UNC Charlotte Boot Camps
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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Start Date Rolling Start Date Cost $10,995 Class size 25 Location CharlotteAt 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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- Full-Stack- 10/5/2019CPT • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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.
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.
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.
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamThursday, Oct 10 2019Thank 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.
- Coding - Full Stack Bootcamp- 9/11/2019Robert Zuniga • Full Stack Developer | Computer-Electrical-Chemical Engineer | Mathematics | Economics • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Full-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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:
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...
...diligently engaged....a coder for life...
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamFriday, Sep 13 2019Amazing, 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- 7/23/2019Samson Marikwa • Student • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamWednesday, Jul 24 2019Way 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!
- Ivan • Business Analyst • Graduate • Course: Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via GitHub
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamWednesday, Jun 05 2019Thank 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.
- Data Analytics/Data Science Boot Camp Review- 2/24/2019Andrew • Business Analyst • Student • Course: Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via GitHub
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamMonday, Feb 25 2019We 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.
- A Golden Oppotunity- 2/21/2019Mitchell Ramsey • Application Developer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via GitHub
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamTuesday, Mar 05 2019Thank 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.
- Worth it if you put the effort in- 2/18/2019Keith Kovach • Variant Configuration Programmer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Full-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamWednesday, Feb 20 2019Thank 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!
- Full Time Full Stack- 2/17/2019Max Allee • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Full-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedInAfter 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 CampsTitle: Community TeamMonday, Feb 18 2019Way 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.
- Full Stack, Full Time- 2/13/2019Parker Browning • SAP VC Programmer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Full-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamThursday, Feb 14 2019Thanks 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- 1/27/2019Donnie • Student • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamMonday, Jan 28 2019Amazing, 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.
- Quickly transitioned my career- 7/2/2018Annalisa • Junior Programmer • Student • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Community TeamTuesday, Jul 03 2018Thank 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!
- Best Boot Camp in Charlotte- 6/19/2018Tyler Olli • Full Stack Developer • Applicant • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
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 CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Jun 22 2018Way 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!
- Full stack Web Development- 6/14/2018Erin • Front End Developer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via GitHub
This full stack web development course was great!!! I was looking for a career change, and I looked into this program. It had great reviews. I spoke with the rep and did the screening interview and assessment, was approved to apply, and before I knew it I was starting class. I had ZERO prior knowlege of coding or computers in general. And 6 months later, here I am eligable for hundreds of great dev jobs in the city. Kevin and Darin were amazing instructors. I honestly couldn't have gotten better. Their intellegence and level of experience is off the charts.
As for the TAs, they were the cream of the crop. All of them graduates from the program so they KNOW what we go through, how to help, and what works. They were all available before and after every class and always available on the Slack channel. They really do care, want you to succeed and go above and beyond to help you get it. Be sure to let them, and the instructors that they are appreciated, they all work so hard.
All in all, it was one of, if not the best choices I've ever made. I've only been out 2 weeks, and am getting ready to being the job hunt. Some fellow classmates had jobs before the course was even over. I did thte part-time program being that I work full time. Those 6 months flew by! My only advice is time management. We are all busy, but make time for class, homework, reviewing class lectures, redoing activities.
I won't lie, it is A LOT OF INFORMATION that you cover in 6 short months. THere are times when you will want to give up, want to brush off an assigment, but don't. I promise it's with sacrifice and time. It's hard. It is a HUGE commitment, and your dedication is the only way to succeed. You get out of it what you put into it. So make the effort, you will thank yourself.
The career services has just changed leadership, as of today as I'm writing this review, so as of now my review of them is not flattering. At all. It has been a joke to say the least. Just networking through class has yielded more results. BUT, hopefully the new leadership will make the very much needed changes and improve the services for the next cohort, and for our cohort from here on out.
Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerWednesday, Jun 20 2018Thank you for your review, Erin! We’re happy to hear you had such a positive experience learning valuable coding skills through our program. Our instructors and TAs are truly passionate about enabling student success, so it's great to know you always felt supported and properly guided - we also think Kevin and Darin are amazing! We know it takes real commitment to balance a career with an intensive paced course like this one, so we commend you for all you were able to accomplish throughout your journey.
