In addition to the classroom hours, students will get 20+ hours of career sessions through the Pathway Program™, which focuses on developing soft skills and connecting you to the right companies through events like Employer Matchmaking. Career coaches and mentors will help with resume building, interview coaching, strengths assessment and more. The team will work with students from the start of the program to ensure they don't just get a job as a programmer, but that they are on a fulfilling, rewarding career path.
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- Overdue Review- 6/25/2017Alex K. • Associate Consultant • Graduate • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedIn
I wanted to wait to be employed for a couple months before writing this review, so I can speak a bit about what it's like being a developer fresh out of Tech Elevator. I honestly feel the bootcamp model was designed for people like me. I worked as a chemist for 4 years after grad school, and then as a nuclear engineer after another stint in grad school. But as far as practicality and quality of education go, none of my previous experiences could top what I got for my tuition at Tech Elevator, and today, that little certificate means more to me than my bachelor’s degree and two masters’ degrees combined (and both masters’ degrees were from top ranking universities).
It seemed like a big risk to switch, but if you've seen what sort of jobs exist in the real world like I have and have ever written a line of code, you might have already decided that software development is perfect for someone loves problem solving and being challenged every day. Today, I work for a company that values me and my life experience, and possibly even more so than a fresh-out-of college grad, because I made a choice mid-career, to quit my job and pursue development. After 2 months, I’ve contributed enough that I no longer feel like I’m “just” a bootcamp grad. I might not know some of the theoretical stuff that others do, but that’s all things I’m now learning on my own time, and I can debug code and add features as well as my fellow CS degreed junior developers, except I have way more fun doing it! One thing that was stressed in the bootcamp was that once you learn one language (Java in my case), you can pick up other languages much more easily, and this was the case with me, because I’m mostly working in Python now. Coming from Tech Elevator, I had the confidence to say “Cool, I get to learn a new language” when I found out I wouldn’t see much Java. If you can get through Tech Elevator, you can learn just about anything the dev world throws at you.
I won't talk about all the things you can read on the Tech Elevator website, just my own opinions, interactions with the staff, and overall experience with the program. Practice was key, and the saying "You get what you put in" really holds true. I was addicted to coding from day one, and I had no problem staying later to make sure I not only solved the second half of the day's practice problems, but I solved them following good coding practices as best I could. The capstone projects were fun, exciting, and rewarding. My instructor (Casey) is one of the best teachers I've had in my educational career. He has a very structured approach to teaching, rarely digresses from the lecture topics, and is incredibly easy to follow along with when doing examples. The workload wasn’t always as time consuming as they tell you it will be (there’s always going to be people who pick up the material quicker than others). On average, I probably had to stay late (7 or 8pm) to finish up work once or twice a week during the middle of the cohort, when the material became more difficult. One student in my cohort who didn’t always get the concepts right away, often stayed late, putting a lot of effort into all aspects of the program. This person got a job at one of the most coveted companies that came to our matchmaking event, which you can read about on the Tech Elevator website.
The pathway program (run by Katie) was probably the reason I decided to do the bootcamp in the first place. I can't stress this enough, NOWHERE in life have I gotten the career assistance that I got at Tech Elevator. This program provided interview prep, strength finding assessments, elevator speeches, LinkedIn profile building, resume editing, networking, job offer negotiating, and overall confidence boosting. That's not to say you don't have to put in an equivalent amount of effort. They truly set you up for success, but you have to do the very reasonable things they ask of you. There were a few students in our cohort who I saw constantly being hounded about doing the things laid out in the Pathway Program, simple things like updating their LinkedIn profile, or getting their resume to her on time, and it appears as of 2 months after graduation, two of those people are still unemployed. Like I said, "you get what you put in." I've also seen people struggle, and some drop out, but unsurprisingly, those are the people that make excuses for not doing the crucial pre-work that's sent out a month or so before the program starts. I wouldn’t be surprised if those are people that are leaving bad reviews here, because if you are expecting to be handed a job after 14 weeks without putting in the time and effort, please don't waste your money, and more importantly, the staff's time.
However, if you are eager to get into this industry and will do whatever it takes to become a junior developer, you will immediately see that the staff there will bend over backwards and do everything they possibly can to land you the job. The staff there take their jobs very seriously and their passion for what they do becomes very obvious as you get to know them. Take the program seriously, and it will be the greatest career/educational/professional experience of your life, just as it was for me.
- Adam Gonzalez • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cleveland • Verified via LinkedIn
TL/DR: The best decision of my life. The instructors are phenomenal and you’re surrounded by talented, smart individuals that promote a fantastic learning environment. I initially wasn’t sold on it all myself, but after speaking with past graduates about their success after graduation I knew this was a solid career decision. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort and adhere to their learning curriculum you’ll be a successful student at Tech Elevator.
Short Personal Background : Again, as much as I hate clichés, Tech Elevator truly did change my life. I’ll provide you with a bit of context on my background and situation before Tech Elevator. I graduated college in 2015 with a degree in engineering and out of college the job outlook for my industry plummeted due to economic reasons that I won’t go in details about. The point is I was out of a job and I had college payments approaching quickly. For the next two years I worked odd jobs all over Ohio and Pennsylvania trying to find a position that would stick. From working in retail, to working in a steel mill, and countless application rejections, I eventually realized I had absolutely no idea what I wanted or where I was going with my career. It was a difficult truth to accept, but one I had to face. I spent the next several months reevaluating my passions and, after having a talk with my brother (a programmer), I was convinced that I should have been in the field of technology all along. He mentioned that his company had hired from Tech Elevator and I decided to attend an open house to get a feel for it all. After listening to Anthony and David passionately speak about their company I decided to take the next steps and enroll as a student.
