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University of Denver Boot Camps

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University of Denver Boot Camps

Avg Rating:4.66 ( 35 reviews )

University of Denver Boot Camps are 12-week, full-time, or 24-week, part-time web development, 24-week UX/UI, data analytics, and cybersecurity courses, or an 18-week digital marketing course offered in Denver, Colorado, and online. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, PHP, Laravel, Express.js, React.js, Database Theory, MongoDB, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. 

The UX/UI program provides hands-on training in user-centric design research, design thinking, visual prototyping and wireframing using Photoshop and Illustrator, interface design, storyboarding, visual design theory, web design with HTML5 and CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more. 

The data analytics curriculum covers a broad array of technologies like Programming in Excel, Python, JavaScript (D3.js, Leaflet.js), HTML/CSS, API Interactions, MySQL, Tableau, Fundamental Statistics, Machine Learning, and more. 

The cybersecurity program provides hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. 

The digital marketing curriculum covers highly relevant skills, training students in marketing strategy fundamentals, optimizing campaigns and websites, digital advertising and automation strategy, and more. Students will get hands-on experience with tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, and Wordpress.

Both the online and in-person boot camp curricula are designed with the most in-demand market needs in mind. Students will enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. University of Denver Boot Camps are designed for working professionals and individuals who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or looking to gain a new skill set.

Students will benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success through program completion and beyond. Services include portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, one-on-one career coaching, and recruiting advice. Successful students will receive a non-credit Certificate of Completion from the University of Denver’s University College.

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

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time

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    Cost$11,745
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    At the Cybersecurity Boot Camp, 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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    DepositN/A
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    Financing Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,745
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    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.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
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    Financing Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,995
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    University of Denver Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in marketing strategy, campaign development, digital advertising, and modern tools in site analytics and reporting. Gain experience with in-demand tools and technologies such as Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads Manager, Wordpress, and more, while also advancing campaign analysis technical skills.
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    DepositN/A
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    Payment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • 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$11,995
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    University of Denver Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • 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$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    University of Denver Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students have access to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio reviews, and 1:1 coaching to position students for success in the field.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonPart Time20 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class size25
    LocationDenver
    Get hands-on training and instruction in high-demand UX/UI Design methodology which includes software skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, XD), Sketch App, InVision, Keynote as well as front-end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Git/GitHub and more. Maintain your work or college schedule by studying part-time, only three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours. Apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing Available through Climb Credit
    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

2 Scholarships

  • $500 University of Denver Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive University of Denver 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.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Data Science and Visualization - Part-Time (Denver)
  • $500 University of Denver Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive University of Denver 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.

    Qualifying Courses

    • Cybersecurity - Part-Time (Denver)
  • Kathryn Lichlyter  User Photo
    Kathryn Lichlyter • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I enrolled in this UX/UI bootcamp because I wanted to get a general education about UX and UI. The instructor, TAs, and career services were genuinely interested in seeing me succeed! Even during this pandemic, and when all our classes were moved online, everyone was so willing to be flexible in order to ensure that us students get the most out of the bootcamp. 

    To any prospective students, I highly recommend enrolling in a bootcamp to jumpstart/pivot your career into a new field!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Aug 21 2020
    Way to go, Kathryn! Our entire boot camp team is truly passionate about enabling student success, so we're thrilled this resonated with you. Like you mentioned, your cohort did experience a disruption due to COVID-19 that resulted in your studies transitioning online for the health and safety of all participants. We're happy to hear this unplanned change was delivered successfully and that you benefited from our online format. 

    Congratulations on completing the program, we truly appreciate your review! All the best moving forward. 
  • Leah Migacz  User Photo
    Leah Migacz • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    This program will give you a goldmine of skills on which you can build! How to utilize those skills is a choice. I was lucky enough to have Sarah Cullen as a guide to an amazing new journey.

    • What makes this bootcamp better than others?
    Two years ago, I attended an introductory course at another bootcamp. One amazing thing DU offers is amazing organization and stability. When a TA calls in sick or gets a tech job, there will be an accredited substitute there within the hour! Also, this bootcamp gives academic grades. This allows you to be able to be accountable, while being part of proud program which isn't one that simply gives anyone a certificate for showing up. 

