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University of Minnesota Boot Camps

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University of Minnesota Boot Camps

Avg Rating:4.42 ( 12 reviews )

University of Minnesota Boot Camps offer a 12-week, full-time and 24-week, part-time web development courses, 24-week, part-time data analytics, cybersecurity, UX/UI, and financial technology courses, and an 18-week, part-time digital marketing course. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, Node.js, databases, MongoDB, MySQL, and Git.

The data curriculum includes programming in Excel, Python, R programming, JavaScript charting, HTML/CSS, API interactions, SQL, Tableau, fundamental statistics, machine learning, and more. Enjoy close collaboration with other professionals while receiving hands-on experience.

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

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

The fintech curriculum covers Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, blockchain, and more.

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.

Applicants do not need prior experience to enroll, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial. As the programs are available in both full-time and part-time formats, University of Minnesota Boot Camps are designed for working professionals and students who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement or looking to gain a new skill set.

Students will have access to a range of career services including portfolio or homework reviews, resume and social media profile support, high-impact career events, workshops, mock interviews, and 1:1 career coaching. Graduates will receive a Full Stack Web Development Certificate, a Data Visualization and Analytics Certificate, a Cybersecurity Certificate, a UX/UI Certificate, or a Financial Technology Certificate from the University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Successful graduates will have a portfolio of projects demonstrating a working knowledge of web development, data analytics, digital marketing, or financial technology or have the skills to receive cybersecurity certifications.

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  • Cybersecurity - Part-Time

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    Cost$10,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    University of Minnesota Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time boot camp that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attaining proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security. Throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks, you will 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.
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    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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    Cost$10,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    This boot camp is rigorous, fast-paced, and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python and R programming, JavaScript charting, SQL databases, Tableau, machine learning, and more. Throughout the boot camp, you will complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, healthcare, government, social welfare, and more — allowing you to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
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    Tuition PlansPayment plans available
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing - Part-Time

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    Cost$7,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    University of Minnesota Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a challenging, part-time digital marketing boot camp 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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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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  • Financial Technology - Part-Time

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    SQL, Python, Machine Learning, Excel, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,495
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    Get hands-on training and instruction in financial technology and analysis using popular tools and methods including Python programming, financial libraries, machine learning algorithms, Ethereum, and blockchain. Maintain your current schedule by studying the competitive curriculum part-time, and gain access to career services like resume and portfolio reviews, interview training, and 1:1 coaching.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
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  • Full Stack Flex - Full-Time

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    MySQL, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, React.js, CSS, HTML, MongoDB, Node.js
    OnlineFull Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$11,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    University of Minnesota Coding Boot Camp is a 12-week, full-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Full Stack Flex - Part-Time

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    Git, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, React.js, CSS, HTML, Node.js, MongoDB
    OnlinePart Time10 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$10,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    University of Minnesota Coding Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time web development boot camp. The full stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, databases, MongoDB, Node.js, MySQL, Command Line, Git, and more. Gain real-world experience through complex projects and build a professional portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge. Benefit from a wide range of career services to be positioned for success in the job market including portfolio reviews, resume and social media profile support, workshops, and mock interviews.
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    DepositN/A
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkPre-work
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Boot Camp - Part-Time

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    User Experience Design, JavaScript, HTML, Git, CSS
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week24 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$10,995
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationSt. Paul
    Get hands-on training and instruction in UX/UI design methodology, design software skills, front end web prototyping technologies and frameworks including HTML/CSS, interaction design with JavaScript and jQuery, and more. Maintain your current schedule by studying part-time, and apply what you’ve learned toward building a comprehensive portfolio of projects ranging from AI sketches to mobile-responsive web layouts.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
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1 Scholarship

  • $500 University of Minnesota Boot Camps Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive University of Minnesota 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 (St. Paul)
  • Coding Bootcamp
    - 12/16/2020
    Meena Ambalam  User Photo
    Meena Ambalam • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I am an IT professional with about 2 decade of experience. Most of my experience was in legacy technology and past 5 years I've been playing the role of Business Analyst. I was working for Delta Airlines in Minnesota campus. When COVID hit and impacted Airline business, the great company it is, with great leaders, we were offered voluntary packages to separate from the company with health insurance for a year. I took that opportunity to introspect my career path and retool myself. As I loved art, colors, and enjoyed hands-on problem solving, I decided to take the path of Web development and signed up for the Coding Bootcamp with  University of Minnesota.

