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Turing

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Turing School of Software & Design is a federally accredited, 7-month, full-time online training program based in Denver, CO turning driven students into professional developers. Students who take their Back End Engineering Program or their Front End Engineering Program will be surrounded by a supportive team dedicated to their career success. Turing's mission is to unlock human potential by training a diverse, inclusive student body to succeed in high-fulfillment technical careers, while Turing's vision is a world powered by technology where the people building it represent the people using it. Turing is the brainchild of Jeff Casimir and Jumpstart Labs (you might recognize these names from Hungry Academy and gSchool, among other achievements). The staff at Turing emphasizes their educational experience, not just their years as developers, and promises that successful graduates of the school will be valuable contributors to the company they choose to work for through community-driven education.

The application process is rolling and requires written answers to reflection questions, and a logic challenge. Students in the Turing program will learn TDD with Ruby, Ruby Web Applications with Sinatra & Rails, Professional Web Applications, and High-Performance Applications with APIs and Services. In addition, Turing now accepts the GI Bill and offers M-1 visa assistance.

 

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  • Back-End Engineering

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    Ruby, Rails, Git, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Sinatra, SQL
    OnlineFull Time40 Hours/week27 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$20,000
    Class size28
    LocationDenver
    Moving from the basics of object-oriented programming and software execution to building database-backed web applications in Sinatra and Rails, our Back-End Engineering program provides the fundamental skills to launch your career in programming.
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    Deposit$1,200
    Financing
    Tuition PlansAlternative Financing available for students who are not approved by our lending partners.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposit is fully refundable. Students may return their issued laptop for a refund of the deposit. Tuition is refundable on a pro rata basis.
    Scholarship$4,000 Diversity Scholarship
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Front-End Engineering

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$20,000
    Class size28
    LocationDenver
    Students in our Front-End Engineering program build the skills and knowledge to be a professional front end developer. They start by building a solid foundation with JavaScript and HTML/CSS, then layer on React and related libraries. They mix in some APIs and data storage, and FEE students are building production-ready web applications.
    Financing
    Deposit$1,200
    Financing
    Tuition PlansAlternative Financing available for students who are not approved by our lending partners.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposit is fully refundable. Students may return their issued laptop for a refund of the deposit. Tuition is refundable on a pro rata basis.
    Scholarship$4,000 Diversity Scholarship
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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    Aliya • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I participated in the Backend Engineering program with Turing and had a fantastic experience. The instructors throughout the entire program were excellent - knowledgable, supportive, and kind. The curriculum was great, and notably more comprehensive than what other schools offer. There's a real focus on building not just the technical knowledge of web app creation, but also the familiarity with industry tools and practices - specifically working collaboratively on group projects using GitHub, writing tests for your code from day one, setting up continuous integration tools, and more. In addition to this technical curriculum, the career development curriculum is great. Students are given exposure to what it actually looks like to be a professional developer, access to networks even beyond the Turing alumni community, and 1:1 support from the career team. Finally, and most uniquely, Turing offers an additional layer to their curriculum that focuses on inclusivity, identity, and what it means to be a good teammate. It's an evolving offering but they do a great job of creating space to have tough conversations, and equipping students with tools to bring to the workplace when they're hired.
  • Backend Engineer
    - 8/18/2021
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    Saundra Catalina • Junior Backend Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Turing was more challenging and more rewarding than I could have imagined before experiencing it. The amount of support throughout the entire experience was exceptional. There will always be someone who's ahead of you in learning and that's alright because the community you're in with your peers, mentors(who are alumni themselves), and instructors are always willing to support your learning. There were folks who had to "repeat" sections of school and it wasn't something looked down upon to be held back. If you did repeat it was because instructors believed you weren't ready for the next section of school. In times when I was struggling it was comforting to know that I could repeat and still be successful and supported in completing school.

    The support with resumes, cover letters, interview prep, and just overall advice from school support staff was also amazing. I ended up landing my current job because a Turing staff member shared my information with who is now my direct manager on an amazing team. 

