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UNC Charlotte Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time courses in web development, and 24-week, part-time courses in data analytics, cybersecurity, and financial technology (FinTech) in Charlotte. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, C#, ASP.Net, Database Theory, MongoDB, MySQL, Git, and more. 

The data analytics curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, Fundamental Statistics, JavaScript (D3.js, Leaflet.js), HTML/CSS, API Interactions, SQL, Tableau, and more. The cybersecurity curriculum provides hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. The FinTech boot camp features a project-based curriculum that gives students experience with a host of tools and methods such as Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, and blockchain. Students will enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

UNC Charlotte Boot Camps are designed for professionals and students who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or are looking to gain a new skill set.

Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through graduation and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, mock interviews, and more. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion from UNC Charlotte Continuing Education, completing the web development, data analytics, and FinTech programs with a portfolio of projects to demonstrate their working knowledge, or gaining skills applicable to industry certifications in our cybersecurity program.

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time

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    Cost$12,495
    Class size25
    LocationCharlotte
    At the Cybersecurity Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte, students get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture. The Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a challenging, part-time program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security, throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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  • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time

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    Cost$12,245
    Class size25
    LocationCharlotte
    This program 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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  • Financial Technology - Part-Time

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    Excel, Algorithms, Python, Machine Learning, Blockchain
    In PersonPart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
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    Cost$11,995
    Class size25
    LocationCharlotte
    Get hands-on training and instruction in Financial Technology and Analysis using popular tools and methods including Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, and blockchain. Maintain your work or college schedule by studying the competitive curriculum part-time, only two days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours. Students have access to career services like resume and portfolio reviews, interview training, and 1:1 coaching.
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  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Node.js
    In PersonFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationCharlotte
    The Coding Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte 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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    Available through Climb Credit
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  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time

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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$11,495
    Class size25
    LocationCharlotte
    The Coding Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte 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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    Available through Climb Credit
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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    Placement TestNo
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  • $500 UNC Charlotte Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive UNC Charlotte 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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    • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time (Charlotte)
  • $500 UNC Charlotte Boot Camps Scholarship

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

    Eligibility

    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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    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Charlotte)
    • Financial Technology - Part-Time (Charlotte)
  • Full-Stack
    - 10/5/2019
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    Have been waiting a while to post a full review of this program and attempt complete neutrality. 

    During this cohort a ta was replaced, the student success manager was replaced, one ta was seemingly absent half the cohort and grading took months.Yes, it was mentioned a couple times that this was the lowest performing cohort so far, but I don't think that falls solely on the students.

    To those considering this bootcamp regardless of the reviews, I encourage you to take the full-time course. From what I've noticed most of the students that succed, do so from attending the full time course. 

    Personally, due to location and finances I had to attend the part-time course. 

    To start: The curriculum comes with a fairly robust repository and even part-time it is still very fast-paced. 

    When expressing interest in the bootcamp you will be showered with praise about the programs ability to change your life and put you in the perfect position to make a quick career change providing you with all of the tools you need to do so. It's nothing more than a sale's pitch to coax you into spending 10 grand, and the assessment you have to do to "gain entry" is just an illusion of legitimacy. The only thing you have to do is sign the check and the only thing you truly gain from this program is a foundation and a sliver of the experience you will need to get a job. The rest falls on you. Depending on why you are considering this program, if you are attending solely for a quick career change I would advise you to save your money and find online resources like Udemy.

    At the start of the cohort we had, maybe 40 students? I can't even remember, but I'm fairly certain at last 10 dropped. For the first few weeks you will be covering some relatively trivial material, and after the refund grace period is over the curriculum will hit full speed. 

    By the end we had probably 30 students, if that? Out of those, 4 months after graduation, of the ones I know of 2 people have front end positions and 1 has a part time gig teaching kids Javascript. I think there might be a couple more that found employment solely because they attended the class via recommendation of their employer and moved around internally. So, I'd wager about a 20% placement rate 4 months after graduation. 

    The instructors were good but lead busy lives outside of the cohort and typically rotate weekly, and generally don't review your work unless requested so it generally falls to the ta's.

    The ta's were really hit or miss, with some of them seemingly apathetic and bordering condescending, and most of them will have been former students of the bootcamp. There was a general sense of apathy among not only the ta's but among fellow classmates. Homework will generally get a good grade as long as its submitted and a majority of it could not be graded for a month or more. For the ta's and the instructors, this cohort is more of a side gig and thus not high priority, which is understandable.