    • Does anyone ever not finish?
    There will likely be a few people with whom you will not complete the program; however, I can personally guarantee you that if you turn things in on time, put in effort, communicate/be engaged, you will not fail. Some people don't finish because they are behind, doing homework in class instead of the activities or shutting down and ceasing communication with resources.

    • Is this program worth the tuition?
    Absolutely! This program provides a huge competitive advantage. This program offers an amazing amount of resources, it is the student's choice on how to utilize them. This is a program for self-starters --- students who can soak up information and make it their reward. If you have ever considered yourself a lackluster student, I would deem any bootcamp a predatory investment. Job assistance will provide you with good information that you will likely be using in an independent job search. 

    • Struggles to overcome in class:
    You will compare yourself to everyone. Just know that everyone is struggling and feeling behind, and they likely will keep a poker face. Most students don't get most in-class activities; just be present, engaged and don't let it disenchant you! You'll need to make this program your entire life to succeed. Your learning will disguise itself as struggling. There will be a point at which everything will click - just be dedicated and strong! 

    • How to take the next step:
    Be picky regarding from whom you solicit advice. Research the student experience to choose a program in which you'll be a great fit. Take a simple introductory JavaScript course online to prepare. If you've already been approved, do the pre-coursework to the best of your ability! Don't overwhelm and upset yourself - start small and get acquainted with coding.

    Your hard work will absolutely pay off, and will result in a life-changing experience! Feel free to reach out to me regarding questions/bootcamp support or about my experience at (LinkedIn.com/in/Leah-Linux). You'll be making a great choice by devoting yourself to this wonderful program! 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, May 21 2020
    Amazing, Leah! We appreciate you sharing your student experience with us. It's great to hear you enjoyed the program structure and benefited from the support of our entire instructional team. 

    Great advice on overcoming obstacles in class — we completely agree that staying dedicated, present, and engaged are great motivators to keep in mind. When you reach that "lightbulb moment" where everything clicks, you realize that all your hard work is definitely worth it. Congratulations on successfully completing the program and thank you for your recommendation! We wish you all the best in your coding endeavors.
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    McCabe Northup • Integrations Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I completed the Full Stack Flex - Full Time Boot Camp March 10, 2020. The class goes into a good layer of detail in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, NoSQL, SQL, NodeJS, ExpressJS, and ReactJS (almost in that order). The course gives you the confidence and understanding to take on most jr level developer roles. 

    I am really grateful to have taken the course and I can't say enough great things about the Instructor Sara. She by far made the course what it was. She has numerous years experience in the developer work force and is a patient teacher. On rare occasions she did not have an answer, she would find, learn and then cover the answer the following day. She was awesome!!

    I also must stress, the course is what you make out of it. I did not work during the three month course and poured an additional 30+ hours a week into studying, homework , and additional learning. This is a must!

    As for job assistance, I felt it a little lack luster, I am nearly 30 and felt that the job assistance and coaching was geared more for early 20's looking for their first job. It may be more beneficial for a younger student. I ended keeping up with the career milestones, but never really spoke to my career adviser. With this in mind, I couldn't give an accurate scoring of their services. 

    Overall, 10 out of 10 on the course. If Sara C. is still with the program, go now!! Worth every penny! I am one week out of the course and will start work, with an aggressive pay, in a technology I am excited about next Monday! That is an incredible ROI!!
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Mar 20 2020
    Thank you, McCabe! We're happy to hear you had a positive student experience and enjoyed your instructor — we also think Sara is pretty amazing. 

    Like you noted, this course is what you make out of it and devoting additional time both inside and outside of the classroom will definitely help you better understand and master the material covered. We're always optimizing our boot camp offerings, so we appreciate your feedback.

