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Software Guild

Average Rating4.66
161 Reviews
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The Software Guild offers immersive full-time, online, 12-week or part-time, 10 to 14-month coding bootcamps. Courses focus on .NET/C# and Java and do a deep dive into the language fundamentals, server side, data tier, user interface, and tools. Software Guild focuses on .NET/C# and Java because those stacks are stable, proven, and in highest demand in the enterprise. The Software Guild takes driven beginners, or more experienced students passionate about developme...

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  • Chris Andrews
    Developer I • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Apr 13, 2017
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    My life as a software guildee

    I attended the January 2017 Cohort at The Software Guild in Akron, OH. Was it perfect ? No. Was it one of the better decisions of my life ? Probably.  Would I come here again and do it all over from scratch ? Absolutely.

    I went in with a solid understanding of OOP concepts and ability to make simple apps in Java. The first few weeks were a good refresher, but once we got into design, testing, and building applications of substantial size I really began to appreciate everything th...

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  • Paul
    Student • .NET/C# • Akron
    Apr 13, 2017
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    Coding Bootcamp Review

    It's a good learning experience. From knowing nothing to knowing something. Before I attended, there is a month and a half worth of prework on HTML, CSS, minor JavaScript, and basic computer stuff. As I am writing this review, I only have one day left of class. Now I can say I am a full-stack developer. I will be always be tightening up my skills. I would attend this if you are a quick learner and highly motivated to get a job in the software industry. It's not for everyone, so think about...

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  • Cory
    Graduate • Java • Akron
    Apr 13, 2017
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    The program is worth it

    If you're on the fence about bootcamps in general or which bootcamp you would like to attend I just want you to know that The Software Guild is worth it.  The course is difficult but has structure so your able to build on the knowledge you gain.  I know multiple people from my class that  secured jobs even before they gradutated which is a testimate to the structure of the program.  The results for the guild speak for themself (linked below).  The short version...

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  • Steven Luangrath
    software developer • Student • Java • Akron
    Apr 13, 2017
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    Best Decision Ever

    The Software guild has been a wonderful experience for me. I came here with almost no knowledge of computer software or anything related having spent the last 10 years in the service industry as a bartender. I heard about software bootcamps from a family member and decided to look some up, it was hard to decide which one to go with since their are so many out there. After doing some research i decided to go with the software guild because of all the great reviews i read. Im 100 percent gla...

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  • CJ Whaley
    Programmer • Graduate • .NET/C# • Akron
    Jan 11, 2017
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    CJ Whaley

    The Software Guild is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    I decided to attend TSG after a year of CS at two seperate colleges, and neither year comes close to the amount of quality and necessary skills I learned while at TSG. The first half of the course was dedicated to console applications, and during this process I was taught best practices for applications as well as version control and working in a team while developing. 

    The second half of the course ...

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  • Elijah King
    Software Engineer I • Graduate • .NET/C# • Akron
    Jan 07, 2017
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    Result = Success

    The Software Guild gave me the skills, the confidence, and the network I needed to land a great job as a software developer. I heard about the Guild from a friend almost a year before I enrolled. I took that time to find out if software development was something I could actually get into or not. They say you can start the program with no previous experience, but personally I prefer to be a little more prepared. Especially when investing so much time and money.

    That time to prepar...

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  • Bevan
    Graduate • Java • Akron
    Dec 20, 2016
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    It worked for me, your mileage may vary

    Once upon a time, I was in a miserable, horrible situation with my career and knew that something needed to change.

    That change was The Software Guild, which — by way of a piece on NPR — made big ‘promises’ that in 12 weeks I could change everything. I could learn a trade [software/web development] and find a new career [via their career development efforts and hiring network].

    It sounds too good to be true? For some in my cohort it was, and things didn’t pan out as exp...

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  • Adam
    Software Developer • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Dec 19, 2016
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    A good experience

    I was part of the Java cohort at the Software Guild from April to July 2016 in Akron, Ohio.

    Short Review:

    1) The Instructors were great!  Pat Toner is a Java ninja with more than 15 years of professional experience.

    2) The local employer network is strong: about 12 or so local companies came for speed dating interviews on site.

    3) I had 4+ job offers a week after I was finished

    4) I am now 6 months into working as a software developer at a ...

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  • Zach Brenneman
    Application Developer • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Nov 17, 2016
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    Best Decision I Ever Made

    The title of this review is in no way an embellishment of my experience at the Guild. Prior to attending the Guild I was stuck in dead end job with no upward mobility.  Two weeks after graduating I had recieved two offers from companies I was excited to join.  If you are passionate about programming and motivated to change your career then attending the Software Guild is a no brainer.

    I owe a lot of my success to my instructor Pat Toner.  Pat was not only an expert in building en...

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  • William Miao
    Student • .NET/C# • Online
    Nov 03, 2016
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    Online, good experience (some minor kinks)

    I was part of the first online .NET cohort (~May 2016).  Initially, I was very excited.  I think they do a good job teaching the fundamentals.  And I think their material is top-notch.  However, the instructors are quite busy.  It can be hard to connect with your classmates, because most of them have already full-time schedules (that is why they are in the online cohort in the first place!).  The basic premise is that the in-person bootcamp is 60 hrs / wk, so the online expectation is 20 h...