The Course: It was by far the most intense 4 months of my academic career. From day one you’re diving straight into code and learning fundamentals. From that point on you are continually building off that foundation with daily exercises and quizzes. Lectures last about 4 hours depending on the amount of material you’ll be covering that day. After that the afternoon is yours to do as you please… but I recommend working on your exercises while the ideas are fresh in your mind. At the end of each module you have a large project, or capstone, that is a culmination of everything you’ve learned up to that point. You’ll be paired up with random classmates and have a couple days to complete the project and present your work in front of the instructor(s). This was an incredibly beneficial step in the learning process since they break down your code and offer a ton of useful feedback to write cleaner, more efficient code. I absolutely loved every day of class – Oh, I think I used another cliché. Finally, for the final two weeks of the cohort you’ll create an entire application from start to finish.
Job Assistance | Pathway Program : The Pathway program is great. At college, I didn’t have a program in place to prepare me for interviews and networking the way Tech Elevator did… and that’s huge. Tech Elevator is constantly inviting and hosting a variety of employees of reputable tech companies in the area. You’ll also have mock interviews, both behavioral and technical, all preparing you for the Match-making event. By the time the real interviews roll around you’ll be prepared… and, if you’re not prepared, the staff at Tech Elevator will always take time out of their schedule to help you practice.
Advice : I wouldn’t stress too much about picking either Java or .NET if you’re stuck on that decision. I attended the Java cohort at Tech Elevator, and upon graduation I am now working for a company in Hudson writing C#. Tech Elevator provided me with a strong understanding of core fundamentals allowing for an easy transition into a language I didn’t study directly. Once you’ve learned your first language it’s MUCH easier picking up another.
Final Thoughts : Looking back, I’m incredibly proud of myself for completing the course at Tech Elevator. On day one I didn’t even know what a Boolean was and 14 short weeks later I was creating entire web applications. That’s a powerful testament to not only myself, but to the other students who’ve attended and the ability of the instructors. The peace of mind I now have since I’ve obtained a full-time job doing work I enjoy is… I honestly can’t thank them enough. I’m excited for what my future holds, both professionally and personally – and I owe it all to Tech Elevator.
I’m proud to be part of the growing, loving family that is Tech Elevator and I look forward towards welcoming you to our family as well.
- Leap of faith- 5/12/2017Andrew Jaros • .Net Developer • Student • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via GitHub
I’ll start by saying that this was the best professional decision I’ve ever made in my life. I was hired as a .Net Developer two weeks prior to graduation and started working the Monday after. While I won’t reveal my exact salary, I nearly doubled what I was earning prior (and no, I was not working at minimum wage). I’ve had plenty of highs and lows at companies prior so I just want to start by providing some background information on my journey.
I graduated from high school in 2005 and went to college for one year before dropping out. I took five years off, working odd jobs before returning to finish with B.A. in Political Science. Afterward, I moved to Ohio and worked on several statewide political campaigns, in the state legislature as an aide, and on a U.S. Senate race. The schedule was exhausting, the pay was low, and my morale after so many losses was even lower. I was at a crossroads in my life.
I always had a knack for working with computers but no real programming experience outside of my love of spreadsheets (if you would even consider that programming). During the last campaign, I was assessing an issue with one our routers when a coworker offhandedly asked me why I wasn’t doing this (IT) for a living. I was taken aback by the comment because I just had never seriously considered it. A lot of it had to do with how I decided to pursue political science, not computer science, while in college. The thought stayed with me for days. I browsed Indeed & Monster for IT jobs but was bummed that I just didn’t think I would have any way of figuring out all of the required technologies on my own. There’s a lot to know even for an entry-level job!
So after the 2016 election, my job ended and I was looking for the next thing. I was talking with a friend who works in the tech industry and he recommended I check out coding boot camps and specifically mentioned Tech Elevator. He said that his company had hired from there and that they look for boot camp graduates specifically.
Admittedly, I was nervous. I was tens of thousands of dollars in debt from student loans, car loans, credit cards, random life events, etc. The price tag seemed too high. If it didn’t work out, I don’t know if I would have been able to recover. But I knew that if I stayed in politics, I would be in the same position that I was the year before: overworked, underpaid, and worse – unsatisfied. I was going to have to take out a private loan for the course. Luckily, because my previous job had ended, I was able to stay collect unemployment compensation while taking this course (it’s considered workforce re-entry training). Was it a scam? A money grab? I deliberated for a couple weeks then I did it:
I took a leap of faith.
My time at Tech Elevator:
If you apply for this program with the expectation that it’s going to be easy, don’t even bother. For the entirety of the 14-week program, I was completely consumed in code. Any semblance of free time on nights and weekends was gone, but I was okay with it! I wanted to learn more and grow my skills as much as I could. My instructor John is a bright, passionate, hilarious person. He seemed to be available pretty much any hour of the day when I had a question for him (sorry John’s family). He was patient with students and put in the time to work individually when anyone needed it. I cannot speak higher of John’s knowledge of .Net and his desire to teach others.
