San Diego Code School
Prospective students should have beginner level coding experience. Graduates will earn a certificate from SDCS. Each student will be prepared for multiple collaboration situations in the workforce such as pair partnering, group projects, mob programming, and individual projects. Students are exposed to the principles of high performing engineering teams and learn to adapt and thrive in challenging situations faster and more effectively than they ever could prior to attending the program. Job placement assistance is offered until students get a job.
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In PersonFull Time16 Weeks
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- San Diego
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- 1 week, we guarantee you won't get a job if you don't do the work.
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- We offer a free 40 hour course
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Why is San Diego Code School (SDCS) the best code camp in San Diego? The cuttting-edge technolgy stack you will learn, the access to a career network, the intimacy of the classroom- with instructors that are able to help you in real time in those moments you feel stuck, the camraderie of fellow students who share your goals, instructors who want you to get that job and not just stand on the other side of a transaction, and a unique North County location. Simply put, SDCS delivers a 'coding education' that no other school in San Diego of any sort (code school or traditional university) offers, even if they wanted to.
It used to be overwhelming to contemplate where to even begin when it came to learn how to code. Now, I feel empowered to say I have a new set of skills as well as a newfound confidence in being able to learn addiitional things on my own, after having finished my education at SDCS. Truth be told, anyone can teach themselves to code. The information is readily available on the internet. But this just makes things so much easier! Being lead by industry professionals that mentor you, telling you what is useful to learn/implement, and perhaps most importantly- what is not, is an invaluable resource that will jumpstart a rewarding and fulfillng career. If you are thinking about a code school, I can't recommed SDCS enough! They have changed my life and I will forever be grateful to them!
When I was researching coding boot camps in San Diego my friend recommended working with Michael Roberts since she had completed his curriculum and got a job. That gave me confidence in San Diego Code School and in their program.
Michael is a very knowledgeable instructor and very good at showing students how to solve a problem instead of just providing you the straight answer. You do need to research on your own before asking for help. Now he is helping me review my resume and start the job search process.
One of the most important things a bootcamp can have is knowledgable and dedicated teachers. Michael is incredibly well versed in software development and definitely takes the time to get to know his students and offer the best help he can to guarantee success.
The program also includes numerous project which help the students build their portfolio and even a project working directly with a local company as a final project! Once you finish the program you will be ready to enter the job market and be productive with a focus on scrum and agile programming.
.I would definitely reccomend this course to a friend!
I was very hesitant at first to make the leap into a coding bootcamp. I thought the only possible way to get into a career of Software Development was to obtain a Computer Science Degree. After some research and reading a lot of success(more success than failure) stories from bootcampers that made it into the industry, I thought it was my turn. I tried to go at it alone with freeCodeCamp and Team Treehouse at first. I was still working full-time at about 50-60 hrs a week, so it was getting difficult to juggle work, coding and family life(wife and one year old) at the same time. Obviously, coding had to take on a third wheel role at that point.
I knew I had to make a decision about my future because my current career was taking me away from my family for days at a time(field support engineer) and I had reached the top of the ladder in my current role. We had saved up enough money, so that I could take at least a couple months off to learn coding full time. In order for me to accomplish a goal of learning how to code in a short amount of time, I knew an immersive coding bootcamp was the only way to go as you would have an instructor and fellow students to help you get “un-stuck". My family was 100% supportive in me taking the leap, so I started make the arrangements.
I first looked into another coding bootcamp before looking at SDCS. I toured the facility and attended a mob programming session along with a Codewars challenge. I interviewed a couple students as well. They told me about the highs and lows of learning to code, but it was still the best decision they had ever made. This really solidified things for me. Over the next two months, I quit my job and signed up for the course! But alas, that school had closed down. Here came Michael(Founder of SDCS) to the rescue with all the same bells and whistles that the other school provided. With Michael’s 30+ years experience, knowledge of programming and his connections within the industry, I knew choosing his program was the right decision for me. And it didn’t hurt that the cost was MUCH more appealing.
I am getting close to the end of the program now and I do not regret my decision to join one bit. The road ahead is still difficult and there is still SO much to learn, but Michael really helps you to think about problems in a different way and to break them down into smaller manageable chunks. I really enjoy the mob programming sessions as you get to work with a team to solve a common goal. You get to see how other people would solve the same problem and it lets you know what you need to work on learning more of. Same goes for code challenges, which still pull me back down to earth. The best part is learning NEVER stops. You are faced with new challenges daily.
I strongly recommend Michael’s program and San Diego Code School, not only for the cost to value, but for the shear amount of knowledge you obtain in such a short amount of time.
Our latest on San Diego Code School
After four years in the Marine Corps, Samuel Warren considered a few different career paths. He decided to develop his analytical side by enrolling at San Diego Code School (SDCS) and found his military background had prepared him for an intensive learning experience. Samuel tells us about the real client project he built and how it’s helping him through the job interview process – see his advice for other new developers graduating from a coding bootcamp!
What were you up to before attending San Diego Code School (SDCS)?