     

    In terms of the curriculum, in the Charlotte area most of the opportunity you I have seen personally is for Java, C#, ASP.Net, and Angular. While there was a brief discussion on ASP.Net and C#, the majority of the curriculum focuses on HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Node. The curriculum culminates with the M.E.R.N. stack, but discusses MySQL as well as MongoDb. 

     

    As for personal gripes, the parking (which I believe has been resolved now) was an issue. There were times when the shared lot closest to campus was either closed or at max capacity, which can be pretty frustrating for someone who isn't familiar with the area or accustomed to Charlotte traffic. The bigger issue with this, and perhaps the location in general, is the fact that there were a couple classes that were canceled due to Sports events that would have made the campus nearly inaccessable. This coupled with cancellations due to holidays means that you are not only losing out on the classes you've paid for but also being pinched for time learning the material or some material is minimalized due to the schedule constraints.

     

    On that note, this bootcamp is really only beneficial in terms of structure and the 10 grand you spend is great motivation to learn. As far as the curriculum goes, outside of a repository and a bit of terminology or best practices and design philosphy exposure, unless you need that structure and motivation to ensure that you independently learn, I would highly advise you to learn on your own with the help of Udemy and online courses. 

    In the end, obtaining employment will fall solely on you and your ability to network, or creating a portfolio that presents work that sets you apart from other candidates based on code alone. (Assuming your consideration gets that far, which if you're attempting to use recruiters, I can promise you it won't because you are nothing but a sheet of paper and statistics to the vast majority of them until you have already been gainfully employed.)

    I would like to emphasize that if you are attending this bootcamp in hopes that the certificate you will immediately qualify you for any position, know that it won't. The certificate means nothing. What does, is the portfolio you build from the skills you learn and the connections you make during the class. Speaking to recruiters or asking to be considered for positions with just the bootcamp alone as a fresh graduate will generally net you 0 interest, and as the career services will encourage you to do, networking is key. Attend events, lie through your teeth, "fake it till you make it," and learn interpersonal skills that can get you into a position and hope for the best.

    Also, although you may be invested in your learning, a good portion of your classmates may not. There will likely be a fair number of people that do not invest the time they should, take it as seriously as they should, or apply themselves as they should but still graduate solely because they met a very leanient quota and paid their 10 grand. Unfortunately, those may also be the students that gain employment sooner than you solely based on their charisma or sheer networking persistence. This is one of the issues with these bootcamps, as the credibility of the certificate you worked for becomes invalidated by the impression your less-invested classmate left on their new employer.

    So, summarized:

    Overall Experience: 3, because despite my frustrations it was a unique experience that lays a great foundation. Just don't expect anything other than a foundation, and do not expect that upon graduation you will have gainful employment without tactful intepersonal skills and networking. 

    Curriculum: 2, based on the area and the typical requirements for even junior level positions favoring Angular, C#, Java, etc. Trilogy boasts about keeping cutting-edge curriculum, but from what little I've seen the positions available, even nationwide, just do not seem to support this.

    Instructors: 4. A bit of a hit or miss per lesson and generaly already established professionals that have been in the business for years. Great people and very helpful during the cohort, but definitely seem to have favorites and little interest in your success upon graduation. Again, understandable because they're busy professionals with higher priorities. If you do attend, I would advise you to make a leave a good impression, as the fastest way to employment is networking and with the instructors being leads at some of the largest companies in the area and fairly well connected you really want to ensure that the impression you leave during the class is the same impression you would leave in a work environment. As to the TA's, we had a couple that were consistently invested and eager to help, and some that classmates felt hesitant to approach for help.

