FAQ

We know that going to a bootcamp is a big undertaking. In order to help you make a decision we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions!

Admissions Questions
What kind of people are you looking for?

We are looking for a wide range of people. Our program benefits anyone from a college graduate with programming experience to someone from a completely different industry with no experience. We teach you everything from the ground up so you don’t need to worry about the details. We are simply looking for driven, determined and passionate people looking to make a change in their life.

How long is the application process?

The application process typically takes about one working week as long as you are able to complete all of the required steps on time.

What prior experience do I need?

If you have prior experience, then that is a plus. If not and you are willing to work hard and put in the time you can still succeed since we teach you everything from the ground up.

If I already have a programming background, would I still be a fit?

Absolutely! Technology moves quickly, and the languages and methods you will learn are the latest and most sought after by employers.

What is the minimum age to attend?

You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

What is the application process like?

It’s quite simple: if you are interested, please fill out our online application, and we will contact you. We will interview and evaluate potential candidates in a variety of ways, looking at logical thinking skills as well as personality and determination.

Do you accept foreign students?

We accept all US citizens and any foreign students with a valid visa.

Dates and Course Delivery Questions
Why Java

When we first built the Skill Distillery we surveyed potential employers to determine what skills they most desire when hiring junior developers. The results pointed to HTML/CSS/JavaScript for the front end and Java for the back end. Since our ultimate responsibility to our students is to make them marketable to employers, we chose not to take the easy path of Ruby on Rails, but rather we spend the extra time to teach our students Java and the Spring Framework.

How much time do I need to devote to the program?

Think of your Skill Distillery coursework as a full-time job, plus overtime. Interactive lecture and lab is held every day from 8:00 AM – 6 PM, with additional weekend assignments.

How to I prepare for the first day of class?

Prior to starting at the Skill Distillery, based on your background, you will be required to complete up to 40-60 hours of pre-class assignments to ensure that everyone is up to speed by the first day.

What is the class format?

After years of experience, we have found that the best way to learn programming is by doing it. Therefore, while classroom-style lecture is an important part of the course, the majority of the time consists of hands-on programming, lab work and projects.

What holidays do you observe?

There will be no class on the following national holidays:
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Do you offer an online option?

We currently do not offer any online, remote, or after-hours delivery options.

What programming skills will I develop at Skill Distillery?

Our Java Web Developer program covers HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Java Libraries, JSP, Servlets, Spring, Spring MVC, RESTful web services, and more! You will also have opportunities to listen to guest speakers from the industry and learn valuable job hunting skills. See our program page for more information on the course content.

When does your next class start?

April 2017 Delivery
Start Date: April 3, 2017. Enrollment Deadline: March 20,2017

May 2017 Delivery
Start Date: May 29, 2017. Enrollment Deadline: May 15, 2017

July 2017 Delivery
Start Date: July 31, 2017. Enrollment Deadline: July 17, 2017

Tuition Questions
How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition for our program is $16,850.

Tuition does not include OCA/OCP exam fee of $245.

Can I get financing?

We work with lenders that understand the needs of coding bootcamp students and offer attractive financing options with payment deferral while you attend class. Financing for moving expenses and a laptop can also be included.

Do you accept GI Bill/VA benefits?

Yes, we accept the GI Bill. Skill Distillery is proud to be certified by the VA to accept GI Bill benefits. Contact us for details. See our Veterans’ Information page or contact us to learn how we can help you begin the next phase of your career.

Do you participate in the Workforce Investment Act?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program to re-skill workers. We are registered in Colorado under Batky-Howell.  (WIOA was formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).)

Are there any payment options?

We have several payment options available as well as the ability to work with a variety of financial situations. Please contact us to see if you qualify.

Logistics Questions
Where is Skill Distillery located?

7400 East Orchard Road, Suite 1450N, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111 Map

Are there any breaks during the day?

Of course! The typical training day consists of short lectures lots of hands-on programming, individual as well as group projects, and of course plain old break time. In addition expect study sessions, guest speakers and other activities to get away from the grind.

Do I need a computer for class?

Yes, all students are required to bring a MacBook Pro to do their coursework on. For MacBook Pros more than a few years old, contact us for specifications.

Will you feed me?

Tuition doesn’t include meals, but we will provide snacks and beverages. We are conveniently located near many restaurants, and there is a cafe in the building.

Do you provide housing?

We don’t provide housing, but if you are in need of a place to stay, please let us know. We can pair you with other students from the class and may be able to help you with finding short-term rentals.

How many hours per day does the course run?

This is an intensive training program. Formal classroom training – lecture and hands-on programming – typically runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. However expect to be working on exercises and projects outside of classroom hours.

How many people will be in a class?

We have found that smaller class sizes allow for a better learning experience. By limiting our program to 20 students per class we provide you with the individual attention, assistance, and support you need to succeed.

Other
Do you guarantee me a job after the class?

Unlike some other schools that take a cut of your salary, or that only try to place you at their limited network of partner employers that agree to pay a placement fee, we do not “guarantee” a job. With us you will receive solid training in the most sought-after technologies to prepare you for a long-term career.

Do you offer job placement assistance?

Yes, in the program you will receive coaching in resume writing and interview skills. We also work with several job placement firms.

Can I attend class virtually or online?

All students must be physically present in order to participate in this program. However, we understand that life happens, so we will do our best to accommodate the unexpected.

Do you offer a degree or college credit?

While we don’t offer an accredited degree or college credit, we do prepare you for the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE Programmer exam*.

*Oracle’s exam fee of $245 is not included in tuition.

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