seating/lounging areas and dedicated teachers and mentors who not only know how to code, but also know how to teach others how to code (those are two concepts that are hard to find together). I started the class with very limited programming knowledge so I asked a lot of questions. The teachers and mentors were great at helping me feel comfortable and not stupid for asking questions. I attribute my success to the fact that mentors were available to answer questions daily, and who got to know me personally. If you are driven to learn, and are willing to pay the price (eat drink sleep in code) then Dev Mountain will provide you with the tools to successfully transition into becoming a developer. I have recommended this to friends and family, and several of my friends and family who have attended recieved similar experiences. I now work full time as an iOS Developer as a result of personal effort and what I learned at Dev Mountain. 

  • James • iOS Developer • Graduate
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    I'm someone who learns very independently, so I very seriously considered learning iOS development on my own by using free/cheap resources online. But in the end I decided that no matter how quick a learner someone is, or how much of a self starter, everyone needs a road map. It's hard to chart your own course when you don't really know the destination. So I signed up for the immersive iOS development course at DevMountain in SLC, worked my tail off, and got a great job afterward. The current lead instructor is probably the smartest person I know, and even if the curriculum were crummy and disorganized, I would pay all over again just to have the opportunity to pick his brain. With that said, the curriculum is not crummy. In fact, the curriculum is pretty freaking awesome, and just keeps gettin better. Without the shackles of government funding, DevMountain can make changes at the drop of a hat to make sure students are getting the most out of their experience. Overall, they do an awesome job.

    I just need to caveat that while DevMountain is awesome, you aren't going to get an awesome job if you don't put in the time and effort. Do the precourse work. Do it a second time if you didn't understand it all that much. Do it a third time if you need. Then go take the course, and treat it like it's the only thing in your life that matters while it lasts. Don't goof off. Take a good lunch break, but also maybe take part of your lunch break to work on projects and get ahead or make sure you really, really understand what was covered in the morning. Finish every project independently at some point. If you have to get help the first time through, that's fine. But then do it again. And then do it again without any of the instructions. Get to the point where you can make all of these projects completely on your own and then you can build on them to and combine different topics and make even cooler things. If you don't do that and you come away from DevMountain struggling to find a job, that's on you. And DevMountain can't really help you get a job if you haven't put forth the effort needed to be marketable.

    Summary: My DevMountain experience was awesome. I essentially got paid back for tuition almost immediately after graduation because my new job paid enough that it just instantly made up for a few months of not working and dipping into savings, and now the investment will just be paying off more and more for as long as I stay in this field, which is likely forever. 

  • Chris Myers • Graduate
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    Before I took the course I had never programmed before. Here is a site that I have created because of DevMountain trackourtruck.com

  • I love DevMtn
    - 8/23/2016
    Bob Cook • Javascript Developer • Graduate
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    This School was worth every penny. I graduated from University last year and spent months unsuccesfully finding a job. After 3 months at DevMountain I found a job within 2 weeks of graduating. 

    Pros:

    I learned so much, so quickly. Seriously every day is just a firehose of knowledge and you are trying to catch as much of it as you can. In the past I finished my bachelors degree and this was so much more intense. The Instructors are so good and the mentors were always there to answer the questions I had. Also the Job preparation week and instruction was one of the most useful courses that I have ever participated in. I did get a job very quickly afterwards.

    Cons:

    You will have to work...HARD. There were so many nights that I stayed there until 9 or 10 at night. You need to have that expectation, so that you can be successful. Expect to struggle. You will have new concepts being thrown at you left and right, and the struggle is real, but totally worth it.

  • Jason • iOS Developer • Graduate
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    Enrolling in DevMountain was arguably the decision that has had the quickest impact on my career. I had zero experience with mobile development outside of being an avid consumer of the variety of applications.

    DevMountain helped me start learning faster than any other method I had tried in the past. A ton of people argue that bootcamps are a waster of money when there are so many free resources available online. It is true that there is a lot of free resources out there, but nothing compares to the fast pace at which DevMountain kickstarted my learning!

    DevMountain was the perfect enviornment for my learning style. This is the way I learn. With people in front of me, helping me, assisting me, pushing me, and getting my hands on actual real world projects. Learning side by side with other students. Not staring at a computer screen alone in my basement. 

