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UCF Boot Camps

Avg Rating:4.62 ( 53 reviews )

UCF Boot Camps offer part-time and full-time web development courses, and part-time data analytics, digital marketing, and UX/UI courses in Orlando and Sanford/Lake Mary, Florida. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, Node.js, databases, MongoDB, MySQL, and Git, with in-person and online options. The data science curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, JavaScript charting (D3.js, Leaflet.js), HTML/CSS, API interactions, SQL, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, and more. Enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience, with in-person and online options. The digital marketing program covers highly relevant skills, training you in marketing strategy fundamentals, optimizing campaigns and websites, digital advertising and automation strategy, and more. You will get hands-on experience with tools such as Google Keyword Planner, LinkedIn Campaign Manager, and Facebook Insights. The UX/UI program provides hands-on training in user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web prototyping with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more.

Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. UCF Boot Camps are designed for students and professionals or those who are actively pursuing a career change, advancement or are looking to learn a new skill.

Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, and 1:1 career coaching. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from UCF Division of Continuing Education and will have a portfolio of projects demonstrating a working knowledge of web development, data analytics, or digital marketing.

UCF Boot Camps are offered in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, a 2U, Inc. brand.

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    Cost$10,500
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    Learn data analytics wherever you are through an innovative format that blends engaging content to work through on your own schedule and live, interactive online classes led by expert instructors. The curriculum teaches the most relevant tools and technologies including programming in Excel, Python, JavaScript charting (D3.js, Leaflet.js), HTML/CSS, API interactions, databases, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, Git/GitHub, and more. Build a comprehensive portfolio of projects and earn a Certificate of Completion from UCF Division of Continuing Education.
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  • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time (Lake Mary/Sanford)

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    Cost$11,995
    Class size25
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    UCF Data Analytics and Visualization Boot Camp is rigorous, fast-paced, and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Students will gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau, and more. Applicants do not need experience to enroll, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. Throughout the course, students will complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, healthcare, government, social welfare, and more—allowing them to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
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  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Wordpress, SEO
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week18 Weeks
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    Cost$7,995
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    The UCF Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in marketing strategy, campaign development, digital advertising, and modern tools in site analytics and reporting. Gain experience with in-demand tools and technologies such as Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, Customer Relationship Management software (CRMs), MailChimp, HTML/CSS, and more.
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  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time (Orlando)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
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    Cost$11,995
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    UCF Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
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  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Lake Mary/Sanford)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    UCF Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
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  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time (Valencia West)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    UCF Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
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  • Full Stack Web Development (Online) Part-Time

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class size20
    LocationOrlando
    Learn to code wherever you are. The full-stack, online curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Through hands-on projects and training, students will complete the coding program in 24 weeks via live, instructor-led lessons. Individuals receive support from a variety of channels, so students are never alone throughout their online coding boot camp journey. University of Central Florida’s online coding boot camp gives you the opportunity to “think like a developer.” In addition to learning many of the most in-demand languages and creating your own personal portfolio, you will also partake in an 8-week Agile Team Project that mimics a real-world environment. Students are assigned a piece of the full project (division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment of adaptation of plans) and then finalize the project together with the assistance of an industry leader who has on average 5-7 years of experience as a software engineer. At the end of this online coding program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from University of Central Florida, helping you stand out to employers.
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  • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time

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    HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
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    Cost$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationOrlando
    Get hands-on training and instruction in UX/UI design methodology, design software skills, front end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more. Maintain your current schedule by studying part-time, only three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend classes. Apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
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  • $500 UCF Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive UCF Boot Camps scholarship for $500 off tuition!

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    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

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  • Great Experience
    - 6/22/2017
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    Jacob Clark • Jr. PHP Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I entered the UCF Coding Bootcamp with what I would say a beginner to intermediate level of coding experience focusing around languages of C/C++/Java and a hint HTML/CSS. I stumbled on the course advertisement online while looking for resources to learn/teach myself JavaScript at home. After some research on Coding Boot camps in general, I decided to go make the leap and apply to UCFs Bootcamp. Upon applying I was given a brief questionnaire that tested problem solving and linear thinking abilities along with a phone interview that covered personality and background and some general questions on why I was interested in attending. I like that the camp took the time to interview and sort their applicants to make sure they were taking in people in they wanted.