     

    Job Assitance: 2. It's difficult taking full advantage of the Career Advisor portion included in the tuition due to the strenuous nature of learning new material on a weekly basis within class. You are essentially given a list of learning resources, interview prep resources, and a list of "partners" in the area. Your resume and online profiles like Github, your Portfolio, and LinkedIn will be reviewed by someone with a few minor tips on how to make yourself seem more hireable. But in all honesty, I haven't found any of that beneficial. You have no way of knowing how in-depth an employer will look at your LinkedIn, so an in-depth summary about yourself seems frivelous. Your resume starting out will only be as good as the projects and skills you have listed assuming you use one of the provided recommended templates that is included with the career portion of this program. As for your github, remove any sign of attending the bootcamp or your work being class-related and make detailed Read-Me's but the instructors also mention this during the class. As to your portfolio, you are initially assigned a homework replicating a fairly basic portfolio page. I would say this review portion was the least helpful out of the career services. In terms of actual Job Assistance outside of those resources, you will get weekly emails for positions from Trilogy partners for positions that list tech you don't even learn during the bootcamp, sometimes require more years of experience than you have, degrees that you don't have, or positions that you feel so outlandishly underqualified for that you wonder why you're even getting an email about them. I would say that the career services portion of this program is pretty much dismal and closer to a 1, but the advisor seems fairly invested and checks up regularly. But overall, the job assistance critiqued separately from the advisor has consisted of a list of online resources, emails about available positions (one of which is Revature which is essentially another bootcamp and spams positions on every job board in every city across the Nation), and a quick review of your Github and LinkedIn to ensure that your profiles read professional and not student. 

     

    A lot of redundancy but I wanted to be concise with my review. Bottom line is, 4 months after graduation and I'm left with the feeling that I may have just spent 10 grand on something that I could inevitably regret. If money is not an issue to you, then I would say yes to the bootcamp if you are just looking to gain a good foundation or are already knowledgable and are just looking for experience with this particular tech stack. If you're looking toward this as somekind of saving grace or a way to set your life in a different direction because you saw an add on Reddit and got hyped up on Trilogy sales rep Kool-aid, lower your expectations and consider other investments. Take the plunge if you choose, but know that the certificate means nothing and this program is purely a foundation. You will still have to research best practices on your own. There will stil be many aspects of each of the techs you review during class that you will have to learn on your own to make you "employer competitive." You will have to do much more than link your class homeworks or projects on your portfolio to attain recognition. You will have to rely on networking and charisma to set you apart from the hundreds of other bootcamp grads saturating an industry that would seemingly rather trade seasoned developers looking for an office with more ping-pong tables than mold juniors just looking to get a foot in the door, learn, and prove themselves.

     

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Oct 10 2019
    Thank you for your feedback, CPT. From your review, we understand that your program experience did not live up to your expectations.

    We have a multi-step admissions process to make sure that students are set up for success. During this time, our advisors evaluate individuals to ensure they are aware of the extensive time and hard work they will have to dedicate to their studies and are truly committed to their web development journey. We begin with an initial phone interview, followed by a timed, critical thinking and problem-solving assessment that applicants must pass with a score of 70 or above in order to move forward. Only once prospective learners have made it through these screenings are they accepted into the course. We're continually optimizing our program experience, so we appreciate your insight.

    We're glad to hear you developed a foundational skill set and benefited from the course structure. Our curriculum starts slow, with the intensity and difficulty of the course material ramping up to advanced topics rather quickly. Topics are introduced at a high-level, after which individuals are expected to dive in and not only gain a deeper understanding of the concepts but also practice their skills outside of the classroom. Each lesson builds on the last and we find that as the course progresses, most participants feel increasingly confident in the knowledge they've gained. Our goal is for students to gain essential problem-solving and self-teaching skills—key qualities necessary in any developer's career.

    Our course material is based on extensive market research, teaching in-demand skills that students can use to enter the current tech field, and we are proud of our ability to make frequent optimizations. Our curriculum overview does indicate the specifics tools and technologies covered throughout the boot camp so that students are aware of the scope, but we understand you would have liked to spend more time focusing on other technologies like Java or Angular. We appreciate your feedback as we are constantly working on improving our curriculum to ensure participants are learning the most valuable skills.

    We are happy that you found your instructors to be helpful and knowledgeable. We understand the boot camp's pace can be strenuous and in order to assist individuals who are struggling with the coursework, our instructors and TAs do their best to be available for extra support through office hours before and after class in addition to our free tutoring network. Your cohort did undergo some unexpected staff changes and we know that adjusting to new team members can be difficult.

