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The Tech Academy

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403 Reviews
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The Tech Academy is a trade school headquartered in Portland, Oregon that offers full-time and part-time bootcamps online and in-person at their Portland campus.The Tech Academy offers bootcamps in computer programming, website development, cybersecurity, game development, mobile development, data science, and front-end development. The immersive experience aims to create well-rounded technology professionals, and also gives students the option to take the course at t...
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  • Neil Blitstein
    Neil Blitstein
    Contract development • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Nov 02, 2015
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    Thank you Tech Academy for teaching this old dog a tremendous amount of new tricks

    Whoever said "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", never went to the Tech Academy. At the ripe age of 53, I have taken thousands of hours of programming, development and design classes. The Tech Academy has managed to design a curriculum that far surpasses any of those hours. 

    As a Veteran, I'm always on the lookout for organizations that proclaim great and wonderful things for Vets, but deliver less than stellar produc...

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  • John Strong
    John Strong
    Developer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 23, 2015
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    Gave me skills and experience to land my current job

    First off, I would like to recommend every person looking at coding schools take a good look at the Tech Academy.  I have been very happy with all my experiences there.  I was a process engineer looking to make a career change and move into the software industry and the Tech Academy gave me the skills I needed to do a mid-career pivot at my own pace.  But no matter the stage of your career or level of experience, I saw students from all skill levels and backgrounds succeed i...

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  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Programmer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 23, 2015
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    I feel truly lucky that I have discovered this company

    The context:
    I have been working with electronics and PC hardware/software since the early 90's. Refurbishing computers for my High School; Community College electronics courses; phone support for Windows 95, and other techie roles. Up until April 2015 I was at McAfee/Intel Security for over 17 years, working as a black box (mostly manual) QA Engineer.

    The problem:
    Having been reorganized out of a job, I survey...

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  • RW
    RW
    Developer and Debugger • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 21, 2015
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    Was hired as a developer at Salesforce

    I have no doubt that the Portland Tech Academy is the reason I am starting a new job with Salesforce on Monday. When I started, technology was a large, overwhelming field of information. I felt bombarded with opinions and potential directions to move: Should I learn Java right away? What about Ruby? I’ve heard Python is easy… 

    An argument I often hear against technology bootcamps is that the information is (mostly) available for free or f...

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  • Jason Clements
    Jason Clements
    Software Developer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 15, 2015
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    I was just hired at Disney! Yes, THAT Disney.

    Here is my long essay about my experience with The Tech Academy:

                Tech Academy has changed my life and I want to let people know where I was before I started and what I accomplished with it in such a short time.

                To start, I have never been in tech, I had absolutely no experience with programming. The only thing that I had ever done that ev...

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    Danny Condon of The Tech Academy

    Lead Job Placement Director

    Sep 29, 2016

    Wow Jason! To date, you are a legend here at the Tech Academy. You really made things go right on the program, and on the job search, and you knocked it out of the park. Of course, we've gotten plenty of people hired at other big companies like Intel, Nike, HP, and others. But Disney?? That was something else! It was a pleasure having you hear, and hopefully we'll see you back here in Portland again!
  • Martinez
    Martinez
    Developer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 15, 2015
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    I'm prepared for real life coding situations

    At the Tech Academy I learned a lot of things. I started the Academy knowing a little about programming but not much. In the beginning of the program we learned about the computer and how it works. Even though I have been working with computers for years I felt like this was a good refresher. It sort of preps your brain for the vast amount of information it’s about to absorb in a short amount of time.

    I first ran into trouble with PHP and that is when I first learned how to...

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  • S.C.
    S.C.
    Dev • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 13, 2015
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    Started my own company

    The Tech Academy offered me a deep grounding and confirmation of my knowledge in the basics of computers and computer software. From here, after having built my own website, I launched headlong into a series self paced software language modules. Some of these were certainly harder than others, and I learned more from seeing the differences and similarities of languages than I would have from a deeper dive into any one alone. 

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  • Greg
    Greg
    Developer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Oct 12, 2015
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    This is the best decision I have ever made.

    I worked in IT for most of my adult life but left the industry several years ago. I decided to get back into IT, but in the intervening years, I had made myself un-hirable in that industry. I began to look at school options to facilitate this career change though most were lengthy and impractical for my needs.

    It was around this time I began to hear about programming “boot camps” springing up all around the country. The need for software developers is great...

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  • DC
    DC
    Student • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Sep 22, 2015
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    This course has brought back my passion and desire to be a programmer

    I just finished the Overview of Software Development Course. I gained a new perspective that I do not need to know everything about programming to get started in the business. I always subscribed to the myth that since I dabbled with Visual Basics, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and only built small programs for myself and frequently get held up trying to figure new things that I set out for my program to do, that I was not a “real” programmer and should not even think to...

