Project Shift

Durham, Raleigh

Project Shift

Avg Rating:4.96 ( 24 reviews )

Project Shift is a full-time, 13-week, full stack software engineering school in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The curriculum covers the pragmatic and theoretical fundamentals of full stack JavaScript including HTML, CSS, NodeJS, SQL, NoSQL, React/Redux, APIs, algorithms and more. Project Shift’s vision is to rebuild and redefine what it means to mentor and train new developers. Each week, students will learn objectives, pick them apart, and finish with an evaluation to help determine their knowledge. Project Shift provides full-time instructors and mentors to provide accountability, motivation, and vocational support such as mentor-led code reviews and mock interview prep for the job search. 

Project Shift accepts students who are smart, ambitious, and humble (in other words, "character matters much more than accolades.") The admission process consists of an application and an in-person or video interview. Project Shift encourages applicants of any background, but you should expect a brief technical assessment. 

Throughout the course, students will collaborate on production-grade web applications, and the program finishes with a demo night where students can pitch their projects and network with potential employers, local companies, investors, and industry professionals. Project Shift graduates will join the Alumni Network, and receive career assistance and support while interviewing for jobs. Project Shift is committed to the success of their graduates and publishes their graduate outcomes.

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  • Immersive Software Engineering Fellowship

    Start Date None scheduled
    Class size14
    Project Shift's immersive coding education will transform students into confident, productive software engineers. We emphasize preparing students to learn. JavaScript is the ecosystem our students live in during the program, but we see it merely as a teaching tool. The “what” of our program focuses more on the why of software engineering and the core patterns and principles that go into preparing our new engineers to contribute from day 1 after graduation. Because of this, our graduates can easily graduate and start jobs working with different languages and frameworks in addition to the ones we teach.
    Available via Loanwell and SkillsFund
    ScholarshipWe offer a $2,500 scholarship for women and other minorities in tech.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWith an advanced curriculum, our main concern is that students entering the program love coding. Therefore, we require that students be knowledgable in one programming language, or take our prep course.
    Prep WorkUpon acceptance, students receive around 40 hours of prep work to be completed before the program begins.
    Placement TestYes
  • Joanna  User Photo
    Joanna • Junior Frontend Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I researched a lot of different programs before deciding on Project Shift, and one of the main reasons I went with them came down to a gut instinct. They seemed really genuine and invested, and it turned out my instincts were right. Everyone was genuinely invested in our growth. I went from having no technical experience, just an interest and a drive to learn and to change my life, and I came out of it with a new career that I love. I feel like Project Shift set me up for success, and I never would have gotten to this place (especially in a matter of months) without their help and support. I learned so much and I feel like I was given good foundations to build on and good strategies to keep learning and growing. So happy I took the leap!
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    Alicia H • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    The experience at Project Shift was better than I expected & more than I could have known to ask for, and definitely set me up for success in this field. Over a year out of the program, I'm still regularly leaning on fundamentals that I was taught there, and it gave me the skills and confidence to dive into new technologies beyond the JavaScript that we were taught and to think critically across the full stack of a software application.

    A few highlights:
    - The team-building aspect that having a small cohort and regular pair/group projects provides. Not only were the instructors/TA great at explaining concepts, but we were able to learn from each other and learn by discussing concepts with each other. The program does a great job of encouraging that environment.
    - Career services: not just a buzzword here, but a built-in part of the program that added legitimate value. There was good prep for all kinds of interview phases (technical & non-technical), and they have built a solid foundation of partners to assist their graduates with referrals and networking.
    - The quality curriculum: real, practical exercises & individual evaluations mixed in with group projects & lectures on fundamentals/design patterns. The instructors go to great lengths to keep the lessons up to date and to reframe concepts based on student feedback - they have a true continuous improvement mindset.

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    Jason Park • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    When I first started programming, I was only able to study on nights and weekends due to my job and the progress I did make was very slow. After about 6 months, I realized that if I really want to make this career transition, I would have to dive head-first and do this full time. I started looking into different software engineering bootcamps in the area but Project Shift was the clear winner for a number of reasons. 


    • Their curriculum is relevant for today’s job market and constantly evolving to follow the direction the industry is going. I had a number of software engineering friends vet the curriculum before I signed up and they all agreed that it’s solid as well as extremely ambitious. By teaching full-stack web development, you are able to view both sides of the coin and this gives a much more holistic view of what it means to be a software engineer as well as making you much more employable. React is already a part of the core curriculum and they’ve adjusted to also include React Hooks (it wasn't a thing when PS first opened) because it's become so popular in the industry. When other technologies or features emerge to be industry standards, I know they will adjust their curriculum accordingly to best equip students to succeed. 