    This reflected in class well as fellow class mates came from all types of professional backgrounds and reasons to be attending. But all shared a drive to be there and seemed genuinely interested in becoming a full stack web developer, either it be for a total career change or just general interest and to expand their current skillset. The camp is organized to force collaboration threw slack chats and in the classroom. This was honestly tough for a shy person like myself but goes with the culture they create and you fall into it willing or not, but most definitely for the better.

    The pace of the course is relatively fast but will ebb and flow based on how the class is absorbing the content, allowing classmates that are confused on a topic to get help from classmates or TA’s around them that are getting the concepts. This cycles threw out the course and a reason to be social and connect/help others and creates the group learning environment. I attended the Orlando West Valencia Campus and had what I thought to be an amazing Instructor and Ta’s. If you sign up for this course I advise you to take it with Bob, Dwight or John. Bob was my instructor for this I could not have been happier with him or the TA’s Dwight and John. Whom were not only great personalities to have in the class but where always willing to help out and knew their stuff.

    The course encourages group work on the weekly assignments given to help grasp the content. The course has 2 main group projects, of which our group stayed together for each and was really enjoyable, but you are free to shuffle groups as you please, within a max group size constraint. For projects, you are given a list of technologies you must use and are free to decide on what to create as a team and then present them in a combined two class meeting on Saturdays. This makes the projects great and there were some amazing ideas/apps that came from both classes and allowed us to use what we just learned the 2-3 weeks prior to create something of our own and not just crank out “homework” assignments. The group project aspect was probably my favorite feature of the camp.

    There is a big final project which leads to the end of the course and “Demo Day”. This project can be done in a group or alone. Most chose to take on this project alone as presenting on Demo Day is a great opportunity the camp creates in which you present your final project to prospecting employers or other tech industry professionals and can lead to some great connections and job opportunities. Our demo day I think had about 94 attending employers.

                Post-graduation support was great. You are assigned a career advisor to help you land a job. Zach, who was mine, literally handed me I think 2 interviews of which I did absolutely nothing for, all I did was set the time to go in. The continued support and feedback you get from their advisory team is invaluable in my eyes.

    I was offered and accepted a job for a local company here in Orlando who is not in the camps network and have been happily titled a "Jr. PHP Developer" for a couple weeks now and using the full stack day to day.  I am also doing contract work for a company here in Orlando the camp put me in direct connection with. I cannot thank the UCF Coding Bootcamp and staff enough for their help and support for making a dream of mine come true.

                    Tldr: Took the camp,was a blast, learned a lot, you get out what you put into it, this isn’t the matrix you cannot just plug in and 5 minutes later you are Fully Stacked, Bobs the man, TA's where awesome, landed a job, happy with my investment, 10/10 would do it again.

    Response From: Ricky Cuellar of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Friday, Jun 23 2017
    Congratulations on accepting your first position as a Jr. PHP Developer, Jacob!  We hope you're proud of all of the hard work you put into the program, and we're excited to hear that you're already jumping into your new career.

    We constantly review and update our processes to ensure that we are offering our students a streamlined and first-rate educational experience, from admissions to graduation.  Hearing feedback like this makes all of our efforts worthwhile!  You've mentioned some of the most important aspects of this program for future students to know.  The group projects and collaborative atmosphere expose students to the type of environment that they can expect in a new career as a web developer, and we're constantly updating our curriculum to ensure that students are learning the most relevant market skills.

    It is fantastic to hear that our instructors and TAs are providing our students with the support they need to firmly grasp the course material, and that our Career Services team is succeeding in helping our students navigate today's complicated job market.  We really appreciate your feedback and wish you the best of luck moving forward!
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    Ali Zaidi • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    Prior to enrolling in the UCF Web Dev Boot Camp, I had read a couple of reviews here on Course Report that helped me with the decision to sign up. Now that I’ve completed the course, here are my thoughts.