We regret our career services has not met your expectations so far. While we do not secure employment for students, we strive to provide individualized support through technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, and more. We do take student feedback like yours seriously and are constantly refining our career services to best help students prepare for the job search. We look forward to working with you post-graduation to provide you with the career support you need to feel equipped for the job search and appreciate your patience during the transition in leadership.
We applaud you for all the hard work and dedication you invested in learning the course material, as well as starting your job search! It is our goal for all students to leave the program feeling prepared with the proper assistance and resources to find the right tech role for them. If there is any other way in which we can support you at this time, please reach out to me at (704) 601-6030. Congratulations on graduating and best of luck as you move forward in your endeavors!
- Awesome Experience- 5/23/2018Stephen Chapman • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
I enrolled in the Full-Time (12-week), Full Stack Flex Web Development bootcamp in October 2017 and finished in February 2018.
There wasn't a whole lot of information available about this bootcamp but I decided to take the plunge anyway -- I was really hungry for a life change.
Overall it was a great life changing experience. My instructor, Jeff, was a fantastic teacher and a really fun guy. The TAs in my class were super helpful and available.
I highly recommend the full-time bootcamp if you can swing it. You can totally immerse yourself with 30 other students all trying to accomplish the same thing ... a life and career change. The energy and anticipation in the room is really great.
One of the cool things about my experience is that I not only rekindled a love for coding that I had in high school, but I also found that I like teaching code almost as much as I like writing code. Realizing this, I jumped at an opportunity to become a Teacher Assistant for the bootcamp part-time ... something I wouldn't have imagined I'd be doing a year ago sitting in my cubicle as an engineer. I now not only have new coding knowledge, but a lot more confidence with public speaking!
A few notes:
- I had taken a C++, Java and Visual Basic class in high school and so I had a fundamental understanding of programming prior to this class which was very helpful. My fellow classmates who had no coding experience definitely struggled with the pace of the class.
- When they say that you will be spending 20+ hours a week out side of class... it is 100% true! I sometimes sat down on Saturdays and coded for 12 hours straight.
- The curriculum for this class is all about exposure. It sets you up and points you in the right direction. I found though that unless I sat down and crunched through things on my own, the concepts would not stick. You have to write your own code, even when you feel like you have no idea what you are doing.
Ultimately, this class is a shortcut to becoming employment ready in the coding world. Where as it might take somebody 2 years of learning on their own, this class can chop that in half ... and like I said a fair number of my classmates landed a job in 3 months after the class ... which is a total turn around time of 6 months (3 months of class + 3 months after class). Not bad for making a complete career/life change.
Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerWednesday, May 23 2018Thank you for your review, Stephen! We are happy to hear our instructors and TAs were so helpful during your significant life change - we also agree Jeff is pretty fantastic! Thank you for coming back to TA for us, we are really passionate about education and truly appreciate your enjoyment of teaching and writing code. Like you noted, this is an immersive course, one that requires a serious amount of dedication and practice outside of class. We applaud you for all the hard work and long hours you put in to master the topics, it definitely paid off. Congratulations on completing the boot camp! We wish you great success moving forward.
- Best Decision I've Made!- 5/22/2018Devin DiNapoli • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
I joined the Bootcamp with no knowledge in web development or any sort of coding at all, with exception of some prior C++ from high school/college. I took a break from University a few years back, and was absolutely terrified to go back into the classroom again. However, the transition of going back into the classroom was not a struggle whatsoever.
The instructors and and TA's were absolutely INCREDIBLE. They were all extrememly helpful, and 99% of the time they were available to help with any issue I had. The student success advisor, as well as our career services advisor, were VERY helpful as well. Anita gave all of us the necessary tools to find a job in the always growing job market.
The program itself is tough, that's for sure. It's not for everyone, but if you're willing to put in the time, effort, and work, you'll come out being an incredible developer. You come out of the course being knowledgable in both front end and back end development, which will give you the upperhand when applying for jobs, as well as building applications!
Yes, it might take some time to find a job afterwards, but you just have be patient and keep coding. Yes, I'm still seeking employment, but it's only been a few weeks since I've graduated, and I already have some job interviews lined up. So to look back at how I was when I first started to now, I think that says a lot about this program.