    • They do a great job of teaching the fundamentals and the why rather than just the what. One of the most common criticisms I’ve heard about bootcamp graduates is they learn a couple of fancy tricks but when their job requires them to learn a new technology, they aren’t able to because they don’t have a foundation. Project Shift does a great job of laying a strong foundation so your career doesn’t stagnate and you’re able to go way farther than just junior developer. At demo nights, students will often incorporate technologies like Ethereum, Vue, TensorFlow, or D3 into their final projects that weren’t covered in our syllabus. The quality of education we receive is so solid, we’re able to teach ourselves and implement which is essential for a successful career as a software engineer.

    • The team really cares and have placed a heavy focus on quality over quantity. Real talk, the Project Shift team could be making much more money if they expanded. The demand is definitely there because roughly 20% of applicants are accepted to each cohort but they have no interest in doing this because of their commitment to providing a world-class educational experience. Knowing that only the top 20% of applicants are accepted also means everyone wants to be there and you're in the trenches with people who are just as driven as you. Coding 60 hours a week is tiring but when you're doing it together with people who love it just as much as you, it helps and inspires you to push harder. It’s super cheesy but I feel like I’ve gained a family after completing this program because we've gone to war together. 

    • Career services and mentorship. You’re paired with at least one mentor who works in the industry and there’s a lot of thought that goes into the pairing. The team has a lot of connections in the area and the mentors are all wonderful people who genuinely want to help you become a better software engineer. I still keep in touch with my mentor and he’s helped me in so many different aspects of my career. 

    About a year ago when I was researching different coding schools, I was also on this site reading reviews. I would roll my eyes every time people would say their coding bootcamp was life changing but it’s really true. When I was at my previous job, I was constantly anxious because I didn't feel like I was in control of my career and like I was on the wrong path. With the skills I’ve gained with Project Shift, I know I’m on the right path now and am so excited for where this road will take me. I recently started job hunting again and I had an offer in hand within 3 weeks with a considerable bump from my previous career. The team believes in their program so much, they've commited to publishing their job placement stats with They're also the only bootcamp to do this in NC. The Project Shift brand carries considerable weight and its only getting stronger as alumni go onto bigger and greater things. I honestly believe we'll have alumni joining FAANG companies in the next couple of years (it would be much sooner if we were on the west coast). 

    The Project Shift team are some of the most authentic, intelligent, and dedicated people I have ever met. If you’re serious about making a career switch and willing to put in the hard work, Project Shift is the place for you.

  • Can't Say Enough
    - 11/12/2019
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    Byron Glaspy • Software Engineer • Applicant • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently completed the Software Engineering Immersion Program at Project Shift and can't say enough about my experience there.  I had no coding experinece whatsoever and had no job expereince in the software world either.  I enrolled in the 3 month program and did the 1 month prep course prior to the program as well.  In just 2 months and 1 week after completing the program I received an offer at an incredible software company in downtown Durham, north of $70K with incredible benefits.  I know my expereince may not be the same as everyone else's in terms of results, but I know that it's the same in terms of the experience.  The experience of going through that rigorous of a program with a team that genuinely desires to see you succeed and like-minded individuals who too are looking to change career paths and pursue their dreams, is simply incredible.  There was no sentiment of jealousy or envy or rivalry in my cohort, but rather we truly were rooting for one another and celebrated each other's success.  Going forward I intend to stay involved and well connected to my new Project Shift family and hopefully help pass the same value that I received onto the next generation of software engineers!

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    Andres Alcocer • Software Developer • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    It was during college when I frist got introduced to programming. I completely fell in love with it! Ever since I am always coding during my free time, just for fun. Although I did enjoy my time in college I had to stop my education due to financial reasons. One of the things I've realized as a computer science student is that computer science DOES NOT equal programming with that being said you can get a job in software development without a degree in computer science (I am not trying to rule out education, all I am trying to say is that there are other means to get into the field). So I've decided to join Project Shift and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

    My experience at Project Shift was an unforgettable one that I will forever cherish! What separates Project Shift from other coding schools is that here you're not just 'another' student. You become part of a community of developers where everyone is humble, eager to learn, and always up for a challenge. The instructors are truly amazing human beings. They truly want you to succeed. You get individual attention where they go over your weaknesses and fill in the gaps in your knowledge. This is something you can't really get in a big school. This is why each cohort has a limited number of seats. Because of the small size you will get to know everyone there's no hiding! 