    The Fulltime coding program was a fast pace program. It was a fun, interesting and a challenging program. The instructor was very knowledgeable, humorous and made the learning process more fun and enjoyable. The TAs were also knowledgeable, encouraging and guided us throughout the program, even providing some weekend sessions from their personal time. 
    I couldn't ask for more.

    I didn't use the career service during the program. Now having completed the program, I am fully focused on utilizing the all the help career service offers to guide me in job application, networking and landing in a job.

    I am so glad I selected Coding Bootcamp with University of Minnesota. Heartfelt thanks to the Program and the Instructional Team.
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Dec 17 2020
    Thanks, Meena! We appreciate you choosing our program to further your technical skills and make a significant career change. We're thrilled to hear you had found the boot camp to be interesting and challenging. Our team strives to enable student success, so it's great to know you benefited from their ongoing help and encouragement. We're looking forward to providing you career services assistance in the upcoming weeks. Congratulations on graduating and best of luck in all your future endeavors!
  • Melissa Wolf  User Photo
    Melissa Wolf • UX/UI Designer • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I would highly recommend this bootcamp to anyone wanting to learn and put in the time. I made lasting relationships with classmates that I will now carry through my career, as well as so many skills I never thought I could learn in a 6 month time period. It really gives you the tools to do so many things with your career or business. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Nov 24 2020
    Amazing, Melissa! We strive to foster a collaborative classroom environment, so we're thrilled you were able to form close connections with your classmates as well as learn the fundamentals of UX/UI. Congratulations on graduating, we appreciate your review! All the best moving forward. 
  • Samer Saadoun  User Photo
    Samer Saadoun • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Syria, 1997. My very first experience facing a PC. It was running on Windows 95, very slow, very noisy, and extremely magical. That was the moment when I said to my father "I will become a programmer". Then, life took me on a different path (financial pressure/survival mode) and I ended up working in the media field for +8 years. But that moment of love, at first sight, stayed with me and I had to remind myself that “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BECOME A CODER”.

    Apart from the romantic reason behind my decision, there are of course many rational reasons that pushed me to join a Bootcamp. Here are a few: 
    • Coding is a massive field full of opportunities and creativity
    • Coders are highly required in the market and that’s not going to change anytime soon
    • So many opportunities to work as a freelancer and/or work from home
    • Coding is a continuous learning experience. It’s like taking your brain to the gym every day. (don’t forget to take your body to the gym too)
    • If you do some coding and learn every day. Your only way is UP.

    So, why a boot camp? After considering the main options (college/Bootcamp/solo-learning online), I decided that a Bootcamp is the perfect first step for changing careers. The amount of time and money spent on it is a total win when the result is:
    • Understanding a wide range of topics that cover almost the full picture
    • Finishing 3 major projects and many smaller ones (Big PLUS in your resume)
    • So many support sources in addition to a very interactive class
    • Interacting with professional coders and gaining insights from their work experience
    • Coding with a group just like you would do in a company
    • Many great career services that are available for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!!
    And many other reasons that make the boot camp a very rich experience full of benefits.

    If you decide to take this very exciting journey, here are a few things that I did before and during the course that I believe gave me a great push forward.
    • Give yourself about a month to prepare. (mini-tutorials, youtube videos, HTML/CSS/JS basics, articles on problem solving/coding logic ...etc)
    • Before the starting date, you will have a pre-work assigned to you, which is a collection of simple subjects and activities to warm up. Take it very seriously and give it an appropriate amount of time. It will give you a great push through the first month, and it will be too late to give up :) Now, your only option is SUCCESS!
    • Get yourself a nice-looking journal and keep track of everything you learn on a daily basis, just a line or two on each new concept is enough. And keep some notes on any gaps/questions you have, to ask them during office hours. 
    • Try to code/read as many examples as possible on every new concept you learn
    • Connect with your classmates, do study groups, ask and try to answer questions. Those interactions are gold! Push yourself out even if you don’t feel like it.
    • Never ever hesitate on asking questions. Never tell yourself “I think my question is very basic. I’ll keep my mouth shut and study more after class” this is your time to learn, not to be shy or surrender to self-doubt.
    • If you remind yourself that this boot camp is the cornerstone of a new career, you will have more energy and appreciation for it than being in the classic student mentality of “I need to do my homework and pass.”