As for other staff at Tech Elevator, Katie was every student’s career guidance counselor / guardian angel. She would go out of her way to get students focused on the bigger picture (i.e. finding a job) and would go to bat for us if we felt like we were in a tough spot with an employer.
Around the time employer match-making ended, a recruiting company reached out to me via LinkedIn about a potential opportunity. In my previous career, anyone reaching out like made me suspicious but in technology, that’s par for the course. The field is so in-demand right now! I had to complete 4 separate interviews (3 with the recruiting company and 1 with the company I’m placed at right now) but I got the job! The technologies I had learned lined up almost exactly with what they were looking for.
I have a new career as a .Net Developer at a major energy company in Columbus. Given that I have a non-IT college degree, I needed to follow a non-traditional path to break into the field. Taking that leap of faith was the most worthwhile thing I’ve ever done. If you’ve always had a knack for technology and want to make a career change – seriously – take the leap. You won’t regret it.
- Say goodbye to your social life, say hello to code
- You will not be able to have a full-time job during this course. Part time? Maybe, but I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate enough if I had done that (some did)
- Go to networking events! Don’t do what I did and not attend a single one. Even though I am gainfully employed and loving it, who knows who I would have met or where I’d be if I had gone. Just do it!
- It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of what you’re undertaking. You will not leave an expert in any of the technologies and no employer worth their salt would ever expect you to be able to perform the duties of a senior or mid-level developer
- Practice talking about the technologies you’re learning. My biggest hurdle was confidently communicating what I learned to industry professionals. I eventually wised up and did a TON of practicing, but do not underestimate how important it is to do this
- Don’t expect to be the best programmer there. You’ll have to pass aptitude tests to even get in, so they don’t just let anyone become a student. Their standards are high. Every student had strengths in different areas so listen and learn
- It’s worth it
- Highly recommend- 5/3/2017Pete Bush • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cleveland • Verified via LinkedIn
I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical of Tech Elevator’s bold promise to help me get a job with just 14 weeks of training. After talking to a Tech Elevator alum, I decided to take the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. By the end of the program I was offered a job paying about 45% more than I was making before.
Tech Elevator’s greatest asset is its instructors. Josh, the .NET instructor, is phenomenal. His understanding of the material is thorough, and he has the ability to deliver the material in a way that is easy to understand. Beyond that, though, he sincerely cares about his students and their success. He was always available to give students extra help with difficult concepts, provide review sessions, or give advice about projects we were working on. Even in the evenings or on weekends, he would be on Ryver answering questions. Even now, two weeks after graduation, Josh is still sending us messages, and giving us advice on how to keep our skills sharp. His commitment to his students’ success far exceeded my expectations.
Another component of the Tech Elevator program is its Pathway Program, which provides Tech Elevator students with guidance relating to our job search. There were regular seminars focusing on different aspects of the job search (writing resumes, using LinkedIn, etc.), as well as mock interviews. The Pathway director met with students individually and helped us to tailor our job search according to our individual aspirations. The highpoint of the Pathway program was the Matchmaking event, a two-day event involving about 20 companies. I interviewed with 10 companies during the Matchmaking event, and ultimately received a job offer as a result.
On the first day of Tech Elevator, we were told that we would get out of the program what we put into it. This turned out to be true. If you decide to enroll in Tech Elevator, make sure you’re ready to completely devote yourself to the program and to acquiring the skills that will make you marketable. If you’re willing to put in the work, the Tech Elevator staff will be there to support you.
- Amazing experience, Real results.- 5/2/2017Jacob Rutter • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedIn
So you're considering a coding bootcamp? I was in your shoes not long ago. I chose Tech Elevator's coding bootcamp in Columbus, OH. I was part of their Jan-April 2017 .Net cohort. Let me tell you a little about my experience.
The decision to attend Tech Elevator was not one that I made lightly. The cost of the program and the time commitment were the largest hurdles I had to consider and clear before attending. I am so glad I made the sacrifices necessary. I was resolute that I would not only participate but I would put all of myself into the 14 week program. It required all of that--and sometimes a little more. Tech Elevator did a good job of letting me know what to expect and the fast pace at which things are taught. A little joke we had was that it would be 14 weeks of drinking from a fire hose. IT WAS.
That is not said to scare you away, so much the opposite! It was an intensive, exhaustive 14 weeks but I was able to learn at an accelerated pace unparalleled by any other education I have had. In my eyes the difference between Tech Elevator and other bootcamps are twofold.
First, the team assembled to assist you along the way are unlike any others in their field. The instructors are a deep pools of programming knowledge and the epitome of what a mentor should be. If I had one word to describe the instructors it would be Invested. They are wholly invested in your success.
The second differentiator that sets Tech Elevator apart is the Pathway Program. This is the career prep portion of the coding bootcamp. It is a streamlined series of events that is planned with precision and ensures that if you are putting in the effort that is advised you will be prepared to launch a career in the tech industry before graduation. Take the Pathway Program seriously and it will pay dividends.
