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Prime Digital Academy

Kansas City, Minneapolis

Prime Digital Academy

Avg Rating:4.88 ( 116 reviews )

Prime Digital Academy offers an intensive, 20-week full-stack coding bootcamp and an 18-week UX design bootcamp in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working directly with Twin Cities tech employers, Prime Digital Academy has created programs that equip emerging engineers and designers with the skills they need to make immediate contributions. Prime students learn modern technologies, practical methodologies, and critical behavioral skills through carefully crafted curriculum and real-world projects for pro-bono clients in the community. Prime’s immersive programs empower learners from diverse backgrounds to begin their new careers in months, not years.

Prime’s full-stack engineering course prepares students with the skills and hands-on experience to develop complex software to solve businesses problems. Prime’s user experience design curriculum prepares students with professional practice in research, design and prototype software that is usable and meaningful. Prime graduates have been hired by nearly 200 companies in Minnesota, and the tight-knit learning community continues long after graduation, with students participating in mentorship, community education and ongoing alumni career support.

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  • Full Stack Engineering

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,500
    Class size22
    LocationKansas City, Minneapolis
    Prime prepares our students to join the industry as entry-level software engineers through a program centered around a 14 week immersive classroom experience. We’ll use modern technologies like HTML / CSS, Javascript, AngularJS, React.js and Node.js to give you foundational knowledge in software engineering you’ll be apply in any technical environment.
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    Deposit$1500
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    36 and 60 month financing plans available from Ascent Funding and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPay $1500 Deposit and remaining balance in Week 7
    Scholarship$500 scholarship to student of color accepted into the program. Additional Minnesota, Minneapolis, and St. Paul grant-based tuition support may be available for eligible accepted students.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work6 Weeks of required, flipped-classroom study and prep assignments.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • User Experience Design

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    User Experience Design, Design
    In PersonFull Time65 Hours/week18 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$15,500
    Class size22
    LocationMinneapolis
    Prime’s 18-week immersive User Experience Design program was crafted to help people with interests in design, organization and technology build the foundational skills to start a career in user experience. Prime works hand-in-hand with industry employers to ensure that graduates are ready for the challenges of building complex experiences that are valuable for businesses and resonate with users.
    Financing
    Deposit$1500
    Financing
    36 and 60 month financing terms available from Ascent Funding and Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPay $1500 Deposit and remaining balance in Week 7
    Scholarship$500 scholarship to each person of color accepted into the program. Additional Minnesota and Minneapolis grant-based tuition support may be available for eligible accepted students.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep Work6 Weeks of Online Pre-Work
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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    Dylan • Full Stack Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    There are honestly too many amazing things to write about Prime Digital Academy without this review becoming a novel! The only exposure I had to coding before the program started was from submitting my application which required some basic HTML and CSS; I'd heard of Java, JavaScript, and C++ from high school many years ago when my friends took introductory programming courses, but that's it. Fast forward 20 weeks... I had MULTIPLE job offers and felt comfortable developing my own full stack web applications with the technologies we learned throughout - I even felt comfortable tackling new languages as Prime not only teaches you the tech stacks, but they prioritize enforcing good learning habits so that you're prepared for life after graduation. My instructor was so amazing and knowledgeable, and yet was so humble that it made me feel like I belonged in the program and that I could be successful as a developer like him. I was worried that being in a fully remote learning environment would disadvantage our cohort compared to those who were able to do their program in-person, but I was completely proven wrong. The amount of structure this school provides is truly unbelievable. It is not just 80 hours a week of fingers on keyboards writing code... they focus on much more than that. You learn how to work well with teams and on your own, what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can constantly improve, how to plan and set realistic goals, and are all-the-while teamed up with mentors to help you along the way. There wasn't a single moment in the 20 weeks during Prime that I felt unsupported (even after you graduate, they are STILL there for you and encourage participation in alumni events). Even if you are just thinking about attending Prime's Full Stack Engineering program, DO IT because you will not be disappointed!!
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    Anwar Hussein • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Before joining  prime, I was utterly lost in the world of coding and completely consumed in a never-ending tutorial hell. Prime really did open eyes and provided me with the tools to think beyond just coding and problem-solving. The instructors are excellent and knowledgeable and know what is required in the current job market. They groom you to learn the requisite skills in the job market and prepare you well for job interviews. I was always mediocre in interviews but the training and support  I got from prime has tipped the scale in me crushing interviews and eventually landing a job. Yes, it is fast- paced and the instructors will push to get you up to speed and challenge you but I promise you'll never get left behind.
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    Jessica B. • Software Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I knew close to nothing about programming but they really brought me from zero to helping me get my first job. The teachers are all supportive and rock stars in their fields and teach you relevant skills to the current market. They also get you ready for applying for jobs and interviews. Don't get me wrong, its a lot of work, but absolutely worth it. They can definitely guide you in the right direction if you're willing to put in the effort.
  • Us Design
    - 11/1/2021
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    Incredible experience that guides you to build your personal portfolio, connect with mentors, and professional skills. 
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    Mary • Front End Engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    When I was considering attending Prime, I did what you are doing - read reviews online, talked to alumni, and asked as many people as possible about this program. Every single Prime graduate told me the same thing - that it was worth every single dime; that it was so much for than a bootcamp; that they taught way more than coding. Man, I thought to myself These people really drink the cool-aid. Now that I have gone through the progam, I have to admit that I drink the cool-aid too.