    I still have a lot to say about my experience, but since I’m still halfway through, I’ll save the rest for another review after I cross the finish line.

    Best of luck to everyone and BIG BIG shout out to the instructor Dan Mueller and the TA’s

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Oct 30 2020
    We appreciate your review, Samer! Thank you for choosing our program to make a significant career change. We couldn't agree more that it's never too late to pursue your passions and enter the tech field. You're completely right that coding is a continual learning experience, one that provides hardworking candidates vast amounts of opportunities.

    We're thrilled to hear you're benefiting from both the available resources and support the boot camp has to offer including working on real-world projects, interactive classes, collaboration with classmates, and career services. Great advice for prospective students—completing the pre-work, connecting with other participants, not being afraid to ask questions, and keeping track of everything you learn will definitely help you stay ahead. We also think Dan and the rest of our instructional team are pretty fantastic at what they do.

    Congratulations on all the hard work you've dedicated thus far, we wish you continued success as you finish out the program!
  • Dave  User Photo
    Dave • Student Verified via GitHub
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    I highly recommend Trilogy’s U of MN Data Analytics & Visualization Boot Camp, but only if you are serious about wanting to learn!

    If you are new to coding – plan on spending 10 – 20 hours per week on homework, studying and projects.

    Did I learn a lot?

    The first day of class, I didn’t know anything about coding – not a single line of python – didn’t even know what Git Bash was.

    My final project was machine learning classifying SEC 10k Risk Factor text documents for a U of MN Professor. A side project I did on my own was scrapping 65k tweets and performing a sentiment analysis for a UNC Professor!

    I learned a ton!

    Be Prepared for Class:

    Class is fast paced! Classes had two components, instructor led examples and student in-class activities. That was a combined 512 in-class activities in 6 months! The activities are where you really learn – it’s practicing what you were just taught and then getting immediate feedback on the right way to complete the activity!

    We had 16 homework assignments and 3 projects. Every one of them was challenging and took hours to complete.

    Positives:

    Instructors: There were two cohorts that met on separate nights during the week and together on the weekends. The instructors would alternate for the combined Saturday class. Both of my instructors (Paul K and Madeleine F) were data scientists by day, very knowledgeable, approachable, and took time during office hours and throughout the week as time allowed to answer questions. Both on their own time would post relevant articles, job openings, and other resources for the students. If you have an opportunity to have Paul or Madeleine as an instructor don’t pass up the opportunity – I learned a ton!

    We also had 4 great TAs – maybe our classes just got lucky…

    Not a single person dropped out of the class – I think that had a lot to do with effective pre-screening and a staff that inspired us to be successful.

    Surveys made a difference! Every week you are required to fill out a class survey. For the first 6 months, every week I responded – please give us a syllabus! Trilogy never gave us a syllabus, but our instructor finally started slacking out what we were going to be covering in the upcoming week. VERY HELPFUL! I saw this week on our class page that Trilogy posted a syllabus – what’s my point? I felt that they listened to student feedback and made incremental changes throughout the 6 months.

    Class Videos – every class session is recorded so you can watch it later. The first few months I didn’t use it at all, but then class started getting more difficult and I referred to the videos quite a bit.

    Negatives:

    They didn’t provide a syllabus. This was frustrating because I wanted to spend time preparing at home so when I heard about a new function in class – it wouldn’t be the first time. They now provide a syllabus so where it was a negative for me, future students take advantage of this and study before class.

    Career Services isn’t what I thought it was when I signed up, but it has been satisfactory after I adjusted my expectations. Career Services is meant to get you ‘interview ready’ – not to help you find a job; although I can tell they are even trying to change that a little bit with a Demo Days, marketing to local recruiters, etc.

