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Penn Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time programs in web development, 24-week, part-time cybersecurity, data analysis, UX/UI, and financial technology (FinTech) programs, and 18-week, part-time digital marketing and technology project management programs. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, Node.js, databases, MongoDB, MySQL, and Git.

The cybersecurity curriculum offers hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity.

The data curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, R programming, JavaScript charting, HTML/CSS, API interactions, SQL, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, and more. Enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

The fintech curriculum covers Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, blockchain, and more.

The digital marketing curriculum covers highly relevant skills, training you in marketing strategy fundamentals, optimizing campaigns and websites, digital advertising and automation strategy, and more. You will get hands-on experience with tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, and Wordpress.

The UX/UI program provides hands-on training in user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web prototyping with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more.

The technology project management program takes a multidisciplinary approach to developing in-demand technical, leadership, and business management skills. The curriculum covers requirements documentation, test plans, traditional, agile and hybrid methodologies, scrum frameworks, resource planning, and more.

Applicants do not need previous experience to enroll, but once admitted, all learners complete a tutorial prior to the class. Penn Boot Camps are designed for working professionals and individuals who are actively pursuing a career change, advancement, or are looking to gain a new skill set.

Throughout the 12-, 18-, or 24-week boot camps, learners have access to portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, and 1:1 career coaching. At the end of the program, learners receive a Certificate of Completion, showcasing their accomplishments to future employers and will also have a portfolio of projects demonstrating a working knowledge of web development, data analysis, financial technology, UX/UI, technology project management, or digital marketing, or skills applicable to certifications in cybersecurity.

Penn Boot Camps are offered in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand.

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Penn Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security. Throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks, you will get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture.
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    DepositN/A
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    Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Analysis and Visualization - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    This boot camp is rigorous, fast-paced, and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python and R programming, JavaScript charting, SQL databases, Tableau, machine learning, and more. Throughout the boot camp, you will complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, healthcare, government, social welfare, and more — allowing you to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
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    DepositN/A
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    Payment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$8,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Penn LPS Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in marketing strategy, campaign development, digital advertising, and modern tools in site analytics and reporting. Gain experience with in-demand tools and technologies such as Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, Wordpress, and more, while also advancing campaign analysis technical skills.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    InterviewYes
  • Financial Technology - Part-Time

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    SQL, Python, Machine Learning, Excel, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Get hands-on training and instruction in financial technology and analysis using popular tools and methods including Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, and blockchain. Maintain your current schedule by studying the competitive curriculum part-time, and gain access to career services like resume and portfolio reviews, interview training, and 1:1 coaching.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time

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    Git, HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, CSS, jQuery, MongoDB, MySQL, React.js
    OnlineFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time

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    HTML, JavaScript, Node.js, Git, CSS, jQuery, MySQL, React.js, MongoDB
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Technology Project Management - Part-Time

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    Scrum, Agile
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Penn LPS Technology Project Management Boot Camp prepares you to effectively lead technology projects across a variety of industries. Gain hands-on training in requirements documentation, test plans, traditional, agile and hybrid methodologies, scrum frameworks, resource planning, and more. Obtain the skills necessary to sit for the globally recognized Professional Scrum Master™ Level I Certification.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI - Part-Time

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    User Experience Design, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, Design, CSS
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationPhiladelphia
    Get hands-on training and instruction in UX/UI design methodology, design software skills, front end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more. Maintain your current schedule by studying part-time, and apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

1 Scholarship

  • $500 Penn Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Penn Boot Camps scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

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

    Qualifying Courses

    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Philadelphia)
    • All courses in Philadelphia
    • Data Analysis and Visualization - Part-Time (Philadelphia)
    • Financial Technology - Part-Time (Philadelphia)
    • All courses in Philadelphia
    • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (Philadelphia)
    • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Philadelphia)
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  • Alexandra Hionis  User Photo
    Alexandra Hionis • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    There are a of things to say about this bootcamp. Although it's affiliated with Penn University, it's worth mentioning that it is run by Trilogy Education services. Despite this, you can still provide the UPenn name on your resume and Linkedin. The certificate will also be from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Time frame: I self taught myself HTML and CSS before applying to the program which isn't necessary at all. They enroll students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I was enrolled in the part time 24 week (6 month) program mostly because you learn a heavy amount of information and I decided that the immersive 3 month program was too short of a timeframe for me to properly absorb and learn full stack web development. Obviously this is a personal choice, but be prepared to learn a lot at a fast pace.
     