    The course is great for students who have the desire to learn. DevMountain helped me kickstart my mobile development career faster than any other way possible. Going from no development experience to having a mobile software developer job in 3 months is crazy. It was a hard challenge. On day 1 I gave myself the goal to do all the assignments and work and the curriculum. The course and my mentors/instructors showed me what was possible and through a ton of hard work, everything worked out for me in the end.

    On the flip side, I saw a hand full of students in my class struggle because they weren't as dedicated. You have to want it.

    If you are serious about changing your career or gaining valuable skills in tech, go to DevMountain.

  • David Moore • UX Designer • Graduate
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    I really enjoyed my time at DevMountain, and it's working out for me. I wanted a job as a front end developer or a UX designer, and I'm currently halfway through a UX design internship, and taking interviews for front end developer jobs.

    Pros: The energy and excitement was palpable. The instructors really want you to succeed, and care about your success, especially if you are working hard, which they can tell if you are. The pace is so fast and the expectations are so high that you learn more than you ever could alone. Expect to put in 10-14 hour days. You have to really want to work in order for the experience to be positive, which I did, so I loved it. I got a job I wanted, and I think it was pretty much directly because of this bootcamp, and the work I put in after that was inspired by the work ethic I got from this place. I loved it.

    Cons: It's expensive. Sometimes it feels overpriced. The mentors are all people who got hired from the previous classes (aka cohorts), so don't expect CS majors. They're green. Instructors are professionals, not professional teachers. You have to own your success. You have to be responsible for getting what you paid for. Seek out help, don't be shy, don't get discouraged. You will probably have one or two minor(ish) mental breakdowns while attending. Just keep perservering and you'll be amazed what you can accomplish, but expect it to be REALLY difficult at times.

    Overall: It's by no means a guarantee, and judging from hearsay the numbers of their students who are employed are somewhat inflated. You have to work really, really hard while you're there, and then you have to keep working really, really hard afterwards, but for me this seems to have been a turning point in my career. Do it if you're hungry for it!

  • John • Graduate
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    I did the part-time cohort in Provo, and it delivered on my expectations. I was hesistant going into it because I didn't know if part-time would help me as much as the full-time class. But looking back at it, the Part-time class was perfect for my situation. I wasn't looking for a job, but more so a training in code. I am a designer. I have focused on design my whole career and I wanted to understand how my designs from the perspective of code. After only a few weeks at DevMoutain's part-time class I was able to more effectively communicate and understand development. DevMountain gets you coding in week 1 and it doesn't stop there. You are continuously learning some front end or backend technology and it is challenging. But not hard enough that it pushed me over the edge, but just enough that it really made me think and dedicate time to learning. If you are going to take the part-time class, you have to dedicate "outside of class" time to your projects and learning. I am grateful I did, because now I understand how web applications work and have experience doing a ton of building. Every night I found myself writing code and on class nights I would be doing it with teachers and mentors. It really helped having people there who knew what they are doing. Especially when I got stuck. The mentors gave me context that I really couldn't find anywhere else. I seriously think without DevMountain I would still be in the same spot I was before -- trying to learn on my own and stuck on some stupid piece of code.

    If you want a full time job in web development, I would probably reccommend that you dedicate a lot of time to learning through out the 16 weeks of the part time program. If you are paying for the 16 weeks, you need to take advanatage of those 16 weeks. I did, and it paid off. I 100% reccommend DevMountain.

  • Awesome Program
    - 8/8/2016
    Brack Carmony • Web Developer • Graduate
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    Devmountain was a great experience for me.  It is a fast pased program that will push to become an independent developer.  

    My biggest recomendation is to take your prepetration seriously before coming.  They are trying to make you competative with 4 year college grads in just 3 months, so you'll want all the preperation you can bring with you.  

  • Zac Anger • Frontend Dev • Graduate
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    DevMountain was a great experience. I learned more here, faster, than I could've in probably two years on my own, and came out of it making about twice what I was making before, doing something I love. The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because (when I went, over winter 2015-2016) the curriculum badly needed to be updated and made consistent. I've heard from later cohorts that they've put a lot of effort into that, though. I'd definitely recommend this place over just about any other bootcamp (I did my research beforehand and ruled out all others except for HackReactor and DevLeague).