    You are absolutely right that job seeking is difficult and takes hard work on the part of the student. Our professional development services are built on the principle of empowerment. The career services curriculum is focused on helping students become employer competitive and includes six pillars of support. While we do not secure direct employment for our students, we do provide more than 75 hours of occupational assistance, consisting of resume and portfolio reviews, virtual tech panels, technical interview training, 1:1 meetings with their Career Director, and more.  We recognize that networking is an important part of the job search, and as such, we foster a supportive network of boot camp alumni in the Charlotte area who are eager to connect with recent program graduates and host quarterly Demo Days with industry professionals and former participants. We're frequently refining our career services to ensure students have access to all our available offerings, so your feedback is valuable to us.

    It is our goal for all individuals to leave the program feeling not only confident in the skills they have gained but also equipped for success as they step out into the industry. We would love the opportunity to speak with you further about how we can supplement your learning or career search at this time. If you would like, please reach out to us at (704) 601-6030.
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    Robert Zuniga • Full Stack Developer | Computer-Electrical-Chemical Engineer | Mathematics | Economics • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I took the 12-week Full-time Coding Bootcamp in the Summer of 2019 at a UNC-Charlotte Extension program supported by Trilogy Education Services.

    The course is a solid program that provides a study in Full-Stack programming rooted in daily coding activities.

    My biggest takeaway is that I now have an efficient workflow for coding...and this is huge...before the class I was pecking away at trying to "do something" with success limited to the wordpress environment. Now, I can confidently manage my computer resources and make my time matter when I code. 

    The final project is a web developers recipe for success.

    I am able to develop  "Full-Stack React Client-Server REST API driven JWT authenticated App" structures: this is World-Class State-of-the-Art 21st Century App making power.

    The most helpful part of the program, in addition to an instructor with industry-proven skills, is the additional support available during each and every class session with the assigned tutors (3) as well as 1:1 tutoring available outside class hours.These resources are priceless and I leaned on them heavily and benefited greatly.

    Yes, 5 days a week, 4 hours a day in the classroom or 20 hours every week for 12 weeks ... in addition, I personally spent at least an additional 40 hours a week at home reviewing the day activities, doing homework and working on maintaining pace with the class instruction as an informed student. In other words, I spent at least 60 hours per 7-day week  or over 420 hours in the 12 weeks practicing and working on becoming a better coder. For me...a very satisfying way at working on becoming a better me and again for me...this is what it took for me to get the most out of the program.

    Again...it's about using the resources that are available in the program.

    In addition to the coding...there is career assistance with people tasks to help you on an individual basis...I benefited greatly with the feedback to my networking messaging and my resume. There are multiple zoom session every week with national career coaches and bootcamp alumnae that connect nationally with other bootcamp participants (coding, data analysis and cybersecurity). If you listen attentively, there are nugguts of gold in each and every zoom session. Since the background of bootcamp participants is so varied, you'll hear discussions that make the job search strategies real...real people helping other real people... live ... plenty of guidence on how to present the bootcamp experience in the best manner possible to gain employment in the industry.

     Look...if you're still reading this and you've been looking to gain some coding skills in an accelerated environment...and you want to add the following to your list of achievements:

    ...Recent training includes Full Stack Development from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Trilogy Education Services). The intensive full-time 12 week (240 hr) curriculum included front-end and back-end technologies through a dynamic full-stack curriculum: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, React.js, Node.js, C#, Database Theory, Bookshelf.js, MongoDB, MySQL, Command Line, as well as Git...

    then commit yourself to your success and make the transition like I did to become a junior-level qualified Full-Stack Coder.

    I hope that by sharing my experience that you'll take the step, accept the challenge and work on becoming a 21st Century cutting-edge entry-level coder like I did...

    Robert Zuniga

    ...diligently engaged....a coder for life...

     

     

     

      

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Sep 13 2019
    Amazing, Robert! We're thrilled you successfully learned the fundamentals of web development and feel confident in your newfound skills. Our entire team is passionate about what they do, so it's great to hear you found their ongoing support and encouragement to be invaluable resources throughout your journey. 

    Like you noted, this is a challenging course, one that will require extensive time inside and outside of the classroom to master the curriculum. This is great advice for prospective learners and we commend all the hard work you committed to your studies. Congratulations on graduating, we truly appreciate your review! We wish you all the best as you continue on your new career path.
  • Java Full Stack
    - 7/23/2019
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    My decision to pursue a computer programming career was driven by the desire to strengthen my thinking capacity in that programming teaches you to analyze a problem, break it down into small pieces and then tell the computer how it should solve the entire problem. You tell the computer how to solve the problem by giving it a set of instructions in a language that can be compiled or changed into machine code (binary digits) which is understood by the computer.

