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Grand Circus

Grand Circus

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Grand Circus is an online learning institute offering 14-week full-time and 28-week part-time software developer bootcamps based in Detroit, Michigan. Students can choose between coding bootcamps covering Full Stack JavaScript or Full Stack C#/.Net. In addition to the coding bootcamps, Grand Circus connects the region’s employers with tech talent, and offers advanced workshops, and reskilling and upskilling solutions for companies of all sizes. Workshops include introductions to coding, front end, back end, and web development fundamentals. Grand Circus instructors are experienced professionals, and focus on training students with relevant, project-based instruction that delivers real-world experience. 

The mission of Grand Circus is to make a tech career universally accessible. Since launching in 2013, Grand Circus has maintained partnerships with big tech and local government entities to ensure that students are receiving the latest, most advanced training. Grand Circus helps students develop interview skills and soft skills, and organizes networking events to introduce students to employers. To date, more than 1,600 bootcamp graduates now work at over 350 companies across the Detroit-area. Grand Circus is one of ten Google for Startup North America tech hubs, and partners with Facebook, Detroit at Work, TekSystems, the Grand Rapids SmartZone, and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to provide a mix of funding and programming.

Although no coding experience is required to attend Grand Circus coding bootcamps, students must be intelligent, tenacious, resourceful, hardworking, self-motivated, and committed. Students should know how to work with programs like Google Drive and Microsoft Office. To apply, candidates complete an online application form, followed by an interview with Grand Circus. Once admitted, students will need to complete a 2-week, online pre-course before the start of the bootcamp. Students will receive a certificate of completion upon graduation.

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  • Full Stack C# .NET Bootcamp

    Apply
    Ruby, SQL, HTML, Git, Data Visualization, Data Structures, CSS, C#
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week14 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$11,750
    Class sizeN/A
    Location-
    Launch your tech career–and salary–by standing out among junior developers and other bootcamp grads. The Full Stack C# .NET Bootcamp is a live, online 14-week program. Full stack bootcamps give you the ability to work on back-end and front-end projects. This gives you flexibility and marketability as a developer, while still having a niche. Classes are held virtually 9-5pm, Monday through Friday, and are comprised of group projects, lab time, and time to troubleshoot individually.
    Financing
    Deposit$100.00
    Financing
     Financing available through SkillsFund and Climb Credit and Vemo 
    Scholarship$1,750 scholarship for veterans, women, and anyone who is a part of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech. 50% COVID-19 Relief Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWe ask that our students exhibit a growth mindset, accountability, and autonomy. We offer workshops to help students prepare technically.
    Prep WorkUnit 1 must be completed at home and passed successfully prior to the bootcamp start date.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full-Stack C# .NET Core After-Hours Bootcamp

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    AngularJS, .NET, Git, Data Visualization, HTML, Data Structures, CSS, C#
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$11,750
    Class size25
    Location-
    The after-hours C# .NET bootcamp at Grand Circus is designed to transform you from coding novice to programming powerhouse in twenty-six weeks of intensive technical and career readiness training. .NET Core is a programming framework used in enterprise development around the world that’s heavily integrated with the C# language. This programming language is highly in demand throughout Michigan and beyond. This After-Hours Bootcamp is a 26-week program, this includes two weeks of mandatory at-home work we call Unit One. Classes are hosted three evenings a week - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - from 6:30-10pm.
    Financing
    Deposit$100.00
    Financing
    Financing available through SkillsFund and Climb Credit.
    Scholarship$1,750 scholarship for veterans, women, and anyone who is a part of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech. 50% COVID-19 Relief Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWe ask that our students exhibit a growth mindset, accountability, and autonomy. We offer workshops to help students prepare technically.
    Prep WorkUnit 1 must be completed at home and passed successfully prior to the bootcamp start date.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack JavaScript After-Hours Bootcamp

    Apply
    jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, Git, Front End, CSS, AngularJS, Agile
    OnlinePart Time40 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$11,750
    Class sizeN/A
    Location-
    Launch your tech career–and salary–by standing out among junior developers and other bootcamp grads. The Full Stack JavaScript Bootcamp is a live, online 14-week program. Start your career in just 3 months! Full stack bootcamps give you the ability to work on back-end and front-end projects. This gives you flexibility and marketability as a developer, while still having a niche. Classes are held virtually 9-5pm, Monday through Friday and are comprised of group projects, lab time, and time to troubleshoot individually.
    Financing
    Deposit$100.00
    Financing
    Financing available through SkillsFund and Climb Credit and Vemo
    Scholarship$1,750 scholarship for veterans, women, and anyone who is a part of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech. 50% COVID-19 Relief Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWe ask that our students exhibit a growth mindset, accountability, and autonomy. We offer workshops to help students prepare technically.
    Prep WorkUnit 1 must be completed at home and passed successfully prior to the bootcamp start date.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • FUll Stack JavaScript Bootcamp

    Apply
    JavaScript, HTML, Git, Front End, CSS, AngularJS, Agile
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week14 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$11,750
    Class sizeN/A
    Location-
    Launch your tech career–and salary–by standing out among junior developers and other bootcamp grads. The Full Stack JavaScript Bootcamp is a live, online 14-week program. Start your career in just 3 months! Full stack bootcamps give you the ability to work on back-end and front-end projects. This gives you flexibility and marketability as a developer, while still having a niche. Classes are held virtually 9-5pm, Monday through Friday and are comprised of group projects, lab time, and time to troubleshoot individually.
    Financing
    Deposit$100.00
    Financing
    Financing available through SkillsFund and Climb Credit and Vemo
    ScholarshipAutomatic $1,750 scholarship for veterans, women, and anyone who is a part of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWe ask that our students exhibit a growth mindset, accountability, and autonomy. We offer workshops to help students prepare technically.
    Prep WorkUnit 1 must be completed at home and passed successfully prior to bootcamp start date.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

