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New York Code + Design Academy

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5 Campuses

Amsterdam

2 Courses
Johan Huizingalaan B_Amsterdam 763 A, Amsterdam, VH 1066

This full-time intensive web development program transforms beginner students into entry level full stack developers. We will guide you through this life-changing experience as you learn JavaScript, Node.js, SASS, and other fundamental programming languages needed to become a professional web developer. The New York Code + Design Academy will not only teach you these essential tools, but also provide career counseling and resources to help you secure that next big opportunity. If you’re looking for a rigorous level of study that can help elevate your future, this is the class for you!

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Rebate
Complete Web Dev 100 FIRST and receive DISCOUNT on Web Dev Intensive Tuition. Inquire to admissions.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.
JavaScript, HTML, Git, SQL, jQuery, CSS, Express.js, Node.jsIn PersonPart Time

This 16 week part time Beginner Friendly course is designed to build a foundation in coding and web development. Students will spend 8 weeks focusing on key concepts in programming and Full Stack Web Dev. Then students will spend 8 weeks focusing on Advanced JavaScript and Front End development. Course is perfect for Beginners, those interested in later joining our Immersive Bootcamp and those interested in Front End Development.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Minimum Skill Level
No coding experience required. This course is completely beginner friendly!
Prep Work
No

Salt Lake City

2 Courses
5225 Wiley Post Way Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116

With our Web Development Intensive, you’ll learn both front and back-end development in one all encompassing class. The New York Code + Design Academy’s 12-week Web Development Intensive bootcamp is designed to transform students with no coding experience into entry-level full-stack developers. This hands-on, project-based workshop immerses you in code and develops the skills you need to build dynamic and versatile web applications.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Payment plans are available.
Rebate
Complete Web Dev 100 FIRST and receive tuition credit towards Web Development Intensive program.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.
JavaScript, HTML, Git, CSS, React.js, Node.jsIn PersonFull Time

Learn to become a Web Developer without putting your life on hold. This 24-week, part-time (Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-9:30PM and Saturdays 9AM-1:00PM) intensive program transforms beginner students into entry level full stack web developers. We will guide you through this life-changing experience as you learn to use fundamental programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node and REACT. Not only will you obtain the tools needed to become a competitive web developer, we also provide career counseling and resources to help secure that next big opportunity. If you’re looking for a rigorous level of study that can help change your career, this is the class for you!

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.

New York City

8 Courses
90 John Street Suite 404, Manhattan, New York 10038
Front End, JavaScript, HTML, Git, SQL, jQuery, Ruby, CSSIn PersonFull Time

Everyone should learn to code! And anyone can. This is the mantra of The New York Code + Design Academy and the purpose of our Web Development 100 class – an ideal entry point for beginners with little to no programming experience. Students who graduate from this course have the foundations to specialize in many areas such as front end development, UI/UX and mobile app development. It’s no surprise! Web Development 100 is our most popular class to date.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirm, and Pave can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Limited scholarships
Minimum Skill Level
No coding experience required. This course is completely beginner friendly!
JavaScript, HTML, Ruby, CSSIn PersonFull Time

While others are lounging about, taking the summer off, why not get ahead by enrolling in The New York Code + Design Academy’s 4-Week Code Camp? Our coding bootcamp experience will quickly get you up to speed in the core programming languages and technologies of web design and development including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with some Ruby. Students will begin by building their own websites, then dive into building web applications and learning front end web development. This class offers both a teen section for ages 13-17 as well as an 18+ section.

Course Details

Financing

New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirm, and Pave can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Front End, JavaScript, HTML, Git, jQuery, CSSIn PersonFull Time

If you prefer the front lines of web development, envisioning the layout of elements and the aesthetics of a webpage across all devices, then The New York Code + Design Academy’s Front End 101 is just the class for your detail-oriented mind. Front End 101 is an intensive 8-week coding workshop focused on advanced front end web development skills and geared toward tasks closely related to that of an everyday front end web developer.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirm, and Pave can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Completion of Web Development 100, or competency in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript languages.
Design, User Experience DesignIn PersonFull Time

If you’re intrigued by the behavior, emotions, and attitudes of users and how to optimize their experience through good design, then The New York Code + Design Academy’s UI/UX Design 101 class might be a good fit for you. We’ll teach you the principles behind user interface design and train you with the software and tools needed to understand user experience, giving you a solid foundation to delve deeper into this user-centric discipline.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirm, and Pave can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class
Minimum Skill Level
This course has no prerequisites. However, many students take this course as part of Web Development 100.
Design, User Experience DesignIn PersonFull Time

During this 8 Week Full Time Immersive Bootcamp, hands on learning experience, students are brought through UX/UI Design industry best practices from the ground up. They will begin to understand the core elements of smart, user-centered functional design and then utilize the processes and tools necessary to begin contributing to the field and hit the ground running. The curriculum is focused towards web and mobile design in particular, and with the New York Code + Design Academy’s open environment, students will have a friendly and engaging learning experience that will help prepare them to be competitive designers. Enter the world with a fresh understanding of design!

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Rails, Sinatra, RubyIn PersonPart Time

Back end developers write the code that allows websites and applications to run smoothly. This 8-week coding workshop tackles more advanced topics in Ruby, Rails, Sinatra, and working with databases. Suitable for intermediate developers and graduates of Web Development 100.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirm, and Pave can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Completion of Web Development 100, or demonstrated ability in basic web development.