    What was most surprising?

    How much we learned in such a short period of time. You won’t be an expert at any given language or library, but you will know how to find the answers to be successful at coding.

    I was also (happily) surprised at how time was spent on html/css/JavaScript. When you think about it, we learned how to take huge data (millions of rows), visualize it with cool interactive visuals (look at https://github.com/d3/d3/wiki/Gallery to become inspired and excited) – so it only makes sense that we would want to learn how to make it easy for non-programming people to access! You will have enough knowledge by the end of the course to make any of the visuals you find on the d3 GitHub link!

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 21 2019
    Thank you so much, Dave! We appreciate you sharing a detailed review of your experience and our program structure. We're happy to hear you found our instructional team to be knowledgeable and supportive — we also think Paul and Madeleine are pretty great. It makes our team's day to see how much our students learn and progress during this intensive program. We're constantly working to improve our program and its offerings, so we truly appreciate your feedback. Congratulations on graduating, we are rooting you on in all that you do!
  • DJ Steinmetz  User Photo
    DJ Steinmetz • Full Stack Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I highly recommend the Full Stack Coding Bootcamp through UMN.  High quality instruction, great support and Teachers Assistants.  Everything about this experience was valuable, and I've now almost doubled my salary!  Well worth the time and money.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Oct 23 2018
    Way to go, DJ! We're thrilled to hear you had such an invaluable student experience and truly benefited from our instructional support. Congratulations on graduating, we wish you all the success in your future endeavors!  

  • Stay Away!
    - 1/30/2021
    Myles Miller • Student
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    Started this course while between jobs during the pandemic and initially everything went well. However, after some extenuating circumstances forced me to miss some sessions (death in the family and a new job which conflicted with class times) it became a nightmare. I was initially optimistic as the student success manager provided all sorts of options for keeping me in the class and up to speed. It quickly became apparent that this was lip service. It took me a over a month and multiple emails and calls to the regional director of Trilogy (the company UofM contracts the course out to) to finally get a response. I'm once again waiting for a response to another query after nearly two weeks and several emails/calls. The inability to communicate with students who are investing $11k on this course is, candidly, disgraceful. Life is unpredictable and communication through unpredictable times is a must. The fact that the the student success department is unable or unwilling to effectively communicate to students, the majority of whom are likely working and dedicating what free-time they have left to this course, is contemptible. Furthermore, The University of Minnesota is tarnishing their name and reputation by partnering with an organization that holds their students in zero regard. 

    In short: Future-forward look at who UofM partners with to offer these boot camp courses. If it is Trilogy, save yourself the time, money, and headache and stay away!
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Feb 11 2021
    Thank you for your feedback, Myles. We regret to hear the program did not meet your expectations.

    Student support is our top priority and we strive to be responsive to every request we receive. We do apologize for any delays you experienced in communication and want to ensure you we are constantly working to improve our response time to best serve the needs of our learners.

    Like you mentioned, the University of Minnesota, College of Continuing and Professional Studies has partnered with Trilogy Education Services (TES), a 2U, Inc. brand, to offer the University of Minnesota Boot Camps. The University of Minnesota, College of Continuing and Professional Studies is deeply involved in the curriculum, instructor selection, and outcomes of each of our classes, and routinely meet in conjunction with TES to monitor the learning experience and performance. Both the University of Minnesota, College of Continuing and Professional Studies and TES are truly dedicated to transforming students' lives.

    Your Career Director is scheduled to begin pre-graduation outreach in a few days and should be in contact. We hope you will find her assistance to be of help. 

