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Nashville Software School

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Nashville Software School (NSS) is a nonprofit vocational school in Nashville that prepares adults for careers in technical fields like software development, UI/UX design, and data science. Nashville Software School is a place where a person with aptitude, motivation, and commitment can learn a new craft or build on their existing skills. NSS is committed to growing diversity in technology by opening the door to underrepresented groups in tech irrespective of their economic situation. By providing a hands-on, project and team-based learning environment that mirrors the real-world environment, graduates leave with knowledge that is applicable on the first day of their job.

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  • Analytics Jumpstart

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    Data Visualization, Data Analytics , SQL, Python
    In PersonPart Time12 Hours/week3 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$650
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    Have you started exploring data on your own but want to find out if you’re on the right track? Are you considering a career change and want to see what working on an analytics project is like? Would basic knowledge of analytics and tools like using Python in a Jupyter Notebook be helpful in your current career? If you are looking for an in-person introduction to data analytics and want to demystify analytics and data science, the Data Analytics Jumpstart was created for you.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkNo
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Data Science Bootcamp

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    Data Science, Git, R, Data Visualization, SQL, Python, Machine Learning
    In PersonPart Time15 Hours/week39 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    The Data Science Bootcamp is an intensive, part-time evening program designed to prepare highly motivated adult learners with prior academic or professional experience in statistics, quantitative research, and/or software engineering for a job as a Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Engineer or related position. Data Science lies at the intersection of statistics/quantitative analysis, business acumen/domain expertise, and programming/“hacking” skills. The bootcamp focuses on hands-on training in software engineering skills required to do data science as well as applying the necessary stats/math/analytical skills against real world problems drawn from a wide range of problem domains. We believe that the Nashville area has an untapped supply of latent talent for data analytical work. But, that talent needs access to accelerated, focused, real-world training. We’ve designed the Data Science Bootcamp to help address this need.
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see Yschool website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents will be expected to demonstrate prior training in and/or experience applying the math skills relevant to data science. In particular we will be looking for students with training in statistics/probability.
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, User Experience Design, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    In PersonFull Time35 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    Our Front-End Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp is a specialized version of our Web Developer Bootcamp. This six-month full-time bootcamp will train you to work across the entire spectrum of front-end design and development. You will be trained in User Experience (UX) design, User Interface (UI) design and the implementation of those designs into working code in the browser (front-end development).
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full-Time Data Analytics Bootcamp

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    Data Visualization, Data Structures, Business Intelligence, SQL, Python
    In PersonFull Time35 Hours/week15 Weeks
    Start Date January 19, 2021
    Cost$7,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    The Data Analytics Bootcamp prepares students for careers in analytics and business intelligence, including jobs such as data analyst, business analyst, research analyst, and marketing analyst. Students will learn how to apply statistical reasoning through hands-on training in the most widely-used tools, including Excel, Python, SQL, Tableau, and Power BI. Using real data from local companies in a variety of problem domains, such as healthcare, financial services, digital marketing, supply chain, and retail, students will gain practical experience in all stages of the analytics workflow. You will also learn to present your findings via presentations and storytelling, building reports, and creating dashboards.
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition includes a scholarship - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    January 19, 2021 - Nashville Apply by November 19, 2020
  • Full Time Web Developer Bootcamp, C# and .Net

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    HTML, Git, C#, JavaScript, .NET, ASP.NET, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Front End, SQL
    In PersonFull Time35 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date November 9, 2020
    Cost$12,500
    Class size27
    LocationNashville
    The Web Developer Bootcamp is a 6-month, full-time program. The curriculum teaches the skills and technologies required to become a full-stack software developer. The core technologies that students use in this course are the three standard languages of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This course prepares students to work and build the full-stack code associated with websites, web apps and hybrid mobile applications. - Program with C# language and the .NET stack - HTML, CSS, JavaScript - Web application development and design - Application deployment and management - Skills necessary to join a development team as a junior developer
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    November 9, 2020 - Nashville Apply by August 31, 2020
    February 15, 2021 - Nashville Apply by December 15, 2020
  • Full-Time Web Developer Bootcamp, Python and Django

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, CSS, React.js, Front End, SQL, Python
    In PersonFull Time35 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date September 28, 2020
    Cost$12,500
    Class size27
    LocationNashville
    The Web Developer Bootcamp is a six-month, full-time program. The curriculum teaches the skills and technologies required to become a full-stack software developer. For most of our students this course is also their introduction to programming. The core technologies that students use in this course are the three standard languages of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This course prepares students to work and build the front-end code associated with websites, web apps and hybrid mobile applications. - Program with Python and the Django framework - HTML, CSS and Javascript - Web application development and design - Application deployment and management - Skills necessary to join a development team as a junior developer
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    September 28, 2020 - Nashville Apply by July 24, 2020
    January 4, 2021 - Nashville Apply by October 26, 2020
  • Part-Time Data Analytics Bootcamp