Learn to become a Web Developer without putting your life on hold. This 24-week, part-time (Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-9:30PM and Sundays 10:00AM-2:00PM) intensive program transforms beginner students into entry level full stack web developers. We will guide you through this life-changing experience as you learn to use fundamental programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node and REACT. Not only will you obtain the tools needed to become a competitive web developer, we also provide career counseling and resources to help secure that next big opportunity. If you’re looking for a rigorous level of study that can help change your career, this is the class for you!

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.

With our Web Development Intensive, you’ll learn both front and back-end development in one all encompassing class. The New York Code + Design Academy’s 12-week Web Development Intensive bootcamp is designed to transform students with no coding experience into entry-level full-stack developers. This hands-on, project-based workshop immerses you in code and develops the skills you need to build dynamic and versatile web applications.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.

Payment Plan
Payment plans are available.
Rebate
Complete Web Dev 100 FIRST and receive tuition credit towards Web Development Intensive program.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.

Washington

2 Courses
1133 15th Street, NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005

With our Web Development Intensive, you’ll learn both front and back-end development in one all encompassing class. The New York Code + Design Academy’s 12-week Web Development Intensive bootcamp is designed to transform students with no coding experience into entry-level full-stack developers. This hands-on, project-based workshop immerses you in code and develops the skills you need to build dynamic and versatile web applications.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCredit, Affirm, SkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Payment plans are available.
Rebate
Complete Web Dev 100 FIRST and receive tuition credit towards Web Development Intensive program.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.

This 16 week part time Beginner Friendly course is designed to build a foundation in coding and web development. Students will spend 8 weeks focusing on key concepts in programming and Full Stack Web Dev. Then students will spend 8 weeks focusing on Advanced JavaScript and Front End development. Course is perfect for Beginners, those interested in later joining our Immersive Bootcamp and those interested in Front End Development.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No coding experience required.
Prep Work
No

Philadelphia

2 Courses
1601 Cherry St. 8th Floor , Philadelphia, PA 19102

With our Web Development Intensive, you’ll learn both front and back-end development in one all encompassing class. The New York Code + Design Academy’s 12-week Web Development Intensive bootcamp is designed to transform students with no coding experience into entry-level full-stack developers. This hands-on, project-based workshop immerses you in code and develops the skills you need to build dynamic and versatile web applications.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Payment plans are available.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Prep work provided upon acceptance to program. 30 Hours.
JavaScript, HTML, Git, jQuery, CSSIn PersonPart Time

This 16 week part time Beginner Friendly course is designed to build a foundation in coding and web development. Students will spend 8 weeks focusing on key concepts in programming and Full Stack Web Dev. Then students will spend 8 weeks focusing on Advanced JavaScript and Front End development. Course is perfect for Beginners, those interested in later joining our Immersive Bootcamp and those interested in Front End Development.

Course Details

Financing
New York Code and Design Academy has partnerships with ClimbCreditAffirmSkillsFund, and Pave which can offer students a payment plan in monthly installments.
Payment Plan
Tuition is divided into installments, with the balance due before the end of class.
Scholarship
Scholarships vary per location. Please inquire.
Minimum Skill Level
No coding experience required.
Prep Work
No

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Our latest on New York Code + Design Academy

  • Why Sportsrocket Hires From New York Code + Design Academy

    Imogen Crispe6/6/2017

    Sportsrocket has hired four New York Code and Design Academy alumni into product management and software engineering roles (plus, all four have received promotions after one year on the job)! We sat down with Sportsrocket Product Operations Coordinator Sandra Drakulović to find out why her team loves hiring NYCDA graduates, how their degree-blind interview helps Sportsrocket find the most qualified candidates for the job, and Sandra’s advice for other employers hiring coding bootcamp grads. Plus find out why Sportsrocket plans to hire more New York Code and Design Academy graduates in the future!

    Q&A

    Tell us about Sportsrocket, and your role there.

    We are a media company focused on content management. Our product gives viewers access to their favorite sports whenever, wherever, and however they want. We work with some cool clients like AS Roma, the PGA Tour, National Lacrosse League, and Turner Media. We are constantly growing at a rapid rate.

    Since we are a startup, I wear many hats, though I mostly handle HR for our Product team – this includes nearly every step in the recruitment process.

    How big is the web development team?

    We have approximately 40 engineers.

    How many New York Code and Design Academy graduates have you hired?

    We have hired four NYCDA grads. In the past year, all applicants who made it to the last round of our hiring process were predominantly from NYCDA.

    How did you first get connected with New York Code and Design Academy?

    The first role I recruited for was a Junior Product Manager role. The candidate who got the job was an NYCDA grad and that shed light on the school itself. He mentioned that he knew a few other people interested in developer roles, so we brought some of them in for interviews. 95% of the grads made it through the last round of our interview process, which doesn’t happen very often.

    What roles specifically have you hired New York Code and Design Academy graduates for?

    We’ve hired one graduate as a Junior Product Manager, and the others are Software Engineers.

    Other than New York Code and Design Academy, how do you usually hire software developers?

    Typically, if they don’t come from NYCDA, it’s a referral from one of our team members. The last resort is posting the roles to online job boards such as LinkedIn or Stack Overflow.

    Have you worked with any other coding bootcamps yet? What stands out about these NYCDA bootcamp grads?

