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Tech Talent South

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Tech Talent South offers full and part-time programs to give students a great foundation in web development. Students will learn Java, SpringBoot, Domain Modeling, HTTP and "RESTful" Design, HTML/CSS, JavaScript and AJAX, and understanding APIs. Students eager to make a career change, start their own business, or make the world a better place through technology are great candidates for Tech Talent South's 8-week programs.

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  • Big Data Analytics

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    Data Science, Data Visualization, Data Analytics , Data Structures, SQL
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,200
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Tech Talent South’s introduction to Big Data Analytics will cover the foundational topics in data science: Data Manipulation Data Analysis with Stats and Machine Learning Data Communication with Information Visualization This course will give you the opportunity to implement and execute methods dissecting and analyzing large amounts of data. Tech Talent South will cover the basic techniques of big data, including both SQL and NoSQL solutions for large data management, data mining, and statistical modeling.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Plans
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • DevOps and Continuous Integration

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    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$13,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationDallas, San Antonio
    Do you have interest in writing code? Does that interest go beyond developing software? Maybe dabbling in development, IT operations, and testing / quality assurance? Basically... do you want to be involved in the entire product lifecycle? If the answer to any of those questions was yes, take a hard look at Tech Talent South's DevOps and Continuous Integration course! Here you'll take the deepest of dives into the newest and hottest trend of software development... DevOps (Software Development and IT Operations). You'll get a hands-on training with Linux, Git, and Ruby while learning the intricacies of some of today's most powerful tools in deployment, configuration, and automation. On top of that, you'll learn how to keep a project team organized with version control, and keeping your product always in production mode and up to date with Continuous Integration techniques.
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  • Full-Time Code Immersion - Java

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,750
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hartford, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Have you ever dreamed of building your own software? Are you looking to make a change in technology, your community, the world, or building out that crazy idea of your uncle's? Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion programs are the perfect launching point for those who are passionate, persistent, and eager to learn. Our eight-week course covers the fundamentals of web development and programming. Students can expect to be proficient in the concepts listed below and more specifically, have a strong foundational base in Java. In addition to our core curriculum, our guest speaker series, company tours, and other community events put students in front of professionals who are excited about getting to know them and connecting them with potential opportunities. The technology opportunities are continuously expanding and our Code Immersion programs are a great way to dive in and start!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Options
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full-time Code Immersion - Ruby

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, Rails, Product Management, CSS, SEO, iOS, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time12 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,750
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hartford, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Have you ever dreamed of building your own app? Are you looking to make a change in technology, your community, the world, or building out that crazy idea of your uncle's? Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion programs are the perfect launching point for those who are passionate, persistent, and eager to learn. Our eight-week course covers the fundamentals of web development and programming. Students can expect to be proficient in the concepts listed below and more specifically, have a strong foundational base in Ruby on Rails*. In addition to our core curriculum, our guest speaker series, company tours, and other community events put students in front of professionals who are excited about getting to know them and connecting them with potential opportunities. The technology opportunities are continuously expanding and our Code Immersion programs are a great way to dive in and start doing something <BIG>!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Plans Available
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
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    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer knowledge
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Intro to Web Design

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    HTML, Git, Digital Marketing, Design, Product Management, CSS, SEO, Front End
    In PersonFull Time6 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    In this beginner-focused course, students are given the skills needed to design, code, and launch polished custom websites. Students will learn the fundamental tools of front-end development (HTML/CSS, Javascript), each student who completes this course leaves with several beautiful live websites to call their own. The 4-week course culminates in a capstone project in which each student deploys a website for their very own company, portfolio, or personal brand. Forget your paper resume... send people to your website!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Plans Available
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • iOS Development