I highly reccomend taking this course. It is WELL worth the money. Think of it as an investment for your future self!
Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerWednesday, May 23 2018Amazing, Devin! We are thrilled you had such a positive experience with our program, successfully learning the fundamentals of full-stack web development. We commend you for stepping back into a classroom setting and putting in the hard work to fuel your success. It's great to know our entire team was so helpful throughout every step of the boot camp journey - we also agree Anita is pretty great! You are completely right that if you rigorously study and put in the effort, you will be prepared to step out into today's job market as a web developer. Congratulations on graduating, we know you will go on to do great things in your future endeavors!
- Regretting the Decision- 3/28/2018Karin Hermann • Rock Climbing Coach • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
I enrolled in the second session of the coding bootcamp after a lot of hesitation and was given a good sales pitch about future employers lining up at my door and all of the opportunities we would have to get involved in the tech scene in Charlotte.
I felt very much like we got a very broad base of knowledge that many employers don’t think is enough, and now there are hundreds of us with the same education so every resume gets sent back with a “Sorry, we just have too many junior developers with the same credentials and no experience.”
The instructors were great but I think it was a waste of money as I am now in debt and still can’t find a job.
Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerWednesday, Apr 04 2018Hi Karin,
Thank you for taking the time to share your personal experience with us. We want to first congratulate you on seeing the course through to the end and finishing strong! We are aware that completing a rigorous program like ours requires extensive hours of review and practice.
It's great to hear that you were happy with your instructors and that they were able to provide a positive learning experience. We are constantly working to ensure the success of our students and are very proud of the passion and support that our instructional staff provides.
Because we teach such a wide array of technologies in a short amount of time, our curriculum focuses on giving students a high level, hands-on understanding of the topics covered in class, with the goal of students expanding on that understanding outside of class. We regularly audit and update our curriculum based on the market demands and employer input, and the companies that we engage with do feel that we teach a robust set of skills to make our students competitive job seekers.
We regret to hear that your time with our career services team did not meet your expectations due to the departure of your original career director. After their departure, Anita Smalls stepped in as career director, providing various professional development services such as 1:1 coaching, resume support, portfolio reviews, and more. Our records indicate that after you expressed dissatisfaction with the level of support you were receiving, both Anita and our Vice President of Career Services, attempted to reach you on several occasions, starting in January. While they were not able to personally reach you, we did continue sending additional job opportunities in your area. Were any of these opportunities of interest to you? We know job seeking is difficult and strenuous, which is why we encourage students to submit a number of quality applications on a weekly basis; this helps students maximize their networking and increase their possibilities of securing a well-matched position.
The career services team strives to be clear about expectations for our job support. While we cannot secure a job for you, we are here to empower you with the tools and preparation needed to find the right role. We were able to provide you with feedback on your career ready tools and hope you found that to be helpful.
Our goal is for all students to leave the program feeling equipped for success and confident in their skills. As our career services do not end at graduation, we would love the opportunity to provide you with any additional career readiness support you need at this time to help you put your best foot forward as you continue the job search. Please contact me directly at (704) 601-6030 so we can further discuss your needs.
- Amazing Experience- 8/23/2017Daniel Oliveira • Teaching Assistant • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
This bootcamp has been one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. It is fast-paced, and challenging but in the end you'll have all the necessary skills required for the Charlotte job market. The amount of resources and support from the entire team is unrivaled. I'm amazed at all the skills I gained in this course and even convinced a buddy of mine to take the bootcamp. I highly recommend this bootcamp to anyone pursuing a career as a developer.
Response From: Steve Cachat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerThursday, Aug 24 2017Hi Daniel,
Congratulations on completing the program, and thank you so much for your review! We’re thrilled that you had such a positive boot camp experience. Though it can be challenging to learn so many new concepts in such a short amount of time, our team works hard to provide our students with the support they need to be successful. We really appreciate your recommendation of this course to others, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
- Dzmitry Dubarau • Web Developer at Bank of America • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
I went to the UNCC Coding Bootcamp without any knowledge about code or programming. It was the best experience I ever had, the teaching and student support staff is amazing, the program is unique and constantly getting updated to fit the current market need in Charlotte area. The Bootcamp gives you tools and skillset to become a great Full Stack Web Developer. However, it is not easy, you have to put in a lot of time to reach your goal.You have to be prepared to work in the team, learning, Google-ing and have fun!
