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2 Campuses

Portland

7 Courses
400 SW 6th Ave #800, Portland, OR 97204
JavaScript, .NET, HTML, C#, ASP.NET, jQuery, CSSIn PersonFull Time

After establishing solid programming fundamentals in C# and JavaScript, this course introduces students to the .NET framework used by many large enterprise organizations.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 
Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes

After establishing solid programming fundamentals in Java and JavaScript, this course introduces students to the Android framework used to develop mobile apps. Week 1: Introduction to Android Week 2: Data persistence Week 3: Web services Week 4: Android APIs and Material Design Week 5: Group projects Android development is used in everything from phones to tablets to watches, and companies hiring Android developers range from small startups to giant enterprises. Our first Android class finishes in late 2015, and Portland companies who helped us get it off the ground include eBay and Uncorked Studios.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit

Payment Plan
$975 if course is paid-in-full upfront, payment plans available
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Java and JavaScript

This course is for absolute beginners to learn the fundamentals of programming. After completing this course, you'll be able to build basic webpages and understand programming fundamentals. No coding experience is required, but computer proficiency is necessary. Here's some of what we'll cover: HTML and CSS: the presentation and styling languages of the web Git: the tool programmers use to track their code Command line: the tool programmers use to interact with their computers Markdown: a simple language for documents JavaScript: the programming language of the web jQuery: a JavaScript library for making interactive web pages Bootstrap: a framework for easily creating good-looking websites

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Scholarship
A large number of spots for the evening intro course will be available for reduced tuition for people making under 150% of the federal poverty line.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Computer Proficiency

This course builds on the programming fundamentals from Introduction to Programming and gives students more difficult problems to solve, a more advanced set of tools to solve them with, and establishes the foundations for learning the real-world technologies used by programmers on the job. Week 1: Object-oriented design basics Week 2: Test-driven development with PHPUnit Week 3: Database basics with SQL Week 4: Databases continued Week 5: Group projects PHP and Drupal are typically used to build content-focused websites. Portland companies using PHP and Drupal who have hired Epicodus graduates include Intel, Metal Toad, and OpenSesame.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Introduction to Programming (or code sample that demonstrates proficiency)
JavaScript, HTML, Rails, SQL, jQuery, Ruby, CSSIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This course builds on the programming fundamentals from Introduction to Programming and gives students more difficult problems to solve, a more advanced set of tools to solve them with, and establishes the foundations for learning the real-world technologies used by programmers on the job. Week 1: Behavior-driven development with RSpec Week 2: Object-oriented design basics Week 3: Database basics with SQL Week 4: Databases with Active Record Week 5: Group projects Ruby and Rails are typically used by younger companies and startups, especially for building interactive web applications. Portland companies using Ruby and Rails who have hired Epicodus graduates include New Relic, LivingSocial, and SpendWell.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Introduction to Programming (or code sample that demonstrates proficiency)
Front End, JavaScript, HTML, jQuery, Design, CSSIn PersonFull Time

This course introduces students to the principles and tools of designing good-looking, easy-to-use web sites and apps.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 
Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
JavaScript, HTML, Java, SQL, jQuery, CSS, AndroidIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This course builds on the programming fundamentals from Introduction to Programming and gives students more difficult problems to solve, a more advanced set of tools to solve them with, and establishes the foundations for learning the real-world technologies used by programmers on the job. Week 1: Behavior-driven development with JUnit Week 2: Object-oriented design basics Week 3: Database basics with SQL Week 4: Databases continued Week 5: Group projects Java is one of the most widely-used programming languages, and is used in everything from Android apps to large enterprise development. Portland companies using Java who have hired Epicodus graduates include Nike and Thetus. After establishing solid programming fundamentals in Java and JavaScript, this course introduces students to the Android framework used to develop mobile apps. Android development is used in everything from phones to tablets to watches, and companies hiring Android developers range from small startups to giant enterprises. Our first Android class finishes in late 2015, and Portland companies who helped us get it off the ground include eBay and Uncorked Studios.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Introduction to Programming (or code sample that demonstrates proficiency)

Seattle

4 Courses
1601 5th Ave, ,

After establishing solid programming fundamentals in C# and JavaScript, this course introduces students to the .NET framework used by many large enterprise organizations.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund.
Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
C# and JavaScript

This course is for absolute beginners to learn the fundamentals of programming. After completing this course, you'll be able to build basic webpages and understand programming fundamentals. No coding experience is required, but computer proficiency is necessary. Here's some of what we'll cover: HTML and CSS: the presentation and styling languages of the web Git: the tool programmers use to track their code Command line: the tool programmers use to interact with their computers Markdown: a simple language for documents JavaScript: the programming language of the web jQuery: a JavaScript library for making interactive web pages Bootstrap: a framework for easily creating good-looking websites

Course Details

Deposit
$400
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Minimum Skill Level
None
JavaScript, HTML, PHP, CSSIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This course builds on the programming fundamentals from Introduction to Programming and gives students more difficult problems to solve, a more advanced set of tools to solve them with, and establishes the foundations for learning the real-world technologies used by programmers on the job. Week 1: Object-oriented design basics Week 2: Test-driven development with PHPUnit Week 3: Database basics with SQL Week 4: Databases continued Week 5: Group projects PHP and Drupal are typically used to build content-focused websites. Portland companies using PHP and Drupal who have hired Epicodus graduates include Intel, Metal Toad, and OpenSesame.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
JavaScript, HTML, Rails, jQuery, Ruby, CSSIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This course builds on the programming fundamentals from Introduction to Programming and gives students more difficult problems to solve, a more advanced set of tools to solve them with, and establishes the foundations for learning the real-world technologies used by programmers on the job. Week 1: Behavior-driven development with RSpec Week 2: Object-oriented design basics Week 3: Database basics with SQL Week 4: Databases with Active Record Week 5: Group projects Ruby and Rails are typically used by younger companies and startups, especially for building interactive web applications. Portland companies using Ruby and Rails who have hired Epicodus graduates include New Relic, LivingSocial, and SpendWell.