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    In PersonFull Time6 Hours/week5 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$3,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Do you spend a lot of time on your phone? Ever wondered what it would be like to make those applications you use everyday? Now you can! Grab your iPhone, iPad, and Mac and let's build something <BIG> together. In this course you'll start from the ground up with the iOS SDK, Xcode, and Swift (Apple's new programming language). The iOS course covers the development and best practices for building, testing, debugging, and deploying iOS apps. Learn about what Apple brings to the table and how you'll work with the tools they provide! By the end of the course you'll understand core concepts and how they work together in your apps like Model-View-Controller (MVC), segues and navigation, APIs, and much more!
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    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • JavaScript 101

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    In PersonFull Time3 Hours/week7 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$1,850
    Class size20
    LocationWilmington, Asheville
    Want to know what all the fuss is about over JavaScript? Then join us in our introduction to JavaScript class, JavaScript 101! In this course you'll learn the fundamentals and core concepts of the language that runs the modern day web. By working with stock JavaScript, you'll get a great foundation with the ins and outs of the language, its syntax, core features, and understand exactly what makes it so special compared to other programming languages! After we get a good foundation with pure JS, we'll tackle some popular and common JavaScript libraries like jQuery, which will extend the functionality of our JavaScript even further. In addition to this, we'll also work with an up-to-date JavaScript ecosystem and utilize tools like Gulp, npm, and Babel to help you write better and modern JavaScript code! To round out the course, we'll also discuss the newest iteration of JavaScript, ES6, its new features and what this means for the future of the web's programming language.
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • JavaScript App Development

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    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week9 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,250
    Class size20
    LocationWilmington, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Are you ready to build web applications purely with JavaScript, using the hippest framework and real-time technologies? Then hop on into Tech Talent South's JavaScript Application Development course! This course is designed to be a 10-week, hands-on foundation in modern web application development with JavaScript. In the course, you'll begin with pure JavaScript fundamentals and concepts and will quickly accelerate to building 'Single Page Applications' with JavaScript a new and popular framework built by Facebook, called React. By the end of the course, students will be building fully functional, real-time, JavaScript-based web applications. Topics include: Fundamental JavaScript language syntax and features Browser programming using the DOM and jQuery API, AJAX, and data integration Project organization and build systems with tools like Gulp, npm, Babel and Webpack Single Page Application development with React Future of JavaScript with ES6 This program is geared towards students who are reasonably comfortable with HTML & CSS and want to make the jump into building full-stack JavaScript applications.
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Machine Learning

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    In PersonFull Time
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    CostN/A
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Are you a business expert, looking for innovative and predictive solutions? Come on a machine learning journey with us, where we will use the power of predictive analysis, large data sets, and data-driven business processes to solve pesky business problems that have been plaguing us for years! Welcome to the data revolution!
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Next Level Rails

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    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week3 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,200
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationColumbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Are you looking for the next step in your Ruby on Rails development? Are you looking to dive into more advanced topics and techniques? Awesome, let's build something together in Next Level Rails! Whether you just finished our Code Immersion Course or have been learning the wonder of Rails on your own, this course is a convenient guide to the next level in your web dev skill set. Next Level Rails is a 12-week program designed to be the next step in your education of Ruby on Rails and web application development. This program is geared towards a junior-level developer who is hungry for more Rails knowledge. You’ll be given a great portfolio building experience led by a local industry leader. Students will be involved in the entire process of builiding a web application from scratch. They’ll be tasked with organizing, planning, and executing app features which will culminate in a finished product presented at a demo day. This course focuses on giving students real-world experience in a guided, educational setting. Class time will be split into two, giving the students time for both instruction and hands-on work.
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    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelJunior level developer
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Part-time Code Immersion - Java

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Data Visualization, jQuery, Design, CSS, Data Structures, Java, Front End, SQL
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hartford, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Have you ever dreamed of building your own software? Are you looking to make a change in technology, your community, the world, or building out that crazy idea of your uncle's? Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion programs are the perfect launching point for those who are passionate, persistent, and eager to learn. Our eight-week course covers the fundamentals of web development and programming. Students can expect to be proficient in the concepts listed below and more specifically, have a strong foundational base in Java. In addition to our core curriculum, our guest speaker series, company tours, and other community events put students in front of professionals who are excited about getting to know them and connecting them with potential opportunities. The technology opportunities are continuously expanding and our Code Immersion programs are a great way to dive in and start!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Plans
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Part-time Code Immersion - Ruby