Response From: Steve Cachat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerMonday, Aug 07 2017We love reading reviews like yours, Dzmitry! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We’re glad that you enjoyed our market-based curriculum. As you mention this program can be challenging and requires students to commit themselves to learning, and practicing their skills. Our instructors, TAs, and career services team are all about helping students succeed, so we’re thrilled to know that you felt their support throughout the journey.
Congratulations on completing the program, we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.
- You get out what you put in- 7/26/2017Matt White • Node JS Developer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte • Verified via LinkedIn
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this is a legitimately hard course. Depending on your background, this may be one of the harder educational ventures in your life. However, in my opinion, it is absolutely worth it. If you put in the time and effort, you will definitely come out of this program with the skills necessary to succeed in the marketplace.
That being said, you must approach this program with the proper attitude. If you do the bare minimum, your chances of breaking into development post-graduation are slim. That may sound harsh, but it's the reality of the situation, and if you know this going in you are far more likely to succeed. The good news is, you are constantly surrounded by people who truly want to push you and help you to achieve your goals. TAs, instructors, and career services are committed to helping you every step of the way. I can honestly say this is one of the few times in education where I felt everyone in the organization went above and beyond in terms of guiding me.
So, is this course right for you? If you thrive on a challenge and know coding is the career path for you, then I would wholeheartedly recommend this program.
Response From: Steve Cachat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerFriday, Jul 28 2017Thank you so much for your review Matt, your willingness to participate made you a pleasure to have in class. As you mention, this course does require dedication in practicing the skills covered so that you can absorb the material well. This is an excellent insight, and important for future students to understand.
We’re glad that you felt supported in achieving your goals. Our instructors, TAs, and Career Services team make it their mission to help students succeed. We’re so proud to hear that they went above and beyond to guide you during your boot camp experience. Congratulations on all of the hard work you put into completing the program, we’re cheering you on as you move forward in your career.
- Highly Recommended for Hard Workers- 2/19/2019Jeremiah Schmutz • Teaching Assistant for Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp • Student • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Full-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I recently graduated from this course. It is amazing. It moves very quickly, and you will be doing in months what a traditional student would take years to learn. Don't expect it to be like a normal class though. You have to put in a lot of time and have to stay on top of things for the full class.
I can't believe how much I have learned, and I have accomplished things that are beyond what I imagined possible in just three months.
I had Jeff Hoffman as my instructor. He was amazing. He is very patient and explains things in very accessible ways. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
I really liked the curriculum. They keep it up to date with what is best for the job market. From time to time, there were small issues because of how frequently it is being changed, but they updated it quickly.
The job assistance is good. They helped me by reviewing and giving actionable feedback on my resume. I am not sure if I am going to get a job through their job assistance, but they have helped me become competitive in the employment maket.
I feel confident in the skills I have learned at this bootcamp and believe I will get a job soon.
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamWednesday, Feb 20 2019Amazing, Jeremiah! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the curriculum and felt supported by your instructor — we also think Jeff is terrific. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review! Best of luck going forward.
- Data Analytics Boot Camp- 10/20/2018AJ • Graduate • Course: Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I started in Data Analytics Boot Camp, and it was the first co-hort they taught on this subject. I have never coded before, except for occasional SQL, so this experience was brand new to me. The instructors were great, the pace was very fast, we learned pretty much new topic every class. For those of you looking to get ahead in Data Science industry, this is a pretty good jumping board (I was looking for something like this, when I wanted to get some coding exposure, and prepare for grad school).
If you are worried about coding, don't be, majority of the students have not coded before either, but your confidence level will grow. Everyone understands that the class is for beginners, so they take (fast!) baby steps through the course. The materials are available after the course is over, so you can always read through them at your own pace.