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  • Prasana Palanisamy
    Prasana Palanisamy
    Student • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Sep 22, 2015
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    Just completed The Tech Academy's Job Placement Course...

    The Job Placement course gave me the knowledge that the body language plays a key role in making good impression and learned about the ways to show good manners during the interviews. This course was very helpful in preparing my resume and cover letter. The Job Placement Director was very helpful in making my resume and he guided me to prepare my interviews.   The mock interview drills are useful to prepare for the interview....
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  • Cole Dixon
    Cole Dixon
    Database Developer • Graduate • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Sep 17, 2015
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    The team that Erik and Jack have assembled to instruct and mentor students is a cut above.

    I have always had a voracious appetite for knowledge across a vast myriad of different subjects and genres. Coding was never something that even pinged on my radar as a possible career avenue. It was not until I heard of the unique environment and learning structure at the Tech Academy that I felt inclined to look into the technology field. As I researched all of the diverse code schools that the Portland area had to offer, word kept coming around about how intentionally different ...
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  • Marie T
    Marie T
    Developer • Student • Software Developer Bootcamp • Portland
    Sep 17, 2015
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    Computer Basics was a perfect course to start off my software developer journey.

    It feels like having this basic knowledge of computers and the related lexicon helps build legitimacy to a programmer. Learning the inter-workings of a computer was demystifying. It helped me have a better understanding of programming since there are layers of programs in place to enable us to communicate with the computers who only speak binary. As a matter of fact, my absolutely favorite part of Computer Basics was learning to count, add, and subtract in binary....

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The Tech Academy Alumni Outcomes

70%
Employment Rate
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Graduation Rate
$45,000
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95% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 5% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment. Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 158 graduates included in report:
180 Day employment breakdown
Employed in-field70.1%
Full-time employee70.1%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position0.0%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation0.0%
Not seeking in-field employment11.2%
Employed out-of-field2.8%
Continuing to higher education4.7%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons3.8%
Still seeking job in-field8.5%
Could not contact10.2%
salary breakdown
Notes and Caveats
This is the 180-day employment breakdown. We continue to help our graduates beyond 180 days, and many more found employment beyond this time period. 