By graduation I had multiple offers from reputable companies within Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to Tech Elevator I was well versed in programming and (equally as important) I could confidently communicate the knowledge I had learned. On the day of graduation I accepted one of the offers I had received. Today (5/1/2017) was my first day as a Software Engineer. I owe everyone at Tech Elevator a substantial debt of gratitude. The program prepared me for a successful career in the tech industry and has drastically changed the trajectory of my life.
I highly recommend Tech Elevator.
- java- 4/24/2017Liel • TAP • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedIn
When I read the reviews about techElevator they seemed completely fake. How come no one is unhappy? No complaints? Did their relatives review them??
Now I'm going to give another glowing review and you can wonder about this one as well...
TechElevator promises hard work, fast pace, and huge time commitment- and delivers big time. I hardly had time to breath. Said goodbye to my friends and family. Instead, I went to all sorts of tech-related meetups. And learned to be a full stack java developer. And had a blast. AND found a job!
The program was interesting challenging and engaging, but we were guided through it all. The mock interviews I had prepared me for the "real thing" and I learned how to brand my skills and my experience. The pathways program manager is an amazing individual who truly cares about you as a person and how you can get the best possible outcome for yourself.
Now I'm a believer...
- Amazingly dedicated to helping you succeed!- 3/19/2017Lori Somerville • Software Engineer 1 • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cleveland • Verified via LinkedIn
Although my journey to becoming a software developer was a twisty road, I knew as soon as I started coding that I had finally found the job for me! Debugging complex code is more fun than anything I’ve ever done as work before! I have been a Massage Therapist, a Truck Driver, and a Customer Service Rep. Though I have a B.A. in Communications, I never found the career I wanted until I came to Tech Elevator.
Every member of the staff at Tech Elevator is invested in helping you succeed as a developer, but they also are invested in you as a whole person. Josh, the lead instructor for .NET/C#, is the most gifted educator I have come across, and believe me, with my varied background, I have had quite a few! His ability to figure out exactly what each individual needs to hear or see in order to understand a concept is unbelievable. But his dedication to looking at each student as an individual with his/her own learning style and individual strengths, is what made it enjoyable to stuff our brains full of knowledge and logic each day.
Craig, another instructor who is available for one-on-one sessions, is one of the most patient teachers I have come across, and spending time in his office was always enlightening even when the material was frustrating. Tiffany, the head of the Pathway Program, was there to help me with my least favorite part of Tech Elevator – the resume and networking. She was encouraging and supportive, but also made sure I worked my butt off to get in touch with the people who would eventually become my employers!
Every single staff member was there to help boost my confidence after receiving a rejection. I had 5 separate people call me aside to talk to me about how I was going to do even better next time and to tell me that I had the skills I needed – it was time to “put my oar in” and keep on applying and networking. These lovely people helped me find a job that puts a smile on my face just about every day.
After a few rejections along the way, and a LOT of help from Tiffany and the rest of the team, I was amazed to find myself with not only one, but TWO job offers on the same day! I was able to choose the job that was right for me, and I have been happily heading downtown to my job as an entry-level Software Engineer for about a month.
- Life after Tech Elevator Boot Camp- 2/14/2017Keith Williams • Associate Consultant • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedIn
Tech Elevator was absolutely a critical turning point for me. After a layoff and being uninterested in pursuing my previous career path I knew I needed to do something different, something more fulfilling and rewarding. I came across Tech Elevator and the rest is history.
I went from absolutely no previous experience in technology( I come from an arts background) to landing my first job in tech prior to graduation. The work was hard and at times I wanted to quit but the staff, instructors, and my classmates were very helpful and encouraging. I have 5 children ( 6 month old twins at the time) but with the proper support system I learned programming and was able to create a really cool web based application along two other students. Not only this, but the professional development aspect, which is a part of the program is really want helps you land a job. They are extremely committed to creating opportunity for the people of the program in every way possible.
Like the saying goes, you get out what you put in. I put in a lot of hard work and long hours to learn coding and how to build applications. At my job there is more learning and training, the journey never ends. None of the journey would be possible if I had not decided to take a risk, change directions, put my head down, work hard and if Tech Elevator did not have such an incredible program to help my achieve my goals. Thank you all so much, my future will be totally different than what it would have been!
For anyone reading this review, like I did a few months ago, I realize they are very critical to making a decision. It's not a cookie cutter, walk in the park situation. You will WORK very hard to learn these concepts but in the end it's all worth it, I would gladly do it again.
- Great career choice- 1/24/2017Tyler • Applications Developer • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedIn
The whole point of this program is simple, they teach you the skills needed to succeed as an application developer in the real world. Casey is an amazing instructor who never hesitates to take advantage of a teaching moment. You'll learn how to build a web app from front end to back end and everything in between. The course is very demanding but you will be rewarded with the skill set to succeed.
The main selling point for Tech Elevator will be the job placement. Katie and the team will do wonders that will surprise you. They bring companies in to buy lunch for you just in hopes you will apply with their company. There's also a meeting every week about how to improve your career and manage it after the course and for years to come. They teach you how to be a professional in the workplace and what to expect when you get into your first job.