    We sincerely care about our students and it is our goal for all participants to feel equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to complete the course. While we know you are now in communications with your SSM, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you further to learn how else we can assist you at this time. If you would like, please reach out to us at (612) 424-8605.
  • Caroline P • SVP, Product and Software Development • Student
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    Excellent program that is more wide than deep but a great into to a very large topic. Supports entering a large and growing area of the Tech job market.
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Dec 10 2020
    Way to go, Caroline! We're glad you had a positive boot camp experience and enjoyed the curriculum. We wish you continued success in all that you do. 
  • Great course!
    - 2/15/2019
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    I took the part-time full-stack web development bootcamp and loved it. I had a great instructional team and felt supported in every access. The content was challenging but not frustrating or impossible. I felt the need to do an in-person bootcamp and do not regret my decision to do this one. A few months after I graduated, I got a job as a front-end developer and am so happy with my career change.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Friday, Feb 15 2019
    Amazing, Robyn! Thank you for choosing our program to make a significant career change. We're glad you enjoyed the curriculum and felt supported by our entire instructional team. Congratulations on graduating and thank you for your review! All the best in your new role.
  • Excellent Program
    - 5/23/2018
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    I really enjoyed my experience in the program. I did not have any coding experience before doing this and I received a lot of individual support and attention. I am really grateful for all of the help I got from my instructor and ta team. We had a rough start to class with only one ta, but we ended up working with a great group of people. I liked the group work and the program manager had a lot of helpful resources for me. The class is very hands on and I needed visual resources too. The class does not come with a book or reading materials which is the one real downside to me. I enjoyed the students I was with and had a great time, except for one group project. I ended up with a group member that was a lot of trouble. 

    Response From: Andrea Hansen of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Student Success Manager
    Wednesday, May 30 2018
    Congratulations on completing the course, Joe! Our instructors and TA's are incredibly passionate about helping students learn hands-on full-stack web development, so we’re happy to hear they were so helpful and attentive throughout the program. We understand you would have liked additional reading materials, and we appreciate this feedback as we're constantly updating our curriculum.

    It is our goal to create a positive and collaborative classroom environment, designing group projects that best simulate real-world experiences students may encounter. We regret you struggled with a disruptive group member and want all students to leave the boot camp feeling positive and confident. If you would like, please contact me directly at (612) 424-8605 so we can further address any concerns you may have. Once again, congratulations on your hard work and dedication. Thank you for your review and we wish you all the best!  
  • I'll say yes!
    - 4/8/2021
    Anonymous • Still searching
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    This was has been a very fulfilling surprise for me. I chose to pursue a coding bootcamp as I was looking to change into a career where I would feel a constant need to keep improving. I started to explore coding as an option due to past hobby explorations of mine. I went with the popular named bootcamp programs you get once you do a google search (the top five or something) but the prices were outstanding (almost gave me a heart attack to be honest). As it turned out, all the avenues available to help with the cost were options that did not apply to me. In other words, I had to pay it out of pocket. COVID had just hit, so funds were taking a very drastic dive. Through all the nos I got, I stumbled into UofM and decided to make enquires and apply. I wasn't sure I could pay for it but it was more affordable than the others I had seen. After numerous talks and all the options presented to me, I was eligible for one of them and hence started my journey. 

    It was the most nerve wrecking experience ever. I mean, where is my textbook please? Can't I just cram the method to solve a problem and pass it and get my A, pretty please? I was so scared of failing. I did fail so often it wasn't funny but I did it. From all those mistakes I made, I made more than once but I knew how to fix it and started to understand how to communicate better with computers. All this was due to the instructional team that consisted of a 1 class instructor and 4 TAs. I mean they put their heart into helping each and every one of us. You of course had to do the work to learn but any hurdle or obstacle that you came across was surmountable because they were available. 

    There were many aspects that I greatly appreciated, one of which was the constant encouragement we got from our instructional team. They told it was hard and you might cry (I did) but it is doable. It is just really hard now but don't forget that you are not alone. I can't speak for anyone else but it made push through every difficult aspect especially when we got to JavaScript constructors, prototypes, classes and organizing structured tests (What??? you must not be speaking English, I swear). But now, OH MY GOD! I know what you are talking about. I can actually look through code and grasp what it is trying to do. Computers, I can read you now!! Databases... let's our CRUD on. 

    All puns aside, I am so grateful to the classmates I met during the bootcamp and the patience of the instructional team because right now, I am learning new skills and technologies, how to do algorithms and applying for Junior Dev Jobs. This can't be my life! 