    Congratulation on successfully completing the program! We commend all the hard work you dedicated throughout the past few months and are rooting you on in all your future coding endeavors. 
  • DU Coding Boot Camp
    - 12/19/2019
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    Obiageli Ogbutor • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    A 24-week intensive program focused on gaining technical programming skills in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, JQuery, Bootstrap, Firebase, Node Js, MySQL, MongoDB, Express, Handelbars.js & ReactJS

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Dec 20 2019
    Thanks for your review, Obiageli! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the program curriculum. Congratulations on completing the boot camp! All the best moving forward.
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    Madison Martinez • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    After teaching myself some super basics using online resources, my partner finally convinced me to apply to a boot camp so a professional could help me with the things Google could not. I was nervous working full-time while going to school part-time, but I actually enjoyed the challenge! I've had friends go through intense 12-week boot camps and feel like they didn't always have the time to fully grasp and practice the concepts, whereas having a whole week on most assignments really helped me to utilize all the resources, get in some extra practice, and spend time learning rather than cramming. Sarah Cullen and all the TAs are amazing resources and teachers. Through my experience in this boot camp, I not only found a passion for coding but for challenging myself to continue pushing through the hard parts and always keep learning. I can't wait to put my new skills to use!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Dec 19 2019
    Amazing, Madison! We're happy to hear you found a passion for coding and continuously challenged yourself throughout the program. We're thrilled you found our instructional team to be great resources—we also think Sarah is pretty fantastic.

    Congratulations on successfully completing the boot camp and thank you for your review! We're confident you will go on to achieve great things with your newfound skills. 
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    Hannah • IT Operations • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    I attended the University of Denver's part-time coding boot camp (full stack web dev program) from June through November of 2019 and just attended graduation this past weekend! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is in tech and looking to make a transition to an eng or development role. I currently work in IT Operations for a tech company here in Denver and took this course as a way to further my career. 

    First and foremost, I would say that this course forces you to dig down deep. This is a huge commitment, not only for you, but for your entire support system. For someone who works an 8 to 5, getting to class at 6:30PM and being there until 9:30/10PM two nights a week and then on Saturday morning until 2pm for the entirety of the six-month course was a commitment that often resulted in late nights during projects and early mornings to complete homework. That being said, making this commitment is making a commitment to better yourself and change the course of your future and I would do it all over again for the results I have already seen after taking this course. 

    The support of my instructor, my TA's, DU staff, and my tutor (that is offered to you for private one-hour sessions every week) was phenomenal. I felt that they were personally invested in my success, and oftentimes went above and beyond to make sure I understood the material. Everyone was extremely passionate about the material and about the students learning the material. Overall, the support was absolutely phenomenal and I can't stress enough how amazing they were. 

    For someone who had never been exposed to code in any form prior to this class, the amount of knowledge and understanding I have walked away with is truly astounding. The expansiveness of the material covered has allowed me to dive right into learning more following the course, and to further my career by taking on new projects outside of my everyday role. I am so thrilled to have completed this course and to now walk away with the knowledge I have gained. I can't say enough how highly I recommend this course through the University of Denver. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Dec 19 2019
    We appreciate you sharing your boot camp experience, Hannah! Thank you for choosing our program to advance your skillset. We realize balancing the course with a personal full-time schedule requires serious commitment, so we applaud all the hard work you invested in your studies.

    Our team is truly passionate about enabling student success, so we're happy to hear this resonated with you. Congratulations on completing the program and thank you for your recommendation! We wish you all the best moving forward.
  • Data Analytics
    - 12/11/2019
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    omer kurban • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I studied Data Analytics, it's blend program from each field, no expertise. Just you are getting basic knowledge. It's waste of time and money, this is not University of Denver, its Trilogy Education services, they are just using DU campus classes. They don't help  you to find the job. It's totally sucks. I do not recommend anyone at all !!!!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Dec 19 2019
    Thank you for your feedback, Omer. We regret to hear that the program did not live up to your expectations.
     
    As you noted, the University of Denver has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES) to offer the University of Denver Data Analytics Boot Camp. The University is involved in the curriculum, instructor selection, and outcomes of each of our classes, and routinely monitors the learning experience and performance of each student. Both the University of Denver and TES are truly dedicated to transforming students' lives and aim to be fully transparent about this relationship throughout the admissions process and course.