    Due to the fact that this is a really fast paced program I would advice future students to come in with some coding experience (create some projects!), just know the basics. It will help you in the long run. You will learn the rest at Project Shift! I would also say that you should keep coding even after the program ends this is a field where you must constanly keep leaning (this is why I enjoy programming). You will struggle but you will succed!

    Life after Project Shift? I received an offer from one of Aaron's connection just within two weeks after graduation! I will forever be thankful to Project Shift for this amazing opportunity and turning my hobby into a full time career. This is just the beginning of an epic journey!


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    Hew Keller • Software Artisan • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I went to Project Shift with absolutely no tech background. My background was sales and financial planning. I was living in the Middle East when I heard about Project Shift. In April 2018, I flew to Durham and attended (My pregnant wife remained in the Middle East until we met up after Project Shift concluded).

    It was an absolutely amazing experience with Aaron, Sean, and Morgan. This course/fellowship requires a lot of hard work, but it pays off. At the end of week 8, I was hit by a car on my bike and suffered a rough concussion. Project Shift did everything they could to try and help me catch up from missed time. Regardless, I missed almost 2 weeks of content.

    But! In spite of all that- the day after out final project demo, I got a remote contract offer to work from the Middle East. While that was happening, I started the interview process with a couple companies. Three months later, I had companies sending counter-offers against each other to try and get me to work for them.

    Now- I am working for an amazing company where I am excited to go to work. I am able to support a family with a single income.

    To summarize: Less than a year ago I made the decision to completely changed careers into the tech world and because of Project Shift, I have experienced amazing opportunity followed by amazing opportunity.

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    Linda Vu • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I would do voluntarily do this program again just to hangout with Aaron and Sean in the fun learning atmosphere they created. The intimate class size and heart that they have for this program is not to be understated - I genuinely felt like I was a part of a family there, and still do as part of their alumni network. This is not to downplay the fact that this was one of the most taxing things I've ever done in a 3-month span. It is NOT easy, but the reward of how much I was able to learn about web development and my own personal growth in that time span is more than enough to make me look back on it fondly. 

    -Intimate class size allows you to get to know peers as well as instructors

    -Convenient location in downtown Durham's WeWork, which is fully stocked with amenities and surrounded by cool local businesses

    -Offers a part-time preparatory course that is very cheap and can be applied to your tuition for the full-time class, should you enroll

    -Despite his expertise, Aaron has the energy of an upbeat puppy, which makes you feel un-judged and able to learn things even though you may feel a lot of self-doubt

    -Curriculum is highly relevant in terms of full-stack JavaScript technologies and frameworks

    -Inctructors take care to give you the context and history of the technologies you're learning so that you have a big picture of the web development world

    -Algorithms and Big O notation

    -Has an impressive local network of recruiters and current software engineers to connect you with

    -Assigned a personal mentor that I connected with outside of class for added perspective

    -Sean's tough love is exactly what I needed to prepare me for the most challenging job interviews

    -They STILL help me with technical questions and career advice over slack even though I'm no longer a student

    -I moved to my hometown of Charlotte right after the course ended, and found an amazing local network of developers thanks to a tip that Sean gave me via message (this same network helped me land a dream job as a Software Engineer at Skookum)

    -The group project final and your solo demo are challenging and way more relevant to a potential employer than the projects I've seen from other bootcamps 



    -You feel the repercussions more in a small group if some of your classmates have a different definition of working hard compared to you (referring to the final cohort project)

    -It's a fast-paced program and you WILL fall behind if you don't constantly push yourself. This is all bootcamps though.

    -Our cohort felt the growing pains in a pronounced way because of the location changes leading up to the new WeWork building's grand opening. This is unlikely to be a factor for the cohorts after us since Project Shift is all settled into the new building now.

    -Communication pitfalls were frustrating at times when we weren't sure which instructor was arriving/when with how the days were split.

    -Typos and grammatical errors in the lessons occasionally annoyed me, though the actual intellectual content and resources of the lessons were all there. Just something that should be improved for professionality and branding's sake.


