Do I have to have any coding experience before I apply?
You don’t need prior experience to start. devCodeCamp was designed for beginners. You might have dabbled with coding or tried to teach yourself to code. Our bootcamps start with providing everyone the necessary fundamentals and foundation to be successful. Your bootcamp is immersive and fast-paced, covering a great deal of material in a short amount of time.
Our students come from all walks of life including; college students, college grads, musicians, food service, engineers, trade workers and even a pilot. Regardless of backgrounds everyone shared the common goal of really wanting to learn coding.
Can I be younger or older and still learn and get a job?
Yes, we accept students that are 18+. What matters is your desire and persistence.
What is the admissions process?
Typically the first step in the application process is attending an informational tour. Feel free to bring along family/friends! During the information session you’ll get to meet and hear from devCodeCamp staff, take a tour of our campus, learn about the curriculum, what to expect while in at devCodeCamp and after completing the program. This is also an opportunity for us to learn more about you.
You will need to take our Aptitude Quiz so we have a baseline on your problem solving skills. You can access this Here.
Our Pre-Course serves two purposes. First, it’s an opportunity to explore whether or not a career in code could be for you. Secondly, applicants that are accepted to devCodeCamp are required to complete it before their bootcamp. You can get started after filling out the official application.
Finally you will need to officially Apply and meet one on one with a devCodeCamp staff member.
Important questions to answer before attending a bootcamp.
Whether you are considering attending one of our coding bootcamps for a career change or to find a more affordable solution to the standard computer science degree, your decision is serious business.
Things you should consider before attending a bootcamp:
- The technologies being taught and the employability of that technology in your area.
- Whether instructors are full time employees or adjuncts that have other commitments.
- The price.
- Are you committed to learning, and are you persistent? One thing that is true, attending our bootcamp is the equivalent at a minimum to having a full-time job.
So the biggest question you may face is “Do I quit my job to go to a coding bootcamp?” For each individual the answer to that is uniquely personal based on one’s own circumstances. If you are considering attending devCodeCamp we want to know you’re ready to learn, your mind is clear, and you have concluded that the following topics are taken care of:
1) Can you see yourself becoming passionate about coding and continued lifelong learning?
A career in coding can be financially rewarding as well as fulfilling in terms of solving problems and making things that may not have existed before. A career as a software or web developer may not be for you if you know that you give up easily or you become quickly frustrated and have trouble following through. Being a developer involves breaking problems or ideas into smaller pieces, experimenting to develop a solution and then testing that solution. This process is typically a long road of attempts or failures until that problem is conquered. Additionally, you need to ask yourself if your personality is one that enjoys communicating with others, collaborating, presenting and taking in feedback from others. Today’s modern developers in software and web applications no longer can be an introvert and work silently on their own for long periods of time. If you are excited by the prospect of understanding and solving problems then you may have found your dream job!
2) Do you have money set aside to live on while you’re at devCodeCamp during the instruction and deployment period?
Being financially stressed can prevent you from being free to learn and absorb the material. It’s wise to have several months of expenses set aside or to have the help of someone else that can support you for the time you are attending devCodeCamp and working on your new career prospects.
3) Do you have a support system in place while at devCodeCamp?
Is your family and other key people in your life supportive about your decision to dedicate yourself to learning to code? You will spend a minimum of 50 hours a week gaining your new skill and it is critical that they will support you throughout the bootcamp journey.
4) Are you ready to work full-time to look for a job?
Even though grads of devCodeCamp have found jobs shortly after finishing their bootcamp, that doesn’t mean it will be you. Job searches that are the right fit might take anywhere from 1-6 months based on a combination of factors such as, your previous background, personality, abilities of the technology we taught you, your portfolio projects, resume, how you interview, your interview preparation and the time you devote to finding your first job. Our point is you need to make sure you are prepared in all phases of the job search and realize that the job search is also a full-time endeavor.
5) Have you dabbled in some basic coding, i.e., something free and online like Codecademy.com?
Although it’s not an absolute prerequisite it certainly can be to your advantage to do the pre-work and have tried writing some simple code challenges or examples. We do accept complete beginners and advanced coders, but your bootcamp experience will start off easier if you have exposed yourself and understand some of the basics. If you find trying some beginning steps leaves you wanting more then attending devCodeCamp might just be the ticket.
6) Are you committed to spend the time required and work very hard?
We can’t emphasize this enough. Students that devote as much time as humanly possible during devCodeCamp are usually the ones that are the most successful in terms of satisfaction and ultimately outcome. What does that mean? It translates into something more than the 50 hours you are required to be on in camp every week.
Many students have said that devCodeCamp was probably the hardest thing they ever did. You can expect a fast-paced but supportive learning environment, however, there are many times that professional developers don’t have all the answers and must spend time researching and learning even though they are indeed coders. You need to know that in our bootcamp we do not spoon feed you every answer during lecture or lab. We want our learning to simulate what you will face in the real world: learning new technologies and practices while your knowledge base increases. Also know, that we are there for you after you have demonstrated you have tried on your own some of these challenges. This maybe frustrating or foreign to you if you are expecting just a traditional information dump, such as in a traditional school setting.
The question of whether you should quit your job is a question that only you are able to answer. It’s about confidence, your family or personal situation, your personality, how you deal with challenges and of course your finances. If you want to talk more or have further questions we are here to support that. We can arrange for you talk with instructors or current students to further understand what life is life here.
