Skill Distillery is an intensive, 16-week Java bootcamp in Denver, Colorado. The course is arranged into three units – Java Programming, Server-side Java, and Front-end Development. The curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of programming, Java (and its libraries), unit testing, Spring, Spring MVC, and using a source code repository. Students will also gain experience deploying web content to a web server and navigating the server file system from the command line. Skill Distillery graduates will be prepared to take the Oracle Certified Associate – Java Programmer exam and will be on track for a career as a web interface designer or a full stack application developer.
No prior coding experience is required; instead, Skill Distillery looks for driven, determined and passionate people wanting to make a change in their life. Prospective applicants must complete an online assessment, meet with an admissions advisor, and finish a logic test.
Skill Distillery’s parent company, Batky-Howell, has more than 25 years of experience training more than 40,000 IT professionals from companies such as HP, Lockheed Martin, Level3, Time Warner and Disney.
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OnlineFull Time43 Hours/week16 Weeks
Start Date None scheduled Cost $19,950 Class size 15 Location DenverBecome a software engineer in as little as 16 weeks. Upcoming 2020 Cohort Dates SD 27 July 13, 2020 SD 28 September 21, 2020 SD 29 November 9, 2020
Deposit $1,000 * Applied toward total tuition cost. Financing Tuition Plans Monthly payment plan options are available Scholarship Scholarships are awarded based on need, to ensure high-potential students have access to the training they need to enter the technology workforce. Scholarships are awarded for up to 50% off tuition https://skilldistillery.com/scholarship/
Minimum Skill Level Basic Computer Knowledge Prep Work Yes: 40-60 hours Placement Test Yes Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $19,950 Class size 20 Location DenverUpcoming 2020 Cohort Dates: SD 27 July 13, 2020 SD 28 September 21, 2020 SD 29 November 9, 2020
Deposit $1,000 *Goes towards total tuition cost of $19,950 FinancingClimb Credit
Scholarship Scholarships are awarded based on need to ensure high-potential students have access to the training they need to enter the technology workforce. Scholarships are awarded for up to 50% of tuition. https://skilldistillery.com/scholarship/
Minimum Skill Level Basic Computer Knowledge Prep Work Yes; 40-60 hours Placement Test Yes Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $9,950 Class size 35 Location DenverSkill Distillery’s Java full-stack programming is an immersive, hands-on program where you learn the critical coding skills to build a lasting career as a full-stack Java application developer. Our goal is to create an environment where you can focus on building the skills you need to transition into a career you love.
Deposit 500 FinancingTuition financing options available through Climb Refund / Guarantee The deposit is 100% refundable.
Minimum Skill Level No prior experience is necessary Prep Work Once you have been accepted into the program, there is required prework. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes Start Date None scheduled Cost $14,950 Class size 30 Location DenverWe started with a simple question: What programming skills will give our students a competitive edge in today's job market? We did the research, and Java is the clear winner. Java gives our graduates twice as many job opportunities. For over 15 years, Java has been and is one of the most popular programming languages worldwide with over 51 billion Java Virtual Machines installed.* The bottom line is Java is here to stay! When it comes to Java we "wrote the book." We have trained over 40,000 students in Java over 20 years as well as published Java training materials used by companies worldwide. No other school comes close to our Java experience and expertise.
Deposit $1000 FinancingFinancing is available through CLIMB Credit Loan
In Full: $14,950
Monthly Payments: $4,650
0% Interest Loan: $581
Monthly Payments During and After Course
Climb Credit Loan: $81-$175
Monthly Payments During Course ($479-$532 for 36 months after course)
Pay After You Get Hired: $774**
Tuition Plans In Full: $14,950 Monthly Payments: $4,650 0% Interest Loan: $581 Monthly Payments During and After Course Climb Credit Loan: $81-$175 Monthly Payments During Course ($479-$532 for 36 months after course) Pay After You Get Hired: $774** Refund / Guarantee Yes Scholarship Yes. See website for details.