    I took on the Cognizant Talent Accelerator program in that it gave me an opportunity to learn JAVA and other technologies for fullstack development such as Spring Boot, JPA/Hibernate and MySQL RDBMS. The program also gave me an opportunity to learn principles of Agile methodology and a Test Driven Development approach in software development which produces near perfect software solutions. The approach taken by Cognizant Talent Accelerator program is that it allows one to become immediately employable as it gives a solid understanding of the tools that are currently used in the industry. Apart from getting a job as a programmer, the training gives lifelong skills that can be used in building your own application that can have a major impact in the way people communicate or carry out their day-to-day activities. If one is interested in further certification, the program opens that door through the knowledge and skills passed through the training which can open further doors in your career.

    My experience with the Cognizant Talent Accelerator is the dedication of all the individuals involved in passing the knowledge they have acquired in the industry to the students. There are a number of tutors who provide individual guidance in the areas where you may be facing challenges which makes the program easier to go through. The support is amazing as the tutors really go out of their way to make themselves available even over the weekends. My favorite aspects of the program were pair programming which means two people working on the same machine switching roles between navigating and typing the code into the computer to develop a program. The standups on each day were also my favorite as it allows one to discuss encountered challenges and serves as the best way to recollect and explain to other members of the team the problems you are having and then getting input from the team on how to solve the challenges.

    My advice to future students is not to give up when you face challenges in the program as it is geared to develop tenacity so the pressure may be daunting the first few weeks and after that things become smooth sailing. There are also a lot of resources on the internet with many examples on how to utilize the tools available for fullstack development. That with the assistance of the tutors should see you through the program and there is no telling as to what opportunities lie ahead of you upon completion of the program.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Jul 24 2019
    Way to go, Samson! We appreciate you choosing our boot camp to further your problem-solving skills and learn the fundamentals of web development. It's great to hear you're enjoying the curriculum and developing a solid understanding of real-world technologies.

    Our entire team is passionate about enabling student success, so we're thrilled you're benefiting from their support. Great advice for prospective learners—not giving up when you confront challenges and utilizing all available resources will truly help you. We commend all your hard work thus far and are cheering you on as you continue towards finishing out the program!
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    All 5s for right candidates and all 1s for me, apart from the mark for the instructors.

    This is a great course for people new to programming, and/or uncomfortable to learn things themselves, and wishing to get into the Data Analytics and Visualization career.

    Instructors and assistants are fantastic and go beyond boundaries to explain things and overall to help. I think the odds getting the career switch are good, given that you also do a substantial amount of out of class self-education and projects.

     

    Important points to consider.

    There is a lot of inaccurate use of “data science” buzz word – in the bootcamp’s marketing materials and even on this website. The Data Analytics and Visualization Bootcamp is not sufficient for making people eligible for Data Science jobs in Charlotte. Related subjects are part of the curriculum but are covered briefly. A Data Scientist in Charlotte means Data Science Core job type, with advanced knowledge in statistics and modelling and/or machine learning.

    Nevertheless, if you are new to programming and prefer face-to-face guided learning, the course may be worth to get started, to get a broad introduction to programming, and then do some more advanced courses specifically in Data Science elsewhere, they likely will cost less or potentially may be free.

    I did the bootcamp in 2018, the curriculum has changed, but based on what is still there, it could not have changed sufficiently.

     

    Secondly, or maybe firstly, the course would be far from the ideal way to invest time and money for people which have any substantial experience in programming, or for people comfortable with remote and primarily self-learning mode. There are other options.

    Career Services and the exposure to prospective employers definitely is a bonus, but there are more cost- and time- efficient ways, if you do not need to study this material in class.

     

    The abovementioned concerns is not just my view, in general it matches the opinion of people within the training team.

     

    The real issue is the onboarding process (a conversation with a consultant whether the bootcamp is a match to your profile and goals, the application filled out and reviewed) will not provide any indication on the above 2 points. At least it did not for me, despite me describing my goals and prior experience.

     

    My suggestion to the team is to fix the marketing materials to be accurate, and to ensure the appropriate knowledge and careful consideration of value of the course for the applicants, within the enrolment process.