I have a military background - I was in the Marine Corps for four years as a parachute rigger and had a great experience. I knew pretty immediately that I wasn’t going to serve past my initial contract, so once I transitioned into the civilian environment, I got a degree in communications. I also worked as an EMT for a couple of years because I was interested in the medical field or perhaps becoming a firefighter. After realizing that wasn’t for me, I got an office job working in compliance. During that time, I started thinking about my professional strengths and what I enjoy doing. I am quite analytical, so I was tasked with different projects that required going through really terse documentation and coming up with solutions. I also had opportunities to teach myself Excel and create simple programs for those projects.
How did you hear about coding bootcamps as a way to transition your career?
I initially heard about bootcamps from my father who works in the tech industry. His barber was actually about to make the transition from becoming a barber to becoming a developer – that gave me some confidence hearing that others who didn’t have a background in tech were making a career transition into tech through a bootcamp. I did some comparing and I ultimately chose SDCS because of their employer network and their lower cost. I looked over the syllabus with my dad and he confirmed that I would be learning all the current tools and programming skills.
Did you draw any comparisons between your time in the Marine Corps and the coding bootcamp?
My experiences with the military and a three-month EMT training both required me to take in a lot amount of material in a short duration of time. They definitely prepared me for the amount of information you have to take in and work with during the coding bootcamp. I had already used my GI Bill benefits for my Bachelor’s Degree (and SDCS doesn’t yet accept the GI Bill) but ----
What was the SDCS admissions process like for you?
Talk about a typical day at the bootcamp - what was the learning experience like?
We began each day with a coding challenge or a mock programming exercise for the first hour or two, working in either a partner or group format. That got us communicating problem sets and working together, trying to come up with solutions together. After that, we’d break and start working on the curriculum. The environment is pretty dynamic – there’s no structure in the traditional classroom style, no teacher offering a lecture - we code the projects and when we need help we speak with each other or bring the problem to the teacher. We learned a process to systematically solve problems before we ask a teacher for assistance - we might Google the problem and ask another person before asking questions.
Note: SDCS is still a full-time (40 hours/week) commitment, but in-person classes are now held on weekends and have the ability to work part-time while taking the course.
Who were the students who were learning with? What was your cohort like?
Being in the classroom with other students has been really important. It gives us that accountability, helps us bring ourselves to each other, reinforce previous knowledge, and look at problems in a different way. My cohort had about five people - one girl, four guys, and our ages ranged in the 20s and 30s - a couple of people had kids.
Would you recommend someone teach themselves (via Free Code Camp or another online resource) before the SDCS bootcamp or do you think they can enter as a complete beginner?
What was your favorite project you worked on at SDCS?
I think my favorite was my final project - unfortunately, it’s not featured on my portfolio because we built it for a private company and it needs a few more iterations before it’s ready. However, it was exciting for my partner and I because we got to set up the foundations of the tool and gain some real world experience. We worked with an actual client and we built a front-facing online portal. We worked off of their style guide to style it according to their color scheme and logos. It needed to be responsive and look good on a phone, computer, or tablet.
The biggest problem we had to solve was that they needed a single sign-on (SSO) solution. That wasn’t part of our curriculum at SDCS, so we had to figure that part out ourselves. It was neat to apply some of our knowledge to learn server-side technologies and some back end elements. Because we had those foundations established, we were able to understand documentation to solve the client’s requirements. We’re happy to be able to say we delivered! Plus, we’re able to put that client project on our resumes and show it to future employers.
Did SDCS set you up with that client?
SDCS shares physical space with other smaller entrepreneurial companies, so they have established partnerships offering student developers to help the companies on some projects.
Congrats on graduating from SDCS! What are you up to today?
I graduated about two weeks ago and I’m currently on the job hunt. SDCS isn’t finished with you once the curriculum is finished. The teachers are helping me work on my resume and clean up previous projects so they’re a bit more presentable. This past week I’ve started the real job hunt - I attended a job fair and got a follow up interview with RedHat. The first interview with them went well and actually took me by surprise! It was pretty traditional, so I’m anticipating some tech questions in the next round.
Is SDCS Career Services helping you prepare for that interview?
Absolutely, they stick with you as you job hunt. The expectation is still that you’re coming in to the classroom every day to keep coding until you get a job (at no additional charge). They also offer mock interview practice. Their ultimate objective seems like they want you to get a job - it’s not this transactional thing where once you get the curriculum you get booted out.
What’s been the biggest challenge or roadblock in your coding journey?
I think the biggest challenge has been the “imposter syndrome” feeling. I felt it more so during the curriculum, when I was having a hard time coming up with a solution to a problem and I would start questioning whether I was smart enough for this material. That was initially the biggest roadblock, but I would say by the completion of the course, I overcame that. I learned to expect that challenges will arise, but I’ll be able to figure it out within a couple of days. I have a bigger perspective on these challenges and I’ve developed some strategies to better handle those situations.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering a coding bootcamp to make a career change?
Don’t give up. If you sign up for a bootcamp, you have to know it’s going to be difficult. There’s a reason why developers make decent money – the job isn’t easy, there are lots of challenges but there’s also a lot of good. When you come up with a solution, it’s so exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling. If you’re thinking about it, take the leap and do it with the expectation that it’s going to be hard and don’t give up on yourself in the process. Get a good night of sleep and seek help if you need it - the people working at these bootcamps are there to help you succeed, so you don’t have to do it on your own.