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Telegraph Academy

Telegraph Academy

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Response From: Albrey Brown of Telegraph Academy
Title: Cofounder
Thursday, Jun 30 2016

Cost, educational quality, job placement and salaries:

Your assumptions are not based in fact. Telegraph Academy and Hack Reactor are both part of the Reactor Core network which requires its schools to uphold the same educational standards and outcomes. If we we fail to uphold these standards, past or present, we would not be allowed to be a part of such a strong network of schools. In terms of educational quality, unless you’ve gone to both Telegraph Academy and Hack Reactor, it’s very difficult for us to see how you can so confidently compare the two. 

Highly experienced instructors: 

Our instruction team is highly experienced and they work together to teach students the skills they need when they need them. 

Jamil Lawrence (Head Instructor of the Junior Section) has been with us for a year and is a Cornell-trained engineer with over 9 years of relevant experience. Before joining TGA, he was a Semiconductor Engineer writing and testing semiconductor software at Samsung for over four years. He also has 5 years of classroom teaching experience, and he has more than enough experience working with the specific technologies & lessons we teach in the Junior section (the first six weeks of the program). Because the Junior section of any Reactor Core school focuses on building raw engineering skills -- debugging, jumping into a code base, picking up new technologies quickly, etc. -- and material that builds core problem solving skills, Jamil’s rare mix of skill and experience make him uniquely suited to his role as the Junior Instructor. You leave his section of the program ready for the Senior section with Marc.

Marc Christophe (Head Instructor of the Senior Section) has been with us a year as well and is tasked with acting as your lead engineer and project manager over the last 6 weeks of the program. His 10 years of Software Engineering experience makes him especially qualified to guide you through learning advanced Software Engineering concepts (i.e. test driven development, application architecture, database scheme, etc.)  and team management skills as you build your applications. He takes those raw skills Jamil helped you build in the Junior section and translates them into professional, marketable skills that enable you to build production-grade applications like a professional software engineer in the Senior section. 

As you can see, your claim of inexperienced instructors is weak at best. Combined, our instruction team has 20+ years of relevant experience. They work in tandem to get you ready to hit the ground running on an engineering team on day one. 

Accessible business model:

Again, we’re having difficulty understanding how our model, which is the same as Hack Reactor and Makersquare’s, is predatory. We have the same admissions criteria (ie. we have not lowered the bar, which is an assumption that comes eerily close to the frankly racist assumption some people in the industry make about underrepresented people of color in tech) and are held to the same outcomes standards. Look at the other reviews to see whether or not this is a predatory model. The theme that we see is that TGA is a special place that has changed the lives of many and will continue to transform the industry. 

You characterize our mission as “kool aid,” but so many other reviewers disagree. Again, if you look closely, alums are not talking about “hype,” but about the transformative experience they've had launching their software engineering careers with us. Taken together, their reviews paint a picture of high-quality instruction, strong community and incredible investment toward their careers as Software Engineers. There is nothing predatory about TGA. 

Come talk to us:

Finally, it really does make us sad to see that we fallen short of your expectations because we care about all of our students/alums. We’d actually love to talk to you to figure out how we can remedy your frustration that even though you’re working as a software engineer after our program, you did not get what you expected. We would like to figure out how to better meet your expectations. 


Thank you for your feedback. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon. 

- Albrey Brown, Cofounder of Telegraph Academy

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