Minimum Skill Level HS Diploma Prep Work Pre-work is provided once accepted into the program. Placement Test Yes Interview Yes
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Skill Distillery Reviews
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- Incompetence at its best- 1/6/2016Clayton Boyle • Student • Student • Campus: Denver
Skill Distillery is a poorly planned and executed bootcamp that will take enormous amounts of both your time and money. A dangerous mix of incompetence and questionable integrity creates a learning environment that robs students of motivation and their money/VA benefits. Students have been exiting in droves after getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the school - my cohort started with 12 students, went down to 3, and is potentially losing more students before they finish.
Despite advertising decades of experience, we were only their third cohort. The previous cohorts consisted of 5 and 8 students. Skill Distillery hired a couple students out of the previous cohorts, but beyond that they provide no examples or success stories regarding students getting employment. From what I gather, some students have gone back to their previous employment. They refuse to showcase previous cohorts projects, probably due to the fact that one TA described them as 'sucking.'
Simple concepts such as paired programming and integrating into the workforce were barely covered. They were shoehorned in at the last minute in a last ditch attempt at saving our class, but this futile attempt at reinvigorating the class failed spectacularly
Hours of lecture, consisting of material being read from books in a monotone, took up the vast majority of the days. Keyboard time was minimal, and consisted of editing, cutting and pasting code provided by the publishers of the texts.
I and several other students spent hours and hours in meetings giving requested feedback to no avail. Previous cohorts were described as being unmotivated and/or of questionable talent. The lack of professionalism was a red flag, the refusal to showcase prevoius students final projects was a red flag, the disparaging remarks regarding previous students was a red flag, the terrible texts provided to us after the first few weeks were red flags, but perhaps the biggest red flag of all was the look of utter defeat on the faces of the students in the cohort ahead of us. Unfortunately, I managed to ignore all the warning signs for a while, due to my desire to make this program work.
There was one shining part of that program, and that is the instructor who teaches the first quad covering Java. He is an amazing teacher. After that, the program falls apart.
It is my opinion that anyother bootcamp in Colorado is superior. If you need to use your VA benefits, wait until other bootcamps get certified. Many are in the process of doing so right now.
I have always wanted to be a developer, and I will not let the shenanigans at Skill Distillery deter me from that goal. I am attending another bootcamp in Colorado, and I will post a review once I complete it.
It is my opinion that you should choose Skill Distillery only if you are long on time and money, short on wits, and wish to remain unemployed for as long as possible.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at my first and last name at gmail. Everything I have stated is factual and accurate - I have saved all emails, text messages, and slack messages in the event that I am questioned or attacked for providing honest reviews.
Response From: Bruce Batky of Skill DistilleryTitle: CEOThursday, Jan 21 2016Hi Clayton,I am sorry to hear that your experience here was disappointing. Since you wrote a
series of lengthy comments, I want to take a few minutes to try and address
some of your concerns. Since you left halfway through the program, I think it's
fair to say that you missed quite a bit of what we offer.I think it is important to first take account of our experience. We have run boot camps for Disney, Key Bank, Raytheon, and BNYMellon in the last ten years on the corporate
side. We are not a stranger to boot camps. We got into this business to
share our knowledge of programming and development. We opened
Skill Distillery because we had been asked for years to create Java boot camps
for big companies, and we wanted to create an option for the general public to
have access to accelerated learning programs and to our capabilities to
share that expertise.You mentioned your disappointment was that you weren’t introduced to paired programming.
We certainly do a deep dive on paired programming, but we engage this topic
later in the program, after you decided to leave.As for job placement, we tell all of our students to expect about a 3 month lag time from the time they start applying for jobs to when they find one. From the time people start, our team
works hard to make sure their resumes are ready and that they are prepared to
go to interviews. We work with our network to try to get students to events and
to meet potential recruiters and hiring partners. Last week, three more of our students from the class before yours got hired into a major tech firm in Denver. These are Java developer positions and were obtained within 2 weeks of applying … reviews are on the way.Finally, we don’t read from books in class. Our instructors have a long and serious history of teaching, and they know their stuff. If anything, they go too deeply into a given subject, but
that’s all from their vault of knowledge locked in their heads.We know that our program isn’t perfect, and it isn’t for everyone. This is a tough and
demanding curriculum, and it requires hours upon hours of tedious and arduous work to succeed. In our experience, that is the only way to succeed as a programmer!If you would like to talk, or if there is anything I can do to help you, please
reach out to me. Our door is always open.