  • Natasha Shelley • Jr Web Developer at LDS Church • Graduate
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    I had very little coding experience before DevMountain. I was exposed to the atmosphere of hard and fun work when my husband was going through IOS program at the same school. I loved being around people that came to the bootcamp from various paths of life and worked their tails off to improve their coding skills and chances of getting a better job. I quickly decided that this was going to be the school I would join. I chose web development since I was more familiar with the languages and my journey began. 
       Every day was filled with hard work that was done under a cheerful supervision of mentors ready to help when you are stuck. The curriculum was pretty much magical. You know, the kinda magic that allows you to realize that with little to no experience you are able to build a whole app (front and backend) within a matter of 6 weeks!

    The price was so worth it! Now, I still have access to all the lectures of the course, I can hang out at the campus if I want to work on a side project. I love hackathons that they organize for everyone that wants to join. Nice to see familiar faces. I love to belong to the  community DevMountain built. 

    They also have an amazing course preparing you for job hunting that you take within the last week of a bootcamp. 

    Anyways, I am just very grateful for the chance to be their student. Great staff, great course and great post-grad follow up.

    I had a blast being a student, and now I have enough skills that got me a new job that I love!

  • Great Experience!
    - 7/21/2016
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    I wanted to jumpstart a new career in programming, had started with self-study, etc, but wanted the direction and structure that DevMountain promised to provide. It turned out to be exactly what I needed and expected. 

    I had previous programming experience, but nothing recent or relevant to what I wanted to do. I found the curriculum at the time to be just challenging enough, well-paced and useful. I also appreciated the fact that as I watched DevMountain over the next year I saw a great dedication on their part to improve, update curriculum, improve interactions with potential employers, and generally continue to increase the value of attending DevMountain. 

    Most people in my cohort got development jobs very quickly. It took me a bit longer, but in the meantime, DevMountain developed and expanded their Employer Relations department to get more and better contacts with employers. I got my job as a direct result of those efforts, as they helped me make the right contact at the right company for me.

    Overall, DevMountain wasn't perfect, the programming industry is (increasingly) fast-paced and fluid, and DevMountain is no exception, but it was perfect for me and what I needed and wanted.  DevMountain helped me develop the skills and network to start a new career which would have taken me much longer and cost a lot more money otherwise.

  • From zero to hero
    - 5/24/2016
    Spencer Powell • Full-Stack Web Developer • Graduate
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    DevMountain proved to be a very illuminating and insightful experience. Prior to taking their WebDevelopment course I'd only designed very rudimentary web pages, using only HTML and a limited amount of CSS and Javascript. I'd tried teaching myself all the basics but without direction, It had proved to be very difficult. DevMountain was the perfect solution. They don't utilize the old fashion teaching method of throwing words at you until your brain shuts down, they teach for a small portion of the day and then spend they rest of the day assisting and facilitating you in actually applying the material that you've learned. That way the material actually sinks in.
       I will say this though, you will take from this course what you put into it. I spent 40-60 hours prior to the course working on the pre-course material that DevMountain will send to you after your application has been accepted. Then during the 3-month course I spent around 50-80 hours a week working on the material. Some of that was in class, but most of it was at home after class as I poured over resource after resource online. DevMountain provides very skilled mentors to help you understand the content on a more personal level, so the more you study during the course, the more you'll be able to utilize their assistance.
       If you're willing to commit the time, you will be successful. I am confident that anyone who is willing to do so, will have a great experience at DevMountain, and will come out of this course fully prepared to start a career in the the development world.

  • Jay • Associate Developer • Student
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    DevMountain provides an environment with the solid resources and accessible tools you can use to become a developer.  I'm currently a full-time junior working on enterprise architecture for some huge global brands.  Before that I made puppets for the animation industry.  You can make a career switch, trust me. 

    Is it is easy? NO!  A resounding no.  It will probably be the hardest thing you've ever done in your life, from making the decision to attend, to actually going through the program and finally to nailing that sweet new job.  

    The job process required hundreds of applications and a ton of "no thank you's."  Why?  Because there's still a (unfair and inaccurate) stigma associated with bootcamp style education.  And with more and more popping up, the ONLY thing you can do to set yourself apart is to work harder than the other guy.  I was not the best coder in my class, but here I am with an awesome job at an awesome company.  

    Ignore the poor reviews, they come from entitled whiners who thought that the keys to a new career come on a silver platter.  It doesn't work like that.  But if you want a program where you can dig in and learn as much as you can handle about iOS, DevMountain Immersive is your best bet. 

