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Nashville Software School

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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 February 15, 2021
    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
    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 January 4, 2021
    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
    January 4, 2021 - Nashville Apply by October 26, 2020
    April 5, 2021 - Nashville Apply by January 31, 2021
  • 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 April 5, 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 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
    More Start Dates
    April 5, 2021 - Nashville Apply by January 31, 2021
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Great School
    - 10/24/2017
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    Great school. Awesome teachers. Cool staff. If you’re in Nashville and want to get into software development this school is the best way to go. 

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Nashville Software School has been a great decision for me in my career. It is definitely hard and 100% a place that you get out of it what you put in. 

     

    I decided to go to NSS after spending some years in the music industry on the production side of things. I was taking a look at where my life would be in a few years and I saw myself doing the same things at the same places and didn't picture another way it could go in my current profession. 

    Through some friends I heard about NSS and started thinking about it. After a few months of treehouse and codeacademy - I started to become pretty interested and decided it was something I wanted to pursue. Its been fantastic and I wish I would have had the decision sooner.

    A few things to keep in mind -

    -As with anything worth doing, you only get out what you put in. The staff there is incredible, but no one will give you your dream job if you dont work for it. They do their best to provide oppurtunities for employers to come by and for you to meet people, but it is up to you to actually make things happen. 

    -My advice as you go through the course would be to make flash cards with new concepts. Whether it be at the end of each day or each week, make notes of what you leanred - what that weird CSS selector does, how to iterate over dictionaries in C#, how write an AJAX call, what OOP is and specifically how YOU HAVE USED IT, whatever - make notes and review them. This is not so you memorize all the little syntactical nuances that come with each language (though that will happen) but more so when you complete the program you have an overview of what all you covered that you can review. This way when going into interviews you can be confident in what you know as well as confident in what you dont know. You will be less likely to be like "oh yeah I remember doing something like that in an exercise 4 months ago but I cant remember specifically how to do it" because you've been drilling it every night when you get home from class. 

    TALK TO PEOPLE - Find some companies you want to work for? Cool, find someone that work there on linkedin (this is much easier if there is a former NSS grad who works there, typically they're all about puttin some knowledge on those who are coming up) message them and buy them coffee. Ask them about their jobs, what they did, how they got there, what youre struggling with whatever. Make as many connections as you can. 

    Put the work in and you'll do fine. Just know up front that it is a lot of work. 

  • Anonymous • Junior Developer • Graduate
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    I started at NSS with no background in development and little practical exposure to the field; I just knew coding (the smidge I'd done of it) was fun and that I was ready for a change. I graduated two months ago from one of the bootcamps, and the process was by far the most intellectually--and one of the most emotionally--challenging experiences I'd ever had. But it's paid off; I went from an underpaid humanities slob to a professional software developer in less than a year.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the curriculum is adaptive and evolving, which can be frustrating in the short-term but ultimately mimics the state of the industry. In other words, it's good practice.

    The instructional team and staff are fully invested in student success AND the program is that rare beast in coding bootcamps: full-stack. I cannot overemphasize what a difference this makes to potential employers. It's also infinitely affordable--sure, no one seeking an immediate career change is likely to have an extra $11K kicking around, but do even a cursory price comparison, and the affordability is clear. 

    To speak to a point made in a prior review: it's simply untrue that the school does not pass job leads along to student graduates. If this were ever the case, it isn't anymore. I landed my current position through one of those leads, and I know the staff work hard to establish connections within the Nashville dev community.

    My one caveat to future students: while the program is targeted toward and successful for many people like me, who come in with no relevant background, the pace is unforgiving, and those of us who had engaged in more independent study prior to attendance were generally much better-adapted to the curriculum.

    If you're considering NSS, both your ego and your education will be infinitely better off if you not only complete the recommended prework, but spend as much time as it takes you to learn the core tenets of JavaScript before you start. 

    Regardless, NSS was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

     

  • Outstanding
    - 6/16/2016
    Anonymous • Associate Programmer Analyst • Graduate
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    NSS is continually evolving and improving its curriculum, I was part of Cohort10, and found it fairly easy to land offers for employment. Ultimately, there are some folks who just do not have the problem solving ability to cut it even after they graduate, and will struggle finding a job, so you should do a self assessment to find out if you have the problem solving skills prior to applying. 

     

    As far as the school is concerned, I find myself light years ahead of fellow junior developers in what I have been exposed to and the hands on coding experience gained from attending NSS. 

     

  • Great School
    - 5/26/2016
    Anonymous • Software Developer • Graduate
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    I graduated from NSS a just shy of two years ago from the date of this review (cohort 5).

    I learned Node and Ruby, front-end, and back-end coding, and testing.  Overall, this was a super-positive experience.  A month or so after graduating, I got a great job.

    My background was already technical, but I had never really done any web development before.  The corsework got me up to speed in a hurry on the basics.  And, by the end of the course, I could spin up a website and deploy it.

    NSS was a great investment of my time and money.  The job I got was a direct result of the school connecting me with an employer.  I'm still working for that employer today.

    If you are motivated and ready to work hard in the basics of web development, this is the place for you.

     

     

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