Fullstack Academy is a 17-week software engineering immersive designed to arm programming enthusiasts with the skills they need to find full time employment as software developers. Fullstack offers this same course in three other modules: In-person at their Chicago campus, a version that’s 100% online through the Remote Immersive, and one through their tuition-deferred women’s program, Grace Hopper, based in New York. There is also a part-time version of the program for those unable to commit full time, plus a summer intensive for college students.
Flatiron School has two different bootcamp programs. The first bootcamp is in web development. The course aims at turning its students into production-ready developers in 12 weeks. The first unit of this program pounds in the fundamentals, introducing students to a robust curriculum so that in the second unit students can begin building applications and mastering development techniques. In unit three, students can pick an area of development they want to specialize in and launch a project aligned with their personal goals and aspirations. The other bootcamp is in iOS development. Unit one of the program is designed to familiarize students with Objective-C, Xcode, and Swift with hands-on experience building basic apps. Unit two is focused on real world iOS, integrating 3rd party APIs as well as advanced iOS frameworks. In the third unit, students have an opportunity to work with one of Flatiron School’s partners, such as, Firehawk Creative, Justworks, and Plated. Alongside these professionals they will design a capstone project. Both programs conclude with an end of term “Science Fair” where students have the opportunity to show off their work and mingle with Engineers, CTOs and other tech enthusiasts.
Grace Hopper Academy
App Academy is a 12-week long immersive, web development and job placement program. Students are not required to pay a tuition up front and instead are obligated to give 18% of their first-year salary to App Academy. This motivates App Academy to make sure students find sound employment after graduation. The result has been a 98% employment rate for all its graduates. The curriculum covers both server-side and back-end work, as well as client-side, front-end technologies. By ensuring students know the roots of industry standards, best-practices, data structures, and software design, graduates will be well equipped for a diverse set of tech related jobs such as back-end engineering, iOS development and big data management systems.
Hacker School is exceptional as it does not have a fixed curriculum. Instead, each student’s program is specially tailored for them. This three-month intensive is for experienced programmers who “find joy in coding.” Hacker School works with over 60 companies. They consult with students throughout their training to identify which ones are best for them. All students will participate in mock interviews, and learn negotiating techniques so they are optimally prepared for getting hired upon graduation. Hacker School is free for successful applicants. Instead of taking a tuition, they receive money from their partners for recruiting talent. Getting a student fully trained with the tools they need to succeed is in everyone’s best interest at Hacker School. The program is not for those interested in starting their own company. The motto at Hacker School is: “Be rigorous, Strive for greatness, and Reflect on your progress.”
Enrolling at Launch Academy enters you into a full-service timeline. Students begin with their pre-work “ignition program” to prepare them for 10 weeks of intensive training. During the bootcamp, students use pair programming to work on projects and challenges in a 7:1 student to teacher environment. Everyday students will take what they learned and apply it to improving their breakable toy, which are programming experiments. Upon completion of the 10-week program, students will participate in a career day giving them a chance to meet potential employers as well as exhibit their portfolio of work. Launch Academy has over 60 hiring partners including companies such as PayPal, Kayak, and Living Social. Afterwards, Launch Academy provides six months of post-grad support. Grads have the opportunity to mentor future students, do guest speaking, and participate in networking events at Launch Academy. Alumni are also eligible for a partial tuition refund if hired by a sponsor company.
Make School, formerly Make Games With Us, is the only bootcamp geared strictly for designing, launching, and monetizing iPhone apps and games. Make School will teach you all the key elements of launching a successful app including product design, prototyping, user testing, Git, Objective-C, Cocos2D, monetization, marketing and analytics. Students begin by cloning popular games like Angry Birds. Then they will study the mobile game industry and come up with a game idea of their own to develop. Students will start building their game while learning industry skills in debugging, source control, and collecting user data. By week six of the eight-week program, students will have completed the first playable version of their game. They then will visit a professional game studio for feedback from experienced game developers. The game will be reiterated based on feedback then presented at “Demo Day.” Previous attendees of Maker School’s Demo Day include Apple, Facebook, Electronic Arts, and Gameloft.
In 2015, Kaplan’s Metis bootcamp has decided to focus all its expertise into it’s data science bootcamp. Its course is designed to teach someone to think and act like a true data scientist. Students are taught to discover the questions that will deliver the greatest value from their data. The coursework provides a very strong foundation amongst many essential tools and algorithms. At the end of the 12-week course Metis holds a career day visited by over 30 companies. That is more companies than the average amount of students enrolled. Metis holds the only data science bootcamp accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), a U.S. Department of Education nationally recognized agency.
Byte Academy is for those looking to pursue a career or deepen their knowledge of financial tech programming. Each student will go through an intensive pre-bootcamp that will cover the basic material they will need for the 12-week course. Instructors work with students early on to define a growth plan based on their particular goals and past experiences. Students can choose to take a financial track where they’ll learn fundamental finance and analytic concepts and techniques for tackling fixed-income markets, bonds, equity valuation, asset management, and derivatives.The technology track option is for students looking to learn language basics, standard libraries and frameworks, front-end development, and useful open source toolsets. Students will design a final project based on advanced web design techniques with an application in the financial field. This is the only program geared towards producing technology professionals for the financial sector. The priority is to get graduates career opportunities that correspond to their accomplishments at Byte Academy.
New York Code + Design Academy
The New York Code + Design Academy offers full-time and part-time classes in web and mobile app development for both beginners and experienced developers. Empower your future by learning from dedicated developers, designers, and technology enthusiasts. Join our supportive coding community today!
Actualize is a part-time web development bootcamp and apprenticeship with a strong commitment to educational best practices and pedagogy. Starting with three months of in-class training followed by guaranteed placement in our web development agency, The Difference Engine, we empower Actualize students to develop the mindset and skills to transition to full-time software engineering and launch rewarding lives and careers.
Startup Institute helps people find careers they love in startups, while connecting innovative companies with the talent they need to thrive. Our eight-week, full-time program will help you to build the technical skills, culture skills, and network that will launch you into the growing startup community in the areas of web development, web design, technical marketing, or sales and account management. Leverage your passions and get the skills you need to be hired by an early-stage or high-growth company, and join the innovation economy. Uniquely positioned at the center of the Chicago tech ecosystem, our program will open new doors for you. In addition to expert training in the most in-demand skills, we offer personalized career mentorship and connections to the people and companies that will advance your career.