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Rails, Product Management, CSS, SEO, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,750
    Class size20
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Have you ever dreamed of building your own app? Are you looking to make a change in technology, your community, the world, or building out that crazy idea of your uncle's? Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion programs are the perfect launching point for those who are passionate, persistent, and eager to learn. Our eight week course covers the fundamentals of web development and programming. Students can expect to be proficient in the concepts listed below and more specifically, have a strong foundational base in Ruby on Rails*. In addition to our core curriculum, our guest speaker series, company tours, and other community events put students in front of professionals who are excited about getting to know them and connecting them with potential opportunities. The technology opportunities are continuously expanding and our Code Immersion programs are a great way to dive in and start doing something <BIG>!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansFlexible Payment Plans
    Scholarshiphttps://info.techtalentsouth.com/scholarships
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic computer knowledge
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • SecDevOps

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    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hartford, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    Dive into the world of Security within Software Development and IT Operations. Build your skills in Agile Software Delivery, cloud solutions, continuous automation, containerization and more!
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Startup Primer

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    In PersonFull Time6 Hours/week7 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationCharlotte, Raleigh
    Are you interested in learning how to develop a product, market it, and launch your own startup, but aren’t quite ready to apply for an accelerator or take your product to market? Do you want to meet your soulmate? Errr… we mean, co-founder? Startup Primer is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world startup experience in a guided, case-study-based environment.
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • The Graduate Accelerator Program (GAP)

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    In PersonPart Time
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationWilmington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hartford, Columbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    The Graduate Accelerator Program is designed to give junior level developers and designers a portfolio building experience lead by an industry leader. Students are given an app idea project, then split into teams and tasked with organizing, planning, and executing app features culminating in a finished product presented at Demo Day. This course focuses on giving the students real-world experience in a guided, educational setting.
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    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UX Design for Beginners

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    In PersonPart Time6 Hours/week3 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,200
    Class size20
    LocationColumbus, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
    In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of user experience and interaction design the way your mother would want. You'll tackle problems and work through group activities, discussions, and critiques, along with bite-sized informative and interactive lectures. But don't think you're off free when class ends! After each session you'll dive into 'knowledge work' that will sharpen your mind while introducing you to the thought leaders who design products people love.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
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    I just recently finished the Tech Talent South New Orleans JavaScript App Development Course. Despite having to go remote after the first class because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TTS was overall a really good experience. I am personally the type of learner that likes to go somewhat at my own pace, which comes with its pitfalls because it is easy to lose momentum and get stuck. Tech Talents's JS class was the perfect way for me to keep up some momentum and structure to my learning routine. The class goes into advanced JS concepts, comes with lots of great supplemental reading material, and assignments that give you hands on practice. The tools they teach, such as Webpack, React, and jQuery, will give you the ability to start making your own projects very quickly. In addition to the curriculum you are taking, you get access to lots of different seminars that they have that will give you insight on how to get started in the tech world, including how to build a resume and how to use LinkedIn to your advantage.
    For some people, the full time, long hours break-neck pace of coding bootcamps with a "job guarantee" (often times people find there is an asterisk by a guarantee like that) and a huge price tag works well for them. For me, this balanced, yet accelerated approach with a very reasonable price and community support worked well for me. I am now working on building my own MERN stack apps and looking to start applying to jobs soon.
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    I am currently in the Full Time Code Immersion and Intro to Web Design classes in San Antonio but we are meeting by zoom due to COVID.
    I was a bit worried I wouldn't pick up the concepts well over zoom but the instructors are incredible! They make sure you're able to follow along, ask questions when you don't understand and keep you confident with lots of one on one help offered before and after classes, even on weekends! There is also lots of collaboration within your cohort that makes working on homework and networking fun.
    The instructors are truly dedicated to making sure you succeed along with the others from Tech Talent South. They are available for any and all questions. Being new to the tech environment, having so many resources has been awesome as well as getting lots of career advice and help too!
    They have made a nervous, recent graduate without many offers for a good career feel incredibly confident that with my new skills, I will land a rewarding position with a great company. 
    This program has been challenging at times but has also been the best investment I've made in myself thus far. 
    So glad I am a part of Tech Talent South!
  • Full Stack Java
    - 4/22/2020
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    Great experience. Went into their full stack Java course without much prior programming experience. Came out much more proficient, and now have a clear and understanding path on my way as a Full stack programmer! 
  • Code Immersion
    - 4/8/2020
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    Took this course in 2018 when i wanted to make a transition into I.T. The course then covered Ruby and RoR but has now switched to a Java based platform (so jealous!!). The support from the TTS team was amazing, and their dedication to helping with the job search was reassuring. I was employed, and am still, within about 6 weeks of graduating the camp and am now a software consultant and manage infra and release for my project. Follow up has been constant without being overwhelming. I can't say enough good about them.
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    Tech Talent South helped me start a career as a software engineer by providing valuable resources including great teachers, recruitment events, and insightful presentations from professionals in the New Orleans tech community. They continue to offer great resources like events and service opportunities to help me grow in my career as well.
  • Great Experience!
    - 7/15/2019
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    Great supportive teachers and coordinators who spent their time doing their best to teach us a very intensive lesson plan and creating a great profile for the tech industry. Our teacher has an amazing personality and great ability to both teach us in the subject matter and how to present it in way that ensured our understanding and ability in programming. Our community organizers were really supportive in resume building by reviewing with indepth feedback to ensure we are putting our best skills to the world, and going out of their way to make sure we are comfortable with the enviornment and class.
     