    I was in the September 2016 cohort that finished up a couple of months ago. The program is 24 weeks of instruction, but mine took longer chronologically because of winter break and a few other holidays in the middle. My particular class met Mon/Wed 6:30-9:30pm, then we joined up with a concurrently running cohort for a combined Sat 10am-2pm session. A new topic was introduced weekly that we would slowly build on over the course of the 3 classes. The instructor would lecture for a while, then we would be given activities to complete to reinforce the learning. There was also a weekly major homework assignment, with the idea being to use it to build out our portfolio. In addition there were also three major projects along the way in which we had freedom to come up with an idea, plan it out, execute it, then finally present it formally - all to practice what we might face in our future careers.

    For anyone thinking about signing up, I would say make absolutely sure you’re willing to put in some hard work, and some long hours. They tell you that you should plan to put in 15-20 hours outside of class, and I would say that’s more like a minimum. I found I was often putting in closer to 20-30 hours between going over class material, re-doing class activities, completing homework, researching more deeply, and so on. The pace is also relentless. You can’t ease up because if you decide to mentally check out for a week, it’s extremely difficult to catch up again. However, life happens, people get sick, etc., so they tried to account for that by recording the class lectures and offering 1-on-1 sessions with the instructors to get caught up again.

    The instructor we started with, Sean, was excellent. He really knew how to break down difficult concepts, and despite clearly being very knowledgeable and experienced, was able to speak at the level of those of us with no prior experience. Half way through the course we had a change of instructors which was a bit disruptive, but the new instructor, Bob, was also excellent. The other person I want to really give kudos to was the student success manager, Ricky, who was beyond awesome. He was always there to help out anytime any issues came up, whether personal, or class related. There were also a couple of TAs around in each class, and they were always ready to help too as needed.

    The one place where the program did trip up was when it came to Career Services. We were told there would be many speakers from the industry who would be brought in to talk, that we’d be introduced to employer partners, that we would go on tours to potential employers, that there would be personalized coaching for facing interviews later, etc. The person in charge of career services for our cohort got promoted to a different position soon after we began, and they never had a proper replacement through the running of the boot camp. For this reason, while we did get some cursory help, it wasn’t quite what was promised. (I know this was unique to my cohort because I’m now working as a part time teaching assistant in the subsequent cohort, and can see they’re getting far superior career guidance already.) However, after course completion, they do have another career services division that takes over, and I’m now working with them to find a good position. They’ve helped fine tune my LinkedIn profile, clean up my GitHub repositories, critiqued my portfolio site, and more. As with the class work, for this career work phase I still have to put in my efforts too by reviewing job listings, applying, going to meetups to network, etc.

    Overall, my experience was a good one. If I had to do it over, yes, I would still sign up. As others have said in their reviews, you get out of it what you put into it. They provide you the tools, and the instruction, and the support, but you have to do the work. If you’re willing to, I see no reason why anyone can’t be successful.

    Response From: Ricky Cuellar of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Friday, Jun 09 2017
    Hi Ali,

    Thank you so much for your feedback, and congratulations on graduating! You’re right that this is a challenging program that requires many hours of study and practice outside of the classroom. We know it takes real commitment to balance life and the intensive pace of the program, so we’re proud of all the hard work you’ve done!

    In order to assist students who are struggling with the coursework, our instructors and TAs are always available during class and through various channels like in-person and virtual office hours, email, Slack, and phone, to provide extra support in any way they can. It’s wonderful to hear that you found the instructional and student success teams to be skilled and helpful! We think they are pretty great, too.

    We’re sorry to hear that your experience with our career services team during the course did not meet your expectations due to the promotion of your original career director. After his promotion, the career director did step back in to give additional assistance along with the CD from another campus, providing six guest speakers, two online career coaching sessions, three in-class sessions, and one company tour. 

    We are happy that you had a better experience with the post-graduation career services and hope that you are now receiving all of the support you need to bolster your success. If there is anything else we can help you with to this end, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (407) 454-9823.
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    Michael Mulchrone • Web Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I came into this program with some self taught web development experience and was making some decent headway going that route. I had always been skeptical of programming bootcamps, this place changed my mind. If you asked me 6 months ago if I could build what I am able to build now, I would have told you are crazy.