    From your review, we understand that you did not feel as supported by our career services as you had hoped. While we do not secure direct employment for our learners, we do provide more than 75 hours of assistance, consisting of resume and portfolio reviews, virtual tech panels, technical interview training, and 1:1 coaching with a Career Director. We hope you found these resources to be beneficial.

    We sincerely care about all our students and would love to speak to you personally to see how else we can reinforce your knowledge or support your employment search. If you would like, please reach out to us directly at (303) 223-1868. 
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    Ryan Schraeder • Support Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Prior to entering this course, I had decent experience in a technical environment collaborating with Data Analytics and Science teams. However, I didn't have many opportunities in the field to learn the craft of programming, data analysis, and data science. So, I sought after a program that could provide the hands-on experience to jumpstart my career. 

    I had been inspired to dive into self-taught work and various MOOCs (Codecademy, Coursera) to learn independently, though nothing encapsulated the day-to-day experience and career perspective quite like the University of Denver Data Science and Analytics Bootcamp.

    If you are looking to jump into the zone, work your hardest, and earn yourself the skills to head steadfast into your dream job, this is the best opportunity. 

    I had the pleasure of working with talented cohorts with diverse backgrounds, receive quality assistance at my highs and lows, train with a brilliant tutor along the way, receive exceptional career service throughout and even after this program, and showcase projects I never thought I'd be able to accomplish. 

    I'm grateful for this program, but be prepared to work in and outside of the course diligently!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Aug 15 2019
    Way to go, Ryan! We're happy to hear you successfully learned the fundamentals of data analytics and benefited from the support of our entire team. Great advice for prospective students—if you're ready to work hard and utilize all the program's resources you will succeed. Congratulations on completing the boot camp and thank you for your review! Best of luck moving forward.
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    Very challenging and rewarding course. I had no experience with coding, databases, web development, or machine learning. My personal goals were to learn more in these areas and I definitely did. The teacher, staff, and tutors were excellent. Course is very fast paced, students need to be able to put in the 20+ hours outside of class. Very happy I finished the course and look forward to using my new skills in the future!  I do wish we spent significantly more time in python, sql, and tableau, but that is a personal preference.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Aug 09 2019
    Thank you for your review, Shirley! It's great to hear that you feel empowered by your new skillset, and we commend you for your commitment to the course and diving into a challenging curriculum. Like you mentioned, the class requires quite a bit of work outside of class, so we appreciate your advice for prospective students. Congratulations on completing the program, we wish you all the best!
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    Grace Gude • Back End Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Taking The University of Denver Boot Camps Full Stack Web Development Course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The curriculum was challenging but the support from the teaching staff was wonderful. I am especially thankful to have had Sarah Cullen as an instructor, she is an incredible teacher and mentor. The Teaching Assistants are great too and the access to weekly sessions with a tutor is extremely helpful. I took it into my own hands to prepare my portfolio and apply for jobs, but I was hired at an amazing company with awesome benefits within 2 months of graduating. I also made friends who I hope to continue coding with for many years to come. If you are looking to get started in the programming field I would highly recommend this course!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Jun 28 2019
    Amazing, Grace! We're thrilled you had a positive student experience and enjoyed the curriculum—we also agree that Sarah is pretty great. Congratulations on successfully graduating and landing an exciting new role! We wish you all the best on your new career path.
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    Ashley Hurlburt • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I enrolled at DU's Bootcamp and began my program in September 2018. I was nervous about the courseload, and nervous about being 'smart enough' to learn how to code. I've been a massage therapist since 2003, a musician/vocalist/songwriter my entire adult life, I'd received my A.A.S in English in 2011 (at age 28), and had been working for three years as an educational administrator for a national association. Although my position had given my brain some exercise, and I realized I enjoyed problem solving and logic, I had never done anything like coding.