     

    Thanks and regards to everyone in the training team!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Jun 04 2019
    Thank you for your review, Ivan! We're glad you benefited from the support of our instructional team and enjoyed the group projects. Our entire team is passionate about supporting students throughout the boot camp journey, so it's great to know this resonated with you. 

    From your review, it sounds like our multi-step admissions process and curriculum was not what you were expecting. During the admissions process, we do our best to evaluate individuals to ensure our program offerings can effectively meet their professional needs. We work to provide a market-driven curriculum and do find many seasoned professionals who use our program to add to their existing skillset. 

    It's our goal to provide a comprehensive educational experience that meets the needs of all of our learners, ranging from novice self-starters to more experienced professionals. Based on local market conditions, we actively adjust our curriculum to equip students with in-demand skills. We're constantly working to optimize our course material to make sure individuals are learning the most valuable technologies, so we truly appreciate your feedback.

    We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you so that we may address your concerns in more detail and provide any additional support you may need at this time. If you would like, please contact us directly at (704) 601-6030 so that we may further discuss your concerns.
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    I had an EXCELLENT time in this boot camp.  The curriculum, Instructor, and Teacher Assistants were top notch.  I would recommend this boot camp to anyone who wants to start a career in analytics/data science.  The relationships I made really gave me an insider view to the analytics and programming world in my area.  One possible improvement/recommendation from my perspective on the curriculum side of things would have been to definitely focus more on SQL(stored procedures and advanced queries).  I would also recommend teaching Python more from an object oriented programming perspective (focus more on classes) as graduates who put Python on their resume will be asked more computer science like questions as they apply to job postings.  Thanks UNC Charlotte for a great six months and great memories of a tremendous learning experience! 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 25 2019
    We appreciate you sharing your experience, Andrew! It's great to know you valued our curriculum and instructional support. We're always updating our curriculum to best meet the needs of the industry,  so we appreciate student feedback like yours. Congratulations on successfully completing the program, we wish you continued success as you move forward.
  • Mitchell Ramsey  User Photo
    Mitchell Ramsey • Application Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    The UNCC Full Stack Development Boot Camp was an absolute life changer for me and I will forever be grateful. My instructors Darin and Kevin and my TAs are still some of the most knowledgeable developers that I know today even after working in the field for 7 months. This course is not for those that will take it half-hearted. In order to make this course the golden opportunity, you have to be willing to take this on like it's pratically a full-time job. I completed this course while working as a high school teacher, and aside from my 10 class hours, I would easily put in another 20 hours outside of class. This class provided the foundation that I needed to answer the basic questions and taught the skills that when an advanced question would leave me stumped, I could find the answer on my own. At the end of this course, I had the confidence that I could build any type of web site or application that I could dream. I will advise that the course's job assistance is not that great. I landed my job because my instructor connected me with a recruiter that got me to where I was, and I was aggressive with making connections at MeetUps. The Career Services helped me create a polished resume and revised my portfolio, but they did not connect me with many employers or opportunities. I hope this review helps those that are considering this. The program is a ton of fun, but it does require a full commitment.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Mar 05 2019
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mitchell! We're happy you found our program to be life-changing and benefited from the support of our instructional team — we also think Darin and Kevin are great.

    We understand you would have preferred to have more employment opportunities. Our career services are built on the principle of empowerment and we strive to be clear about the scope of our job assistance to ensure students understand how they can truly maximize their program experience. While we do not secure direct employment for individuals, we empower them the best we can with the necessary tools and support for entering the job market, including career coaching, social media profile support, technical interview training, and more. We're happy to hear you benefited from our resume/portfolio reviews and hope your 1:1 coaching with your Career Director reinforced your job search. We truly appreciate your feedback as we continuously work to improve our professional development services. 

    Congratulations on graduating, we commend your hard work, especially as you navigated the boot camp while balancing a full-time schedule! All the best in your future endeavors.
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    Keith Kovach • Variant Configuration Programmer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    Having been a student of and having worked for the UNCC Coding Bootcamp as a teaching assistant I can honestly say that it has changed my life for the better.

     

    The instructors and TA's that I have worked with are all very knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond what is written in their job description.  If they notice that you are putting in the effort and not just asking for the answers they will be there to help you 100% of the way.