    When we interviewed developers from other coding bootcamps, it was brought to our attention they weren’t yet ready to dive into the workforce. They know the content, but in more of a textbook fashion; they don’t know how to apply it. What NYCDA does differently, I think, is teaches students to apply their knowledge to real-life projects. One of our developers, Andrew Schultz, had a fellowship at NYCDA after he finished the program. Shortly after, he joined our team and is now one of our most valuable developers.

    Did you have to convince your company to hire a bootcamp graduate rather than a CS graduate?

    When a candidate comes in to do their technical test, the engineering team sometimes doesn’t even know whether the candidate has a degree. If a candidate from NYCDA comes in for an interview and aces their technical test, no one cares to ask what their educational background is like, because they are evidently ready to take on the role.

    What sort of interview process do developers go through at Sportsrocket?

    The first line of defense is me emailing the candidate to outline the job role, and if they are still interested, then I set up a call. I speak to them about their experience, if they are employed I ask why they are looking to leave (which isn’t usually applicable to bootcamp grads), and their salary range.

    If all is a good fit, then I pass them along to our Director of Software Engineering, who will test their skills in a series of tests. If she is happy with the candidates then the next step is a pair programming session. In that session, we bring them into the office and they work with two of our developers for a few hours on whatever the developers are working on that day. It’s a jump-in, hands-on experience. We find that’s effective because not only do the candidates get to see the work they would be doing, but they also get to see if they are able to collaborate with their potential colleagues. If everything’s a fit, an offer is on its way!

    Have you had to tweak the interview process for coding bootcamp grads?

    The interview process itself, no. However, the preliminary discussion is of course different – usually I like to ask why they chose the boot camp route or why they chose to change careers, when applicable. I’ll ask how comfortable they are to start applying their bootcamp knowledge to a real product. Sometimes we talk about the app they created as their final project at NYCDA. It’s intriguing to hear about and more often than not, it’s a great way to showcase their talent.

    You mentioned a technical challenge and a pairing exercise. How did the NYCDA grads do on those?

    They’ve all done great. If they don’t pass the technical challenge, they don’t make it to the next round.

    At New York Code and Design Academy, students learn JavaScript or Ruby. Are your bootcamp hires working in those languages or have they had to learn new languages or technologies?

    They work in those languages at Sportsrocket. It was actually very hard for me to find Ruby developers in New York, so the fact that NYCDA offers a course on Ruby means they had a pool of qualified candidates for me, which was great.

    How do you ensure that the new hires are supported to keep learning in their first job?

    When a new developer starts, we don’t throw them out there on their own – they always have support. Additionally, we like to have in-house courses on occasion, where a group of the engineers can devote two full weeks to learning a new language (or brushing up on a known one) in our office.

    For one of these developer training sessions, I reached out to Tom Abogabal at NYCDA to see if he could help. He provided us with one of the Academy’s teachers, who came into our office and did an immersive course on Ruby on Rails for two weeks. I could not express my satisfaction enough!

    NYCDA also holds a bunch of events for the community and their alumni. They have ongoing workshops that our developers (and myself) get invited to. For example, they’ll do a fun wine and cheese night, where you learn new concepts, or they’ll do a happy hour to learn a JavaScript concept. I think that’s a really cool way to keep up with what’s happening in tech.

    Since you started hiring from the bootcamp, have your new hires moved up or been promoted?

    Yes. Most of our engineers from NYCDA have been moved up to Lead Engineer, and the Junior Product Manager is now a Product Manager!

    What does the relationship look like between Sportsrocket and New York Code and Design Academy? Do you pay a referral fee when you hire their graduates or are you paying to be a part of their hiring network?

    We do not pay a fee. With our arrangement, their grads are getting jobs and we’re glad to be getting new, great developers. It’s a win-win!

    Do you have a feedback loop with the bootcamp at all?

    Yes, Tom is always open to that. We haven’t had a need to do so yet, but we did discuss their flexible options. If we wanted to do a mass hire at one point, rather than holding a traditional course, they could hold a course tailored to Sportsrocket and our platform, which I think is really cool. So then those cohorts would graduate knowing our entire platform, because that’s what they were trained on.

    Will you hire from NYCDA in the future? Why or why not?

    Definitely. At the moment we are expanding both our Bellevue and New York offices. NYCDA has a number of campuses so it will be really great that they’ll be able to offer graduates in other places as we continue to expand.

    What is your advice to other employers who are thinking about hiring from a coding bootcamp?

    In general, if you’re hiring from a coding bootcamp, test their knowledge before hiring. Test their ability to do the job itself, not the knowledge they have in a specific programming language. That’s one of the biggest flaws I’ve noticed in the hiring process. Someone can know Ruby – or any language – like the back of their hand, but not know how to properly apply that knowledge. You should be looking to hire applicants who know how to apply the concepts. They’ll be much more capable of getting any job done and immersing themselves in projects.

    Find out more and read New York Code and Design Academy reviews on Course Report. Check out the New York Code and Design Academy website.

    About The Author

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    Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Become a Developer at these 21 Summer Coding Bootcamps!

    Lauren Stewart5/16/2017

    In the summertime, when the weather is hot... it’s a great time to learn to code! If you’re a current college (or high school) student, teacher, or professional looking to enhance your coding skills, a summer coding bootcamp can be a great opportunity to learn new skills in about three months. Many coding bootcamps offer summer course offerings to help you become more tech savvy and get you to that next level to launch a new career in tech. Check out your options below and transform your summer vacation into something far more productive in 2017.