    I would say that you get out what you put into it. Make sure you have a good support system and are ready to jump into such an intense program before picking your start date. You'll be doing ~ 70-80 hrs on average each week so make sure you're prepared for that and have healthy sleeping/eating habits for the long haul you're getting into. There's a lot of support available, but if you don't use it and lean into the idea that you will need help getting through it might be a tough go of it for you. Ask for help! Make connections! People are there and willing to help you get through it and get a job on the other side!
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    Bruce • CRM Consultant • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Turing provides a high-quality, well-rounded tech education.  In addition to learning specific coding skills, students also spend time learning about high-level tech concepts, job hunt strategies, networking opportunities, industry best practices, and how to be a valued, empathetic team member.  Key concepts include Test Driven Development and Agile Workflow, among many others.
    In terms of developing coding skills, instruction is delivered by knowledgable and practiced teachers who use sound pedagogy and well-structured lessons.  Classes are hands-on and participatory.  Outside of class, the majority of learning takes place through a combination of skills practice and actual project completion.  Students will gain experience working individually, with a partner, and in small groups, and will exit Turing with completed applications that are resume-ready.
    Turing is a rigorous experience that requires full dedication and attention, and it will thoroughly prepare you for a new career in tech.
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    Matt Umland • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Turing is equal parts challenging and rewarding. Be prepared for very long hours, challenging coursework and a strong, multifaceted support structure. Be ready to challenge your own assumptions, confront your biases and reflect on your own habits. Turing is as much about personal growth as it is about learning to develop software, which is what makes it so unique and rewarding. 
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    Alia Peterson • Front End Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I came from an engineering background and decided to attend because I had heard the success stories. I learned a TON and have already almost doubled my salary at my first developer position. It's definitely a marathon, so be prepared for some exhausting nights! Ultimately it's worth it though because I feel that the tools they provided have completely prepared me for my future in web development.
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    Bret Merritt • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Short version:
    • Invest in yourself and unlock the amazing skills you’re capable of with the right training and support
    • Be a part of a community seeking to make a progressive impact on the world.
    • GO TO TURING.

    Long version:
    Working as a bartender at a local brewery, someone wise told me "A day without learning something new is a day wasted". Hearing that, I knew I needed to find a career where I could learn and grow. After doing some exploring I landed on Turing, and I  have never made a better decision in my life. In the world of software development, there is always something new to learn, and at Turing, you learn 50 new things a day!

    To say Turing is life-changing is an understatement. After completing a 7-month intensive bootcamp from the only ACCET accredited coding Bootcamp in the US, the opportunities on the other side are staggering. I went from making $20,000 as a bartender to valuing my skills at $75,000 and above.

    These opportunities are all the more accessible thanks to Turing's close-knit and supportive community. Turing is devoted to making software development a more progressive and inclusive space. Therefore if an alum has a job opening at their company, they know the Turing community is the best place to look to find a skilled developer who also has a heart for progress.

    But your life will also change while you attend Turing. Expect long days... sometimes up to 12-hour days once you combine class-time, group project meetings, and personal study time. Devoting upwards of 2500 hours within 7 months can be challenging, both for you and your loved ones. But there is nothing I've done in my life that paid off better (or faster) than attending Turing.

    Prior to attending Turing I completed an undergrad degree, as well as made multiple attempts at a post-grad degree. Turing is without a doubt the most well-designed and ultimately beneficial education I’ve received. 

    The main causes of these failed post-grad attempts were that I didn’t believe in my capability to learn the material, and I didn’t have a supportive staff telling me otherwise. I saw other students flourish, and professors reward and celebrate those successes while I was left feeling like I couldn’t succeed and didn’t belong. This is a toxicity that often exists in academia and goes along with the “prestige-mindset” of many universities. 

    At Turing, the instructors celebrate students' success, of course, but they also celebrate and reward the learning gained during the moments of failure. They highlight the tenacity and perseverance that their students display while trudging through those failures, and they maintain a belief in their students' potential to grow. These are all things I have not seen to this degree in any other educational setting to date. 

    Turing believes that problem-solving and intelligence can be taught and that we all have human potential that can be unlocked. They believe anyone can learn how to code, and anyone can become an expert if they are supported properly and devote their time. They believe that "a day without learning something new is a day wasted". They know that there is no better industry than software development for achieving that goal of learning something new every day. And they know that this industry is in desperate need of progressive people with progressive ideals. Turing is doing the work to change the industry by training a diverse and inclusive community of people who have and will continue to make a positive impact on the world through code. I’m very proud to be a part of that community!

    GO TO TURING. 
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    Ruthie • platform engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I landed at Turing after considering 3-4 other schools. What drew me in was the thorough curriculum, the length of the program, the program options, and the community. The length and thoroughness go hand in hand - with Turing being ~2x as long as most other programs I came across, it's inevitable that there will be a wider breath and depth of learning opportunities. Being able to choose between the front- and back-end programs means going even deeper, while also having the option to explore the other side for your capstone project and beyond Turing (several people have learned one side and ended up working on the other side in their careers). As for the community, the support system and resources around you are very strong - including peers, mentors, staff, alumni, and non-Turing grads who've gotten involved in the community because of how much they believe in Turing's mission. The community is what gets you through every step of the way - from mod 0 through graduation and well beyond graduation. There are interest and identity based groups that offer incredible support and guidance, there is mental health support offered by the school, and everyone just wants to help everyone around them succeed and to make it enjoyable to succeed. The key is to get comfortable leaning on people, know how to utilize your resources, and get confident with shamelessly asking for help.

    It's necessary to acknowledge that the pace was very fast and intense, with breaks in between quarters just long enough to keep you from drowning before diving back in again. I spent ~60-80 hrs/week on Turing for the duration of the program and was thoroughly burnt out by the end of the 7.5 months. But the rewards were all well worth it. Looking back at where I was a few months before starting Turing, I can say I feel 10x more fulfilled, stable, valued, and invested in my learning, growth, and career than I ever did before.
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    There is really no comparison in terms of the quality of education in boot camps. 