     

    The curriculum is very tough and extremely fast paced, which makes sense given it's a 3 month course which teaches you 10+ languages.  I came out of the course with an amazing foundation to continue my self learning after the bootcamp.

     

    Job Assistance was the one area that i was underwhelmed.  Very little was offered to me and the first real contact I had with career services was after I had found a job on my own and them wanting to take credit for placing me.  I understand that they have made a change in staff since I graduated from the bootcamp in 2017 so hopefully this area has improved greatly from when I attended and everything I have heard has pointed to that being true.

     

    One thing that needs to be made perfectly clear before enrolling in the bootcamp is that you get out of it what you put in.  If you are not passionate about learning and not willing to put in the time outside of class then you will struggle to find a job after graduation.  No one is guaranteed a job after graduation and if you don't put in the effort to seperate yourself from the pack you may struggle.  If you work hard and continue your learning after the bootcamp is over you should have no problem.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Wednesday, Feb 20 2019
    Thank you, Keith! We're happy to hear you had a positive student experience and returned to TA for us. Our instructional team is passionate about what they do, so we're thrilled you found them to be knowledgeable and supportive.

    We regret our career services did not meet your expectations. We have been and are continuously committed to gathering student feedback to improve our job assistance model with the ultimate goal of ensuring graduates build the necessary skills and mindset to advance their careers or merit a promotion, while simultaneously completing the program feeling satisfied with our career services experience. As such, we truly appreciate your feedback. 

    We would welcome any other suggestions you may have to further enhance our boot camp. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (704) 601-6030. Congratulations on graduating, we wish you all the best moving forward!
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    Max Allee • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    After completing the Full Time Full Stack Boot Camp I have a solid grasp of the basics of web development.  More than just teaching the specifics of the languages the course teaches you how to tackle any new programming problem that is put in front of you.  Both the professor and the TA's were excellent.  I never felt that I could not reach out and ask questions.
     
    But, as with most things in life, you get out of this course what you put into it.  It is the expectation of the course that students will study the topics being covered in class outside of class as well.  If you choose not to do this you may quickly fall behind in the class.  But if you put in the time and the effort this course will put you on the path to a new career.
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Feb 18 2019
    Way to go, Max! We're thrilled you successfully learned full-stack web development and feel confident in tackling new problems. Like you said, you do get out of this course what you put in, so it's important to work hard and commit to mastering the material. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review! All the best in your future endeavors.
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    Parker Browning • SAP VC Programmer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently completed the Full Stack, Full Time bootcamp. Overall I was very satisfied with the bootcamp. The instructor and the TAs were very hands on and knowledgable. I was able to produce quality work and able to find a computer programming job two months after completion. I can honestly say that without this bootcamp I would never have been able to get the job that I have now.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 14 2019
    Thanks for sharing your experience, Parker! We're happy to hear you were satisfied with the program and found our instructional team to be so knowledgeable. Congratulations on graduating and starting an exciting new career! We wish you success going forward. 
  • Donnie
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    Donnie • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    I recently graduated from the UNCC Full Stack Program and had no real web development experience prior to beginning the program. I decided to attend the UNCC Coding Bootcamp at the recommendation on one of my co-workers at the financial company we worked for. I started working with him toward the end of his program and personally watched how he was able to finish the boot camp and turn that into a job offer with a local financial company as a QA Engineer testing their platform all with no prior experience with development. This proved the effectiveness of the program and from that point, I was convinced to start the same program in the next cohort. 


    This program while very rewarding is difficult. It is intensive and will require an extremely large investment of your time but once finished you will have learned or been exposed to the full spectrum of tools necessary to be a full stack developer. This program moves extremely fast also and you must dedicate time to develop your craft even after you graduate (Even after graduating I am working just as hard if not harder on learning other tools and reinforcing what I learned in the boot camp) Always Be Coding should be your mantra. The boot camp does not guarantee you a job once finished but if you go through the process of not only learning the technical aspects but also developing your portfolio and following the steps advised by career services you will put yourself in a position to gain employment.


    The instructors have over 50 years of real-world experience in the industry and know their stuff. They are always available and truly want you to succeed and find employment after the program is over. 