    Curriculum: Please note I took the 6 month flex course ONLINE. The curriculum was great. The structure of each class consisted of a 30-60 minute lecture by the instructor (Anthony was mine, he's awesome!) to begin. Then we dove into activities where the teacher would go through an activity then we would be split into groups to do the next activity. Then he would explain the answer and this continued until the end of class. This introduces the idea of paired programming which is essential to know in the real world and each activity really lets you practice the concepts. Each week was a different topic. For example Week 1: HTML, Week 2: CSS,....Week 12: mySQL. And each week we have a homework due on that week's learning. There are 3 group projects due. Each applying more skills the more you learn. For the first two, you are paired up into groups of 3 or 4. For the final project, you have the option to work solo or in a team. Again, these are great opportunities to learn how to work with others, bounce ideas off one another and build a great site. You are given a few weeks to build each project and then present during class time. Usually two representatives from UPenn attend. You'll learn how to present and receive great feedback! Overall the course of the class breaks down full stack web development into sections and it all takes place in Visual Studio Code as well as Slack.

    Tutors/Support: There are two TAs in the cohort (at least in the 6 month one). The two I had were amazing, kind, helpful and patient. There are weekly office hours where you can sign up to meet with the instructor or either one of the TAs each class. Take advantage of the office hours. I wish I went more and don't be shy, they will be your crutch the entire time! Also, since Slack is also used, you have access to learning assistance (LAs) almost any time of the day. You slack them any issue you're having and someone will respond and help you come to a solution. For the most part they are helpful, but there were times where I didn't find too much help from them. You're also assigned a tutor. You can switch at anytime if you're not connecting with your current one. You get to meet with them once a week for an hour (3 month program is different). Yes, they are free. Lastly, you will have a student success manager to help you out and keep track of you during the course.  Overall lots of support even from your classmates!

    Career Services: You have to option to use career services, but you also have to option to opt out. This depends on where you are in your life. I used them. I needed them. A few times throughout the course, you will have "Milestones" to submit. These usually include submitting a resume and getting feedback. The next milestone may be to submit your revised resume and your personal portfolio and along the way you add more and fix your resume, portfolio, LinkedIn and any other accounts or materials. I thought they were great. Whoever reviews the career materials provided great feedback. Not just "change this." Rather they have a lengthly review explaining what you did right and wrong, following a huge list of checkpoints. Toward the end of the course, you are introduced to the career director. This is who you'll be working with after you graduate (90 days). I graduated the program in Feb 2021, it's been 3 weeks and my career director has been very helpful and she's really nice. They go over the career services site and are there for you every step of the way.

    Conclusion: Overall this course is challenging, rewarding, frustrating and amazing in my opinion. You truly get out what you put into this program. After the final project, Penn hosts demo day where you can present your projects to industry professionals. This is an amazing networking opportunity and I highly suggest you do it. Experience is what matters and you really want to start building connections right after graduation. I learned a lot during this course, and at times nothing at all. It is fast, so do your best and understand that you may not walk away with everything you learned, but remember it's only been 6 months. You will build a great understanding and foundation to grow from. When I started I only knew HTML and CSS. Now I can confidently say I know HTML, CSS, a decent amount of Javascript, React.js, Node.js, Git, Version Control, MySQL, MongoDB, Express and more! 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Mar 05 2021
    Thank you, Alexandra! We appreciate you sharing your boot camp experience. This is a fast-paced and rigorous program that will require extensive hard work and commitment. 

    Like you noted, your cohort was held through our virtual classroom experience for the health and safety of all learners. We're happy it was delivered successfully and that you benefited from the online format—we also have to agree that Anthony is pretty amazing.