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    This is by no means a beginners boot camp.  The pace is very fast and if you don't catch onto one of the many concepts you will fall behind and never catch up.  I would recommend 2 years programming experience before you attend this boot camp. 

    Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevMountain
    Title: CEO
    Monday, Jul 18 2016
    Hi,

    I'm sorry the bootcamp seemed a bit too fast paced. We've spent a lot of time refining and iterating on the curriculum, it's gone through a lot and is pretty polished at the moment.

    I'm going to have to disagree with your 2 years programming recommendation. We have at least 75–80% of incoming immersive students who have little-to-no experience programming prior to pre-course work, and with our current placement numbers hovering around 85%, I'd say we're doing a pretty good job of delivering on our mission to make an impactful, accessible experience.

    Finally, something that many students don't realize, is that we offer multiple opportunities to "catch up," if you're struggling, including repeating portions of the curriculum or taking the entire course a second time, completely free of charge. 

    If this is what you're looking for, please let me know and we'll get you into some weeks that you need to repeat that maybe went by a bit too fast.

    Please let me know, and best of luck to you. cahlan@devmtn.com
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    DevMountain was such an incredible experience for me. I, like many of you reading this, was not sure whether DevMountain was for me. I wasn't sure if I could handle the pressure, if I would still love coding in such an intense environment, and if it would even help me find a job. Luckily none of those fears became a reality for me. But they did prompt me to put in a ton of effort before even starting the course and I would highly recommend doing as much study as possible before starting the immersive course. DevMountain teaches at a high level, so all of the students come away from each lecture with their minds blown from awesome new information. The more you do to learn before your cohort starts, the more you will be able to get from the lectures and the further you will go with DevMountain. 

    Be prepared for a very intense first 6 weeks of the 13. If you can plow through those 6 weeks, the last half of the cohort (which consists of two large projects) will be super fun - though also still intense.

    DevMountain works with its grads to help them find work, though a job is certainly not guarenteed. Honestly though, I have been pretty shocked by how easy it has been to find work. My cohort ended just over two weeks ago, and I have already had two part time remote job offers and one full time offer. I do realize that this is largely luck (both remote jobs were through family connections and the full time offer was a referral through DevMountain), but I have not really put a whole heap of effort into the job hunt. I'm definitley not at all saying that this is the case for everyone, as it is generally known that getting your first job after a bootcamp is very difficult. But there are definitely opportunities out there and it is very possible to get a job.

  • Enjoyed my time!
    - 5/16/2016
    Cameron Moss • Junior Software Engineer • Graduate
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    DevMountain is exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear!  I had been working on self-pace programming for several years, and finally decided to take the plunge.  My two cents; don't treat this as a 9 to 5 job, spend the time to learn and realize that you will be busy the entire time!  It is called an immersive cohort for a reason!  I really enjoyed my experience and would recommend to anyone who is interested!

  • Worth every penny
    - 5/10/2016
    Jeff Perkins • Software Developer • Graduate
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    I'm a graduate of DevMountain from the cohort DM-9. My situation that led me to this school is similar to most. I wanted a change in my life and to make programming a full time career. I was in a situation in my life that I had a family, and Universities and Community Colleges were getting way too expensive. I couldn't afford to go to school anymore, but had a deep passion to learn how to code. DevMountain provided me all the necessary knowledge and experience I needed to jump start my career. From the instructors to the everyday projects, you get top notch education in a ever growing industry. The curriculum is tough, but is meant to be that way. DevMountain changed my life and led me to where I'm now. If you are looking to change your life and learn a skill that is becoming more and more demanding, DevMountain will provide that for you.

  • A Great Choice
    - 5/9/2016
    Adam • Web Developer • Student
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    I had an early midlife crisis of sorts when I realized I hated working in marketing. I became interested in learning to code, but I remembered how the entry-level computer science class I took in college beat me to a pulp, so I was hesitant at first. But since DevMountain was very close to where I lived, I figured it was worth a shot. After all, this sort of training is worth much more than a communications degree.

    I enjoyed my time at DevMountain. I learned so much, and learned to manage high levels of stress at all times. There were many times where I wanted to quit, but all I had to do was remember how my career was headed towards selling cell phones in Sam's Club. That made me feel better every time.