    You will get out what you put into this course, I definietly had alot more time than other students in my class, but the staff was extermely accommodating to that fact even when I asked questions on topics we hadn't covered it. 

    If your brand new to web development or someone looking to improve their skills and hesitating signing up for this course, my suggestion to you is ask yourself, are you willing to put in the time? If so, sign up!

    Response From: Ricky Cuellar of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Friday, Apr 07 2017
    Way to go, Michael! Getting to see students grow throughout the course and go on to learn more than they ever thought possible is why we do what we do. You are so right that you’ll only get out what you put in—our team is there to support you along the way, but this is a fast paced, demanding program that takes long hours and dedication. Congratulations on all your hard work! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. We wish you great success going forward.
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    Keely Lumbra • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I started the UCF Coding Bootcamp with little to no prior coding experience. The application process is a little intimidating. It's not just "you can pay, you're in". You have to go through a phone interview where they assess your cognitive skills. You also take an assessment online. 

    Each class has 30 students with 1 teacher and 2 TAs. You meet two days a week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) and you also have a Saturday morning class in which you join another 30 student class. Since you are spending 3 days a week with your classmates, you very quickly become family.

    The Bootcamp encourages tight knit relationships - providing your class with a slack channel, requiring two group projects, and giving you some of the coolest TAs to bounce ideas off of and receive feedback from.

    As far as the teachers go, each teacher has their own teaching style, with everyone following the same lesson plan, class activities, and homework assignments. Whats awesome about the boot camp is they film the classes from both MW and Tu/Th, so if you find you arent understanding something, you can easily watch the same lesson again, taught by a different person.

    Overall, other than coding - the Boot Camp emphasizes the lifestyle of a coder. We got to take field trips to technology companies and see what their day to day was like. Most Saturdays we had guest speakers - most of them being influential people in the Orlando Tech Industry, who might potentially be future employers. We were encouraged to go to MeetUps, do Google Hangouts, and put ourselves into the job market.

    As far as finding a job, the Boot Camp helps you with your resume, linkedIn profile, GitHub Repo, and portfolio. As a part of your graduation, they host a Demo Day, where you show off a final project of your choice to potential employers.

    Upon finishing, they help get you job interviews with their employer partners, in exchange for applying to at least 10 jobs a week. Before I graduated, I was already offered 2 freelance positions, and look forward to seeing where the future takes me! 

    If you are considering a Full Stack Web Development course, and want to be surrounded by serious, like-minded people who care about your goals and career path, definitely do this boot camp!

     

    Response From: Ricky Cuellar of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Monday, Jan 16 2017
    You rock, Keely! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. It’s so helpful for future students to hear what they can expect and how they can succeed directly from our graduates. We’re so proud of all the hard work and dedication you’ve put into the program, and it shows through the success you’ve had already. Congratulations on graduating! We’re rooting you on as you go forward and know that you will do great things. 
  • Curtis • Student
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    This course has been one of the most challenging and life changing experiences I've had. The challenge: in order to get the most out of this boot camp, you must be willing to put in an immense amount of time and effort. Learning these new concepts requires that you push through frustration, distraction, and doubt while continuing to make tiny improvements that add up over time. The reward: when you finally start to understand a concept, there is no better feeling in the world. Once you write a bit of code using logic you didn't understand a week ago and it works, there is a flood of blissful elation that washes over you. Not to mention the possibility of gaining a lifelong career with endless growth potential and the ability to work remotely. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Jun 16 2020
    Way to go, Curtis! It's great to hear you had such a life-changing boot camp experience. Great advice for prospective candidates — in order to truly succeed in the program you must be willing to dedicate extensive hours both inside and outside of the classroom. As such, we commend all your hard work and commitment. We appreciate your review and wish you all the success moving forward! 
  • Wadih Ojeil • Graduate
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    When I joined the boot camp I had no background in coding What So Ever ! I decided it was time for a career change. My brother  kept pushing me to look into coding boot camps. While I was researching, I saw UCF had their own boot camp partnered with Trilogy. I then got this gut feeling that this is the one for me. I put my trust in UCF in the past for my Bachelor's Degree and it paid off pretty well.
     Day 1, I started class with minor knowledge due to the 40/hr pre-work that I had to complete prior to beginning this long journey. I invested lots of money and had some doubts..."three months?" Here I am today looking back and laughing about how I felt with no regrets what so ever. I was blessed to have an amazing support staff. My instructor John was super fun while he was teaching. He made the courses applicable and easy to learn. Jorge, my TA was just as amazing. He put all his time assisting us and prepping projects for us before during and even after classes with John. The career services team did not leave us and swarmed us with workshops and resources to help us reach success post graduation. The most important chess piece is YOU. If you dedicate your time and prioritize the boot camp over everything, you will succeed! Complete your assignments, utilize all the resources that they offer and DON'T give up!
    You will get back in knowledge and experience what you <input/>.  This Boot Camp changed my whole course in life. I am proud to say I am a Full Stack Web Developer. We have been trained to learn how to learn knew Technologies. My horizon in this field is limitless and I can handle my own like a pro! 