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  • Michael Moxley
    Developer, IT Applications • Graduate • Java • Akron
    Oct 30, 2016
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    Life Changing Experience

    Anyone looking to have a career in Development should take advantage of this opportunity.

    I attended the Software Guild as part of the April 2016 Java cohort with Pat Toner as my instructor. In just 12 weeks I became a competent junior-level developer having learned technologies such as Java, HTML\CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, JSON, MySQL, and much more. 

    Before the Software Guild, I was a dishwasher(past 4 years), had no degree, and basically no support syst...

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  • Andrew
    Software Developer • Graduate
    Sep 04, 2016
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    I now work for IBM

    This program should be a serious option for those who are interested in transitioning to a career in software development. 

    At around May of 2015, I was at an important crossroad in my life: I knew I wanted to pursue a career in software development, but like most others in that kind of situation, I was led to chose between two options: going to a programming bootcamp or atttending a 4-year CS degree program. 

    Ultimately, I decided that after already having ob...

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Software Guild Alumni Outcomes

92%
Employment Rate
47%
Graduation Rate
$60,000
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92% 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 35 graduates included in report:
180 Day employment breakdown
Employed in-field91.7%
Full-time employee87.5%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position4.2%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation0.0%
Not seeking in-field employment0.0%
Employed out-of-field0.0%
Continuing to higher education0.0%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons0.0%
Still seeking job in-field8.3%
Could not contact0.0%
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Recent Software Guild News

Nat Davis
Published March 22, 2022
Coding bootcamps are certainly the most efficient way to quickly make a successful career pivot. But what is a coding bootcamp actually like? Since 2014, we’ve spoken with hundreds of alumni about their in-person, online, full-time, part-time, and self-paced bootcamp experiences and now we’re sharing their insights with you! Let’s break down a typical day at a bootcamp, teaching styles, and e...
Jess Feldman
Published February 14, 2022
When elementary school teacher Mark found himself learning how to code alongside his students, he realized tech may be a better career fit for him. Wanting to land a developer job quickly after graduating, Mark enrolled at The Software Guild’s part-time, online .NET/C# coding bootcamp to learn the tech stack that would make him most marketable in Minneapolis. But what was Mark actually able...
Jess Feldman
Published November 30, 2021
When Judy Thao hit a ceiling as a dental hygienist, she began looking for a new career path with more opportunity. By enrolling at the Software Guild, Judy got the foundations and real-world project experience she needed to launch a career in full stack development. Now four years into a successful tech career, Judy walks us through what it took to get started as a developer and how her Softw...
Jess Feldman
Published August 17, 2021
Java is a well-established programming language and learning Java can lead you into a great tech career. So what does the path look like from newbie to expert in Java development? Software Guild instructor, David Hunnicutt walks us through the job titles, responsibilities, and average salaries for today’s Java developers at the entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level. Plus, David shares in...
Liz Eggleston
Published June 02, 2021
Since 2013, Software Guild has been offering both virtual and in-person bootcamps teaching Java and .NET/C#. Kishore Pashindla, a Technical Trainer at The Software Guild, joins us for a virtual walkthrough of the Software Guild online classroom and explains a typical day at the bootcamp. Kishore also shares his advice for students interested in making a career change into tech and tells us ...
Rachel Meltzer
Published April 29, 2021
With almost all personal banking, lending, electronic payments, and trading done online these days, financial technology is an in-demand field for technologists in 2021. But do the top fintech companies actually hire coding bootcamp graduates? We’re breaking down what to expect at a financial technology company, and the top 6 Fintech companies that hire bootcamp alumni. Plus, our tips for emp...
Jess Feldman
Published February 18, 2021
When Miranda decided to pivot from clinical dietitian into software engineering, she was drawn to The Software Guild because of their reputation in Louisville. Miranda explains how The Software Guild’s remote Java bootcamp made it possible to make a career-change while working full-time. Plus, Miranda shares how The Software Guild’s career services team gave her the support she needed to land...
Jess Feldman
Published January 12, 2021
Their latest CIRR report shows a 91% alumni job placement rate at The Software Guild, but how exactly is The Software Guild preparing graduates for the workforce? Director of Career Services, Kipp Graham, tells us about their commitment to each bootcamper’s success, from their initial career goals to landing their first job. Plus, Kipp explains how to assess whether a company is the right fit...
Jess Feldman
Published January 04, 2021
Course Report · Coding Bootcamp News in Review: 2020 As we wrap up a very tumultuous year, we're taking a moment to round up all of the most impactful coding bootcamp news we saw in 2020. Follow along as we call out the top trends of 2020 and break down this year’s biggest acquisitions and fundraises in the bootcamp space. Plus, we’re sharing our predictions for 2021, how a new Biden/Har...
Liz Eggleston
Published October 28, 2020
Career centers and workforce development grants are a key resource for unemployed/underemployed workers looking to re-skill. Around 12 million people have contacted their local career centers this year, which is 8.5 million more than in 2019. Federal programs like WIOA (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the CARES act, and even initiatives run by your city or state can make it pos...

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Software Guild costs around $13,750.

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Software Guild offers courses like Java, .NET/C#.

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Software Guild teaches students Online in a remote classroom.

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