1 Scholarship

  • $500 Grand Circus Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Grand Circus scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Full-Stack C# .NET Core After-Hours Bootcamp (Detroit)
    • Full Stack C# .NET Bootcamp (Detroit)
    • Full Stack JavaScript After-Hours Bootcamp (Detroit)
    • FUll Stack JavaScript Bootcamp (Detroit)
    • All courses in Detroit
    • Full-Stack C# .NET Core After-Hours Bootcamp (Grand Rapids)
    • Full Stack C# .NET Bootcamp (Grand Rapids)
    • Full Stack JavaScript After-Hours Bootcamp (Grand Rapids)
    • FUll Stack JavaScript Bootcamp (Grand Rapids)
  • Anonymous • Student
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    I attended the Java Bootcamp in Early 2016, and this review will be a summation of my experience with Grand Circus, this is in no way representative of everyone's experience in past and future Java Bootcamps at Grand Circus.

    I'll be dissecting the program using the below rating criteria.

    Instructors

    Our Instructor was an amazing woman name Jayashree Ravi. you could tell that she had a lot of knowledge of the curriculum, and knew the IDE (Eclipse) very well. if you had any problem, she could look at your code and immediately tell you what's wrong, and things to keep in mind while coding to prevent your problem from happening again.

    A big problem was that there was only one instructor, and 16 students. So if multiple students had multiple different problems, a line would begin to form, and as our problems grew increasingly complex, the wait would be longer. Jayashree was good at handling the problem though, and as you went through the program, you learned ways to deal with the long wait time.

    We had a TA, but they were Ineffective at best, and outright disastrous at the very worst. There would be times when peers would receive help from our TA, and their code would come back more broken and confused than when they asked. There was even a time where our TA spent an entire day working on one of our Labs with a group of some of the students who were falling behind in the class, and the next day, one of my peers said that they went home and cried for hours because they felt that they wasted a whole day (when your program is 8 weeks, and you're already behind, one day makes a difference)

    I think many students complained about the TA in every survey, but not a whole lot was done (what could be done?) to make them more effective.

    Overall, I found that the Instructors were good, and give it 4 stars. A more effective TA would bring this to a 5.

    Curriculum

    I personally found the curriculum lacking in many areas, that I felt left me somewhat unprepared for the real world, which incidentally doesn't matter much (i'll explain below).

    The program is separated into two parts, there's a two week take home part that you do once you pay your deposit (so if you pay it months in advance, you have months to do the work).

    I found that the pre-work wasn't adequate to prepare people for class, as well as there wasn't much help for people that needed it. to elucidate this point, 5 days before the program started, I was contacted by one of my peers, and they wanted assistance with the pre-work. When I met up with them, they didn't have Eciplse installed, and knew absolutely no Java. This student ended up struggling throughout the whole class and didn't do very well in the end. I feel like Grand Circus should have worked harder to be available for people who were having serious problems like that and followed up more to make sure our work was getting done.

    The rest of the 8 weeks weren't too bad, but one of my main complaints was that there was a huge discrepancy of skill in the class, which, amplified by the ineffective TA, hindered a lot of students in the class. I felt like this should have been addressed by requiring some sort of previous experience with programming. It's very difficult to take people with absolutely no experience in programming and make them junior developers in 8 weeks. A lot of the students with no experience in programming thought that the pace of the class was way too fast, and on multiple occasions, I would stay in the building until 10pm teaching people very simple Java syntax. Had they would have had some experience beforehand, it wouldn't have been so difficult for them to learn. At the end, they struggled, and didn't do as well as they could have.

    Job Assistance

    The program does really well with Job Assistance, there are many parts of the curriculum that deal with soft skills and job assistane, and they even put a lot of effort into helping you after you graduate. My only complaint here was that they didn't always have a lot of time to help you with practice interviews, which wasn't too bad in my opinion. They really did well on this part of the program.

    Conclusion

    I think that Grand Circus markets themselves very well, but falls short of expectations. Nonetheless they are a great school to go to, but my main advice is that if you choose to go to this school, take some time to really understand basic computer science concepts and if you can, just teach yourself some basic front-end/back-end skills.

    The way I see it, Grand Circus shouldn't be a place for you to go in with no experience, and expect to come out as a junior developer, it should be a place where you go in with all/most of the skills to become a Junior Developer, and you pay to solidify that experience, and get access to some Kick-ass Job assistance tools that will land you a job anywhere.

     

  • C#/.NET
    - 7/9/2018
    Riyad Abed • Software Developer
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    Best decision you will ever make! I came into Grand Circus with having no previous software programming knowledge.  I was looking to make a career change from sales. The staff at Grand Circus is extremely supportive every step of the way. Dr. K is an amazing instructor that teaches what is needed in a way that is easy to understand. They have a great Career Services program led by Cody Grant that will give you the soft skills needed, as well as explain how employers view potential candidates. They have a strong relationship with around 200 employers.  At Grand Circus, everyone is treated like family and they have games and other activities that keep things fun and bring everyone closer together. I secured a job just one week after graduation. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to begin a career in tech.

Thanks!