  • Great!!
    - 6/3/2019
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    I am currently in the code immersion class in New Orleans and the class is very helpful so far with being introduced to the tech community. Our instructor Carlos is very knowledgable and Mary Lachapelle is amazing with community outreach and networking. So glad I found Tech Talent South to start my tech career!

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    Participating in the Select program from Tech Talent South has been incredible. An immersive and detailed experience covering Full Stack Development. A great community of unique individuals, excellent management, and knowledgeable instructors. Proud to be involved in this program, and excited to see where these skills will take me!

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    After deciding to leave my recruiting job and pursue a career in development, I researched around and decided to take the 8 week code immersion course. The bootcamp was a great introduction to general programming and really sets you up to learn different programming languages and frameworks. I met a lot of great people during my time at TTS. Bart was my instructor and he did awesome at explaining the lessons and you could tell he really cared about teaching the class. We also got to go on a lot of company tours where I was able to grow my network. I am also taking the JavaScript course to further my knowledge. The only thing I would have liked to see more of in the 8 week bootcamp is covering more relevant technologies that would be useful as an entry level developer trying to get their first dev job like myself. Also, some job interview prep or assistance in getting my foot in the door would be nice too. It is definitely not an easy course so be prepared to give it your all or else you might not get as much out of it as others who do. Overall, I would definitely recommend taking some TTS classes to anyone who is trying to get into the field or just trying to learn something new.

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    The Part-Time Code Immersion course is perfect for someone with a full time job. The curriculum is scaffolded very well, and the homework pushes you to fully learn the subjects introduced in class. The course also does a great job of giving you the tools to keep learning on your own.

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    Background
    I recently graduated from the 8 week part-time code immersion November - December 2017 cohort. I had previously been learning web development using Free Code Camp, Udacity, Codeacademy, and other online resources. I was tired of jumping around and not fully understanding how everything connected so I started researching boot camps. Tech Talent South fit all of my criteria: curriculum, cost, and location. 

    Overall Impressions: Code Immersion Course (Part-time)
    The course does a great job of balancing content for complete beginners and somewhat knowledgeable students. With that said please make sure you complete the pre-course work before the course starts. This will make the class better for you as you won't feel completely lost on the first couple days. 