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    Start Date January 12, 2021
    Cost$7,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    The Data Analytics Bootcamp prepares students for careers in analytics and business intelligence, including jobs such as data analyst, business analyst, research analyst, and marketing analyst. Students will learn how to apply statistical reasoning through hands-on training in the most widely-used tools, including Excel, Python, SQL, Tableau, and Power BI. Using real data from local companies in a variety of problem domains, such as healthcare, financial services, digital marketing, supply chain, and retail, students will gain practical experience in all stages of the analytics workflow. You will also learn to present your findings via presentations and storytelling, building reports, and creating dashboards.
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    Skills Fund & Climb Credit
    GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition includes a scholarship - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    January 12, 2021 - Nashville Apply by November 10, 2020
  • Part-Time Web Developer Bootcamp, C# And .NET

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    HTML, Git, C#, JavaScript, .NET, ASP.NET, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Front End, SQL
    In PersonPart Time15 Hours/week52 Weeks
    Start Date January 4, 2021
    Cost$12,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    The Web Developer Bootcamp is a 12-month, evening and weekend program. The curriculum teaches the skills and technologies required to become a full-stack software developer. The core technologies that students use in this course are the three standard languages of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This course prepares students to work and build the full-stack code associated with websites, web apps and hybrid mobile applications. - Program with C# language and the .NET stack - HTML, CSS, JavaScript - Web application development and design - Application deployment and management - Skills necessary to join a development team as a junior developer
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
    More Start Dates
    January 4, 2021 - Nashville Apply by October 16, 2020
  • Part-Time Web Developer Bootcamp, Python and Django

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, CSS, React.js, Front End, SQL, Python
    In PersonPart Time15 Hours/week52 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,500
    Class size25
    LocationNashville
    The Web Developer Bootcamp is a 12-month, evening and weekend program. The curriculum teaches the skills and technologies required to become a full-stack software developer. The core technologies that students use in this course are the three standard languages of the web: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This course prepares students to work and build the full-stack code associated with websites, web apps and hybrid mobile applications. - Program with Python and the Django framework - HTML, CSS, JavaScript - Web application development and design - Application deployment and management - Skills necessary to join a development team as a junior developer
    Financing
    DepositSee school website for details
    Financing
    SkillsFund, Climb Credit, and GI Bill
    Tuition PlansNashville Tech Opportunity Tuition and Payment Plans Available - see school website for details
    ScholarshipScholarship included with Nashville Tech Opportunity Tuition - see school website for details
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Web Development Jumpstart

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    HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS
    In PersonPart Time11 Hours/week3 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$650
    Class size28
    LocationNashville
    Get a taste of development and gain a basic understanding of core web languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkNo
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Rolando Bernal • Front End Application Developer, Jr • Graduate
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    I came across NSS by accident, when a friend of mine, that used to be a musician, told me he just finished a program where he learned to code and that he was now working as a Software Developer. So I researched NSS and finally decided to apply. That was one of the best decisions in my professional career. It literally changed my life and opened a lot of new doors to a world I knew existed and that I once thought it wasn't for me. Now, 2.5 years from when I first started NSS, I'm working as an App Developer doing what I love and I'm passionate about. Thank you John, Steve, Jurnell, and all the great people that make NSS possible.

  • Anonymous • Mid Software Engineer • Graduate
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    NSS was great for me. While the curriculum wasn't as set in stone as some students wanted it to be I found this an advantage as the tech industry moves so quickly. There were students that struggled more than others but its a six month course that crams in a lot. Of course there are those saying on here that NSS didn't help them get a job, teachers didn't pay them enough attention etc etc. There's no hand holding here and thats what i loved about it. It has a very high job placement record and at no time did they promise to place you into a job themselves. The whole program is about making you ready for a junior role in software engineering. You still need to put in the work and hours to get that job. And at the end of the day not everyone is cut out to be one.

    If you are motivated, enjoy problem solving and are ok with the idea that you'll always be challenged and learning in your career than NSS will set you up for a career in software engineering. The networking opportunities they provide you alone is worth the money. I wonder how much effort those on here giving bad reviews spent connecting with the community and using that avantage NSS gave them?

