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Viking Code School offers a full-time, 12-week full-stack JavaScript online program, and a part-time Flex Program teaching full-stack JavaScript or Ruby on Rails. Viking Code School trains novice-to-intermediate programmers to become full-stack developers. The Immersive Program is a 12-week online program that helps serious students become full-stack JavaScript web developers. These cohorts are limited to carefully selected students who work together throughout the program to solve challenges and build projects. Students learn using a combination of live instruction, one-on-one help, pair programming, tutorials, lessons, projects, and code reviews. In the part-time Flex Program, students choose from three support tiers which include live, instructor-led office hours, Q&A support, a private student community, and optional mentor sessions. Students learn on a self-paced schedule from tutorials, lessons, assignments, major projects, and with the opportunity for pair programming with fellow students.

Viking Code School aims to provide the support of an in-person class with the flexibility of learning from home. While students don't need previous programming experience, applicants should be highly motivated, capable of learning quickly and should communicate well. Viking Code School is incentivized to get students software engineering jobs- if graduates do not get a job within 6 months, the Immersive Program tuition is completely free, and the Flex Program Guaranteed Tier offers a full refund. 

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  • Viking Full Stack Web Application Engineering FLEX

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    With Viking's Flex Program, you can take the same course as our best-in-class, 12-week Immersive Program but at your own pace and with exactly the level of support that best fits your life. You will learn the fundamentals of software engineering and the modern web development stack and become a master of picking up new technologies and solving complex problems, the hallmark characteristics of successful engineers. Our Flex Program offers full-stack tracks in JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. Both tracks cover: HTML, CSS, Git, data structures, algorithms, SQL, NoSQL, JavaScript and React with Redux.
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    DepositNone
    Tuition PlansDial in exactly the level of support you want and choose from any of our available plans, which are pay-as-you-go.
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    Minimum Skill LevelStudents are expected to work very hard and learn quickly but there is no minimum bar aside from completing the prep work.
    Prep WorkThe Viking Prep Work includes a combined 300+ hours of content at no charge. You'll cover web dev basics, design and engineering. before diving into HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, and Getting Hired. You can start at https://www.vikingcodeschool.com/prep
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  • Viking Full Stack Web Application Engineering IMMERSIVE

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    AngularJS, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Sinatra, jQuery, Rails, CSS, Front End, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time80 Hours/week
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$11,800
    Class size15
    LocationOnline
    With Viking's Immersive Program, you'll spend 16 intense weeks working closely with instructors and your fellow students to learn the fundamentals of software engineering and the modern web development stack. You'll become a master of picking up new technologies and solving complex problems, the hallmark characteristics of successful engineers. Our core technologies are HTML, CSS, Git, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, JavaScript and AngularJS.
    Financing
    Deposit$2,000 non-refundable deposit
    Tuition PlansPayment plan is available
    Refund / GuaranteeStudents eligible for tuition deferral pay 18% of their first year's salary during the course of that year or a fixed-price option of $11,800.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBe prepared to write code, build an app, and pair-program with an instructor. This is very rigorous program with a challenging application and interview process.
    Prep WorkPrep covers everything from basics of web development to design to engineering to coding. It can be found at https://www.vikingcodeschool.com/prep
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Nick S. • Student
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    Howdy, 

     
    So I am currently in the second cohort of viking code school, I think the structure is changing somewhat for the next cohort but here is what I've seen. 
     
    I had been self teaching a bit of ruby and whatnot on available resources from May to October 2015. I had been looking at development bootcamps, particularly with the chance to have a program that was not only quality but allowed for remote as I had to stay in my current location with work. Well, there was a good friend of mine who was halfway through this bootcamp and he had given me a hearty recommendation on it so I applied. There were a few interviews and coding tests and I was accepted. 
     
    I really think a good way to describe this program is you definitely get out of it what you put in. Every week we go through different areas of the stack and development (Rails, Sinatra, Javascript, AngularJS, jQuery, PostgreSQL, TDD, HTML5, CSS3, etc.); I have learned far more in the first 12 weeks than I did self-learning every single day the previous year. 
     
    The instructors drive you beyond your boundaries with tough love and support, and are available pretty much round the clock seven days a week.
     
    The structure has us doing a kickoff/wrapup SCRUM on Mondays that looks over the last week's code and kicks off the upcoming week. We then have a chunk of material and SPRINT assignments to complete through thursday with SCRUM meetings wednesday and thursday night to review code and ask and answer questions and be quizzed. Friday we review each other's code on Github and get ready for the mega weekend project; we then pair up and pair program all weekend long on a much larger project. There were days I kicked off at 8am with my partner on a Saturday and before you know it it's 9pm. 
     
    This course is far and away the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life and probably the most satisfying too. I haven't been in other dev bootcamps so cannot compare that, but that was my experience. I know Erik is always accessible too if you have more questions as well!
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    After a very long job search I came to discover in an interview that places who will hire people out of bootcamps won't hire people out of viking. Turns out that their poor standards and practices are widely known. If you are desperate enough to enroll with them make sure to leave their name off your resume in favor of just listing your skills and related accomplishments.

  • Anonymous • Senior QA manager
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    Their course work has a significant amout of errors so most of the "information" you need to research on your own to confirm what is or is not correct. Most of which is based around raw memorization rather than understanding or experience.

    Very little instruction or feedback is given in writing and is instead given verbally and is inconsistent between intructors.

    No one associated with the school has any background or skill in education or teaching.

    Most of class time is wasted "pair programming" [something you will never do in the real world] so very little time is spent productively in a given day.

    There is no grading rubric and any assesment of tests or homework and are graded differently for each student.

     

Thanks!