    Since I echo the sentiments expressed in most of the positive reviews listed here, I will instead list the things you need to understand to get a job after graduating from DevMountain:

    1. Learn something outside of the curriculum while preparing to attend DevMountain. If you spend an hour a day learning something like Wordpress on your own, your job prospects will increase significantly.

    2. Learn something outside of the curriculum while attending DevMountain. If you spend an hour a day after class learning something like PHP on your own, your job prospects will increase significantly.

    3. Learn something outside of the curriculum immediately after graduating DevMountain. If you spend six hours a day learning something like C# on your own, your job prospects will increase significantly.

    Obviously there's a pattern.

    I emphasize this based on my exprience in the job market. There are not a lot of junior postions the require just the MEAN stack exclusively - most positions that I found in the west required at least one of the above proficiencies, along with many miscellaneous skills that are not taught at DevMountain. Rest assured, you're better off sticking with learning Angular at DevMountain that learning something like Python somewhere else - after a month of vigorous job searching, I can count the amount of junior Python positions I found on one hand.

    If anything, DevMountain gives you the tools and confidence you need to continue learning. I spent eight hours a day for a month after graduating learning PHP and MYSQL. A lot of graduates land jobs doing something other than the MEAN stack, and that is perfectly okay. After all, a dev job is a dev job. I'd take PHP over hanging out in Sam's Club any day.

    As for me, I landed a cushy work-from-home position that pays well. I got it because I was the only candidate that took the initiative to learn PHP. It's a contract-to-hire position, which is why I'm also a volunteer dev at a local marketing agency, where I learn from and build rapport with the dev team. It's my fallback plan, and if it works out, I'm be darn glad I took that initiative.

    Initiative brings rewards. Never stop learning, and you'll get a job.

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    I had the same experience as the other bad reviews. The course was disorganized and the mentors that we worked with were former graduates with zero job experience and didn't know the answer to questions. Half of the class was spent working on projects with no guidance from the instructors. So you are paying for 6 weeks of poor instruction. The person you meet with to discuss concerns told me to use code lab or code academy if I wanted to learn. Recruiters won't talk to you once they hear you graduated from Dev Mountain. I've taken Dev Mountain off my resume and have gotten much better response. I've learned way more from PluralSight and Udemy courses. CourseEra is also free. These are all better and cheaper alternatives. Keep your day job and teach yourself. You will have much more success and will be happy to have saved $10k.
    Response From: Cahlan Sharp of DevMountain
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    Hi Anonymous,

    I'm sorry you had an underwhelming experience. We're very happy with our mentors and the support that they give to students. It's proven to be an effective model time and time again as our students continue to get gainful employment upon graduation. If you are not one of these who's been able to get a job, please reach out to me directly and we'll get you on the path to employment as soon as possible. (cahlan@devmounta.in)

    Working on projects is a critical part of your development. We always have a team of mentors to help you work through problems in your projects, but it is absolutely essential that you get hands-on experience and a portfolio. Employers need to see evidence of what you can do and build, and during projects is when we see the most dramatic improvements in students' understanding and skill.

    I'm surprised with your assessments of recruiters being turned off by your affiliation with DevMountain, especially when our most recent hiring event in Provo two weeks ago (at the time of this writing) had the most employers (nearly 100) of any of our hiring events ever, with a handful of students receiving offers at the time of the event or within hours of the event being over.

    Again, I'm sorry you didn't have a great experience. Please reach out to me so we can make it right. (cahlan@devmounta.in)
  • Squire • Developer • Graduate
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    I first went to DevMountain a year ago and after going throught the course I was selected to be a mentor. I mentored for a class and a half and then worked for DevMountain Labs for a little while. I feel like DevMountain is a great place to learn for thoes that are willing to do all they can. Prepair for the course before by doing all the pre-course work and then some. When you go be willing to truly spend all your time working while at the bootcamp. If you do you will be rewarded with the skills to land a good job. I know the people who own and run the school and I know they are trying their best to give you the best experience for the best price. 

  • Best decision!
    - 4/21/2016
    Mario • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I did a lot of research before applying to DevMountain. I'm from the Bay Area California where you can literally walk into a coffee shop and pitch your idea to some person you find sitting on a couch coding. With that being said, I had a lot of people to talk to in regards to Coding Bootcamps. I got mixed reviews with the usual outcome being, College grads (Engineers) with mixed feelings and self taught (Engineers) saying yes to Bootcamps. Prior to DevMountain I had taken college programming courses and also paid online courses. Those courses were great but rarely offered a Full-Stack project. After visiting the DevMountain website and actually seeing what some students with no prior coding knowledge had built within a 3 month span really impressed me. 