  • Great
    - 11/18/2015
    Brennan Willingham • Web Application Developer • Graduate
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    I started Nashville Software School in January of 2015 and was a part of Cohort 8. I had some experience with HTML and CSS and even less JavaScript.

    I liked the Front End section, but it was the hardest of the two. The Back End just clicked for me so I enjoyed that much more. Scott Humphrey's did a good job of answering questions and helping us when we got stuck during our time in the Front End. Eliza and Jurnell pushed us in our understanding of data structures and the Ruby language itself, rather than focus on the Rails framework.

    I would definitely recommend it to someone who is wanting to enter the web development field.

  • Eric • Graduate
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    I was part of Cohort 8 at NSS, and I came in knowing enough to be dangerous. I was comfortable with markup languages but had no experience with any object oriented languages, github, etc.  

    Suffice it to say this program is completely what you choose to make of it.  If you show up, do the work, go home do more work, and get out and network in the community it works ten fold.  After reading some of the other reviews on this page I'm not sure why people are so down on this program because I had almost a polar opposite experience.  

    I had Scott Humphries and Eliza Brock as instructors, and I learned more than enough to change careers, get into the field, and made some great friends along the way.  I didn't expect this program to hold my hand all the way through or place me into a job, but came to learn and build a new career so that's what I did.  

    It's intense, fast paced, and there will undoubtedly be an wide variety of people in your class, but if you want to make a change it's a great place to do so.  

     

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I applied to NSS on a whim, because outside of Squarespace, I knew nothing about web development. I was a musician and barista and had no real career trajectory. From day one, I felt behind due to other students having more background than me, but I recieved nothing but encouragement from the instructors, staff, and other students. 

    NSS is a longer bootcamp than many, but it's so worth it and it flies right by. 

    I got the opportunity to interview with multiple employers that I met on Demo Day. Every single one was so impressed with NSS program and I have gotten to see that NSS has a tremendous track record in the Nashville community. 

    I think some people are surprised with whole difficult it is. YOU'RE LEARNING HOW TO CODE IN SIX MONTHS. IT'S HARD. And no one is going to just hand you a job. 

    When it got really difficult, I wanted to blame the instructors, the school, and myself. I saw other students quit. 

    John Wark, Eliza Brock, Scott Humphries, Jurnell Cockhren, and Steve Brownlee were all so encouraging and they are all there because they want to be, and want to help you learn. 

    It's all about what you put into it. You may land a job, right after demo day or you may not land a job untl 2 months or so after graduating, but if you actually try, you'll get a job. John Wark worked with me and now I have an incredible job making 3 times what I did before NSS. 

    Do it. Apply. 

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I graduated from Nashville Software School in 2015.  In short, the content is almost there, but the program really leaves so much to be desired.  

    Our instructor was Scott Humphries.  For the first 2 months of our program Scott would show up between 10 and 1030 regularly (class started at 9) which left the students to twiddle our thumbs for the first hour or more of each day.  This is a big detriment in an intensive program.  Once he arrived, he would assign us a task then go play Agar.io (a video game) for an hour or two.  After lunch, he would give us some instruction on something new and then tell us to work on it that night at home.  There is no syllabus, homework, quizzes, or outside class help from Scott.  By the end of the 2nd month it was blatantly obvious he was making up the curriculum as he went along.  If you dared to ask Scott a question, he would regularly answer in a condescending manner and fail to break down the problem for your understanding.  The administrator of the program didnt seem interested in correcting his amateur leadership and instruction even though students brought it to his attention.

    We had a "mentor day" where we were supposed to be able to meet a mentor and pair up with someone to help us with our coding issues.  Well, for our class of 25, five mentors showed up.  So needless to say the majority of people in the program did not find a mentor.

    The only "job assistance" you will receive is some instruction on how to interview and what you should expect during the interview process.  Beyond that, there is no job placement and the school does not send out work opportunities to past graduates.

    You will not be kicked out of the program no matter what.  We had a student show up 2-3 days a week for the entire program and he was never reprimanded or asked to leave even though he was a distraction in class.  This individual actually volunteered to lead a class project and then did not show up the day the project began.

    If you are lucky enough to get Steve Brownlee as your instructor, I would say continue with the program.  But absolutely ask who your instructor will be.  If it is Scott Humphries, walk away.  You can learn more by going through online tutorials on your own.  I wish I could say the experience at NSS was worth my time and effort but honestly, I put in more effort than the school did.