    Great advice on taking advantage of all the available resources, like office hours and reaching out to the boot camp team on Slack. Our entire team strives to be responsive so we're glad this assistance was of help during your learning journey. 

    Congratulations on completing the program, we truly appreciate your review! We wish you continued success as you move forward.
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    Bohdan Pechenyak • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I just completed this certificate program operated by Trilogy Education Services under the aegis of Penn. The instruction team was absolutely superb - knowledgeable, organized, always available to answer questions during office hours (before and after class sessions). The support team - a Student Support Manager (throughout the entire course), the Penn faculty (mostly during project presentation times), and the "Boot camp spot" support service (for off-hours technical help) provided a well-rounded safety net to assist in the learning process. The experienced lecturer with years of industry experience did a great job emphasizing the important aspects of the curriculum and de-emphasizing the less central ones. In addition, there is an entire Career Services team working to help one prepare the materials (resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio page) and hone the skills necessary to have a successful interview or embark upon a successful freelancing career.

    Overall, it's a challenging and trying experience that requires significant time commitment and determination to get through several bumps along the learning curve, but one comes out stronger and better prepared at the other end of the course. Learning full-stack programming skills is nothing to sneeze at - the ability to build an integrated application from frontend to backend puts one on the par with, if not ahead of, many other more experienced but more specialized professionals in the IT field. The best simile to use here is learning another language - because one does, a computer language (Javascript) that opens up a whole new world and culture, just as human languages do. The full-stack program engages the entire brain - the more creative right hemisphere for front-end design and the more logical right hemisphere for the back-end database and server coding.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a great entry point to further exploration into more advance topics, such as cybersecurity, fintech, data science and visualization, and so on. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Feb 24 2021
    Way to go, Bohdan! Our entire team strives to enable learner success every step of the way, so we're happy to hear this truly resonated with you. Like you noted, this is a rigorous program that will require a significant amount of commitment and determination in order to succeed; as such we commend all the hard work you dedicated to your studies. Congratulations on completing the boot camp, we appreciate your review and recommendation! We're rooting you on in all your future coding endeavors. 
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    Learning and developing skills - technical and conceptual - through the University of Pennsylvania and Trilogy Education Services Data Analytics and Visualization curriculum has provided invaluable competencies in the tools being implemented in information systems.  Data storage and retrieval are indispensable in research inquiries and analysis, and fundamental in our everyday interactions with digital technologies.  As a student and professional in Libraries and Information, databases are a large component of it and a career in research methods.  I chose this bootcamp to strengthen and broaden my skills in the communication of information; and I’ve had the opportunity to do that, and so much more.  The educators and support team have been nothing less than extraordinary in creating a positive environment, conducive to learning, growth, and honing our skills as individuals and collaborative teams.  They’ve provided a space where we are encouraged to continue learning outside the classroom and seek out solutions for ourselves, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the material, and comfortable asking questions - confident that they (and we) will be met with positivity by knowledgeable and supportive staff.  

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Sep 01 2020
    Thanks for sharing your boot camp experience, Jessie! We're happy to hear you found the curriculum and technologies you learned to be invaluable in your current career path. Our team is incredibly passionate about enabling learner success, so we're thrilled this resonated with you. We commend all your hard work and are rooting you on as you continue moving forward! 
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    This Bootcamp has taught me a lot.  Without this Bootcamp, I would not have been able to push myself as hard as I did in learning new material. I am definitely going to recommend this course to others and I will make sure to practice and apply what I've learned in my future job. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Sunday, Aug 02 2020
    Amazing, Oksana! We're thrilled you found the boot camp to be challenging but beneficial to your professional goals. Congratulations on successfully completing the program, we commend all your hard work! All the best moving forward.
  • A fresh start!
    - 6/6/2020
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    Tim Shaffer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I expected this program to introduce a lot of concepts, programming languages, tools, and techniques but I did not expect the level of detail that would be covered as quickly as it was!  This program is very well planned and structured.  We did learn to jog before we sprinted, but we needed to keep running along to keep up!! 
    I’ve learned so much that I ran out of room on LinkedIn!!  This program challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and to be a part of something and not just watch it being done.  There were failures along the way, which made the successes that much more rewarding.
    One of the best parts of this program was learning together as a team!  I never felt alone in any of the classes or within anything I was developing.  It wasn’t just those we were working together with on one of the Projects, but the helpfulness of everyone in class activity breakouts as well as the Homework Help that allowed for some smaller zoom sessions to troubleshoot and learn even more; or simply just the communication through slack itself!  Working through issues, whether my own or someone else’s, was an excellent opportunity to learn.  Debugging offered perspectives and different thought processes into ways of accomplishing something that you don’t get on your own. 
    Although I have known that I wanted to develop things using computer technologies since I was 13, the class has helped to reinvigorate my love of development. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Jun 09 2020
    Thank you, Tim! We're happy to hear you had a positive boot camp experience and were reinvigorated to pursue your passion for web development. Fostering a collaborative classroom environment as well as helping learners develop strong problem-solving and self-teaching abilities is crucial for us, so we're glad this truly resonated with you; hearing feedback like this makes all of our efforts worthwhile.