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  • Part-Time vs Full-Time Web Development Intensive at New York Code + Design Academy

    Imogen Crispe3/6/2017

    Many coding bootcamps offer full-time and part-time programs, so how do you choose? Will you get the same education in either program? We asked two New York Code + Design Academy alumni to compare their experiences and explain how they chose between the 12-week full-time, and the 24-week part-time programs. David Bonaroti explains why he needed a flexible schedule with the part-time program, and Jeff Chui talks about his need to get qualified fast with the full-time program. They also contrast their learning experiences, and discuss the New York Code + Design Academy career services.

    What were your backgrounds before you decided you wanted to learn to code?

    David: Before New York Code + Design Academy, I completed an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. I worked at a real estate company in Pittsburgh for a year, then moved to New York City, where I currently work full-time for an ad technology company called Light Reaction.

    Jeff: I was a student at Wake Forest University, but I got really sick, and had to withdraw. I spent around six months just working to get myself back on my feet. After that I was searching for a coding bootcamp, which led me to New York Code + Design Academy. Now I work as a developer at the McCann Erickson Advertising Agency.

    There are a few other coding bootcamps in New York, so why did you each choose New York Code + Design Academy?

    David: The most important thing when I was evaluating bootcamps was flexibility. Since I was working full-time, I needed to find the right balance, knowing that it would be pretty difficult going to class three times a week after a full day at work. After speaking to the admissions department at New York Code + Design Academy, I realized the schedule for the part-time program really aligned with what I was looking for. It gave me a lot of flexibility with work; I was able to work late if needed, and could still attend class. One useful feature they have is they record all the classes. If I couldn’t attend because I was out of town for business, or something came up during the week, I could still get the full lecture later that day, which was a really great safety net.

    As well as the flexibility, the tuition was really attractive. A lot of bootcamps I considered were $15,000 to $20,000. Since I'd already gone to grad school, I have enough student loans. New York Code + Design Academy was very affordable while still maintaining the quality of instruction.

    Jeff: I agree with the financial part of it. It was one of the most affordable bootcamps when I was comparing all of my options. Also, I visited the campus and met with Julie Lee, one of the admissions officers. When I was walking around and seeing what people were doing and how people were learning, it just felt right. I didn't know much about bootcamps at the time, so I couldn't make many logical comparisons, but I went with what I could afford and what my schedule allowed.

    I wasn't really doing anything else, which is why I went with the full-time course. I also wanted to be around human beings while learning a new skill. I wanted to get an education even if it wasn't a four-year institution. I wanted to do something and learn something, so I might as well go all in.

    Did either of you think about going back to college and studying computer science rather than at a bootcamp?

    Jeff: I was thinking a lot about whether to go back for a computer science education, but from my research and from what a lot of computer science grads I talked to, it sounded like these four-year institutions didn't really provide the skills needed to get into the job market. When I looked at a three-month bootcamp program that was tailored towards breaking into, and performing well, in the industry versus four years and more student loans, it just seemed to be the right choice for me.

    David: After evaluating my options, and with so many years of professional experience under my belt, it didn't seem feasible to start back at square zero for an undergraduate degree. I needed something rapid, and the bootcamp was the vehicle for that. I needed to learn as much as I could right away, and the pace of a four-year institution would have really hindered me. That's why I really enjoyed the curriculum at New York Code + Design Academy because they prepared you to jump in day one and know what you're doing.

    What was the New York Code + Design Academy application process like and did it differ for either of you?

    Jeff: The application process was simple. The first part was three personal statement questions asking why I wanted to learn to code, my experience in coding, and a bit about myself. After that I did an interview, which was a really unique process. Instead of being required to know something or take a technical interview, the admissions officer actually gave me what I needed to know. She showed me a few concepts, then gave me problems to see how I would apply the knowledge. It wasn't about what I knew or what my experience was, it was about how I solved problems and whether or not I was a fit for a bootcamp. I really appreciated that.

    David: My experience was similar. For the part-time program, I needed to demonstrate that I had the initiative to finish the program since I would be balancing working full-time while going to school. I filled out the online form, came in for an in-person interview, and two or three days later, I received an email letting me know I had received admission. I put down a deposit, and started the bootcamp the following week. It was a quick process, and that points to the flexibility of this program.

    I'm interested in what your cohorts were like. Jeff, could you tell us about the cohort at the full-time program. How many people were there and was it a diverse group of people in terms of gender, race, and career backgrounds?

    Jeff: It was probably the most diverse group of people I've ever been around. We had around 20 students. We had people with kids, and people going to grad school. But it was not an even split between women and men. In terms of racial diversity, it was spread around the board. It was like a microcosm of everyone who wants to learn how to code. I really appreciated that, instead of going to a school with one group of people and one perspective.

    Because I was in a full-time program, we stuck with each other for around 8 to 10 hours a day, depending on how long we decided to stay after class. We all became super close and really good friends. We supported each other throughout this whole process from day one, from when we didn't get a certain concept in the language, to when we graduated. We helped each other with job searches and sent each other opportunities. We still keep in touch now.

    David, what was your part-time cohort like?