     

  • David Shoup • Software Developer • Graduate
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    Very detailed instruction by very knowledgeable instructors, who might or might not have good people skills and teaching ability. About a month before your cohort start date, students will be assigned dozens of hours of pre-work, which will be difficult to complete, if you have a job. Once the cohort begins, if you cannot keep up with the pace of the school (about 10-25% of the students), you will be asked to leave, albeit with the possibility of returning, but probably after cut off date for a tuition refund. The tuition (Cohort 6) was $10,500 with no refund unless you leave soon after training begins. This school is 24 weeks long. Other code schools are typically 9, 12, or 18 weeks long. 24 weeks is a long time to forego income. Mentors are listed on NSS web site, but don't you dare contact them unless you want a rude smack down (mentor contact information has since been removed, but don't worry: you will rarely see the mentors).

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I graduated from NSS last year and left feeling very disappointed in the whole program. I was on the Apprenticeship track, which basically means I had a strong connection in Nashville and wanted to stay and help grow the tech community here. I was under the impression that from being on this track, I would get help with finding a job here in Nashville, more specifically with a partner company of the school. Well, I barely got any help with finding a job at all. The job I did end up getting I found on my own looking on LinkedIn. And I could have gotten this job without having gone to NSS at all.

    Another disappointment was when it came time for us to be assigned mentors. I was excited to finally be getting a mentor. And when I found out she was going to be at a social event I was going to, I couldn’t wait to introduce myself to her. Well I did, and she could have cared less about me. She showed no interest in me. And had no interest in helping me or getting to know me. When we did finally plan a meeting, she was over 30 minutes late because she “forgot.” I feel like it is unacceptable for a mentor to act this way and I’m still unsure of why NSS thought putting her and I together was a good idea. In my opinion, she shouldn’t be a mentor at all, and NSS should have higher standards for who they do bring on as mentors.

    To anyone thinking of doing NSS, think very carefully on if it’s something you want to invest your time and money in. Try taking some online courses through Treehouse or Code School to see if programming is something you really are interested in doing. And if you do attend NSS, I hope you have a better experience than I did. 

  • Dane • Android Developer • Graduate
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    Even though it was brief, Nashville Software School taught me enough skills for me to leave the precious industry I worked in and helped me get my first job as a Web Developer. It is what you out into it, but they definitely give you the resources to succeed in getting a job in the development field.
  • Anonymous • Software Developer • Student
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    Very detailed instruction by a very qualified instructor. About a month before your cohort start date, students will be assigned dozens of hours of pre-work, which will be difficult to complete, if you have a job. Once the cohort begins, if you cannot keep up with the pace of the school (about 20% of the students), you will be asked to leave, albeit with the possibility of returning, but with no refund if you do not.  Some students are on 100% free tuition. Class size is 20-24. Also this school is 24 weeks long. Other code schools are typically 9, 12, or 18 weeks long. 24 weeks is a long time to forego income production. NSS now offers evening classes, so students would not need to give up a day job, provided they can keep up with the homework. Mentors are listed on NSS web site, but they don't want you to contact them.

  • Seth Whiting • Web Developer • Graduate
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    This course takes you from knowing virtually nothing about coding & spits you out a lean, mean, app-making machine. I'm now way smarter than I thought I could be and making way more money than I ever have. Both of those are due in large part to my decision to enroll in the Nashville Software school. I'd recommend taking this course to anyone. I promise you'll be glad you did.

  • Anonymous • Student
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    NSS has some very good aspects, but overall it's not good for everyone.
    I'll start with the pros:
    The instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful.
    The curriculum includes a very good base on what you need to know.
    The course is a little longer than most bootcamps which helps form a better foundation.
    It's mostly about community.

    Now for the cons:
    It's too fast for those who are brand new to coding, students who have studied coding before hand for a year will be successful. 
    All the resources are free and are available to study on your own. A google search will show you many of the resources and even tutorials that are similar to the exercises done in class. 
    You're paying a lot of money to be part of a community than you are for the actual skills.
    The skills you need are still learned on your own, the instructors are good but they can't help every single person due to the amount of students in a class.
    There are free groups to be a part of outside of NSS that anyone who wants to learn can join.
    NSS is very politically left-winged. I found it very annoying receiving lectures on critical-theory points which doesn't help your programming skills in the slightest. 

    Conclusion:
    I can't fully endorse NSS. If you really want to attend a class and study well in that environment then NSS is a good choice for you. If you don't like a classroom environment, then NSS isn't for you. I'd recommend studying on your own for awhile before attending NSS or any bootcamp. If you study on your own for a year or more then you're possibly already past what NSS can teach you anyway. Join a coding group on meetup.com and study on your own instead of dropping +$10k on free resources.

Thanks!