    Congratulations on successfully completing the program, we truly appreciate your review! We're rooting you on in all your future coding endeavors.
  • Graduate
    - 5/19/2020
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    I came into this wanting a change in careers, I was no longer passionate in my current position and I felt I needed a change in my life path. So with very minimal coding experience (small amounts of html from when I was younger), I decided to take the plunge and it was the best decision I have ever made! Quincy was my instructor along with Dan every other Saturday. They, along with the AMAZING TA’s, had made my journey, although challenging, a little bit less frustrating and SO supportive. I will say the program can be exhausting and does move fairly quickly as there is a ton of material to cover in 24 weeks. However, in my opinion in order to be successful and really understand the material, I spent at least 20-25 hours outside of class doing activities, homework, or rewatching the lectures (it helped me so much in reinforcing the material learned in class that week). As long as you are prepared to make the commitment, I strongly suggest taking the plunge, I found my new passion in being creative with code. The support from my classmates along with the instructional staff and Josh would make me want to take this course all over again!
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
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    Thursday, May 21 2020
     Way to go, Alyssa! We're thrilled you chose our program to make a significant career change and benefited from the support of our entire team. We also have to agree that Quincy, Dan, and Josh are all pretty amazing. Like you mentioned, the boot camp does require extensive hours both inside and outside of the classroom, so we commend all your hard work and dedication. Congratulations on successfully completing the program and thank you for your review! We wish you all the best moving forward. 
  • Awesome!
    - 5/9/2020
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    Michael Carbonara • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I came into this with literally no knowledge of the subject, just having computer service and gaming experience! I learned so much during the course and feel ready to join the workforce! The teachers and teacher assistants were top notch and I would definitely advise anyone to join this bootcamp! Having the UPenn name just adds it's own luster! 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, May 13 2020
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Michael! We're happy to hear you learned so much throughout your boot camp journey and benefited from the support of our entire team. Congratulations on successfully completing the program! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.  
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    I had zero coding experience before enrolling in this BootCamp. My husband thought I would be good at it and as a teacher (in my former life), I love to learn. Well, it turns out that this course changed my life for the best. Ed and Anthony were my instructors. Ed saw my potential and convinced me to pursue web development as a career. Well, he was right and I ended up getting a job as a developr at a large financial company a month before the program ended. I would not be as successful as I was without the support of my classmates, TAs, resources from Career Services, and, obviously, my instructors. It was an intense 24 weeks where I focused all my free-time in coding activities, homework, articles, exercises, and more, but it was well-worth it. I am beyond happy about this course. I would do it all over again too. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Jul 22 2019
    Thanks so much, Neha! We're thrilled you found the program to be invaluable and felt supported not only by our entire boot camp team but by your classmates as well—we also think Ed and Anthony are amazing. Congratulations on successfully completing the course, we're rooting you on as you move forward!
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    I was very skeptical about joining the bootcamp but joining Penn LPS coding bootcamp turned out to be a good decision. I am a seasoned Java programmer and this bootcamp gave me the chops to become a full stack developer. The curriculum was well designed keeping the lack of programming experience in students. The program encouraged me to go and explore new technologies and methodologies and better programming standards in the fast changing full stack world. It has given me the chops to coordinate with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. Our Instructor and the TA's are very knowledgeable and are real world working professionals. They did not hesitate to help us out at any time not just during the office hours. I haven't used job assistance program offered but from what I have heard from my fellow cohorts, the professional service people are very thorough in getting the students prepared with their material and prepare them for the real world.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 25 2019
    Thanks so much, Swaroop! We're glad our full-stack curriculum is helping you further develop your existing web development skills and challenging you to continue exploring new technologies. We applaud all the hard work you have put in thus far and are looking forward to providing you with one-on-one professional development!
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    Prior to attending the program, I didn't have much experience with coding. And now, I'm so proud to introduce myself as a Software Engineer to people, thanks to this 24-week program. It was one of the most challenging courses I've ever taken but also the most rewarding experience I've done. With the assistance and dedication of the instructional staff and Bernard (the Student Success Manager), I know a lot of students in my cohort have also landed their dream jobs in Tech. 