    Prime was worth every single penny that I spent to attend. I don't know many programs where you spend just $15k, to later get a job paying over $70k. In just twenty-two weeks (twenty weeks in the program and two weeks full-time job hunting) I doubled my income from last year. Not only is that incredible...that is life changing. With the skills I learned at Prime, I now have job security and financial freedom. I'm still in shock about it!

    Prime did teach way more than coding. Each week, we had career development courses with Christy and Bellamy (Christy is an invaluable asset at Prime - listen to what Christy says!!!) where we covered topics such as how to interview well, how to write a polished and professional resume and cover letter, how to exceed in technical interviews, how to job search the "right way" ... SO MUCH MORE. In tier two, we also had personal development with Emily, which really helped me get comfortable talking about myself. Public speaking is also a portion of the curriculum each week.

    Now, hear me out - that is not to say that Prime is easy. It will test you in ways that you won't even imagine. The imposter syndrome is real....but the key factor is that at Prime, you have an entire team behind you in your instructor and your cohort.

    It will be hard, but remember that hard is okay and uncomfortable is where the real growth happens.
  • Take the Leap!
    - 9/1/2021
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    Terry O'Keefe • Software Engineer I • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Before Prime, I was in retail management for 10+ years. The long hours, stress, and not being able to see friends or family started to wear on me. I decided to transition into a new career field. After researching and having multiple calls with bootcamps, Prime stood out to me from the very first phone call. Once accepted into the program, you are in great hands every step of the way. They truly do prepare you with this intense but gratifying program. They don't just teach you about programming languages. Each week you also learn about job searching, develop soft skills, and collaborate in group projects. The solo project shows that you have what it takes to create applications on your own and reinforces the skills you learned. The client project gets you hands on experience what it will be like in the workplace. You learn a lot in 20 weeks and more importantly you learn about yourself. One of the best things Prime can offer is the amazing support from each and every person involved with Prime. The staff and cohort always have your back. If you are second guessing the decision, like I did, just go for it. Bet on yourself and trust me you won't regret it. 
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    William Krug • Full Stack Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Attending Prime Digital Academy (Prime) was a game, and life, changer.  Over the course of 4 years, I earned an AS in Computer Science while working full time.  After being let go, breaking into the tech community with an AS was near impossible.  Lots of resumes and cover letters with no bites.  I needed something to up my skills and Prime came highly recommended.  It was a big, nerve racking, decision to make the commitment but I couldn't be happier that I did.

    The biggest advantages Prime gave me are:
    • Full Stack Knowledge  Earning my AS, I was experienced with coding concepts, algorithms and how to work simple frameworks but I didn't know how to connect it to anything or create a full product.  Prime not only gave me the skills to create a full stack application but the practice and guidance on how to make it better and continually improve.
    • Career Assistance  Prime doesn't guarantee you a job after graduation but they set you up with the skills to get one yourself.  Everything from resumes, cover letters, networking, interviews, and more are taught and practiced weekly.  This was a huge selling factor for me personally and one of the main reasons I chose Prime over other local boot camps.  If you put in the effort and pay attention, you will land a role.  You just need to be patient, apply yourself, and trust the system.
    • Cohort There's the old saying that "it takes a village..."  When you join Prime, you are not alone.  You cohort mates become some of the greatest people you will ever meet and you will make connections left and right.  From the staff, other students, and alumni, your network of people to reach out to and ask questions grows exponentially.  Prime fosters a safe place to learn, grow, and ask questions, and the support and sense of community is amazing.  I graduated a few months ago and I'm still in contact with the folks at Prime.

    Joining the Prime community has not only made me a better developer but a better problem solver and team mate.  I can't thank the staff at Prime and my fellow cohort mates for helping me get to where I am today.
  • Great Experience!
    - 6/11/2021
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    Alex • Application Support Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I enrolled into Prime Digital Academy during the summer of 2020, graduated January 2021. The only thing I would do different, is go back in time and force myself to do it sooner! The whole process from start to finish was well worth it. There are ups and downs just like anything in life. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done but also just as rewarding. You have to trust the process and instructors. They can’t teach you everything in 20 weeks but they give you the tools and basics to propel you into the tech world. The things I learned about myself and the tools I was taught at Prime Digital Academy helped me get my first job in the tech industry, shortly after graduating. Forever thankful for my experience at Prime!
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    Clint • Jr. Web Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I had an awesome experience with Prime. I would recommend the school to anyone with a strong interest in development. 
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    Alex Calvillo • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    To set the stage, Prime Digital Academy isn't a school that just accepts your money and says "sure take a ride." It's student focused and goes through a process to not only ensure your success (as long as you are willing to work for it), but sets you up with skills beyond "traditional" schooling. This is certainly the most technically and brain bending curriculum I've been challenged with, but it has also been the most rewarding. And after you've finished a challenging lecture, you move into an instruction block to improve your own self-development outside of tech. This is what sets it apart. The student as a whole, even less as a student and more as a software engineer entering the field; that's the difference. I feel just as prepared if not more than CS grads I know and can't wait for the next steps.
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    David Walton • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Not going to drag this out but I quit a career after 18 years, went out on a limb, and signed up for this and I could not have asked for anything better.  100% the instructors care and want you to succeed.  It isn't easy, you have to do things you won't want to do, but you will grow.  Do it.  Yourself 5 months from now would thank you.

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