    Thank You UCF!
    Thank You Trilogy!
    Jodi, John, Jorge and Tameka you are the best ! I can not express how thankful I am!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Jun 08 2020
    Amazing, Wadih! Thank you for choosing our boot camp to learn the fundamentals of full-stack web development. We're happy to hear you had a positive student experience and benefited from the support of our entire team.

    We're truly passionate about what we do, so we're thrilled this resonated with you. We also have to agree that Jodi, John, Jorge, and Tameka are all pretty fantastic. Great advice for prospective candidates — if you dedicate your time and utilize all the available resources, you can definitely excel in the course.

    Congratulations on graduating, we truly appreciate your review! Best of luck as you embark on a new journey.
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    I came into this coding boot camp with no prior tech experience but some freeCodeCamp I did prior to registering for the course. It is a very fast-paced, rigorous course and something I will definitely say is, have a solid foundation in vanilla JavaScript before even stepping foot in this program. Seriously, if you don’t know JavaScript then you will struggle the entire course. I recommend going through the freeCodeCamp JavaScript modules, as well as the paid course by Wes Bos that focuses on JavaScript fundamentals. Every other language you learn after JavaScript will be building upon/very similar in concept to it. If you do that, you’re good to go. It’s also extremely easy to fall behind in the course if you have a lot going on outside of class- me personally, I was dealing with a lot of things in my personal life that hindered my ability to focus during class. Make sure you take care of those things and place your energy on what is most important, which is your ability to master the curriculum and graduate. Also, reach out for help with homeworks from your TA’s and instructor; they will be more than happy to run you through what you need to do. They won’t do the coding for you, but they will guide you in the right direction. Take advantage of office hours and Slack messaging! And if you feel like you are falling behind in the course and certain topics are difficult to conquer, reach out to your instructional staff. They are only there to help you, that’s what they’re getting paid to do. You are never a burden, and if they see you are serious, they will go the extra mile to help you. I had Evan Klemen as my teacher, he was awesome and I’d recommend him. Also, Jennifer Ross helped me so much to break down concepts that didn’t make sense to me. Thank you! I will be graduating in June, but I wanted to go ahead and write my review, as I felt it will be helpful for anyone who is interested in making the switch to coding. I dropped out of college for this boot camp, I’ve always loved tech and I thought being a woman in tech would be an awesome achievement. I’m planning on freelancing after graduation and continuing to build my portfolio. When I feel ready, I will begin to apply for full-time work. I hope this review helps someone who is on the verge of signing up for this program! Just know your JavaScript, reduce distractions, invest time in practicing coding, reach out when you need help, and the rest will fall into place. Coding is such a useful skill that many individuals do not know how to execute, so they hire people who are logical and creative to get the job done for them. You got this! Believe in yourself, and before you know it, you’ll be a graduate, too! Also, shoutout to my brother Dimitri Denis who is in the Orlando area and graduated from UCF with his bachelor’s degree in digital media and interactive systems- he has a few friends who took the course as well and said it was great, so that’s how I discovered this program. You won’t regret it if you do your part regarding coding, coding and coding.
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Jun 01 2020
    Thank you for sharing your boot camp experience, Samantha! We're thrilled you felt challenged and successfully learned the fundamentals of full-stack web development. 