Couple of things to be aware of:
-attendance in mandatory, though you get a few excused absences
-all lectures are recorded by the instructor, so if you have to leave, or just want to review, it will be there
-there are grades, but they measure only the progress in class, not whether or not you get the certificate (unless they are all 'incomplete' or below C)
-TAs are very helpful, they will walk around the classroom, and help as this is a hands-on class, you will code real time with everyone in the class
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience, though sometimes it was very frustrating personally, because I was not learning as fast as I wanted, it gave me a start at coding career, I was able to understand basic concepts. It won't teach you to become a full stack developer in six months, so the rest is up to you!
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamTuesday, Oct 23 2018Thank you, AJ! It's great to hear you had a positive student experience and were supported by our entire instructional team. We appreciate the tips you provided for prospective students and have to agree that as the course continues, your confidence level tends to grow. Congratulations on graduating from such a rigorous program, we commend all the hard work you dedicated! We wish you all the success as you continue moving forward.
- Complete Waste of Money- 9/17/2018James Murphy • Student • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I had previously written a bad review on here and had it taken down myself after being approached by Trilogy. I decided to try and be fair and wait it out until the end (I am 3 months in) and see if things got better. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. I know writing this review will most certainly put me in the negative spotlight (again) but I don’t care and I will not be taking this one down. If I can save one person from wasting their money on this course, then I would consider it well worth it. I must also point out that lots of these reviews were written by former students hired by Trilogy to be Teachers Assistants so take what they have to say with a grain of salt.
I will start by saying that this course is not equipped to deal with students with disabilities and doesn’t seem to care about their troubles in the course. I can say this from personal experience, I am a disabled Marine with injuries sustained while in Afghanistan (sight, hearing, neck/back injuries). After an incident in class involving a TA and other students that caused me great indignity, I complained and yes it was ignored. I honestly don’t feel comfortable going to class anymore.
But personal feelings aside, this is just a bad course. There is no homework review, so you really have no way of knowing if you are doing the assignment with the cleanest possible code or if it’s just a bunch of spaghetti code that hiring managers will laugh at (if you’re lucky enough to get an interview). You can have a functioning App with the worst written code and still get an “A+”. It wouldn’t take much effort to release the code via GitHub after the fact, so students could compare their code and know what the best practices/methods are. The first few homework assignments were explained via a short YouTube video of what sounds like a stoner trying to explain the assignment in between bong hits while there is music playing in the background…. Yes, he really does have his radio on playing music while explaining the assignment. Very unprofessional and hard to take seriously.
The “Career Services” department practices discrimination daily. Its mind boggling how I paid the same amount of money as everyone else, yet I don’t have access to the same career workshops/classes/networking events that other students do. It really isn’t fair that some students will be better equipped than others simply because Trilogy likes to pick winners and losers. Lots of students are pretty much paying for their own disenfranchisement. As far as I know, this is the only boot camp that does this. I bring this up, but they already have my money so why should they care or make an attempt to be more inclusive?
Class size can be up to 60 students…. It can be overwhelming at times, very hard to concentrate with so many side conversations and thinking out loud going on. I am so much more productive at home, which defeats the purpose of even going to class. I see most bootcamps try to limit the class size to 20 students because this is a heavy subject and a proper learning environment is essential. It makes this really feel like a diploma mill and high student turnover is the only objective.
Very few free parking spaces at the UNCC center. Budget out another few hundred dollars to cover the costs of parking. There is a UNCC lot right next to the building, but a parking pass is not included in the large tuition we pay.
Veterans do not take this course. The GI Bill doesn’t cover it and Trilogy has no plans to go through the process of getting approved by the VA so veterans can use their GI Bill to attend. I guess they don’t want to open themselves up to scrutiny. Quite frankly, I don’t think Trilogy wants veterans taking their course. The way my concerns and needs have been brushed aside just reinforces my arguments above. There are many boot camps out there that accept the GI Bill. Please investigate those. I wish I knew about Code Platoon.
I will give credit where it is due and say the instructors are great. But great teachers can only do so much, this is a problem with how the bean counters at Trilogy have structured the course, career services, learning environment, and curriculum. Its like asking Tom Brady to lead a high school team to the Super Bowl.