    I am currently freelancing and hope to land a permanent position soon and will tell you that I have multiple degrees including an MBA and will say that this program is the best decision I have ever made. What you learn you can apply immediately and will be the best decision you could make for your future as well. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Jan 28 2019
    Amazing, Donnie! You're completely right that this program is difficult but completely rewarding. We're glad you enjoyed your instructors and continue to work on advancing your web development skills. Congratulations on graduating! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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    Annalisa • Junior Programmer • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    I signed up for the full time UNCC Coding Bootcamp because I was looking to start a new career quickly. It is a very fast-paced course, which was perfect for my career goals, but was a struggle at times as you would barely have time to learn a concept before moving onto something new. The instructor, Jeff Hoffman, was amazing. He answered all my questions in great depth, and put in time before and after class to help his students with their homework, on top of making sure he was prepared for each and every lesson.

    I would advise anyone interested in this course to be aware that taking it does not guarantee you a job. While developers might be in high demand, there are a lot of junior developers out there. Be prepared after this course to continue learning and developing on your own, improving your skills before you find someone willing to hire you.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
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    Tuesday, Jul 03 2018
    Thank you so much for your review, Annalisa! We are happy you chose our program to start a new career. This is a fast-paced program that requires students to put in extensive time and effort to master the course material in a short amount of time, so we commend all the hard work you dedicated. We are thrilled your instructor was always prepared and knowledgeable - we also think Jeff is amazing!

    You are completely right that our career services are built on the principle of empowerment, and we do not secure direct employment for students. We strive to prepare and coach students as they work to find the job that's right for them through individualized support, technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, and more. As you noted, it's important for students to continue learning and developing their skills, even after graduating from the course, in order to reinforce their career search. We truly appreciate your feedback as we are constantly refining our services to best help students prepare as they step out into the job market. Congratulations on graduating and we wish you great success going forward!  
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    Tyler Olli • Full Stack Developer • Applicant Verified via LinkedIn
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    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UNC Charlotte's Full Stack Coding Boot Camp, I was actually the first class to graduate from the program. I was working full time, and taking the course at night, so I did have some difficulty getting all of the homework and assignments done. Please be aware this is a VERY INTENSIVE COURSE. You truly get out what you put into it. That being said. you definitely learn a lot in a short amount of time, the MERN Stack (MongoDB, Express, React, and Node) is something that I see a lot of employers here in Charlotte looking for (Angular is also another framework that is highly sought after). In terms of jobs, honestly, you will most likely have a lot of difficulties finding one. I myself struggled to try to find a new job after graduation (originally was an entry-level web developer trying to transition into a Jr. - Mid Level position) and ended up starting my own company, Bright Digital Solutions

    Overall I would highly recommend this boot camp for anyone who is looking to take their coding to the next level and land a better job. Just know you REALLY have to apply yourself. You will essentially have no life for 6 months, spend each and every waking hour coding, but you will learn to love what you do and will have a very fulfilling career afterward. This program does not guarantee you a job by any means, but if you continue to improve your portfolio, work on as many side projects as possible, and constantly commit code to your Github account, you will be alright. The creator of this boot camp gave us some wise words of wisdom upon graduation, and I hope I am not out of line by saying this here. Make sure to follow your ABC's - always be coding. There should never be a day go by where you are not writing at least one line of code. 

    I wanted to give a shout out to my instructors, Kevin Fauth and Terra Taylor, as well as Steve CaChat. I wouldn't be at the place I am at now, both in my career path and coding skills, without you guys. To anyone reading this, please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn if you have any questions about the boot camp!

    Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Friday, Jun 22 2018
    Way to go, Tyler! We are thrilled you had such a positive experience learning valuable web development skills. We know it takes serious commitment to balance a full-time job with such an intensive program, so we commend for all the hard work you dedicated to this rigorous course. It is very true that you only get out what you put in, and individuals will have to seriously apply themselves to mastering the course material. It's great to hear you felt supported and encouraged by our entire team - we are all passionate about student success!

    You are absolutely right that the job search can be strenuous, and requires hours of commitment on behalf of students. Like you mentioned, while we do not secure direct employment for our students, we strive to equip, coach, and guide students as they work to find the role that's right for them. We have to agree that if you continue to improve your portfolio, work on side projects, and frequently commit to your GitHub account, you can be successful! This is great advice. Congratulations on graduating and starting your own company. We are cheering you on as you go forward!