    This course gives a great foundation in web development skills. You will learn some best practices in coding and how to structure your files and folders. We spent our class time following along with the teacher typing code and then after class the homework was uploaded for us to work on. The homework is not required for the course. However, if you really want to get the most out of this course you should complete it. 

    I would highly recommend anyone looking at a coding boot camp to consider Tech Talent South and I would recommend that they attend. I truly enjoyed my experience and would do it again. 

    Extras

    Resume Review: I was able to get my resume reviewed and got advice on how I could tweak it to attract attention from tech companies. I currently have 10 years of retail sales experience so this was extremely helpful. 

    Company Tours: The company tours are okay. Since I was taking the part-time course for the fact that I have a full-time job I was not able to get to many of the tours. However, the one I was able to attend was a great experience as you are able to see what real jobs look like and what the company is looking for. Attend as many of these as you can. Well worth it. 

    Job Assistance: There is a job board that updates with jobs in the area. TTS is not going to hold your hand so if you have jobs that you are looking for or want help finding jobs then you need to reach out. Once you do they have done a great job with sending me jobs and highlighting what I should be looking for and what I would have the best chance of getting interviewed for. Again, they cannot promise you a job and they cannot help you get an interview but they are helpful in wanting you to get a job so reach out and help will come. 

     

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    I am a PhD candidate at Emory University where my focus of study centers around topics including accessibility, usability, and research design and methods. I've always been interested in making services as "easy" and accessible as possible, but also reliable and valid. Is a product or service actually doing what it sets out to do? I became interested in these sorts of topics as a teenager when I was first learning about standardized assessment, survey design, and statistics. I realized that even on the most highly regarded standardized assessments, much of the content seemed "inaccessible," or inapplicable, to large segments of the population. For example, sometimes the language used would be so theoretical or heady that it was difficult to understand a question or a concept. Other times, questions on assessments, which were theoretically "standardized" and designed to be of use by "all" people, seemed to be missing the mark. For example, a standardized body image assessment might ask about a person's experience with exercise or a healthy lifestyle--the assumption could be that someone who exercises a lot may be labeled as having a negative body image because they're "obsessive"; at the same time, someone who doesn't exercise at all may be labeled as having a negative body image with the implication that they "don't care" and are negligent of their health. These sort of discrepancies bothered me! I started noticing these things everywhere in all forms. For example, have you ever used a "handicap" bathroom? Take a look around next time! Usually, the stalls are large enough for a wheelchair to comfortably navigate the space, and oftentimes the toilet seat and countertop are lower; but so often, the paper towel dispenser is too high to reach from a seated position, or there is a step-can trashcan for waste disposal, which could be completely inaccessible for someone who uses a wheelchair.

    It took me years to realize that these organic passions of mine were related to fields like human factors engineering and user experience research and design. While teaching myself some UX "basics," I realized how perfect of a fit this field was for me! I also realized that I needed (and wanted) a lot more knowledge and training! I first approached TTS because I was interested in their "UX Design for Beginners" course (which was a total blast.) On top of that, I'd always been interested in coding. I had zero experience with coding--I dabbled in things when I was a teenager, like html and silly customization (I can't be the only teenager in the early 2000's who had a bunch of different Angelfire and GeoCities (RIP) websites, am I right!?) but "coding" itself always seemed way too difficult. My friends who coded tended to be ridiculously good at math and they seemed adept at learning "foreign" concepts easily. I mean, I took Spanish for six years as a kid and can barely remember a thing--ergo, learning entire programming languages seemed impossible.

    After filling out some info online, I had an initial phone interview with Meghan, which was really much more of a conversation about *me* and my goals. I really appreciated this call--initially, I thought I had to "sell myself," which made me a bit anxious since I had zero tech experience. Instead, Meghan seemed more interested in figuring out if TTS would be able to provide me with the necessary resources for me to get a step closer to *my* goals. Since I'm already a full-time doctoral student, I don't have much free time and I have basically no money, ha! Meghan assured me that even though I'd be even busier, my schedule would be doable. She also shared invaluable information with me about scholarship opportunities and discounts. When Meghan asked if I was interested in other courses that TTS offered, I think I laughed. Of course I was interested! But every coding "bootcamp" I came across was several thousand dollars, required a lot of time, and seemed to offer false promises like guaranteed job placement. I casually mentioned I might be interested in a part-time coding course but that she shouldn't go into too much detail because I knew I wouldn't have the time or the funds. She respected this, and simply mentioned that I seemed like a really good fit for TTS and so she would email me pricing information, the schedule, and information about scholarships and discounts.