    David: Our cohort was much more intimate. There were only six of us. It was a great instructor:student ratio. We also had a TA who was available most of the time. If you ran into a hurdle, you had the TA or the teacher there immediately to help you circumvent that problem. In terms of diversity, it was extremely diverse. We had two women and four men. We were all from different backgrounds, which was really empowering – when you have that level of diversity you're less intimidated. If everybody came from a background in math or engineering, you might feel intimidated if you didn’t have that same experience. But no one had that problem. A few were entrepreneurs, some worked for civil jobs, one was a waiter.

    Having that network of people who are all jumping in at the same time into an entirely new industry that they've never worked in before builds a great bond amongst you and your classmates. With diverse backgrounds, you're all working towards a common goal. It really was great to have those people as my peers and to help each other along the process.

    David, did most of your classmates have full-time jobs like you?

    David: Yes. I believe five out of the six had full-time jobs. The one who didn't was a stay at home mom. She was pregnant during our class and had a child at home, so she was very busy. She was one of the best people that we had in our class, she did extremely well.

    I'm interested in the schedule and the structure of the full-time and part-time bootcamps – how are they different? Jeff, can you tell us about the structure of the full-time bootcamp and maybe give me an example of a typical day?

    Jeff: On a typical day we would start with a lecture about a certain concept. Then we would immediately try to apply that concept. The instructor would give us prompts like, "Now that you've learned this, let's see if you can build this,” or, “What can you use from what you've previously learned and apply it to make what you're building better or more applicable to the real world?" We would alternate between theory and practice throughout the program.

    Class was from 10am to 6pm. After that, we would stay to work with the teacher, have our own little study groups to complete our assignments, talk about what we didn't or did understand, and help out other students. A full day could have ranged from eight hours if you just went to class and then left, or it could be 10 to 12 hours if you decided to stay after, depending on how much effort you put in.

    David, how was the part-time class structured?

    David: Classes were on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to around 10pm, and Sundays from 10am to 2pm or 3pm. The curriculum was laid out in the same way as in the full-time class. For the first quarter, or half of the class, we’d learn about a topic or a framework and how we could use it in the type of program that we planned on building. The latter half of the class was where we worked on a hands-on project. At the end of class, we'd get an assignment to practice what we learned in the class that day. Then at the following class we’d talk about any problems or any discoveries we had, or something new that we wanted to add into the program.

    Jeff, how many instructors or mentors did you have at the full-time program?

    Jeff: We had one instructor, Orlando Caraballo, one teaching assistant, Horatio Rosa, and every student was assigned a mentor. I was assigned to the great John Wolfe. He was a really great guy.

    Did the part-time and full-time students ever interact with each other at any point? Did you meet each other or work on projects together?

    David: There was a common area in our campus where everyone sits before or after class, so there's a lot of interaction there between the students. There wasn't anything formal where they combine both of us, because I think we were operating on different schedules. By the time I arrived in the evening, most full-time students had already gone for the day. But on the weekend there were always a lot of people working on their own unique projects.

    Even now, we can go back to the campus anytime and say, "Does anybody here work with JavaScript, Node, Express or React?" And they'll raise their hands and help you out, which is great. That's the best thing about this community.

    How did New York Code + Design Academy prepare you for job hunting?

    Jeff: At the end of the program we had a meet and greet with employers. The staff worked really hard to show us off– show what we could do, and how we could contribute to their companies or the job market. Within two days of graduating, I had received three offers for interviews, and within a week I was already working at a startup.

    Krystal Kaplan is the head of career services and is amazing. She really looked out for me in terms of the job market. A couple of months after I started my first coding job at the startup, the company went under and I was unemployed. I didn't have a degree or much work experience, but she put in the effort to find jobs that were a good fit for me. I was a hard sell, but she helped me get another job. That's a testament to how strong the career services are at New York Code + Design Academy.

    David: At the conclusion of our program, Krystal scheduled three professional developers to come in for a meet and greet where we could ask questions about their experiences, their career trajectories, and how they came to be where they were. NYCDA did a really great job of explaining the interview process so we would know what to expect when we started transitioning full-time programming roles.

    Krystal really does do the best job possible to help you out with anything– even just meeting somebody in her network and trying to set you up for interviews. They really hammer home the importance of networking. They do their best to introduce you to people. And that's really the best opportunity to get the roles you're looking for.

    So Jeff, that’s great you found another job after the startup! Can you tell me about it?

    Jeff: I'm working as a junior developer at the McCann Erickson Agency. I work in their production department. So after all the creatives are done thinking of ideas, they give them to us to build it out in the digital world. It's extremely fast paced, and there are always new things coming in. The reason I've survived this long in the company is because of the infrastructure that was in place at the New York Code + Design Academy. They set me up to succeed in an environment like this. It was not only the theoretical and technical points that I learned, but other job tips from Orlando and Krystal.

    David, I know you only just graduated last month, but what are your plans now?

    David: I am beginning the job hunt after figuring things out at my current job, and making sure I can easily transition out of there. I'm starting to get in full ramp-up mode looking for a position. I want to make sure that it's the right role, where I'm able to bring my professional experience from working at the ad agency because I want to stay within that industry.

    It's been very exciting. I've been in contact with a lot of recruiters. I met with one a few days ago who said, "Where do you want to work because there's no greater job in demand right now than a programmer." So it's really great to have that flexibility, where you can literally pick and choose where you want to work based on the skill set. I tell everyone I speak to that this will probably be the best decision that you will ever make at least in the next 10 or 20 years. It gives you so much leverage. Everyone should consider doing it.