- Research- 1/16/2017Ryan Sapp • Cybersecurity Anaylst • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus • Verified via LinkedInHaving started an education company in college I was very skeptical of anything in higher ed (especially for-profits). I knew a lot of the ins and outs of for-profit Universities having had some of them as my venture capitalist, so when I started looking into bootcamps in Columbus I did a lot of research and questioned everything. I knew there has been a lot of bad actors out there in the for-profit model, so I did my research and encourage you to as well. With the bootcamp concept being relatively new and the government generally being behind in regulations, inevitably there is going to be some pump dump quick profit players. I went to several open houses, looked at LinkedIn profile success, talked with people, and even read reviews here. I knew it was important to go with the best of breed in the industry to truly learn, get the job support, and create the network needed to revamp my career. The last thing I wanted was to be one of the news stories about how I thought I would get a career and all I did was build up more debt.
I found the best of breed of coding bootcamps in Tech Elevator. Their model depends on your success! If their students do not do well it hurts them long-term and you can sense that, so the motivation is aligned. Casey, Katie, and everyone else at Tech Elevator are awesome. I could not be happier. I now have a cybersecurity role where I work for AEP, Battelle, L brands, Huntington, Cardinal Health, Ohio Health, and Nationwide. I get to work for the best and brightest companies of Columbus now doing what I love. Tech Elevator changed my life and I could not have done it without them.
It was not easy, and honestly it can't be. There is a lot to learn no matter what you say. This is also why Tech Elevator won't accept just anyone with a check. They want their students to succeed and only select students they see the most potential in. I can guarantee you if this is what you truly are interested in and you have the drive, it is well worth the investment. The only downside was that I had to quit my job in order to do the bootcamp, but to be honest, I do not see how other models work if you are not truly immersed.
- Great development opportunity- 10/25/2019Tom Nuzzarello • Junior Applications Developer • Student • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cleveland
I started in video and digital media, a career that I loved, but I struggled to make ends meet. So I looked at other career options and found that I had some skill with computers and programming. I took a few programming classes at a community college, and during that time I heard about Tech Elevator through family. Since it seemed like a solid career path which had some synergy with my old path, I decided this was a great way to advance.
I decided to take the .Net track, because I am more familiar with Microsoft software and because I have some previous experience with C++, a predecessor to C#. This was extremely helpful in the early stages which focused on C#. In the later stages, which involved more specialized languages like SQL and CSS, I did not have this head start because I was not experienced with these languages. The instructors were extremely patient and helpful; never at any point did I feel that I was asking a stupid question or being inconvenient, and they were always available to help. And we really needed it sometimes. We were also able to ask for help on side projects, or to discuss things like interviews we’ve had.
The thing that really appealed to me with Tech Elevator was the Pathway program, the career prep side of the school. This was very important to me, considering that my previous career struggled because I didn’t know how to develop it. I would go so far as to say that if it weren’t for the Pathway program, I might not have wanted to go to Tech Elevator at all. And I was very impressed with the results. I feel like I learned more about career development in these 14 weeks than I have learned since I started undergrad in 2010. Interview practice was invaluable, since interviews are (for me at least) the hardest and least enjoyable part of the process. Resume and LinkedIn advice was also extremely helpful.
The Cleveland Campus was excellent, with a kitchen and study area, and the garage space for big meetings and presentations was perfect. The campus was very clean and conveniently located, with some good lunch options only a few blocks from campus (good for me because I sometimes forgot to pack lunch). We also continue to be welcome there after completion of the course, so we can continue to get help looking for jobs after completion of the course and even just for events like game night.
I got my first offer about eight weeks after graduation, an excellent role for a junior developer that I don’t think I would have landed without the help of Tech Elevator. The 14 weeks you will spend here are pretty intense, and you won’t have a lot of free time and certainly won’t be able to work a job at the same time. But if you need the kind of career boost that I got, you can’t go wrong here.
- Great Investment!- 10/10/2019Brennan • Software Developer Associate(Automation) • Student • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
I am a recent college grad of '19 that majored in Public Service. Before I joined Tech Elevator, I heard a business owner of one of the largest online Real Estate website/forums say one of his best software engineers completed a coding bootcamp. I've always had an interest in tech but that comment alone was one of the catalyst that convinced me to take the leap and commit to Tech Elevator. It was worth every penny and I am proud to say that I will be beginning my career as a software developer!!
- Amazing Program- 9/26/2019Josh • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
I first heard about the existance of coding bootcamps in December of 2018. I had a couple part time jobs at the time and was interested in finding a full time job, hopefully doing something I liked. A bootcamp seemed like a quick way to reach that goal, so I started doing a little research. Tech Elevator caught my attention because of their statistics with job placement and the high ratings previous graduates were giving it on course report. I decided to take a chance and give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
The design of this program is absolutely stunning. If you are willing to work hard and follow the game plan, you will get a job in tech. By the end you will know enough to be able to get and successfully navigate interviews for tech positions. The support you will have in finding a job is top notch. Even after graduation the school will remain invested in helping you secure employment. There is a long list of companies that are hiring partners. This alone is incredibly valuable as they are often able to help you get interviews. The important thing to remember is that you ARE NOT guaranteed a job. However, the statistics speak for themselves. If you are willing to do the work, there is a more than 90% probability you will succeed!