In closing, if you are on the fence about a career change or just learning how to code….. go elsewhere. There are many great courses on Udemy that cost $10, Colt Steele has a complete Web Dev bootcamp and covers pretty much the same stuff this course does. I’m trying hard to see the value in this Trilogy boot camp since a $10 Udemy course will help you build projects for your portfolio and you can just hire a resume writing company to write your resume for you (all for a lot less than the almost $10k for this boot camp). Or shell out a little more $$ and go to a boot camp with a Career Services Dept that is committed to helping ALL students. There are some bootcamps which actually get you internships after you graduate, unfortunately this isn’t one of them.
**Note to Trilogy, please do not contact me. I do not wish to discuss this further. I will finish this course and take my worthless certificate and most likely go finish my degree or use my GI Bill to go to a real coding boot camp.
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamFriday, Sep 21 2018Hi James, thank you for your feedback. Based on your review, it sounds like you enjoyed your instructors. UNC Charlotte and the entire Trilogy team are committed to transforming our students' lives.
In your post, you indicated that we are neither equipped nor care to accommodate disabilities. Contrary to this, we want to assure you that our university does have a robust disability accommodation process and procedure and we pride ourselves on making arrangements when requested. Throughout your time with us, we have received no requests for such accommodations on your behalf, but are more than happy to work with you should you wish.
We're always looking for new ways to expand our services to best serve the needs of our students. From the inception of our boot camp, we have been working to expand access to people from all backgrounds, including veterans. The UNC Charlotte Director of Continuing Education grew up in a military family and the Trilogy COO is a veteran himself. Both of them are wholeheartedly committed to making our boot camps attainable to those who have served in the military. Some of our most successful students are veterans, as they often have extensive experience in leadership, collaborative teamwork, and creative problem-solving that makes them stand out. Although the GI Bill is not able to cover all of our Continuing Education programs at this time, we are working toward offering this financial option in the future.
Our career services team works to provide each student with fair and equal opportunities. There is no place for any kind of discrimination in our programs, and we take all concerns of this nature very seriously. However, it is our position that population-specific workshops geared toward groups, like "Women in Tech," are not a form of discrimination. Our mission has always been to provide an inclusive space where aspiring web developers can study and learn a wide range of skills — regardless of their prior knowledge or professional backgrounds. To facilitate this goal, we work hard to cultivate a respectful community that equips all students with the necessary tools and environment to excel. We regret to hear that the class environment was not what you were hoping for.
It's important for us to simulate real-world settings. Because our program can be overwhelming at times, we try to provide a low student to instructor ratio for individuals to navigate the curriculum properly. As your cohort did have a larger class size, we implemented two instructors and four TAs.
In your review, you mentioned there is no way to know how you are doing in the course. One way students can monitor their progress is through homework reviews. As you noted, individuals who would like more in-depth context to their homework are directed to watch supplemental video walkthroughs. Each student is also assigned a TA to ensure they have a designated team member to contact for further input or assistance. Our system shows all your graded assignments do have comments attached but did notice you had one ungraded LIRI Bot exercise. We apologize for this oversight and appreciate this detail as we continue to improve our services.
We understand all individuals will have different boot camp experiences, and we are fully supportive of each personal narrative posted on review sites, like this one. When we receive a less than satisfactory response, our first priority is to follow up with the student and resolve their complaints or concerns, to the best of our abilities. Our team did approach you in this same manner in hopes of rectifying any and all worries you had.
We're always looking for new ways to expand our services to best serve the needs of our students.
- Great Opportunity to dive into coding.- 7/19/2018Corey Stagner • Sr Applications Programmer • Student • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I learned a lot through this program. The curriculum and teachers really allow anyone, with the motivation, to really succeed at learning how to create full stack applications. The course is really focused on web development, and once you complete the six months, you WILL have been given the information and ability to gain the skills needed to create web sites for any company from a start up to a Fortune 500 company.
I would have liked the class to dive a little further in to the back end, but you learn enough grasp the basics of HTML, CSS, and JS, which you can take those basics and apply and grow in any direction that you want to grow. I think that is what I really appreciated from my teachers, I can take those basics and apply to any of the thousands of other frameworks and they will make sense.
This is a very intensive class, that will take up more time then just the hours in the classroom. But if you were to apply your self, you will have the skills to work as a developer for almost any company.