    Before approaching TTS, I looked into other UX and coding programs offered through competitive companies and attended some info sessions. While I'm sure that many competing programs are fantastic, they were simply too expensive for me to even consider. I found several courses that were $10,000+ for ~10 weeks and essentially required that people quit their job because of the class schedule. Many programs did offer scholarships, but they might only offer one single scholarship. One company in particular, a nationwide company, told me that they did indeed offer a scholarship but that I wouldn't be a good candidate (I appreciated their honesty!) because they only awarded ONE scholarship per cohort across the entire nation, and that these scholarships (understandably) went to people far more disadvantaged than myself. These companies also seem to prioritize job placement ratings and use that as leverage, using carefully-worded language to make it seem like a job was "guaranteed." Very few programs are in the position to guarantee anyone a job, especially in this economy, and that really concerned me. A company told me they had a 98% job placement rating within three months of graduation. When I asked probing questions, like "what percentage of these jobs are in the tech industry?" and "what percentage of graduates who became employed also had a traditional 4 year college degree?" I was met with silence. These are important questions for such an expensive investment!

    TTS makes no promises or guarantees about job placement and that's honestly one of my favorite things. The people at TTS, the entire model of the school, the quality of teaching...it all speaks for itself. TTS doesn't need to offer any [false] promises--they've created an environment where 1) the employees have the best interest of the students in mind, so obviously they will assist with things like connections and networking, and 2) the students are offered such good instruction and resources that we want to do as much as possible to succeed...we don't need handholding!

    To my delight, TTS helped make it possible for me to take both of the courses I wanted--UX and coding. They were incredibly responsive and I never felt any pressure. Everyone is also so accessible! For example, I kept running into a coding error while I was doing some independent pre-coursework coding exercises. We were given Zack's email and told to contact him with any questions, so I did. Little did I know that he's the CTO of the entire company! How cool is that!? I felt a little silly for asking such a basic question, but he never made me feel like I was wasting his time and he always responded with great detail, wanting to make sure I understood things.

    Both of my instructors were always available for office hours, and were constantly on Slack. On days we didn't have class and I was having a hard time, I would message my instructor on Slack and know that he'd respond. I had to miss a couple of classes due to a pre-planned trip, and my instructor took it upon himself to with meet separately upon my return to ensure I wasn't too far behind. I've been in school for 23 years at this point and the attention and quality of teaching I've experienced through TTS has been among the best! Plus, all of my classmates are pretty awesome; with relatively small class sizes, we're pretty much all able to get some form of individualized instruction if we get stuck and ask for help.

    The guest speakers that TTS brings in are among the best and also so accessible! None of them have a "cocky" attitude, and many of them are in high-level positions (CEOs, etc.) Atlanta has quite an impressive tech community and I was curious to see what sort of resources or connections TTS might have access to. When our first guest speaker was from MailChimp, that basically just solidified my confidence in them. Because of the guest speaker series through TTS, I've already had three separate one-on-one meetings with highly respected tech companies in the Atlanta area. I'm convinced that it's my own knowledge and drive, networking, and mentorship that will help me get a job in this industry, not a fancy "job placement rating" toted around my competitors.

    I could go on and on but this is already too long. Every interaction I've had with a TTS employee (i.e. Admissions, Communications, Logistics, Community Organizing, instructors) has been enjoyable. Go to this school! It's small in a good way--you won't be overlooked; you'll have access to their resources and connections; and you'll learn a ton in a short period of time. You'll also probably keep a lot more money in your bank ;)

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