    What's been the biggest challenge or roadblock in your journey to learning to code?

    Jeff: It was just learning to code. It was just so different than anything I've ever done in my life. I was always a very liberal artsy, abstract thinker. I wasn't a very technical person. I didn't do very well in math or science classes. So just coming into a field of study that was so foreign from anything I'd ever seen before, that was my biggest challenge.

    David: There were three big issues when it came to taking on this type of initiative. Number one is time, two is having discipline, and three is having the right mindset. For time, this might apply more to people in the part-time program who are working all day, and still have to go to class. It's fun to attend class three times a week, but then you have to spend time working on what you learned in class on three or four other days as well. You can't stop doing it. That’s the discipline part, you have to set time aside to practice. The only way you're going to learn to code, is to write code. You can watch as many tutorials, and read about it as much as you want, but you'll never learn more than when you try to build something, run into problems, and have to find solutions. When you can't turn to other people, your only real solution is trial and error, and there's no greater instructor than trial and error.

    Mindset is probably the most important of those three. There'll be times during your class where you're filled with self-doubt; you're not understanding something, and you’ll want to give up. But that's such a common feeling. You have to power through it. Believe in yourself that you can get through it, and I promise you, you will get through. It'll constantly happen like that. It's a roller coaster where you feel you don't understand something and have to keep working at it. You have to believe in yourself and keep pushing forward.

    What's the one piece of advice you would give to someone who's thinking about applying for a coding bootcamp?

    Jeff: Keep in mind that it is a bootcamp and it is very, very intense. Whether you're doing full-time or part-time, that type of dedication is something that you need to be ready for. And also like David said, you do have to find a way to balance it, a way to effectively deal with the inevitable feeling of "I don't know what I'm doing," which is something that everyone is going to feel no matter what profession you're doing.

    The other thing is to learn to learn by yourself. The reason I say that is these programs are only for a couple of months and no matter what you do or how intellectually gifted someone is, a couple of months is not going to teach you everything you need to know to succeed or everything you need to know to program.

    David: The one piece of advice that I would give is, don't hesitate. If this is something you really think that you want to do, don't waste any time. Don't sit at your job and think "I'll apply in the next round or I'll apply next year when I'm ready.” You’ll never be fully ready. Just do it. I promise you won't regret this. Not only is it fulfilling, but professionally there will never be anything better that you do. Having worked in multiple industries, I can't tell you how different it is the way people evaluate you in the workplace when you have a coding background. You know how things work and how products work. Everything is becoming digitalized, and being able to speak that language will literally carry you across any industry that you want to work in, for almost any position that you would want to work in.

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    Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Bory, New York Code & Design Academy

    Liz Eggleston4/27/2015

    Mallory Bory was a talented Graphic Designer working in print when she decided she should be able to design- and build- a website. She enrolled in the Web Development Intensive at New York Code + Design Academy to to expand her skillset, and now answers all of our questions about deciding on a bootcamp, her final Rails project, and her new job as a Lead Designer at a tech startup.  

     

    What were you up to before you started at New York Code and Design Academy?

    After graduating college with a BFA in Studio Art, I became a graphic designer, working mostly in print. My last position prior to NYCDA was as a Senior Graphic Designer with a consumer electronics manufacturer.

     

    Did you have a technical background before you applied? 

    I had some knowledge of HTML and CSS, but that’s where my technical experience ended. I had no backend programming skills whatsoever. I’d tried a few online Ruby tutorials, read some articles, but I felt like a always hit a wall and nothing seemed to stick.

     

    What was your goal in doing a bootcamp? To get a job, to start your own business, etc?

    I wanted to shift my career from print design to web design and development. My goal was to have the ability to not only design a dynamic site, but to build it, frontend and backend.

     

    Why did you choose New York Code and Design Academy? What factors did you consider? 

    After looking into traditional CS and web design programs, online courses, part-time courses, and bootcamps, I decided that a full-time, immersive bootcamp would be the most beneficial for me. NYC has so many great options in terms of code schools and I looked at a few different programs, but ultimately chose NYCDA. From the start, I could see how supportive and invested in their students the crew at New York Code and Design Academy was. They understood that I was a complete beginner and they were as excited to help me get going on my new career path as I was. Another big factor in my decision was the small class size.

     

    What was the NYCDA application like for you? 

    After submitting my application, Jeremy from the New York Code and Design Academy team reached out to me within a week to set up the first of two phone interviews. Both calls were more culture-fit interview than technical. NYCDA places more emphasis on whether or not you have the desire and drive to learn, than what you've already learned.

     

    How many people were in your cohort? Did you think it was a diverse cohort in terms of age, gender, and race, and technical skill? 

    There were 16 people in my cohort. Not only was the class diverse in age, gender and race, but also background. Everyone came from a different area of expertise….sales, construction, fashion, scientific research. As far as technical background, we all started out on pretty even footing, and before class began we all completed roughly a month of pre-work to prep us for the course ahead.

     

    Who were your instructors? What was the teaching style like and how did it work with your learning style? 

    We had two instructors; Al Olsen handled our first two weeks of front-end course work (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and Brian Fountain took over the last ten weeks of Ruby and backend development. Class was broken up into a 5-6 hour lecture at the beginning of the day and then coding tasks, solo or with a partner, for the remainder of class. At the end of the week, we would pair up or form a small group to complete a project that used everything we'd learned throughout the week. The project-driven curriculum was perfect for me. Being able to put my newly acquired skills to work on a real world example really solidified the concepts from lecture.