    I graduated high school with, roughly, an eigth grade math level. I bounced around a lot to different high schools, and, quite honestly, didn't make it to class many days my junior and senior year, so I missed out on a lot. I took a non-credit bearing math course before I could even take a college math course when I obtained my A.A.S. And although I was in AP Lit classes in high school, and took honors courses in my community college- there was always that dark, shadowy place where 'math' sat in my mind. I've always loved science and theoretical physics, but any time I looked at BS degrees, I closed the tab after reading the math requirements. I had convinced myself that my brain just 'didn't work that way' for a long time. So part of me wondered if I had what it would take to become a proficient developer. The only html experience I'd had until that point was making my mySpace profile look super sweet all those years ago! 


    I'm also a single mom- when I started the program my daughter was 13 and my son was 4. I work full time and I'm a homeowner. I don't have family that lives in Colorado either- my folks live back home in upstate NY. I had a lot on my plate! 
    As expected, the first few weeks of school were rough with getting into the groove of going to class after work, and not seeing my children as much. I dealt with a lot of mom-guilt, but would remind myself that this was temporary, and that I was doing this to better our lives, and it would be worth it. 

    In the first couple of months, there were days that I felt like I didn't understand anything at all, and it made me question my choices, but I knew I wasn't alone and that it was normal for my brain to be overwhelmed. I made the decision to utilize a weekly tutor- which DU provides as part of your tuition. I found a pattern that every couple of weeks I'd have a 'brain-melting' class, and I would go home that night and not code at all. I'd just sleep. The next day, while working on our homework for that week, suddenly things would start clicking, and that trend continued throughout the course. I started actually looking forward to those classes because I knew that my mind was getting stronger. It's like a muscle with a new, hardcore workout..first your body feels like jello, but you rest, eat right, and keep going- and you start noticing tone and definition, and you're not as sore, and you get stronger. My excitement for having the tools to build some awesome applications soon overrode my anxiety and fears, and I became more confident that I could do all of these things. After each successful project, I gained more confidence in my abilities-which definitely seeped into other parts of my life. You don't need to be good at traditional math to be able to code. You need to be a problem solver. You need to enjoy logic. You need to enjoy finding efficient ways of doing things. Most of all, you need to be tenacious and determined. Not one to give up easily and throw in the towel. I think a lot of moms already have a lot of experience in those areas! 
    Time flew by, and as we approached our capstone project, I started realizing that I wanted to do it alone. Not because I thought I could easily manage an entire full-stack project by myself, but because the thought of doing it alone seemed outrageous to me. Could I actually do it by myself? Something that I'd had 2-3 classmates helping me with this entire time? 98% of me thought that was impossible with a 3.5 week deadline. But that 2% of me that had watched me raise two children while spending 30+ hrs per week between school and homework, that part of me that looked forward to the 'brain-melting' days, that part of me that was convinced I could do it with the support of my incredible instructor, well...that part had gotten pretty loud. 
    Three and a half weeks later, I stood at the podium in the hall in DU- in front of two classes of students and staff, and I presented a deployed, interactive stage/band scheduling application (complete with user authentication/password encryption, all built using React.js with Node.js and an express server), I'd singlehandedly built for a festival in MN I'd been attending since 2006. The best part is that at least one of the festival promoters is going to promote my application, and more are coming on board as we speak, so my app is actually going to be used by potentially thousands of people at the end of August! I can't tell you it was easy...it was not. None of it was easy. But the feeling of being able to build applications, knowing how versatile this work can be, knowing that I'm actually kind of good at it (and getting better), and watching it come to fruition, while knowing that made that happen? It was so worth it.

    I'll be working on it until my August 1st deadline, but you can check it out it here: https://intense-scrubland-36992.herokuapp.com/

    I start my new position as a web developer at my current company within the next couple of weeks.
    Today (the day after my final presentation) my teen daughter casually said, "So, if people ask me what you do, you're a web developer now?" and my son blurted out, "No, she's a super hero! Right, Mom?" and honestly, I kinda feel like they're both right. 

    So if you're on the fence, especially as a Mom, and think you can't do this program because you have a lot going on...if I can do it, so can you.