    Like you mentioned, this program will require extensive hours both inside and outside of the classroom to master the concepts covered. We appreciate your advice to prospective students and completely agree that reducing distractions, constantly practicing, and reaching out to the instructional team will definitely help you excel.

    Congratulations on graduating, we commend all your hard work! All the best in your future endeavors. 
  • Ed C • Student
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    I was looking to make a career change and had thought about boot camps for the past several year. I didn’t have a coding background but was interested in it. Before deciding to enroll in UCF’s Web Development boot camp, I read a lot of opinions online about whether a boot camp was worth the money or is it better to study on your own. I’d had a friend who did the same program in Washington, DC, who enjoyed i. For me, having a solid structure, a quality instructor and TAs, classmates and constant assignments and projects made the boot camp the best option.

    I did the full-time (12-week) course because I wanted to focus solely on learning web development and get into my new career field as soon as possible. It was incredibly fast-paced and several times I thought I wasn’t going to be able to learn it well enough, but it’s really neat to look back a few months later and see all that I accomplished. You have to give it everything you have, but if you do, you will learn a ton and leave the program with quality projects that will help you land interviews and secure your first job. But again, you have to work for it.

    The curriculum was excellent, but more than that for me was the support of my instructor, TAs and classmates. If I was learning this on my own, I wouldn’t have made it. John, my instructor, was not only really knowledgeable about the material, but he was a great motivator. He’d often give us pep talks to keep going, that things would eventually click if we just kept working hard. Those pep talks kept me hopeful and moving forward when I was frustrated or discouraged. I had decided he was the expert, and I had to trust him. I’m so glad I did. Even after the class, John has been a great resource to talk to about job offers, etc.

    The TAs were really knowledgeable and did a great job of giving you a boost when you were truly stuck but not just giving you answers - they made you work for it. And it helps to have classmates where you’re all in the battle together and you can commiserate when it’s rough and celebrate when you have success.

    The career services was helpful initially as far as getting your resume, LinkedIn ready for applying to jobs. My initial career services contact seemed disinterested, and my first phone conversation felt like a waste of time. She moved on, however, and her replacement Deanna was excellent. I actually was not going to worry about doing anything with career services once I finished the course, but Deanna reached out to me a few times, and we ended up checking in every two weeks during my job hunt. It was helpful to talk with someone about the career steps I’d taken the past two weeks and be reassured that I was doing the right things and would eventually find the right position.

    Within a week of completing the boot camp, I had received a job offer in web development but decided I wanted a culture that was a better fit and kept looking. It took another two months of diligent job searching, but I eventually was offered an entry level position that is a great fit for me. This is after having no coding experience six months prior.

    I highly recommend the boot camp but just know it’s going to be a lot of work and you’re going to have to sacrifice a lot to learn enough to get that first job. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Apr 19 2019
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Ed! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the curriculum and felt supported by your classmates and our entire boot camp team. We also think John and Deanna are amazing. We appreciate the advice you shared with prospective students—it's not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Congratulations on graduating and starting an exciting new role! We are cheering you on in all your coding endeavors.
  • Shahar • Graduate
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    So let's start with the awesome stuff- the teaching team I had was awesome- our lead instructor, John, was amazing and really did everything he could for us to get jobs and learn the material. He was approachable, he was good at his job, he was knowledgable, and he really had a passion for teaching. Likewise, the TAs were excellent- Tamara and Mark did everything possible to help anyone- even if it was just being a sounding board or being available all throughout the weekend to help with homework. Teaching staff- awesome.

     

    My problem is with everything else honestly- I feel like this "bootcamp" wasn't really used to it's full potential. When I signed up there seemed to be some sort of evaluation process, but ultimately when I got to class, it was obvious they jus let anyone in- this slowed down the class, and while I feel like I got a lot, I feel I would've gotten way more had it not been for people who honestly didn't care enough to do the hard work or were just not cut out for the job. 