    I would really recommend this program to anyone who has a pull towards programming. Don't walk into this just at the prospect of higher earning income (not that it isn't important) but the amount of work this requires both during and after the program, you need find some sense of innate enjoyment in it. If you have that, please reach out to UofMCodingBootcamp ;). You won't go wrong. 
    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Monday, Apr 12 2021
    We appreciate you sharing your boot camp experience! Thank you for choosing our program to make a significant career change and pursue your interest in coding. 

    Like you noted, this is a rigorous course so we commend you for asking for assistance when needed and benefiting from the support of our entire instructional team. We are truly passionate about enabling student success, so it's great to hear this resonated with you. 

    We couldn't agree more that you are not alone in the learning journey and utilizing the various different resources at your disposal will help you master the concepts covered—including reaching out to your classmates. 

    Congratulations on graduating, we wish you all the best moving forward! 
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Recent grad from the part time full stack program. My experience with course has been pretty good. Friendly staff, helpful TA's, decent instructor, although it was apparent that the instructor wasn't familiar with the material some of the time. Especially when it came to React.js. 

    Most of the curriculum was written in es5, which made it pretty outdated. Things got tricky when they suddenly expected us to know es6 for react.js. Which was troubling, because for about 4 months they had us coding in es5.

    They also fixate on some outdated material, which I don't think is useful in the real world. 

    I also agree with some other reviews I saw on reddit, in which other students said that it seems a lot of the students there are just trying to hang in there and make it through the course, and not being able to keep up, or they have no idea what is going on. You'll realize this when projects come around. 

    The program was cheaper than the other programs in the area. So it has that going for it.

    Career counseling is pretty much none existence. When you'll first me your counselor, she'll come off as extremely enthusiastic, but when you have one on ones with her, you'll realize that she is extremely overworked and not very helpful. It took me over a month and a half to get a meeting with her. 

    Again, this was my experience with the program, although many other students in my cohort agree with me and my opinion. Hopefully the program will learn from it's mistakes and better itself. 

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Thursday, Apr 11 2019
    Thank you for sharing your experience, and congratulations on completing the program! We're happy to hear you found our boot camp team to be friendly and helpful.

    From your review, we understand your instructor might not have met your expectations when it came to learning React. We do hire industry professionals with a minimum of three years of experience as active practitioners in the field. Each individual is vetted by the University of Minnesota and trained in instructional best practices before being introduced into the classroom. However, we know that not all teaching styles will resonate with all learners. The student experience is our priority and we actively monitor instructor performance through weekly student feedback surveys on instructor clarity, engagement, and knowledgeability.

    As a boot camp, we know that the curriculum is fast-paced and challenging while covering a wide range of topics, and we do our best to make this clear to prospective students. Topics are introduced at a high-level in-class, after which learners are expected to dive in and not only gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered, but 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 programming role. To help students through the rigorous curriculum, we do offer several means of support including office hours, Slack, and free tutoring sessions. Were you able to find these beneficial?

    The core concepts in our curriculum were engineered using extensive market and employer research, but we are constantly optimizing our course as the industry evolves. We know that technology is ever-changing, so we want students to graduate with the necessary skills to quickly learn new frameworks and languages on their own. Our team is continually updating our course material and instructional support to ensure students have the best learning experience possible, so we truly appreciate your input.

    Our career services team is built on the principle of empowerment and we strive to continuously support students throughout their job search. We regret you did not have an opportunity to fully participate in the career assistance experience of the course. While we do not secure direct employment for our learners, we work to empower students with the necessary resources and support they need to enter the workforce. Our professional development curriculum includes 1:1 coaching, resume support, portfolio reviews, and more. Were you able to utilize these resources? Your job support does not end upon graduation; you're still able to reactivate your career services support today and gain access to a range of continued strategies and coaching.

    It is our goal for all students 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 (612) 424-8605. 
  • David Kraft • Graduate
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    Very skilled and caring instructional team. You get out of the program what you put into it.

    Response From: Boot Camp Team of University of Minnesota Boot Camps
    Title: Community Team
    Tuesday, Aug 28 2018
    Thank you for your review, David! We're so glad you enjoyed our instructional team and have to agree that you get out of the program what you put in. Congratulations on graduating and we wish you all the success moving forward!