Recent The Tech Academy News

Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated March 04, 2024
This February, we saw more buzz about skills-based hiring and AI literacy initiatives through private and public organizations. A technical course provider landed over 6 million in a Series A fundraise this month, and Pell Grants for short-term programs continued to be discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Plus, find out which 8 coding bootcamps we added to the Course Report listings this February! Curious about what happened in January? Check out last month s episode ...
Jess Feldman
Jess Feldman
Updated December 27, 2023
As a response to the COVID pandemic in 2020, most in-person bootcamps quickly transitioned to online or remote classrooms. In 2024, hybrid classrooms and immersive online learning continue to be popular, but in-person bootcamp options are available again. If you ve been waiting for an in-person classroom to start your career change, then here are the 32 in-person coding bootcamps with campuses in the U.S. 3 Reasons to Go to In-Person Coding Bootcamp In-person learning may ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated August 19, 2019
The Tech Academy is partnering with the US Air Force to train personnel in modern, in-demand technologies, so they are able to identify and solve problems using tech. We asked The Tech Academy Austin Dean, Trisha Saldanha, how this partnership came about, what the Air Force students are learning, and what the goals are for the students when they graduate. Find out about the Air-Force-specific projects the students are working on at coding bootcamp! What s your background and ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated April 09, 2019
Ben was an audio engineer but started to burn out working in the music industry. Friends suggested he try coding, and he discovered The Tech Academy s self-paced coding bootcamp in Portland, OR. In six months, he changed careers, and now works at the school as an instructor and CTO! Ben tells us about the cross over between music and software engineering, why he loves teaching and working with his engineering team at The Tech Academy , and his plans to build software for musicians. ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated December 05, 2018
As The Tech Academy prepares to open a new campus in Austin, Texas, we sat down founders Jack & Erik to get the specifics. Read on to learn about the blended online coding bootcamp, why they re excited to teach students in Austin, what companies are hiring developers in Austin, and what will stand out about the Austin Tech Academy campus in this rising tech hub. Q&A As the co-founders of The Tech Academy, tell us what inspired you to start a coding bootcamp. Jack Erik and I had ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated August 14, 2018
The Tech Academy is expanding to Denver, and their new campus will be run by Cole Dixon, a former student and instructor who worked in tech for three years before returning to the school that jump-started his career! Cole tells us what the new campus at The Tech Academy is like, how students will interact with instructors and students from campuses in Portland and Seattle, and the companies hiring developers in Denver. Q&A What s your background before becoming Dean of The ...
Lauren Stewart
Lauren Stewart
Updated March 16, 2018
After multiple degrees in geology, Alex Wong set out to become a petroleum geologist. But a crash in the oil market coincided with a change in Alex s interests, and he started his journey into tech. Alex chose to learn programming in Seattle at The Tech Academy , and because The Tech Academy is self-paced, he s on track to graduate soon. We check in to find out about his learning experience, what he s already learned about JavaScript, C#, and SQL so far, and his plans for the future! Q&A ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated March 10, 2021
What will your salary be after coding bootcamp? Coding bootcamps are judged almost entirely by their ability to find students high-paying jobs as web developers. Some schools release data about alumni jobs, others offer money-back job guarantees or deferred tuition, but how much are students earning when they graduate and how does their earning potential change as they gain experience? Every year, Course Report surveys real coding bootcamp graduates to better understand ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated October 21, 2020
From high school dropout to lead developer for a marketing agency at just 19; Temple Naylor took a huge risk and it paid off. He left school at 16, taught himself to code, then enrolled at The Tech Academy ’s online coding bootcamp for a more structured learning environment, and to boost his professional skills. Temple tells us what it was like studying remotely with The Tech Academy , how his instructors went above and beyond for him, and how he landed his Lead Developer role ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated February 07, 2020
Should I do a coding bootcamp? This is a question we hear all the time, and for good reason. As more coding bootcamps launch (not to mention the rising media coverage), you re probably wondering, should I jump on the bandwagon and learn to code? A recent TechCrunch article implored you not to learn to code unless you re ready to put in the work to be great, whereas President Obama wants every student to learn computer science in high school . So what types of people are opting for coding ...
Imogen Crispe
Imogen Crispe
Updated July 22, 2016
In 2014, Adam was working as a business trainer in the restaurant industry, but kept thinking about how much he enjoyed coding as a kid. After going through the software development program at The Tech Academy in Portland, Adam was hired as an instructor. Adam tells us about his path back to coding, the learning structure and curriculum at The Tech Academy , and why he finds teaching so exciting and rewarding. Q&A Tell us about your experience before you became a teacher at The ...
Liz Eggleston
Liz Eggleston
Updated May 20, 2015
Annandra Grace had an advancing career at an insurance company for 16 years, but was ready for a new challenge. She came across an ad for The Tech Academy  while searching for jobs in tech and was immediately intrigued. After a campus visit that convinced both her and her brother, a self-taught programmer, she enrolled in the Portland .NET bootcamp . Now having completed the course at Tech Academy and taken a job at Prosper IT Consulting as a project manager, we sat down with ...

The Tech Academy Alumni Reviews Summary

Based on 400+ alumni reviews of The Tech Academy on Course Report, the school is highly praised for its comprehensive and practical Software Developer Bootcamp. Students consistently commend the hands-on experience, especially the live project component, knowledgeable instructors, and the supportive learning environment. One review captures this sentiment: "I gained a immense wealth of knowledge... The instructors were extremely helpful, especially during the live projects."​​ However, some students mentioned the fast pace of the program and the need to dedicate significant time and effort to keep up.
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We are a licensed trade school through the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (and other state licensing bodies), authorized to certify students in coding and other technical professions.
FAQs

How much does The Tech Academy cost?

The Tech Academy costs around $14,000. On the lower end, some The Tech Academy courses like Self-Paced Front-End Web Developer Boot Camp cost $1,800.

Where does The Tech Academy have campuses?

The Tech Academy has in-person campuses in Portland. The Tech Academy also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

Is The Tech Academy worth it?

The data says yes! The Tech Academy reports a 72% graduation rate, a median salary of $54,000 and 85% of The Tech Academy alumni are employed. The Tech Academy hasn't shared alumni outcomes yet, but one way to determine if a bootcamp is worth it is by reading alumni reviews. 403 The Tech Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed The Tech Academy on Course Report - you should start there!

Is The Tech Academy legit?

We let alumni answer that question. 403 The Tech Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed The Tech Academy and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Does The Tech Academy offer scholarships or accept the GI Bill?

Right now, it doesn't look like The Tech Academy offers scholarships or accepts the GI Bill. We're always adding to the list of schools that do offer Exclusive Course Report Scholarships and a list of the bootcamps that accept the GI Bill.

Can I read The Tech Academy reviews?

You can read 403 reviews of The Tech Academy on Course Report! The Tech Academy alumni, students, and applicants have reviewed The Tech Academy and rate their overall experience a 4.84 out of 5.

Is The Tech Academy accredited?

We are a licensed trade school through the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (and other state licensing bodies), authorized to certify students in coding and other technical professions.

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