    My deepest disapointments with the company managing the bootcamp though (it's not managed by UCF, which they only tell you after you start), were the managment and the "career services". 

     

    Career services was a joke- it felt like a tacked on fig leaf that the company added because other bootcamps offer it. They would send out "career advice" you can find on google easily and have useless Zoom sessions on Friday nights or during class. John the instructor actually did way more for us in terms of career services (even though that wasn't his job, setting up mock interviews, and even meetups so we can network more easily. 

    Then there's managment- the first thing that seemed iffy to me was that our Student Success Manager was a student only two cohorts ago, she became a TA and then an SSM within about 6 months- doesn't reek of confidence. I would habitually write long reviews about what I though could improve in the class in our weekly surveys, and never got any replys or notices any changes. One time, after a major incident I will elaborate on later, I had a belly full to say about it but all I wrote was that the surveys felt like shouting into the void so I wasn't going to spend my time. This was the first time I recieved any sort of comment on my survey replys, which seemed rather odd- basically all the constructive critisism is useless but only saying I think you're not doing your job prompts a "let's have chat about how you feel?".

    The incident, which probably pissed me off more than it should've, happened in the last third of the class, I think. For the entire course of the class the tone in class was very casual, with some swearing and innapropriate jokes. I don't feel like anything was out of line and anyone was harrased, and honestly most tech companies I had worked with (I have been in the tech scene for about 10 years) had a similar tone, if not cruder. Some of the joking was made during the showcase for our second projects, when one of the projects, a mad-libs app, was shown. Now, there were like two potential employers in the room, who were invited without lewtting us know mind you. Apperently that, combined with the conversational tone we've had in class and on Slack combined with a (pretty tame) meme I had made and posted on said Slack required an official reprimand. It started with the SSM, who for the entire time she was sitting in on the project demos was disrespectfully on her computer, calling us an embarasment. and continued with John, who seemed uncomftrable and like he was made to do this, saying we were stupid, immature, and this will not be tolerated, and then taking responsability for the casual tone we had in class.

    This enraged me. If you feel the tone is too conversational- that's fine, come out and say "guys, you're being a little innapropriate let's tone it down". But I don't feel immature, I don't feel stupid, I've had professional high paying corporate jobs, I've sat across the table from C and V level executives at major companies- and they all speak that way and they all like to have a good laugh, specifically internally within teams. Calling us an embarassment was a tone def move that mis understood the point of the class- either to teach things in the easiest way possible- making a comftrable enviroment being part of it, or preparing us for tech life- which is totally as innapropriate. I think it was completelty misshandled and we were treated as elementary school kids must less adult, paying, customers. 

    I can keep going but you get the picture- overall- amazing instructor and TAs, tone def company that does the minumum it feels is required from it. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Jul 10 2018
    Hi Shahar, thank you for taking the time to share your personal experience. We are glad to hear you constantly felt supported by your instructor and TAs - we also think John, Tamara, and Mark are pretty amazing! We strive to foster a collaborative environment among students and do include an admissions screening process to make sure that those individuals who enroll in this course are truly committed to their success. We understand you would have preferred more involved classmates, however, our mission is to help as many hard-working, aspiring web developers as we can, across a wide range of varying proficiency levels.

    We regret the management portion of the boot camp did not meet your expectations. The UCF Division of Continuing Education has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES) to develop the UCF Coding Boot Camp. TES is the leading workforce accelerator in the United States and is partnered with more than 35 top universities to support their skills-based learning program efforts. We strive to be transparent about this partnership by noting it on our website and during the admissions process. Both UCF Coding Boot Camp and TES are extremely passionate about enabling student success.

