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Learners Guild

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Learners Guild is a 10-month, full-time full-stack web development learning collective with no upfront tuition cost in Oakland, CA. Learners Guild is a creative learning environment that uses the principles of cognitive apprenticeship to design a system for effective software development skills training. Nearly all learning takes place in team projects, much in the way that actual software applications are built. Therefore, there are no teachers telling students wh...

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  • aileen santos
    Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
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    Sep 24, 2017
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    Disrupting Education Requires Resources & Team of Education Specialists

    Being a 'lean' startup does not work when implementing an innovative model for education and Learner's Guild is proof. 

    We all know that education in the US has needed an overhaul for quite some time. US Government has tried to reform education by incentivizing schools and students to compete harder. BUT in areas that have been historically underserved, this competitive model DOES NOT work. Black, brown, immigrant and TLGBQI students have experienced minimal success in that model...

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  • Rai Lee
    Student • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
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    Jul 18, 2017
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    I wouldn't do it again

    Learners Guild, they are not a coding bootcamp, but I think that your chances are better off if you were to attend a bootcamp instead. 

    I attended Learners Guild for approximately three months, I decided to buy into their culture and give them a chance, but the longer that I stayed, the longer I realized that they didn't know what they were doing. And I decided to leave. Here is my opinion/experience. 

    Although their intentions are good, they tried to scale too quickly...

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  • Jonathan Pool
    Learner • Student • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
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    May 29, 2017
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    Fine for me, but your experience may vary

    My 4 weeks at Learners Guild have taught me close to as much as I think I could have learned in any other system. See my weekly blog entries for details. This is especially true if you consider that the Guild aims to help us learn not only coding, but also teamwork, organizational finesse, social-impact assessment, and, above all, learning as an ongoing effort amidst fast-changing technologies a...

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  • Anonymous
    Student • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    Oct 10, 2017
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    Toxic to the core

    When I first encountered the guild's marketing materials, it seemed great. Not too-good-to-be-true, but an honest attempt at creating a social enterprise to help marginalized people break into the industry.

    I couldn't have been more wrong.

    I was in the second cohort, and should have listened to the voice in the back of my head from day 1. The first day we were there, Shereef Bishay (founder/CEO) exhorted the learners to work 40 billable hours per week. Someone with cont...

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  • Anonymous
    Oakland
    Sep 28, 2017
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    Keep Looking

    I wish these reviews were available when I started the program. I bought the way they were marketing the program and was eager to join. It didn't take long to realize that they were well-intentioned, but did not have the experience or model for LG to be successful. There was no formalized instruction. You are given ill-conceived tasks to complete. When the program was questioned the response was along the line of we aren't giving you a fish, but teaching you how to fish. Unfortunatel...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Oakland
    Aug 25, 2017
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    First Cohort - Wish I had chose another path

    I was apart of the first cohort. When I started, I believe there were 17 of us and by the end, several dropped out. Before I enrolled, I was working in Chicago as a delivery driver and taking coding classes on the side. I was mesmerized by the opportunity to 'get paid to learn how to code' which was being advertised in the beginning. Unfamiliar with contracts in general and wrapped with promises that this was a diverse learning community versus a regular type of private institution, I sign...

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  • Anonymous
    Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    Jun 28, 2017
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    Don't even think about coming to Learner's Guild!

    I feel like I wasted my time being at Learner's Guild. It seems like every other week, there is a new change and it gets worse and worse. I am so close to being done and now they want to start doing phases. In each phase, you have to interview to get to the next phase to do more projects. Fine but they chose to do it when the next cohort,which is my cohort, is about to leave and not only that, you get kicked out if you don't pass every 8 weeks. At first, I was happy to hear ab...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    Jun 16, 2017
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    A gigantic social experiment

    Learners Guild is a huge scam. They make people sign contracts to pay up to 21% of your salary for three years if you make over $50k a year. It doesn't matter if you actually become a software engineer after the program- and everyone knows that is pretty much any entry level customer support job in the Bay Area.

    During my time in the program, I saw a change in the learning model every ten weeks. When I signed my contract I thought this was going to be a finished program! As of la...

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  • Anonymous
    Student • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    May 18, 2017
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    Some Pros, but Many Cons

    I'm very concerned about a number of graduates that have not gotten jobs, which will most likely include me and many others.

    Ok, the pros, because my gramma always said to say something nice first: no upfront tuition, stipend paid promptly through direct deposit every two weeks, lifelong friendships, unconventional support in the form of house/player support meetings, individual therapy available at no additional cost, learner-led brown bags (meetings focused on a fellow learner ...

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  • Anonymous
    May 07, 2017
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    Improving constantly

    There is a need for more tech staff to help students. Non technical staff is very supportive, and the SEPS(Pro engineers are really helpful)  If more tech staff was hired to work with students, things would be much better.  It's a self learning environment but would be better if incorporated with a few classes taught by pro engineers. Environment is warm and friendly with lots of diverse types of people.   Lot's of adjustments are made because it's growing so fast, but would've been better...

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  • Anonymous
    Student • Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    May 01, 2017
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    Discombobulated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Don't be bamboozled by the rhetoric preached by the staff (nontechnical and founder). Learners Guild is an extremely discombobulated place to learn. This review will solely be focusing on the curriculum and lack of resources available.

    The curriculum is in need of a major over hall it was just a bunch of repo’s(called the goal library) created by other students(the irony many of the creators did not attempt the goals they created) not fully vetted by the staff. The cu...

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  • Anonymous
    Cognitive Apprenticeship • Oakland
    Apr 26, 2017
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    Don't be fooled

    When I first started the Guild, it was a great place to learn and surrounded by people who looked like me. It was for people who was kept out or not accepted into the tech industry. What felt like a safe place is slowly but surely turning into a toxic environment. More and more women are leaving the Guild whereas more men are being brought into the Guild, mostly white men. As much as they claim about support for women, I feel that our words and complaints are being ignored and no one seems...

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Learners Guild offers courses like Cognitive Apprenticeship.

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Learners Guild has an in-person campus in Oakland.

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