Tuition & Payments
The Software Development Bootcamp is $14,900.
Tuition cost provides an excellent Return on Your Investment. There’s no doubt that certain people may be able to teach themselves to code over time. But, ask yourself how long that would take on your own. devCodeCamp works because of the immersive flipped classroom that provides lecture and then project-based in the lab learning which is facilitated by helpful instructors as needed. We also include our Career Advisory Services that prepares you to interview and meet companies looking to hire our grads.
How do I pay for tuition?
devCodeCamp accepts cash, check or major credit cards. If a credit card is used 3.0% processing fee is added to your total. If that’s not an option, devCodeCamp can provide lenders that are familiar with our type of program and may fund your coding education depending on your personal credit history and circumstances. devCodeCamp is not affiliated with and does not provide loans through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title IV student aid, FAFSA or GI/Military benefits.
What if I need to leave? Is there a partial refund?
Yes, we provide pro-rata refunds at various stages throughout the program if you have to leave. The amount you will be refunded depends on how much of the program you have completed and less a $100 administrative/application fee. After attending 60% of a program there is no refund available.
What am I going to learn at devCodeCamp?
The Software Development Program is offered full-time during the day for 12 weeks. Are you ready to dive into our coding community? The Software Development bootcamp teaches the full stack, focusing on the C# programming language and the Microsoft .Net framework used by thousands and thousands of companies. Prior to jumping into C# and .Net, you’ll begin with learning the foundations and fundamentals of computer science.
Our bootcamp is designed to provide a solid technical foundation and most importantly a marketable set of skills that employers will hire you for. Additionally, we focus on providing you the needed soft skills necessary to join an existing team of developers at an organization, so you can fit in right away and become a productive team member.
What is the typical day like at devCodeCamp?
devCodeCamp is all about you and preparing you for a new career. You’ll receive the guidance and support needed to process through the curriculum. The day typically consists of you actually coding 70-85% of the time. The balance of the time consists of lecture and we’ll close out each day with a recap of that days progress. We make learning as entertaining and enticing as possible. After all we want you to love learning and spending time in our coding community.
Will I be building projects?
From the beginning of the program students are taught how to think like a software engineer, working on real world projects in a collaborative environment constructed to replicate a real-world software development environment. Don’t be afraid to bring your own project ideas with you to create something you are passionate about. If you don’t have an idea, don’t worry that’s what we are here to help you with.
What happens if I fall behind?
Don’t worry, we are strongly opposed to removing students if they fall behind or need extra help. Instead, our instructors are ready to provide extra help and mentoring. We understand that immersive learning consists of doing, falling down and failing and then picking ourselves back up and getting back on the horse so to speak.
What are the computer requirements for the program?
Students are required to bring their own laptop. The laptop must meet the following minimum requirements:
- At least 30gb of free space
- At least a 13 inch screen
- 8gb of RAM
- 2.5 ghz quad-core processor equivalent of the 2nd generation i7 or better
- Solid state drive is recommended for the full time program but not necessary
- Windows 7 or newer
- PC for the Software Development program. Mac will not run Microsoft Visual Studio natively.
- Must have at least one free USB port
Do you offer help in getting hired?
We work with you in various ways. That might include helping to create your resume, organize your job search, preparing you for your job and technical interviews and providing you with constructive feedback after the interview. It’s important that you finish your entire portfolio of projects during your devCodeCamp. Your portfolio provides potential employers an opportunity to see what you are capable of building. devCodeCamp offers selected grads from time to time the opportunity to present one of your projects during a Demo Day in which you and others from your cohort present to a group of prospective hiring employers. You’re free to interview on your own should you choose. There’s no obligation to interview with devCodeCamp’s Hiring Network of employers if that’s the route you choose.
How much could I earn after graduating devCodeCamp?
We’ve gathered third party statistics from respected sources to give you an idea of income potential in this area. The median annual salary for a Junior Software Developer in Milwaukee is approximately $60,000* and the average salary of an experienced Software Developer in Milwaukee is approximately $93,000*. devCodeCamp by law cannot guarantee a job to you. Potential earnings will vary depending upon one’s previous background, experience, where you worked, education and how you present yourself. Past devCodeCamp grads have been offered and hired at starting salaries ranging between $48,000 to $62,000. Perhaps you may want to move out of Wisconsin after devCodeCamp. if so learn more about incomes nationally and where a career in code can lead, from our friends at Cyber Coders. *Wisconsin Worknet
Also Google the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and find computer and mathematical occupations. Once there you will see that the national average for computer programmers is approximately $84,000, for software developers applications approximately $102,000 and for software developers of systems is approximately $108,000. Please refer to the US BLS for methodology of their results.
Is devCodeCamp a viable alternative to a traditional degree?
Yes, because a four year college program may not be right for everyone. However, devCodeCamp wants to be clear that there’s value in degree programs and that boot camps and degrees offer totally different learning . What each individual needs to weigh is their own situation and goals. devCodeCamp does offer an excellent ROI for its graduates in that in terms of cost and time.Those that attend devCodeCamp have had masters, bachelors and associates degrees, some college as well as those who only hold a high school diploma or GED. Our point is it’s not just about which education credential you hold, but rather what you’re capable of learning, your motivation and persistence.