Course Details

Deposit
$100
Financing
Yes, available through Climb Credit and Skills Fund. 

Payment Plan
$4800 if course is paid-in-full upfront, or four installments of $1500.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Introduction to Programming (or code sample that demonstrates proficiency)

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Response From: Michael Kaiser-Nyman of Epicodus
Title: President
Tuesday, Sep 13 2016

Hi there. I appreciate you sharing your experiences, and I want to respond to your concerns below.

I'm surprised you say that "you won't learn... how to actually program." Our students spend close to 40 hours a week actually programming, and by the end of our courses are, indeed, able to program at a level where they're successful in getting jobs as web and mobile developers, QA engineers, and related positions. Your assertion that all our students pass our weekly code reviews is simply not true, as around half our students have to resubmit a code review at some point, and while we work hard to help all of our students succeed, we have about a 10% rate of students failing or dropping out.

It sounds like you had a pretty unusual experience in your relationship with our staff. Most of our students have glowing things to say about our teachers, as you can see in the dozens of other reviews. The fact that they are all former Epicodus students themselves has turned out to be one of their biggest assets. We're very up-front that our teachers are not senior-level developers, but I 100% disagree with your assessment that they don't know the materials - they all were top of their classes, and the feedback we get from just about all of our students is that they are knowledgeable and helpful.

I'm pretty shocked that you say job assistance was non-existent. We review all of our students' application materials and do mock interviews. We also set up multiple internship interviews for all of our students. And we get all of our students internships. Occasionally an internship host doesn't come through the way they've promised, and when that happens, we always work with the internship host to improve the situation, help find the student another internship, or provide whatever support we can to make up for the company not coming through. And after graduating, we reach out to every graduate on a weekly basis to provide job leads, an individual checkin with a career coach, and any further support that our graduates need, until they find a job. Since this review is anonymous, it's impossible for me to know anything about your exact situation, but if you reach out to me at michael@epicodus.com, I can talk try to figure out why you don't feel like you've gotten that support, as what you're saying is completely the opposite of the career services we provide to all of our students.

Because your review is so contrary to what is happening here on a daily basis, and so different from almost all of the other feedback we've gotten from reviews here and feedback elsewhere, I'm honestly having a tough time understanding where you're coming from. We are a really unusual school, with our flipped classroom approach and emphasis on pair programming and peer learning. It's not for everybody and we try to help prospective students make an informed decision about whether we are right for them, but it sounds like you might have done better at a school with smaller class sizes and lectures from senior-level programmers. I don't think you can find career services much better than what we provide, though.

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Response From: Michael Kaiser-Nyman of Epicodus
Title: President
Thursday, Jul 21 2016

Thanks for the review! We've made some big improvements to the Ember.js curriculum in 2016 :)

7/13/2016
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Response From: Michael Kaiser-Nyman of Epicodus
Title: President
Tuesday, Jul 19 2016

Thanks for sharing your your experience here. I think this was a unique situation with a teacher who didn't come through, and we've also come a long way to address the issues you've described.

One of the things that we struggled with last year at Epicodus was students who passed our pre-class coding challenge to gain entrance to the class but did not really understand the code they submitted. As we grew from 60 students at the beginning of 2015 to 150 at the end, what started as an issue for a small number of people became a much larger problem. As you mention, we had a relatively high drop-out rate in your class, because many of the students started without the fundamentals they needed from their pre-class work. 

Now, we've scrapped our pre-class work in favor of assuming that all students have little or no coding background and extending our course by 5 weeks to cover all of those introductory topics that used to be pre-work. This has worked out much better for our students' success.

I disagree with your characterization of your class's structure. When I came in to teach, I discovered that the first teacher did not provide the proper feedback to struggling students letting them know that they were not on track. It's a tough thing to tell someone who's working hard that they aren't succeeding, but if you never tell a student that, they just get further and further off. I had frank discussions with multiple students about their prospects for success given where they were at when I came in. In the end, I had to manage a class of students with a wide range of skills, many of whom disregarded my guidance about what to work on.

Now, we've standardized our assessment process so that teachers have more accountability to fail students when it's the right thing to do. When students don't pass their assessments, we no longer let them continue on - we've found that the tough love of helping them move on is really the best outcome.

I'm also surprised to hear you say that the first teacher was "frustrated with the curriculum" - he in fact developed it, it was of very variable quality, and I had to re-write much of it as the class went on.

Now, our curriculum development process is centralized, so that all of the teaching materials meet the same quality standards.

As for internships, we made the mistake of trying to line up internships in December, when your class ended. While we were able to find internships for many of our students, many companies didn't have the capacity for mentorship during the holiday season, and asked to postpone until January. We gave all of the students in your class the option to take a free extra month of class followed by a January internship, which over half chose.

Now, we don't do December internships :) And while there are always a couple companies who drop out of our internship program at the last minute, we're working hard to find more ways to communicate to them how harmful that is to the students they've agreed to take, and figure out how to have backup options if a company does drop out.

In short, your class was a bit of a perfect storm: a large number of underprepared students, a teacher who didn't do a great job building curriculum or giving feedback to struggling students, and internships that we tried to start too close to the holidays. Since then, we've made our class longer so that we can teach the basics in person, we've strengthened our curriculum development and student assessment, and improved our internship scheduling.

I'd be the last person to say that Epicodus is perfect or doesn't have room to grow. We've improved the quality of our education since you attended, and we'll continue to learn from our experience and keep improving.

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