    Our Student Success Managers (SSMs) work hard to ensure every student feels valued and supported throughout every step of the way. On the first day of class, your SSM introduced herself as having been a former graduate of the boot camp, in an attempt to connect with and reassure students of the potential challenges they could encounter in the weeks to come. In addition to the 13 years of experience as a freelance web developer, your SSM also had several contributions to the Open Source community prior to attending the course. We take student feedback seriously and are aware that your SSM continually reviewed all provided feedback, as well as implemented any necessary cohort changes. We understand your SSM did share numbers of recent commitments to the full-stack repo and sincerely hope you found these to be helpful, however, we are constantly working on improving our responsiveness to ensure students are being heard - so we appreciate you sharing this insight.

    We seek to empower our students and foster a real sense of community in a relaxed, yet still respectful and appropriate environment for all, regardless of age or prior experience. During your cohort's second project, our team, including your instructor, noticed a lack of professionalism that was evident in the conversational classroom tone you mentioned. Both your instructor and SSM acknowledged the change in classroom culture, and we can confidently say that while effort was made to make students aware of the need for more professionalism, no demeaning or insulting language was used toward the students. The instructor's sentiment about a lack of professionalism was purely toward the classroom culture and the need to make a change, and not reflective of nor directed at the students personally. We apologize for any miscommunication in this regard. While we are aware of certain industry norms that are prevalent in the workforce, as an institution of higher learning comprised of people of all backgrounds and personalities, we strive for courteous and positive classroom behavior, one that individuals can carry with them into their own job roles. We regret the incident proceeded to this extent, but do believe our team was looking out on behalf of the entire cohort's benefit. We are constantly striving to ensure our students have the necessary support and camaraderie they need to be successful, both during and following the boot camp, so we thank you for this feedback.

    We know the amount of hard work and dedication this immersive course requires and commend you for all your achievements. At this time, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly to learn how else we can support you at this time. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (407) 454-9823. Congratulations on graduating and we wish you great success going forward!
  • Monica N • Electrical Engineer
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    The cirriculum of the course was very good. I learned so much throughout this program and was promptly able to apply it to my current job as I went through the course. The support provided in the cource from the instructor to the TAs was exceptional. The carrer services however I felt could've been better and more active during the course. 

    Response From: Jodi Diehl of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Friday, Jun 22 2018
    Congratulations on completing the course, Monica! We are thrilled you had such a positive experience learning robust web development skills that you were able to apply to your current job role - amazing! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed the curriculum, our instructors, and TAs.

    We designed our current career services around previous feedback we received indicating that students would generally prefer to have their support come later, once they've settled into the rigorous course material. This approach made sense as students would also have had enough experience with their new skills to begin the job search utilizing our career-ready tools. That being said, we also try to integrate our professional development services where possible throughout the program with flexible and optional online events, Project Demo Days, behavioral interview training, technical interview training in the classroom or office hours, and several important milestone training sessions that will build a foundation for establishing an individual's career. This is all part of our career services but based on your feedback, we believe we should be better at explaining how and why we support our students the way we do. We are constantly refining our career services to best position students for success, and feedback like yours helps us to do that. We truly appreciate your review and wish you the best of luck in all your future achievements! 
  • Moises Reyes • Graduate
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    Response From: Jodi Diehl of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Tuesday, May 29 2018
    Thank you for your review Moises! We’re glad to see you had an overall positive boot camp experience.
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    - 5/23/2018
    Melanie West • Trilogy Tutor • Graduate
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    I'm going to start by saying I don't know how to compare my boot camp to others, since I only attended my own and I haven't taught or assisted any others.​

    I can say I consider it a good experience overall.  The curriculum was well designed and the pace kept enough pressure to keep you from disengaging or slacking.  The staff was well chosen and we had support and encouragement come from a lot of different directions.  We were well supplied with videos and resources to help us.  We did have some glitches with staff change or staff vacations, but those in charge kept us covered with good people all the way through.

    Response From: Jodi Diehl of UCF Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Thursday, May 24 2018
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Melanie! We are happy to hear you had an overall positive experience and that our curriculum was well designed, continually keeping you engaged. We're passionate about what we do and are thrilled you felt supported and encouraged by our entire staff all the way through. Congratulations on graduating! We applaud you for all of the long hours and commitment you put into the course and wish you the best of luck in your future achievements.