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    Paul Stanley • Solutions Engineer • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    • Accomplished my goal of stepping away from IT support/ops and into a JS engineering role
    • Provided a good framework in which I could code every day (including 8-12 hrs per weekend at my own pace) for three months
    • It's a small startup with hard-working staff who care about your success personally
    • Cohorts are limited to ten people, so you really get to know everyone including the instructors
    • Attempts to teach concepts in a logical order, sometimes taking the harder route of learning an older framework first so that you have more context for the new one.  Flipside of this is that we were stuck in outdated land for a long time. 
    • Took me from being shaky at simple scripts to writing a functional full-stack app. 
    • Projects provide real artifacts to show off (or to hide forever ;) )
    • Price was reasonable for quantity, quality, and availability of training and staff, and for the increase in salary I saw before/after the camp. 
    • We had an awesome TA who went way above and beyond and truly made the difference in all of our success.  Can't praise him enough. 
    • Public demo night was an awesome opportunity -- I had three people from name-brand companies approach me about jobs after watching me present.  That's value. 


    • Growing pains.  I was part of the third cohort.  They're still figuring things out, such as: 
    • Unrefined training content was littered with spelling, grammatical, and code errors.  Daily struggle.  I hope they're working on it but I really didn't see any acknowledgement of the issue or action taken to fix it.  Everything is usable but... it can feel unprofessional. 
    • Logistics.  We moved offices three times in three months.  Future cohorts shouldn't run into this, but it was a distraction and we were treated like second-class citizens by one of the offices ("go park half a mile away in a sketchy lot where people don't feel safe at night").  
    • Geared towards people truly switching careers, so they sometimes don't really know how to handle tech professionals with overlapping experience.  With an IT background I often did not find any value in the trainings geared towards teaching computer science, and there were sometimes inaccuracies in the material.  They should really structure this in a way that allows for opting out and focusing on coding. 
    • I did not use job support services as I found a job myself part way through the program.  The requirements to get the services felt like they would be pretty burdensome, so have a frank conversation about expectations for both parties prior to enrollment.  I don't think they explicitly offered this service when I enrolled, as we never talked about it until like halfway through the program. 
    • There were a couple instances where I felt like staff went too far towards acting like cool kids -- keep finding the right balance of teacher/mentor vs. student.
  • A risk worth taking
    - 11/15/2018
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    Zulmy Cortez • Junior Java Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    Over the course of my life my approach to success has been a safe and linear plan, this includes going to a traditional 4-year college, and playing by the rules made by the status quo. This approach made me skepitcal of coding schools. I knew I had to put in research to find a school that would give me a return on my investment. I had been teaching myself some Javascript and computer science principals on the side but in hindsight I was going about it the wrong way before Project Shift. Traditional schooling teaches us to memorize definitions and concepts but the reality is that experience will inevitably teach you all those things in a natural way plus a lot more. The practical applications I learned in the 12 weeks of the program made me confident in answering any technical interview with real-life experiences. I started this program feeling scared and unprepared since the pace picked up so quickly. But by the end of it I had gained tremenous strides in my ability to code, solve technical problems, and most importantly in my confidence as a Software Engineer. 

    Sean, Aaron, Morgan, and Alex brought many different types of experiences to the table. By the end, I felt like I had created a close relationship with them all and their support during and after the program was priceless. As far as the content of the program, they taught us many frameworks and theories that are applicable to software development today (like ES6, React/Redux, Node, etc.).The stucture of the program does not focus on grading which I enjoyed since grading is stressful for me. Instead, they focus on making sure we are making weekly strides and connecting new material with old material like finishing a puzzle. I would recommend any prospective or current students to take advantage of the electives and to soak in all you can since you'll never know if it will come up in an interview. An example of this was Sean's elective on Cybersecurity. I interviewed at a bank and since I attended the elective I felt confident in answering questions about security. 

    As far as my experience post-Project Shift, I had three interviews the week after demo night, two of which led to second interviews and then job offers. Morgan, Sean and Aaron would constantly send us leads to the group and to me personally when they saw positions that aligned with my interests. Any job search comes with anxiety and rejection so it's important to keep that in mind, but I think Morgan helped in ensuring me that everything would be okay and that these things take time. Although the past 3-4 months have been stressful since I was devoting 60+ hours a week on coding, I'm fortunate to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 3 weeks after Project Shift I accepted a job as a Junior Java Developer. I'm so grateful for the curriculum at Project Shift, the people I met at Project shift, and for this risk that I took on that ultimatley changed my life and now I can say I am doing what I love.