As for the course itself... this was the most difficult thing education wise I have ever done in my life. I found that on average I needed to work 70 hours a week to keep up. If you are considering doing this, you have to be sure of two things: 1. That you will have the complete support and understanding of your family (and friends). You will not be available to perform most of your regular household duties. This can put stress on your spouse if you're married. Make sure they understand what they are in for. Your friends may get irritated with your near complete lack of availability. Prepare everyone for your absense in advance and get them on board. 2. Be sure you want to do this. It's called bootcamp for a reason. If you are not completely invested in getting through it so that you can have a better career and a better life, you won't make it. This is not something that can be faked or done with half effort the way you handled most of your college classes.
Being on the other side of it now, it's stunning how much I was able to learn in such a short period of time. Even more stunning is that I finally have a real career, one with a future. I am so thankful that this program exists. If you are sure you want to go to a bootcamp, this is the one to choose.
- Tech Elevator an all around great experience- 9/16/2019Noah Myers • Junior Fullstack Engineer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus
TLDR: Tech Elevator is fast, intense, fun, and teaches you a lot if you let it. John is a great instructor. The pathway program is worth the effort, especially matchmaking. And external capstones are the way to go.
Tech Elevator was exactly the kind of program I needed to push myself in the direction I wanted. It allowed me to transition my life to somewhere I actually wanted to be after having stopped my studies in mechanical engineering due to disinterest and finding myself working seasonal manual labor jobs. With my previous educational experience I knew I wanted to work with technology, especially code, and that I needed something fast paced and intense out of a program. After going to an open house early in the year I felt that this program would be a prefect fit for what I was lookin for.
With a fair background in engineering prior to the start of this program I was worried that I would find myself bored throughout it since I had a good mindset and some cursory coding experience, and that could have easily been true but they made sure to let us know in the beginning that what you put in is what you get out. So I found myself jumping down every rabbit hole that John opened up, his teaching style kept me engaged and allowed me to feel like no only was I learning but that I was really understanding the material. This gave me the opportunity to help the other people in my cohort when I could helping me to learn more too. Additionally the pair and group work really helped me to learn not only coding but how to work with a variety of different people, from different backgrounds, with different levels of understanding, and different goals.
Now on to everyones least favorite part during the program and favorite after, the pathway portion. This part of the program was immensely helpful so long as you let it be. This was where they would help us get exposure to various types of tech companies, they would teach us about interviewing in the industry they would help us craft our resumes and LinkedIns, and more. The part that everyone always raves about is the matchmaking days, in which they set students up with quick in person interviews with companies who are looking to bring in new people from Tech Elevator. This is truly a part of the program which sets it apart, as it allows their students to be in a premium position to talk with people who are looking to hire someone like them. I know this part of the program was great for me as I type this after two weeks working for a company I met through matchmaking and honestly might have made the mistake of overlooking otherwise.
Last but not least, the final capstone projects. I chose to work on a capstone which involved an outside company, and that was an amazing choice. Doing so allowed me to work with others in the cohort who were passionate about a similar topic to deliver a product that people might actually use! Getting to work with an actual company who has real use cases and legitimate desires from a product was a priceless experience for someone to get before even making it into the industry and I would wholeheartedly recommend doing an external capstone if one sounds remotely interesting.
All told I thoroughly enjoyed the program, got stacks of knowledge, heaps of friends, and ultimately a job which I really enjoy.
- Tech Elevator supports your effort.- 9/16/2019Bobby Galinas • Software Developer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cleveland
With Tech Elevator's extensive academic and professional support I was able to achieve the exact goal that I had hoped to achieve when entering the program. Tech Elevator provides a challenging and valuable technical curriculum, experienced and generous instructors, and a robust career planning service. If you are willing to commit yourself to Tech Elevator's curriculum you will take relevant skills into your first job in the IT field.
The school's course work did an admirable job at providing me with the fundamental skills I need to develop web based applications. I was exposed to front-end and back-end principles in units that varied in coverage time. Each unit was supported with individual and pairs exercises. Many of the topics that I worked on at Tech Elevator are important to the work that I do as a professional software developer. That being said, I do believe the coursework would be much less effective without proper instruction.
The techincal instructors at Tech Elevator are excellent. Each techincal instructor is whip smart, but something that I feel is equally important is how willing the instructors are to help. It is a great feeling to approach an instructor with a (seemingly) cryptic problem and see that they are genuienly excited to help you solve it. I have not met a group of people who are so highly expreienced but are still able to make a novice coder feel like a colleague. This enthusiasm and experience level carries over to the Pathway Program professionals.
I have graduated from two collegiate institutions, and I have never experienced the level of energy or aid that Tech Elevator's Pathway Program professionals exude. I was almost constantly exposed to corporations in the area that were actively hiring for various IT roles. I had a large number of interviews that took place on Tech Elevator's campus that were arranged by the Pathway Program. Each professional was avaliable nearly all the time to help with anything from document review to in-person interview preperation. I believe that the Pathway Program is unmatched. With all of that said, your success in the program will depend largely on the effort that you put in.
If you have seriously thought about starting a career in the IT field, and you are ready to commit yourself to learning Tech Elevator is a peerless option. The program provides you with vast resources, but it is almost entirely on you to exploit those resources. I recommend attempting to enroll if you are ready to work hard because this is a place where hard work seems to pay off.