     

    Were you satisfied with the curriculum/actual material taught in the courses? 

    I was definitely satisfied with the curriculum. It's impossible to become an expert programmer in 12 weeks, but the WDI course gave me the solid foundation necessary to continue to grow as a developer. 

     

    What technologies did you learn in your course? Were you able to learn it all in the short time you were in your program? 

    We learned so much...HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, database theory, Git, ActiveRecord to name a few. Obviously, with so much ground to cover in such a short time, some topics were covered more in-depth than others, but that's really where the time you put in outside of class counts; you takes what's covered in class and expand upon it on your own.

     

    How many hours per week did you spend on New York Code and Design Academy?

    Outside of the 8 classroom hours, I would put in an extra 1-3 hours on weeknights and around 4-8 hours on the weekend. As class progressed, and the projects got more involved, I would spend more time than earlier in the course.

     

    Are there things you didn’t expect or that you would change? What was the feedback loop like?

    It was a little more of an emotional roller coaster than I expected. I mean, I knew going into the course it was going to be a challenge, and that it was definitely going to get tough at times, but I didn’t quite expect to feel like everything was clicking one day and then be completely lost the next. When I hit the spots where it felt like it would never click, my instructors, and the rest of the NYCDA team, were always there to help get me over the wall. The feedback loop at NYCDA is awesome. They’re always listening and constantly taking in the student’s thoughts and suggestions to help improve the course and the experience.

     

    Can you tell us about a project you worked on?

    My final project was an e-commerce site that allows users to create an address book of contacts and then set up personalized greeting cards to be professionally printed and automatically mailed out to the intended recipients. For instance, you could log in today and set up all of the birthday cards you would send in an entire year, all at once. Once set up, the cards will automatically be sent out according to the delivery date you set. It was a solo project built in Rails and utilized a gem to help generate print-ready PDF files for each greeting card, an AWS S3 bucket for card storage, and a connection to Lob, a company that prints and sends physical mail, via their API. It took about two weeks to get the MVP built, and although it's not currently live, I'm hoping to get it running in the near future!

     

    Did New York Code and Design Academy do job prep with your class- interview practice, resume building etc?

    NYCDA provided several job prep activities. They set up Q&A sessions with technical recruiters, provided resume review, and even scheduled mock technical interviews at different tech companies throughout the city.

     

    What are you doing now- did you move up in your career or get a new job?

    After graduating, I focused on finding a position as a UI/UX designer. Currently, I'm the Lead Designer at a start-up tech company here in NYC. Working as part of the dev team, I’m responsible for our platform’s UI/UX design and have a chance to dig into some frontend code here and there. The knowledge I gained from taking the WDI course has really helped me to design more effective websites, and allows me to speak intelligently with other members of the dev team about how to tackle website functionality.

     

    How did you get the job? 

    I found my current position through my own search.

     

    Did NYCDA help with your job search once you graduated?

     Yes. After graduation, New York Code and Design Academy continued to help throughout my job search. Their door was always open and Jeremy, Zach and the rest of the staff was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever they could. Whenever an opportunity arose that matched my skills, and what I was looking for, they would set up an introduction. Even now, 8 months after completing my course, I'm still part of the NYCDA community. 

     

    How long did it take to get a job?

    I think it was about three weeks after graduating that I received my job offer.

     

    Do you feel supported at your new company?

    Totally, I love where I’m at. There are two more experienced developers and although I’m mainly working on the design-side, it’s great being able to ask them coding questions and discuss the back-end workings of our product.

     

    Was New York Code and Design Academy worth the money? 

    I completely believe my time at New York Code & Design Academy was worth the money, and I would definitely recommend it. The skills and experience gained from the WDI course definitely opened a whole new set of opportunities for me as a web designer.

     

    Want to learn more about New York Code and Design Academy? Check out their School Page on Course Report or the NYCDA website here. 

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  • Founder Spotlight: Jeremy Snepar, New York Code & Design Academy

    Liz Eggleston5/12/2014

    New York Code & Design Academy offers part time and full time courses to help students build their digital set. Jeremy Snepar, founder of NYCDA, talks with us about the intensive workshops in web, mobile app, and UI/UX design, what they're looking for in applicants, and how they help graduates find jobs in tech. 

     

    Tell us about your background, your role at New York Code and Design Academy, how you ended up opening a coding and design school.

    I launched the school in 2012. The genesis of the school really began with the start of my career at the New York Film Academy where I began right out of college in a marketing and business development role.

    I worked for 4 years at the New York Film Academy but left for a career as an investment banker.  After spending about 3 ½ years working at Lehman Brothers, I made the move to a small firm called MESA, which really focused on digital media and entertainment. While an associate at MESA, I advised early stage digital media companies on M&A and raising capital and became involved with the New York/Bay Area tech scene.

    It became pretty clear - when you’re working with companies on the inside and really getting to know their businesses - there was definitely a need for developers.

     

    When you say “developers,” did you find a need for full stack developers or front end devs?

    Everything; full stack developers, front end developers, web designers…I would basically model out head count needs for these companies and it was incredible how many developers they were hiring and the lack of available talent.

