Is now the time to attend an online coding bootcamp?

There has been never a better time than now to think about your career and economic security. In the Great Recession, programmers fared much better than most other professions. “…Diverse skill sets are so important in the tech sector. A dev who is already comfortable with a variety of platforms and languages has an immediate advantage in the marketplace. Especially coveted are full-stack developers: those who can handle front- and back-end processes, are fluent in the common programming languages…” (Hackernoon 2020). https://hackernoon.com/are-developer-jobs-safe-from-the-next-recession-0edd3xdu

As we look to the future, the increasing reliance on technology has created a shortage of programmers. According to Code.org, as of March 2020, there are 633,501 open computing jobs in the United States. The BLS projects software developer job growth will be much faster than average and the median salary is over $100,000. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm

While COVID-19 has stopped in-person classes, there are excellent online classes you can attend. Here is how Skill Distillery’s online class compares to its in-person class.

Content and Schedule

Skill Distillery’s online classes use the same curriculum as our in-person classes. Classes are taught live online using Zoom’s web conference application. Class is held Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MT. Lunch is 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The class schedule follows that of our in-person classes.

Mornings and early afternoons are short lectures followed by exercises. The exercises reinforce the concepts learned. There is a pair programming lab each afternoon. There also is a group mid-term project and group final project.

Small class sizes (averaging less than 20 students) and multiple instructors ensure you get personalized attention and all your questions answered. Slack is used to enhance communication during instruction and facilitate communication among students.

Recorded classes allow students to review the day’s lecture. Students can also go back to any lecture to reinforce their learning.

Also, there are virtual events during the program. The event might be a guest speaker from one of our partner companies, a graduate sharing their story, or a community building event for students to kick back and socialize.

Instruction

What makes a great online or offline class is the instruction team. Skill Distillery leverages the online training experience of our sister company, Batky-Howell. Batky-Howell has been teaching online classes to programmers around the world since 2005. Our instructors get high marks for bringing the engagement of an in-person class to an online class. Students find online classes to be as good, and in some cases better, than in-person classes.

Job Help

The reason for attending a coding bootcamp is to change your career and get a job. We hold live job workshops to help students get a job upon graduation. The workshops cover a wide range of topics that include interviewing skills, networking, white boarding, working with recruiters, and more. Upon graduation, we continue to hold live workshops to assist you until you get a job.

Want to learn more about our online program, scholarships, and financing options?

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