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 bootcamp 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.

Course Delivery Questions
Why Java

When we first built the Skill Distillery bootcamp program 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 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 6 PM, with additional weekend assignments.

How to I prepare for the first day of class?

Prior to starting at Skill Distillery you will be required to complete to 40-60 hours of pre-class assignments to ensure that you are up to speed on some basics before the first day of class.

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 days:
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Week

What programming skills will I develop at Skill Distillery?

Our Java Web Developer program covers Java, Java Libraries, Object-Oriented Programming, JSP, Servlets, Spring, Spring MVC, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, 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.

Do you offer an online option?

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

Tuition Questions
How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition for our program is $19,950 and is payable by check or money order.

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

Are scholarships available?

We offer a needs-based scholarship for up to 50% of tuition.  Once you are accepted into the program, you can apply for a scholarship.  Scholarship application

Do you accept GI Bill® or VET TEC?

Yes, Skill Distillery has been approved to receive reimbursement under GI Bill® benefits and VET TEC. See our Veterans’ Information page or contact us to learn how we can help you begin the next phase of your career.

Can I get financing?

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

Are there any payment options?

We have a payment schedule which keeps pace with your progress in the program.

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).

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill


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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.

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 I need a computer for class?

Yes, all students are responsible for securing a MacBook Pro to use in class for the duration of the program. Your MacBook Pro should be dual-core, 2.3 GHz with hardware virtualization with 8 GB RAM and minimum of 128 GB.  256 GB storage recommended.  Generally, a MacBook Pro that is a 2012 or later will work.

Creating a uniform learning environment helps us maximize the time we have to help you become the developer you want to be. 

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 have a list of local rentals that offer short-term leases.

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 enrollments we can provide you with the individual attention, assistance, and support you need to succeed. Our average class size is 20 students.

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?

In the program you will learn the skills necessary to get a job.  There are several job preparation workshops held during the program.  Some of the topics are: resume writing, LinkedIn, interview skills, and how to perform an effective job search. The workshops teach you the skills needed to not only get your first programming job but successive jobs down the road. While we do not offer placement services, we do have local hiring partners and work with placement companies. Our students attend from across the country and we are here to assist you with your job search whether it is local or nationwide.

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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