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamThursday, Jul 19 2018Way to go, Corey! We are so happy you enjoyed the program and our instructors. We understand you would have liked to dive even more into back-end technologies, and truly appreciate your feedback. As you mentioned, our course is intensive and designed to teach students a strong foundational skill set with which to learn additional languages post-graduation, so we are thrilled you truly appreciated this methodology. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review! We are cheering you on as you go forward.
- Great Class- 6/28/2018Brandt Strait • Self-Employed • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I went into this class with a bit of a different expectation... I was looking to be able to finally realize my dream of becoming self-employed and start my own business with the tools provided by the full stack web development course. I cannot say enough good things about my instructor Jeff, as he was extremely knowledgeable, always patient, and well worth the investment. The class was very challenging, and it does cover a lot right off the start, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort, network with the right people, go to meetup events, and put yourself out there, it should not be to hard to find a job. Do not go into this course with the expectation that they are going to teach you everything you need to know to become a master full stack developer within 3 or 6 months. Think of it as retraining yourself to be able to adapt to any language and it gives you the tools and broad understanding to teach yourself after the course. It is up to you how you use the skills once you get out. I really enjoyed the class, met some great people, and My company should be up and running mid-end July 2018. Once I have it up and running, would be more than happy to share here what you will be able to do once you graduate this course. If you are serious about starting on a new career path or just getting started as a developer, I think it is a great start. I realize it is a bit of an investment, and to all those who are hesitant, just know I was right there with you, but consider the fact that over any other educational pursuit, programming and tech is by far the fastest growing market on earth right now, and if you want to stay relevant, don’t pick a major or take classes that will not directly lead to you being able to find a job. Take something that is a marketable skill that will allow you to make a living afterwards. This class will help you do just that if you are willing to show up every day with the willingness to learn and work hard. Good Luck.
Response From: Boot Camp Team of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Community TeamFriday, Jun 29 2018Amazing, Brandt! We’re happy to hear your instructor always supported you throughout your boot camp journey - we also think Jeff is pretty great! Like you mentioned, this is a challenging course, covering a wide range of knowledge in a limited amount of time. Since we cover a full-stack curriculum, topics are introduced at a high-level, after which students are expected to dive in and gain a deeper understanding outside of class. We're happy to hear you enjoyed this structure and have to agree that if you are willing to show up every day to learn and work hard, you can truly be successful. Thank you for your review and for imparting some great advice to potential students. Congratulations on graduating and we wish you all the best in your career endeavors!
- Changed my career- 5/17/2018Alan Durham • UI Developer • Graduate • Course: Full-Stack Flex - Part-Time • Campus: Charlotte
I was incredibly pleased with my experience at UNCC's Coding Bootcamp. The curriculum is up to date and clearly adapts to changing market demands. My instructors and TA's were also incredibly helpful.
Before I did this bootcamp I was teaching high school English and seriously needed a change. The boot camp gave me a TON of information across a full stack of development and really helped me understand the things I needed to get into the workforce.
I do think it is important to go into it knowing you will be working insanely hard for six months straight. You will feel like giving up many times through the work and even if you finish you may feel like giving up trying to get your first development job. However, if you are willing to work hard and study and nail down technical interview questions the boot camp's curriculum will make you very competitive in today's market.
On top of the curriculum, many students, TA's and professors work in the local community as developers. If you treat the program like a six month job interview you will make some invaluable connections that will lead to a development career.
I absolutely recommend this program. It literally changed my life.
Response From: Steve CaChat of UNC Charlotte Boot CampsTitle: Student Success ManagerThursday, May 17 2018Congratulations on completing the boot camp, Alan! We are thrilled you had such a positive experience with our program, successfully learning the fundamentals for full-stack web development. We are happy to hear our curriculum helped you gain in-demand industry skills and that you felt supported by our instructors and TAs as you transitioned into a significant career change.
Like you mentioned, this is an immersive and challenging course, one that requires a serious amount of dedication. You are correct that if you work hard and rigorously study, you will be prepared to step out into today's job market - this is great advice for future students! Thank you for sharing your feedback and recommending this program. 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!