    Yeah there's Coding Bootcamps all over the Bay Area but I really wanted to be immeresed and DevMountain offered free-housing! why would I want to sit in 2 hours of traffic after class when I could spend that time still studying and working. Plus having roommates who were in the course and mentors around just seemed like the best bet for sure. 

    DevMountain was one of the best decisions I've ever made. No, I wasn't a top student, some students had more background in coding, some students really enjoyed back-end and some students enjoyed front-end. With a fast 12 weeks, I saw it really come down to students sticking to technologies that interested them the most. DevMountain isn't a place thats going to hand you a new career or write half of your project for you. You really get what you give. For those who think DevMountain wasn't the right choice for them, to each his own. We all have a different learning styles, and some instructors had different teaching styles. I will say that some lesson instructions were really hard to comprehend and could of been written out in a clearer context, but never would I blame instructors, guest instructors or lessons to my lack of understanind a concept. If you really wanted to understand a new concept the resources are there and Jeremy made it clear that his students are his number one priority and he's there to help until you understand it. If you put in the work you'll get the results, just don't be unrealistic, and don't be too hard on yourself. If you are struggling, the DevMountain staff is full of support, just don't expect support if you don't raise your hand or ask for help, instructors will assume you understand and continue with their lesson. 

    If you're wondering about job results, I started my job hunt as soon as my cohort ended and I continued to study while unemployed. Within 2 weeks I had multiple offers, because I was actively looking and I did feel prepared because I was still putting in time to code. Out of my offers I chose an internship where I could continue to work and learn along side a great development team. I am no longer an intern and now a Software Engineer for that same company. I actually don't use the MEAN stack at my job but DevMountain gave me the confidence to learn new technologies and I am loving every day of work. Jeff Chapman from the career-building team has actively been in touch during my job hunt and even after landing a job, so that's proof that the DevMountain staff is there for you. 

    DevMountain was an awesome experience I met great friends, students and staff. Utah is one of my favorite places now, and that's coming from a California boy who loves to Surf. I highly reccommend DevMountain to anyone who is serious about learning and willing to put in the work, even if that means staying later or studying on the weekends. If I can do it, you can do it too. 

  • Spencer Davies • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    First of all, I think DevMountain is worth every penny. I've been lucky enough to go from making about $10/hr before the course to over $60k/year after. If you do the math, that means the course paid for itself in about 3 months (it was a tiny bit cheaper when I went). That alone speaks volumes about the value you're getting from DevMountain. But for me, it wasn't just about the money. I wanted a career that I could stay in for the rest of my working life, and DevMountain gave me the skills to do that.

    If you're considering attending DevMountain, you should know that this course is not easy. There were multiple occasions when I wanted to throw my laptop out the window from frustration. So if you're not sure that this is a field that you want to go into, you need to figure that out before applying. If you decide it is what you want to do though, I really don't think there's a better value out there.

    The only reasons I wouldn't give DevMountain a perfect rating are pretty trivial, and you can really sense that they are things that are being improved, but I should list them here anyway. First, there were a couple of instructors that really didn't do it for the class I was in. After they finished, the lead instructor for DevMountain had to come back in and reteach a lot of the lesson. Unfortunately for DevMountain, it's hard to know exactly how the instructor will really do until they actually teach. However, DevMountain worked to improve these instructors, and when one in particular wasn't showing enough improvement, they decided not to invite them back. That shows me they really are trying to make the course as valuable as possible. My other minor complaints are regarding the curriculum. A few of the projects have pretty confusing instructions (which they were working to fix as I was attending), and not all of the curriculum is super relevant. Mostly what I'm talking about is MongoDB. It's kind of a paradox though, because teaching a SQL database would add time and cost to the program, so an object DB is probably the best solution, even though it's not exactly applicable in the industry. Other than that, all the technologies they teach are definitely marketable skills.

    Most importantly, DevMountain taught me how to learn. At my current job, I'm actually not using very much of what I learned during the course (I'm using python and PostgreSQL instead of node.js and MongoDB), but it was easier to learn these new technologies because of my time at DevMountain. Overall, I'd recommend this school to anyone who knows that they want to go into web development.