- .NET Coding Bootcamp- 9/4/2019Justin Gompers • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: PittsburghBefore attending Tech Elevator I was working as a Chef for the past 10 years. I had some experience with coding but really wanted to further my knowledge and dive into a new field of work. After hearing stories of the school I decided to go to a open house, learn more about the school, and the curriculum they taught. I was hooked after that moment and after I finished my first day I knew I made the right choice. I was taught by Tom Anderson (.NET professor) who had decades of experience working in the field. The lessons he taught were easy to follow along with but also were laid out to cover all the bases needed to work in this industry. This is not an easy pass to get a new job though, I had to spend hours doing extra work and practicing on my own with personal projects to get better. In the end I felt like I learned more than enough to do the job I am working today. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is willing to put in the time to change.
- Really Great Experience- 9/3/2019Dan • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
Tech Elevator is an amazing program for those looking for a career change! In 14 weeks I went from almost knowing nothing about coding to getting a job offer for a junior software developer position.
The best part of Tech Elevator in my opinion was their Pathyway Program, which helps with career prep. From building your resume to mock interviews, they are with you every step of the way to help prepare you to do well interviewing. And maybe most importantly, Tech Elevator does a lot of work to build relationships with companies in your city who are in need of developers, which is huge to get a foot in the door with their hiring network.
The instructors do a good job of teaching you during lecture every day, but it's up to you to do the homework well and go above and beyond to learn things that might not have been covered completely. The capstones in particular (of which there are four) were really helpful in solidifying concepts and things we had learned at the end of each module. At the end of the day, it is still just 14 weeks, so there's so much more to learn and at times I felt unprepared for technical interviews, but you should know enough at the end to get a job and show any employer your motivation and ability to learn a lot in a short amount of time.
Overall, I had a really great experience at Tech Elevator and would recommend it to anyone who had the ability and interest in coding. It was scary to quit my previous job and write out those big tuition checks, but it was totally worth it.
- Complete 180.- 9/1/2019Mel B • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
I weighed my options of bootcamps between online, AcademyPGH and TechElevator, and TE won out pretty quickly. During the open house information session that I went to, many of my questions were answers, and my worries eased. The graduation and employment percentage and the salary outcome were all promising to me, and so I was convinced of the numbers-related proof that the program works, but I needed more. I spoke with instructors and TE alumni, and "Trust the Process" echoed throughout the room. It's a big deal to take a leap of faith on something where people say "trust it", but honestly? I got a solid vibe from the place. Call it a gut feeling.
Before the bootcamp, I used to be a Kitchen Manager, and for the last 11 years, I worked in customer and food service. I hadn't had any preparation for the professional world, and even with a B.A. and solid soft skills, I couldn't get out of that system. That's why I chose Tech Elevator. They have a stellar reputation that is iteratively building positively over time through tangible results. It's a clean slate, a new start, and a second chance.
Professionally, the Pathway Program and advice from the instructors helped me a ton. They gave me advice on how to answer certain questions, how to conduct myself, and what the tech world is really like. My Pathway instructor was serious about helping me get to the next level in my professional life and even took time late into the night to talk me through problems and questions I had related to presenting myself professionally. I spent SO much time with the instructors so that I could have a solid understanding of the core concepts of development, and they were there for me every time that I needed them.
If you decide to do this program, make sure that you tell your friends and family that this is serious. The more seriously and professionally that you treat the program, the more you'll get out of it. I pretty much only hung out with TE people and spent most of my time there (except for sleeping) for a good chunk of the time, and I was able to absorb information much more fully than if I was only checked in at certain "required" times.
Related to coding skills, I feel that I have a good, general knowledge of how to approach learning any new language, and a strong base in C# and SSMS. If you create a solid knowledge base, picking up different languages and processes isn't as daunting as opposed to if you were walking in blindly.
I was able to meet and converse with professionals in the tech industry that I otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to meet through matchmaking and networking events, made visible and possible by TechElevator.
I wouldn't have the title, Software Engineer, and the chance for a new life if it weren't for TechElevator. This program gave me the opportunity to become the person that I want to be, and for that I am eternally grateful.
- Room for Change- 8/17/2019Joseph Ambrose • Software Developer I • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
When I signed up for Tech Elevator, I was skeptical. In terms of “ There’s no way, they can make me a programmer.”. Sure enough I was wrong. There instructors and staff were all helpful. You have to put the work in and trust the process. There were times were “I didn’t get it”. Remember that’s common when it comes to a entirely new subject. If I can rewrite my college history, I would choose Tech Elevator over my college education because they truly make you successful for your future
- Java Bootcamp- 8/16/2019Ipsita • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
Best Curriculum!!! Best Mentors!!! Wow Jobs!!! Its worth it !!! Its one of the best decisions I ever took in my life. Being from a foreign land, struggling for a job I must say Tech Elevator has really stood out as a bridge to my career gap. It has not only given me the knowledge I required for my career growth but also provided me immense amount of confidence, friends and mentors no less than a family who still care about my work life and overall I grew as a strong individual. Great experience!!!
- Student- 8/15/2019Zach • Student • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus
TLDR: Best decision you could make if you're interested in programming and are sure you can commit to a fast-paced and challenging program. Try t
The parts of Tech Elevator that I thought were most useful were the great instructing staff who were available to help every day during working hours and even sometimes afterwards if you had questions about homework assignments or projects. Every instructor/teaching staff member has lots of experience and they are very patient with students (even those who are brand new to programming). Aside from the actual academics, the instructors frequently provide great career advice and guidance. Each offers a unique experience and you get to speak with each one many times throughout the cohort.
