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First Step Coding

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First Step Coding offers an 8-week, part-time full-stack development course in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and online. Designed to help people figure out if they want a career in coding, students will learn the fundamentals of JavaScript, HTML, & CSS. The course starts with in-person (or online) core training lasting 4 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of front-end web-development (online). The course concludes with 1-week of mock interviews and bootc...

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  • Sarah Kaplan
    K-12 Teacher • Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • Boston
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    Apr 08, 2018
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    Great course with fantastic instructors! Excellent prep for applying to bootcamp.

    This was a fantastic class. I’m a high school teacher with zero coding experience. I spent a few weeks trying to learn to code on my own through various free online resources and then I found out about First Step Coding. I was initially skeptical about paying for the class, thinking I could learn Javascript on my own for free, but I am so glad I took this course! The instructors are great teachers who are very invested in supporting students (they even offer office hours via v...

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  • Charlie Pontrelli
    Project Manager • Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • Online
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    Mar 22, 2018
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    Perfect place to start

    Overall, I learned a whole lot in this course and would highly recommend it to anyone who is "code-curious" (as they say) and looking for a good jumping off point. I really can't believe how much I learned throughout the prep course. Prior to this class, I had tried teaching myself some JavaScript and Python, but never got too far on my own. Then I signed up for this class and in less than three months I have built a web application from the ground up and feel fully prepared to continue le...

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  • Jake H.
    Student • Bootcamp Prep • San Francisco
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    Dec 21, 2017
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    One of the best decisions you can make!

    There are courses on coding and there's First Step Coding.

    Designed for those with zero experience in computer programming-- over the course of the 4 weeks FSC provides a clear, organized, and straightforward introduction on the basics.

    But it doesn't stop there. FSC is unique as an introductory course in its immersive and networking-based class model. With FSC you dive in from day one-- working both with peers and teachers while getting the chance to tour and network w...

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  • Julian Johannesen
    Bootcamp Prep • Boston
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    Dec 21, 2017
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    An excellent introduction to JavaScript and Web Development

    I'm at the halfway point in First Step Coding's 8 week bootcamp prep course at the Boston campus, having just completed the JavaScript portion of the curriculum, and I couldn't be happier with my experience. Kurt, Tom, and Alex are great instructors and have managed to pack an enormous amount of information and practical knowledge into short period of time. If you're new to JavaScript, this is a great way to become familiar with the language. After 4 weeks, I'm confident that by the time I...

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  • Paula
    Student • Bootcamp Prep • San Francisco
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    Dec 14, 2017
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    Good intro to coding

    Getting into coding can be intimidating, and with so many resources available online, it can be difficult to know where to start. Starting with a structured course is a great way to incorporate accountability, join a community, and build confidence. The foundation I got at FSC was not enough for me to apply to bootcamps straight away, but it did give me the confidence and knowledge to sort through the many (free) resources available. 

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  • Erica
    Product Marketing Manager • Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • New York City
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    Sep 20, 2017
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    Fun and Rewarding Experience - highly recommended!

    I had been contemplating a career change from business to software development for a while. Before committing to a full-time bootcamp, I wanted to make sure that I would enjoy coding as a full-time job. FSC's twice-weekly evening classes fit into my schedule and needs perfectly.   I had a blast in class! I loved that the majority of time was spent pair-programming. Coding is hard, so being able to work with anoth...
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    Calli Rothberg of First Step Coding

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    Dec 18, 2017

    Thanks Erica! We're so proud of you for getting accepted at Flatiron School in NYC! Can't wait to see where your training takes you.
  • Taylor Gamache
    Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • Boston
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    Sep 17, 2017
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    A must before a botcamp

    I had no experience in programming of any kind before First Step Coding but we got right into learning basic JavaScript. It was certainly tough and I was stumped on things the majority of the time. However, I ended up going on to Startup Institute in Boston in the web design track. We had about two weeks of JavaScript courses which we did together with the web development track. We moved through the JavaScript courses super fast. Almost too fast for anyone to get a real grip on it as...

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    Calli Rothberg of First Step Coding

    Student Success Manager

    Dec 18, 2017

    Thanks Taylor! Congrats again on finishing Startup Institute's program earlier this year! It's been great keeping in touch and seeing some of the freelance development work you've done.
  • Lisa White
    Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • Boston
    Apr 13, 2020
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    A great start to your coding journey

    Towards the end of 2019, I began thinking about a career change into software engineering, but I had no background in coding. I started looking at free resources like Codecademy and freeCodeCamp, but I felt that I needed something more structured; that’s when I came across First Step Coding. 
    Everything about the experience in the class was spot-on, from the curriculum structure to the pace of the program to the sense of community among the cohort. It was very cl...
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  • Scott Neiger
    Escalations Manager • Graduate • Introduction to Coding in JavaScript • San Francisco
    Sep 04, 2019
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    Fast-paced learning with a solid structure for understanding the basics

    I've worked in SaaS tech support for a few years, and have slowly been introduced to code various concepts by virtue of doing my job. Over the years I've built a pretty broad understanding of various code concepts, but I couldn't tell you much about the basics ( like the difference between an object and an array).

    This course provided an excellent framework for understanding the fundamentals of not just JavaScript, but also general coding principles that apply to any language (pr...

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  • K.B.
    Student • Bootcamp Prep • Boston
    Aug 22, 2019
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    Great introduction to coding

    An intense online search for coding classes led me to First Step Coding and I am so happy I found it. Although self learning is great ( and very important in this field), First Step Coding is the right place to start and get a good coding foundation. 

    My instructors were Riley and Kurt; they were both very nice, helpful,professional, extremely patient and always available to answers questions. The curriculum is indeed adapted for people with no coding experience and by the end of...

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  • Varuni Sinha
    Digital Arts Journalist • Graduate • Bootcamp Prep • Online
    Apr 05, 2019
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    Kick-start your Coding Journey with FSC!

    First Step Coding is a wonderful school to enter the world of coding—whether it's getting a grip on the building  blocks of Javascript and HTML or getting ready to apply to top-notch bootcamps that can help launch your coding career. 

    I started my First Step journey with the assumption that I will not understand anything only cause I had struggled with Javascript at grad school. To my surprise, the instructors at First Step Coding made the process fun and enjoyable. At the same t...

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  • Jonah Coleman
    Student • Introduction to Coding in JavaScript • Online
    Feb 12, 2019
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    Great Course!

    This was a fantastic course. We covered key coding fundamentals that helped me build an understanding of programming. There are great instructors that are more than willing to give you 1 on 1 time to work through problems.

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Lauren Stewart
Published July 30, 2018
Sarah Kaplan was a high school English teacher for 6 years before realizing that she was excited about the way technology could support education and wanted to transition into a more logical, problem-solving role. But because she was a beginner, Sarah didn’t dive immediately into a coding bootcamp; instead, Sarah chose to attend First Step Coding’s part-time 8-week, Bootcamp Prep course t...
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Published September 28, 2017
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How much does First Step Coding cost?

First Step Coding costs around $1,999. On the lower end, some First Step Coding courses like Introduction to Coding in JavaScript cost $999.

What courses does First Step Coding teach?

First Step Coding offers courses like Bootcamp Prep, Introduction to Coding in JavaScript.

Where does First Step Coding have campuses?

First Step Coding has in-person campuses in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Jose and Silicon Valley. First Step Coding also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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