- Great Program- 8/18/2020Anonymous • Software Engineer lSkill Distillery is a great opportunity that benefited me greatly. You get what you put in, if you're ready to fully commit to learning how to code, you will undoubtedly get a job in the industry. The instructors are always available to make sure you are succeeding and excelling in the program.
If you do job searches, you will find that Skill Distillery provides very up to date education with all of the tools you need to stand out and get started in a Jr. Software Engineer role.
Advice: Always be thinking one step ahead and apply yourself. With mid term and final projects, challenge yourself to come up with projects that you will be proud to display as key talking points in interviews.
- Best Decision for my Career- 6/24/2017Anonymous • AVP; Sys/Data Security • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Web Development w/Java Bootcamp (Onsite) • Campus: Denver
Skill Distillery was, simply, the best decision I could have made while making a radical career change in my mid-30s. The staff was enthusiastic and knowledgable, the curriculum was relevant and rigorous, and the quality of my fellow students was inspiring. A year after graduating from this school I can say, without a doubt, that the training I received there is directly responsible for much of the success I've had in the time since. I would highly recommend this course to all students, at all levels of ability, who are looking to work hard and make a positive change in their lives.
Prior to attending Skill Distillery I spent time as a musician, bus driver, and 6 years in the Navy. When it was time to transition from active duty toward a new career, I was looking for training in computer programming that would be comprehensive enough to get a job but wouldn't take so long that it would take me out of the job market for an extended period. I chose to go to SD because it seemed to offer both of these: the curriculum boasts an impressive list of technologies with an emphasis on Java and the training is only 19 weeks long. Because they also took the GI bill, it made the program an obvious choice.
After leaving the school I had four job interviews within one month of graduation and got four job offers. Two of the job offers were for Java developer postions and two were for python ( a language we didn't even cover at the school). Two of those jobs offered 6 figure starting salaries. The job I chose put me in a very interesting and fullfilling role as a cyber security web application developer for a large bank usign python/django. Within a few months I was a lead developer. Many of my fellow developers have no idea that I have little on-the-job experience. Because of the comprehensive training I received at the school and the experienced I gained rapidly developing projects, I fit in rather easily.
I would absolutely recommed this school to anyone who is serious about making a change into software development. You will be challenged, for sure. But, if you stick with the curriculum, you will be amazed at how much you can learn. Because this school doesn't cut corners or offer only easily-learned technologies, you will be in a great position to show potential employers that you have what it takes to make a meaningful contribution to their team!
- AVOID AT ALL COSTS- 5/15/2017Anonymous • Student • Course: Full-Stack Web Development w/Java Bootcamp (Onsite) • Campus: Denver
Steve, the main core Java programming instructor, is let's just say, emotional. I can't even tell you how many times he has yelled at our class or threatened to kick someone out in front of the class, and in some cases succeeded much to the financial detriment of the student. Do not take this course, if you get even a little behind they will force you to quit or fall back to a previous cohort. This used to be a very good environment, it's very disappointing now, it has become a culture of fear and is very hard to learn in.
- Made me more employable than my three degrees- 7/26/2016Anonymous • firstname.lastname@example.org • Graduate • Campus: Denver
Skill Distillery first caught my eye when I saw they accepted the GI Bill, and they happened to be close to home. I'd heard vaguely about coding bootcamps, and dismissed them without much thought, figuring they were all a scam somehow. But all of a sudden I had a relatively low risk option, and decided to check them out.
I started looking for a job a little later than most, but started interviewing in the last week of school. In every interview I had I would describe what I had learned and the response was always "you worked with [fill in the blank] technologies? Well that's exactly what we do here." In some cases the employer could see areas where I could show them something new. All my interviews were favorable, and 10 days after I graduated I had an offer I couldn't refuse working with a great group of people. For the first time in my life I'm turning down job offers, and making more money than I ever would have imagined.