The Tech Elevator Pathway program was also very useful. At the very beginning it's hard to know exactly how much this program will help you but after a couple weeks you start to realize how seriously they take placing students into jobs and how much effort and time is put into helping us navigate the tech job search process. They help you write resumes, give presentations about yourself and your experience, create a solid online presence, teach you how to network, and so many more skills. I'd say half the value in Tech Elevator is preparing you in this area and holding you accountable for taking the necessary steps to secure a job.
Last thought: Come in prepared. Do the pre-work and then do more preparation. If you're in a Java or .Net class make sure to spend a good week learning the bare basics of that language on your own. It makes things much easier when you get into your third week and already have a base level understanding of the material. Also, reviewing version control (aka git & github/bitbucket systems) will make your life so much easier. This program is easily as intense as an entire college semester (probably more so) so it's good to come in ready to go. 11/10. Would reccomend to anybody!
- Best decision I Ever Made- 5/19/2019Ahmed N Ahmed • Software Engineer • Graduate • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus
Coming from a computer science background, I had basic experience in coding but I was not able to get exposure and get a job on my own until I joined Tech Elevator. I did research on local bootcamps and ended up attending open house for couple of them including Tech Elevator. I found that Tech Elevator was by far the best for it's placement record, the quality of the curriculum, experience of the instructors and the commitment of the staff. I joined Tech Elevator in fall of 2018, and to be honest it was the best and timely decision I have ever made in my life.
During the 14 weeks of the rigorous program, there was ups and downs, but handling the stress and keeping on was very vital. we learned end to end Java software development which includes mini capstone projects for every module that we finish and one final capstone project at the end of the program. Our instructor Brian was a very humble and very experienced instructor with over 20 years of industry experience. The way he delieverd the subject was very amazing and the effort he did to help everyone and his availability was extraordinary.
One of my favourite part of the program was the Pathway Program. It is a career service program led and delivered by a committed and professional members of the staff. Pathway program has helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses, develop my communication, networking and interview skills. By the end of the cohort I was confidently expressing myself and talk about my skills and was able to land a job 5 days before our graduation.
Finally, I would recommend everyone interested in coding career to checkout Tech Elevator and you will not regret your decision. it's worth it.
- 0 Tech Experience to Software Developer- 5/7/2019Ryan Rugh • Associate Software Developer • Student • Course: .NET Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Pittsburgh
About 4 months ago, I remember going through these reviews and wondering if I was making the right decision to attend Tech Elevator. To be honest, I almost backed out a week before the cohort started because I wasn't sure if Tech Elevator could deliver on it's job placement/salary statistics (By the way, Tech Elevator does not guarantee a job, but 91% job placement is pretty damn good). Fast-forward to present time, I'm graduated, employed, and have a higher salary than anyone in my family has seen.
Prior to Tech Elevator, I had never seen a line of code before. In fact, I didn't know much about technology besides what I needed to get by. That may have caused me to have to put a little more time in to understand basic concepts, such as how the internet works, but it definetly didn't make the bootcamp impossible. With that said, Tech Elevator was the most intense learning experience I have gone through. You have to be fully committed to the program. If you are not, there is really no reason to waste your time, money, and effort. At the same time, I don't know of any other programs that can take someone from 0 tech experience to thriving software developer in 14 weeks.
The staff that you get at Tech Elevator are unbelievable. It's rare to get an entire team that invests themselves into you as much as the TE staff. The student's workload is intense, but you can take heart in knowing that your instructors and the career pathway team are working equally as hard to ensure your success. I believe its what separates Tech Elevator from any other bootcamp. Whenever they say that they do not succeed unless you succeed, it's more than just words. They practice what they preach, and all the current and future success I have will be owed to them. I could not have made a better decision for my life.
- Amazing- 4/30/2019Previous tech sales professional, new Applications Developer! • Developer, IT Applications • Student • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Columbus
i enjoyed every second of Tech Elevator, I went through the Columbus campus for Java and it is very intense, you’ll be there very late for many days of the week but if you love to code then it’s all fun. There will also be weekend commitments too so be prepared for all that time that needs to be spent there. Having a job is not recommended, this is more than a full time job to learn programming and apply your skills. I met great new friends who are also interested in development and great mentors who are basically wizards of development. You’ll learn all that you need to become a junior level developer. Again, make sure to be committed the learning is fast paced. You’ll also learn about what it takes to find a job and they will help you to build a network and become connected with people who are hiring. The instructors are truly committed to the students as well often answering questions until very late at night or coding something new as a learning example for us when they are at home after work. My biggest fear was that employers would look down on this route of learning but if anything it shows that you’re willing and able to learn very quickly and tech is always changing so they need people who want to keep growing. Employers I interview with are impressed with what I’ve learned and the work I’ve been able to complete in such a short span of time. Tech Elevator in particular is also connected to many large employers in Columbus, so it is nice to take advantage of their connections. I am only a week and a half out of the program and I now have two job offers with great companies. I can’t wait to start coding and building applications as a career and I most definitely have Tech Elevator to thank.
- Quinn • Java Programmer • Student • Course: Java Coding Bootcamp • Campus: Cincinnati
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