    The tech world needs more female super heroes. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Apr 09 2019
    Way to go, Ashley! Thank you for choosing our program to make such a significant career change. We're thrilled to hear you took advantage of all the boot camp's available resources and gained confidence in your web development skills. You've given great advice for aspiring women in tech and all prospective students—the program is rigorous, but if you're tenacious and keep reminding yourself of why you started on this journey, you can push through and come out stronger on the other side! We're incredibly proud of all the hard work and commitment you dedicated, especially as you balanced a full-time schedule at work and at home. Congratulations on successfully completing the course and embarking on a new role! We wish you continued success in all that you do. 
  • Reality Check
    - 3/5/2019
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    At the risk of shooting myself in the foot…I’d like to present a reality check of the DU Data Analytics bootcamp based on my experience last year and hopefully help someone who’s considering whether or not to drop 10 grand on the dream.

    First of all, class lectures were pretty frustrating and more demoralizing than encouraging. Secondly, the support system isn’t really geared for those who are struggling.

    Pros

    • Intelligent quirky instructor who has real-world experience

    • Tutors can help flesh out the lectures and allow you to complete the homework

    • Career counseling provided some feedback that was insightful

    Cons

    • Instructor teaches at a high level that is often unrelatable or not simply explained.

    • Student Success Manager is virtually absent and too busy to respond to inquiries (although I suspect this review might get his attention)

    • Weekly survey feedback is never addressed.

    • Career advisors don’t have any particular industry contacts to share. Their advice is generic and widely searchable.

    Conclusions:

    I learned a lot and racked my brain to extremes. If I had to do it over again though...I would make the following adjustments:

    1. Look at educational organizations that guarantee money-back job placement. Thinkful is one such organization in Denver.

    2. Explore free online resources. There are many great educators that record videos on specific programs. I learned the most this way actually and have been tempted to design a free curriculum for prospective learners.

    3. Look for instructors who have a balance of field and teaching experience.

    Despite all the rave reviews on this site, I’m not the only one from my class who had a similar experience as described. Very often after class I would commiserate with others who were equally frustrated.

    I’d like DU’s program to succeed and to get that dream data job that I sacrificed so much for (a career change). But the reality is it’s been four months since I graduated and I’m still applying without much success. I’d rather be telling you a different story and I hope that will change in the months to come, but for now this is the stark truth.

    I hope this feedback helps prospective students decide what to do based on a more rounded picture.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Denver Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Mar 12 2019
    Thank you for sharing your feedback, Chris. We're happy to hear you found our instructional team to be knowledgeable and benefited from the insight of our career services team. 

    From your review, we understand that you were frustrated by the high-level nature of the class lectures. As the technical job market continuously changes, our program is designed to help individuals graduate with the necessary skills to quickly learn new frameworks and languages on their own. As such, our instructors cover multiple topics in a limited amount of time. We do our best to communicate to students that topics are introduced at a high-level in-class, 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 curriculum progresses, most participants feel increasingly confident in the knowledge they've gained. This methodology helps individuals learn how to problem-solve and self-teach — crucial abilities needed in any data role. Due to the fast pace of the course, as well as the challenging topics covered, we do offer several means of support including office hours, Slack, and free tutoring sessions. Were you able to take advantage of these?

    Our entire boot camp team is passionate about making sure students are supported, so we regret that you felt your Student Success Manager was not responsive. While we support many students throughout the program, we do our best to ensure that all inquiries are addressed and students' needs are met. Like you mentioned, we do require participants to submit weekly feedback on instructor clarity, engagement, and knowledgeability. The student experience is our number one priority and our teams meet every week to monitor and optimize classroom performance. We truly appreciate your input, as we're constantly working on improving our support to ensure individuals have the best learning experience possible.

    While we work hard to prepare students to step out into the job market, we do not secure direct employment. We help individuals become employer competitive through a variety of resources and tools, including technical interview training, portfolio reviews, resume/social media profile support, online Tech Talk panels, and one-on-one coaching with their Career Director.

    It's our goal for all students to complete the program feeling equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to find the right tech role. If you would like, please reach out to us at (303) 747-4493 to further discuss any other ways we can assist you at this time.