    So many boot camps are 3-4 months and generalized with frontend and backend. There is so much to learn about both that I feel like you could never do a deep dive into anything at one of those programs. You would barely even scratch the surface of anything. Turing makes you dive into frontend or backend for 7 months making you a strong candidate with the necessary fundamentals to learn the other side of programming on the job.

    It's a program broken into 4 modules, but it's not uncommon for folks to need to repeat the first or second one. Learning paces can vary! Turing not only accepts this but they encourage making students repeat free of charge as needed! They don't want to push students through their program and take their money when they're not ready to move on. Name another boot camp that does this.
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    Jessica Justice • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Turing is an amazing experience. I started the Front-end program in November of 2020 and graduated earlier this month, June 2021. I won't lie: it's really hard. But it's doable and you will absolutely leave feeling like you know how to program. Here are some major takeaways:

    • You cover a lot of material in a short amount of time, and you implement everything you learn in various projects. 

    • You learn industry best practices as well as industry terms of art that really come in handy during the job hunt later. 

    • The community at Turing is inclusive and they make it a point to work in classes every week or every other week to discuss various personal identities and abilities and how these things influence our work on web applications. 

    • The instructors are amazing and knowledgeable, and are always around to offer help or answer questions (and never make you feel stupid for asking questions). 

    • The career support staff are great at assisting with the job hunt and are always around to look over a resume, cover letter, or go over helpful tips.

    Again, Turing is hard. You really have to commit a lot of time, effort, and attention to this course to succeed, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about applying. That being said, I think it's definitely worth the 7 months of intense work; you leave feeling confident in your skills and with a portfolio of projects to demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. I would definitely recommend this program.
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    Lauren • Software Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    TL;DR your experience is what you make it :D
    I came to Turing after 7 years as an elementary educator with minimal programming knowledge and no technical experience. I started the front-end engineering program in January 2020. Turing also offers a back-end engineering program. I attended one module in person before the school switched to a fully remote model. 
    I chose Turing because of the strong in-person community, length of the program, as well as their mission to foster inclusion and diversity in tech. I witnessed the community go online due to the pandemic. Turing instructors and staff adapted to remote learning gracefully and graciously through it all. I was grateful to be immersed in a learning community during that time of isolation, global stress and trauma. 
    The curriculum is broken into four six-week modules with 1-week intermissions between each module aka mod. Mod 0 is prework that you must pass to start. Students are able to repeat up to two modules but not the same module twice. I did not repeat any modules. There is no shame in repeating and many of my classmates who repeated had a stronger foundation for their first jobs upon graduation. Modules 1 to 3 are front-end or back-end focused and Module 4 brings both programs together to collaborate on a full-stack project. It is project-based learning, meaning you learn by figuring out how to build things. Knowing how to learn, problem-solve, communicate and work with others are critical skills for the field. You will graduate with an impressive portfolio of projects and hopefully strong collaboration skills. Turing has some sessions on privilege, power, and ethical issues in the tech industry but I would like to see these important topics delved deeper into.
    I completed modules 2 to 4 remotely which worked well for me. I appreciated getting back commute time to take care of myself which supported my learning. Remote work skills are valuable in the tech industry even if you end up in a hybrid or in-person role. 
    The curriculum also includes professional development for getting your first job. After graduation, mod 5 provides job-seeking support, meaning you have to put in the work but people are there to help. I graduated in August 2020 and was privileged to be able to take an extended job search that included some downtime. I enjoyed getting involved in Women Who Code and mentoring current Turing students during my search. I felt supported by the team throughout and was hired for my first full-time role in June 2021. You can continue to get support from the school and alumni network for your second job and beyond. 
    Having a growth mindset is critical to success. Learning anything new comes with some discomfort and struggle. If you decide to attend Turing or any coding bootcamp, know your why and remember it when things are hard. You will always be learning and problem solving as a software developer so get used to it now. Trust in the learning process and practice self-care. Do your best and you will succeed.
  • Fantastic Program
    - 5/28/2021
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    Phillip S • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Turing is hard, very hard but that is by design to help you be the best developer possible. The challenge is designed to help you learn and help that material stick. It is also designed to help you learn how to learn, so that once you are on the job you have the tools to keep learning and improving. The instructors and the staff are all fantastic. They support and guide you the whole way. The community and network is even better, you'll be hard pressed to find a better group of people. The career support team is great as well. Turing's focus is on getting you into a career not just getting students in the door. So, they are fully committed to supporting your job search after the program.

Turing Outcomes


59%
On-Time Graduation Rate
56%
In-Field Employed
$72,800
Median Salary

100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 68 graduates included in report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
39.7%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
10.3%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance
5.9%
Started a new company or venture after graduation
0.0%

Employed out-of-field
0.0%
Continuing to higher education
%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons
%

Still seeking job in-field
36.8%

Could not contact
4.4%

Salary Breakdown:

97% of job obtainers reported salaries. 2% of job obtainers were hired by the school itself.

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