    You will learn marketable and trending technologies like JS, node, both SQL (MySQL) & NoSQL (MongoDB), and React.js. I would advise you to prepare to put in as much time as you could to work on the homework, but also research and learn more about the materials taught in class from outside resources.

    I'm sure there are many good & knowledgable teachers in the program, but if you ask me whose class you should sign up for, I'd say "Ed, Anthony, or Quincy". They are all very knowledgable, dedicated, and caring for their students. You'll be in good hands.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 25 2019
    Way to go, Anh! We're thrilled you found our boot camp to be such a rewarding experience — we also think Ed, Anthony, Quincy, and Bernard are fantastic. Like you mentioned, prospective learners should put in additional time outside of class to reviewing and mastering the course material. Congratulations on finishing the program and thank you for your review! We wish you continued success on your new career path.
  • Penn Course
    - 2/21/2019
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    Nick Paridon • Assoc Software Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    The instructor was an industry professional with 20+ years of experience who managed large dev teams at an enterprise scale. I've taken other courses where the people teaching you are the ones who have graduated from the course only a couple weeks before you started. Not the case here. 

    Given his experience, our instructor was able to get his points across and elaborate on more of the why/how behind things that other instructors couldn't. He was able to paint the bigger picture which was super helpful. I think in programming especially you end up in scenarios where you can't see the forest for the trees. which didn't happen here.

    The Penn course curriculum was also great. They were teaching full-stack Javascript which made going from frontend to backend much easier. The only downsides I see there is that Node.js is still fairly new, and isn't super widely adopted. You also don't touch on a lot of the concepts that many of the backend languages share like type-safety. However, since you spend less time learning a second language you get to do more, and ultimately I think you're better off. You can always learn a second language pretty easily after learning a first.

    The other thing that was nice was the schedule. A lot of courses/bootcamps involve fulltime class work (which I don't think you really need anyway), but since the course was at night you could keep working while you took the class. I ended up getting a dev job (not a Javascript job) about a month after the course finished, but it was nice knowing that you didn't have to gamble everything in order to learn some new skills.

    The job search is really on you though. They have a mixer type thing at the end, but it was pretty much just other students that showed up. I doubt that anyone got any real leads from that. 

    All-in-all I thought it was great. I would tell others to really make sure that this is something that you're interested in first though. Take some free online courses first and see if you enjoy it and can teach yourself things. You're definitely not going to be an expert by the time the course is done, but it's a good way to get you started. Ideally, I would go into this with as much background knowledge as possible so you can hit the ground running. Starting from zero would be a bad idea.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Mar 01 2019
    Thank you for your review, Nick! We're glad you enjoyed the part-time schedule and found our instructor to be knowledgable. Like you mentioned, our professional development is built on the principle of empowerment. While we do not secure direct employment for participants, we empower them the best we can with the necessary tools and support for entering the job market. We understand you would have preferred more networking opportunities and appreciate your input as we continuously work to improve our career services curriculum. Congratulations on completing the course, we wish you all the best as you move forward!