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    Austin Stevens • Software Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I find myself telling anyone who asks about Project Shift the same thing: it was the most enjoyable and engaging learning program that I've ever experienced. If you're serious about switching into a career in software development, I highly recommend Project Shift. For a time, I was skeptical about code schools, but the more I learned about this program, the more I realized that it checked off boxes that other schools couldn't. After interviewing with Aaron (the founder and one of the instructors), I felt confident that this was a serious opportunity for someone like me who enjoyed coding on and off for years but wanted to dive deeper and start a new career path. I love that the cohort size is capped at 10 students. This maximized my ability to learn and made me feel as if I was more than just a warm body filling a seat. I quickly discovered that both instructors, Aaron and Sean, are enthusiastic and tireless in their efforts to help you learn the nuts and bolts of being a successful software engineer.

    During my cohort, the lessons were generally straightforward yet challenging. Learning was enhanced by pair programming, which was built into most lessons. The curriculum was well thought out and well paced. To me, Project Shift does a great job of teaching practical development skills in current technologies while also incorporating universal programming principles, which are applicable regardless of which language or technology you use. Also, the instructors make themselves readily available when you feel stuck or have questions.

    Before and after the cohort ended, both Sean and Aaron went above and beyond for my career search - they responded readily to any questions I had via chat message, video chat, and meeting in person. Both gave helpful advice and guidance throughout the process or applying, interviewing, following up, etc. Less than three months post-Project Shift, I started my career as a full-time software developer, and I owe that to a connection I made through my Project Shift mentor. I can say with confidence that this program prepares you to become a software engineer because from day one on the job I have been applying lessons learned from Project Shift.

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    Ashley Hardin • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I was a member of Project Shift's first cohort and, being a former teacher, I knew the first iteration of any course was probably going to be a bumpy ride. But I did it anyway for a couple of reasons. First of all, I just really liked Aaron. Is that a dumb reason? Maybe, but it worked out. I could tell he was passionate about what he wanted to do, and I loved his enthusiasm. Secondly, I liked that the program was competative to get into and they wouldn't just accept anyone. Another bootcamp I was 'courting' at the time that shall remain nameless made it obvious (to me) that they were just trying to fill seats. That was very offputting to me because I wanted to be in a course with others who had similar abilities and goals since this was such a tight timeline.

    The actual course exceeded my expecations. Like I previously said, I was expecting a ton of hiccups, and Aaron and Sean were both extremely candid about how this was the first time and they were probably gonna screw some things up. And for sure there were issues here and there, but overall, the curriculum was really well thought out. You could absolutely tell how much time and energy they put into deveoping the course materials. Also, I found the lessons easy to follow and, more importantly, easy to learn from. I liked working closely with the other members of the small cohort (there were only 7 of us), and I really felt like I got to know everyone and we had a ton of fun.

    In terms of post-bootcamp, it's only been a few weeks so I cannot really speak to long-term career prospects, but I will say that Sean and Aaron have been super supportive and have put all of us in touch with people in their large network, many of whom have job openings. I was lucky because I landed a part-time contract position like two weeks out, which works perfectly with my schedule. It was really a best case scenario for me, and I found out about the opportunity via one of Sean's connections.

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    Megan Honig • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I chose Project Shift for a number of reasons: I wanted to learn JavaScript, I didn't want to have to choose between front-end and back-end specializations, I liked the approach of learning big-picture concepts alongside practical skills, and I thought the selective admissions and small class size would mean getting the most out of our 12 weeks. I was definitely not disappointed. I worked hard and learned a TON. 

    Each week of the course has a different focus. Monday through Thursday, students partner on guided lessons. Fridays are for all-day evaluations (the name sounds scary, but they felt more like a project than a test), which were almost never completed by the end of the day--expect to spend plenty of weekend and evening hours working on these.

    I expected to learn a lot and I did. Maybe the thing that surprised me the most was how much fun our cohort had together--over the course, we had a slew of class inside jokes, periodic ping pong breaks, and prodigious use of the Slack party parrot.

    I gave four stars to job assistance as our career counselor left mid-cohort and the mentor and guest speaker programs are still being worked on. Less than a month after the end of our program, it's too early to know much about job outcomes. Speaking for myself however, I had the great fortune of finding a job within a few weeks of graduation.

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100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 14 graduates included in report:

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Salary Breakdown:

100% of job obtainers reported salaries. 0% of job obtainers were hired by the school itself.

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