    So I thought about launching a school like NYFA however focused on web design and development rather than filmmaking and acting. I incubated the idea with a friend from MESA and we launched our first class in September 2012.  

     

    What was the first class you started with?

    The first class was our 16-week evening workshop. We really wanted to launch a class for working professionals who wanted to augment their digital skill set or at least explore curiosity, without interrupting their professional lives. So we began marketing the evening workshop to professionals in media, tech, law,finance, graphic designer and entrepreneurs. We found a market and that was really the start of the New York Code + Design Academy.

     

    You now offer an immersive course- the Web Development Intensive. Is there a plan to do a front end design immersive?

    Yeah; we’re interested in launching classes that have a tangible benefit for our students. If we see the demand and if we believe that we can deliver a great product that helps students find jobs as UX designers through a full time immersive experience, we’ll absolutely launch that.

     

    What types of students are taking your Web Development Intensive?

    Most of the students are career-changers, or at least career advancers. We’re not seeing companies financing the education of students through our web development intensive, although we do see that on the evening workshops. We have pharmaceutical sales reps, investment bankers, lawyers, paralegals; all sorts of people. We also have students fresh out of college who spent all this money on college but haven’t graduated without any tangible skills.

     

    Do you see any entrepreneurs at all or students who want to be a technical cofounder?

    For sure. One of our first students, Jack Latis entrepreneur and owned some flower shops in New York. He wanted to launch an e-commerce platform to sell his flowers online and rather than hire a technical consultant, he wanted to build it himself. He ended up building his site as his final project and launched it on our demo day. He now operates two e-commerce sites online selling flowers.

     

    Are you teaching Rails for the Web Development Immersive?

    Our main course is a full stack web development intensive that includes Ruby on Rails. We’ve also launched a class in Angular JS for more experienced developers to augment their digital skill set. We have mobile development classes both in iOS and Android development.

    We’re always expanding the curriculum and trying to stay on top of the new emerging technologies.

     

    Can you tell us about the teaching style for the immersive course?

    It’s a mix of both lectures and workshopping. We are big believers in learning by doing and try to imbue that philosophy into all of our courses.  With the web development intensive, students are working on no less than 6 projects, both individually and in teams. So they graduate not only with a tangible set of skills but also a portfolio of projects that defines who they are as developers. We start them off with simpler projects in the beginning and build their confidence as developers. It’s very important for us to get them up to that learning curve as quickly as possible but also build their confidence along the way.

     

    How many students do you have in each cohort?

    We keep cohorts small; we like to cap a class at 15 students. We’ll usually have two instructors teach the students but it really depends upon the particular cohort.

     

    Can you tell us about your instructors? Do you have part-time instructors or fulltime?

    We have full-time and part-time instructors. We like the part-time instructors because they’re also working developers, which not only keeps their skills fresh, but they also know what it’s like on the front lines. And they communicate that to our students, which we think is really valuable.

    Our instructors also recruit students directly from class into their companies.

     

    What are you looking for in potential students for the Web Development class? Do students need to have programming experience?

    We look for the problem solvers, the proactive, and the ambitious optimists that believe anything is possible.  All of our students are beginners and we’re unlike other schools in that we’re not giving students coding challenges. We don’t want students who know how to code already; that’s what we teach.  

     

    Do you have students do pre-work before they start?

    Yeah, we do. We actually have a partnership with Thinkful. We send our students through their front-end development course online, with HTML, CSS, a little bit of Javascript.

     

    How are you helping your graduates find jobs in tech?

    That’s absolutely one of our goals and we do it in a number of different ways. We have career fairs at the end of every class. NYCDA founders and the entire leadership team also leverages our relationships to help place students.  We also have a number of partners that we work with who actively recruit our students.  We try to give our students the best set of skills that we think position them for finding work as an entry level developer, and using our relationships and our partners to help make that happen.

     

    When you place a student, is that company paying you a recruiting fee?

    We’re not taking recruiting fees right now. We might do that in the future as we develop but right now, these are personal relationships of the founders and myself. We just think that’s good for the tech ecosystem here in New York and good for our students. If it becomes a business in the future, that’s great but that’s not how we’re trying to make money right now.

     

    Are you planning on expanding outside of New York at any point?

    For sure, we’re in discussions already with a number of locations. When I was at the New York Film Academy, my job included expanding the New York Film Academy into new markets. I’m looking forward to doing that with NYCDA; it’s just a little premature to make those announcements.

     

    Are you working with the education regulatory agencies in New York? Any plans to become accredited?

    Absolutely. We are working with BPSS here in NY as well as some national accrediting agencies.

     

    Is there anything else you want to share with our readers about NYCDA?

    I would say that one of the most interesting things about our program is the flexibility that we provide students. Most students who come to the New York Code + Design Academy know they want to become web developers but they don’t know exactly how to do that. They don’t know the intricacies of all the different languages. So it’s our responsibility to not only teach them but also give them a great experience.

    We've built  a lot of flexibility into our 12-week evening workshop, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30pm.  All students take the same curriculum in the first 8 weeks but in the second 8 weeks, students select one of three tracks: Ruby on Rails, Front End Web Development, or User Experience/ User Interface Design. Students don’t have to declare their track until about 6 weeks into the program, so they can come in, learn a little bit about different technologies, and then make the decision to pursue the track that makes the most sense for them. Students love that flexibility and I think it really differentiates us from our competitors.

     

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