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    Valerie • Speech-Language Pathologist • Student Verified via GitHub
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    I am a current student in the Fall/Winter 2018-19 cohort with Penn LPS Coding Bootcamp (run by Trilogy Education Services). I began looking for a coding bootcamp after my sister completed ZipCode in Wilmington, DE and loved it. I currently work as a Speech-Language Pathologist and am looking for a total career change. My current profession has left me so stressed and burned out. I've always enjoyed technology and take to it pretty easily. The problem for me was that I wasn't able to quit my job and go back to school full-time - even just for 3 months like most bootcamps require. 

    I loved that Penn offered a part-time program with evening classes. There were 2 options: Tue/Thur or Mon/Wed evenings. Both cohorts meet together on Saturdays. I was able to change my work schedule so that I could attend classes Tue/Thur evenings.

    In contrast to Penn, ZipCode Wilmington offers to cover your tuition (minus a deposit) if you get placed with one of their partners at the end of the program (not guaranteed). Penn does not offer this. However, the price of the bootcamp seemed comparable to others in the area. The billing is flexible - which is great - and they offer a couple different financing options. Overall, I'd say I'm very satisfied with the value of the program.

    Penn LPS's strength lies in its academic support and network. You will have TA's and instructors who work in the local industry and really care about your growth and success. Many of them have been through the same program you are going through. You will have opportunities to meet people from a variety of industries and backgrounds. 

    The class itself is very mixed: all ages, all experience levels, all walks of life. You won't feel isolated, alone, or weird. I myself had some experience with HTML and coding from many years ago. There are some in my cohort who came in with much more experience than me and others who had none. The instructors do a wonderful job of making sure they assess everyone's comfort level and understanding as you go. Your in-class and homework assignments offer different levels of challenge: typically a basic option, a challenge option, and a more advanced option. So no matter where you are in your abilities, you will feel like you're being challenged, learning something new, and yet able to keep up. 

    As with any young program, there have been some growing pains - but they've all been understandable and Penn has dealt with them graciously. My only gripe about the program would be Career Services. It seems to be a mostly "hands-off", impersonal part of the program. If you want career "help" from them, there will be Milestones you need to meet and submit materials for. They said they would provide feedback for these materials. However, I didn't find them very helpful or timely. And the people providing the feedback have never met me personally. They send blast emails with advice and guidance. There are, however, ongoing free workshops and events like interview practice that you are able to attend. My issue is that many of them occur on Tue/Thur evenings - which is when my class meets. So that is one area where I feel they could definitely improve.

    For me - someone who has 10 years of work experience, has gone on countless interviews, created numerous resumes, been involved in interviewing job candidates, and served in leadership roles - I don't feel like this has ruined the experience and value of the program. I feel pretty confident in my own job-search skills. However, I could see how for someone much more green and inexperienced, career services may be something you highly value in a program.

    With regards to the actual curriculum itself, the staff say that it changes based on local and national industry trends. My cohort in particular has focused on the MERN stack (Mongo DB, Express, React, Node). It is very Javascript heavy. You will not be learning Java, Python, etc. - which may be a disappointment to some. However, I agree with the instructors that one of the biggest things you learn from any coding bootcamp is "how to learn" - specifically how to learn programming/coding languages. I'd personally prefer a bootcamp (like Penn) that has more of a focus - where I can really spend time understanding some tools, languages, and frameworks - rather than spreading myself too thin. Not to say that other available bootcamps don't have focus, but, for me...this was a great experience overall.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of Penn Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 25 2019
    We appreciate you sharing your journey, Valerie! Thank you for choosing our program to transition into coding. We're happy to hear you're enjoying the curriculum and benefiting from our academic support. We understand you would have preferred a more personal and hands-on approach when it comes to our professional development. Previous students with significant professional experience have found 1:1 coaching with their Career Director, starting right before the course completion, to be very helpful. We're frequently looking to improve our career services assistance, both for beginners as well as for more experienced individuals in the field, so we value input like yours. We're rooting you on as you continue towards completing the course and wish you continued success in all your goals!