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Ada Developers Academy is a 27-week program in downtown Seattle offering a tuition-free full-time program to teach full-stack web development to women and people of non-binary gender.
Ada offers a tuition-free full-time program to teach women full-stack web development. The year-long program covers all the topics you need to start a career in web development with 6 months of int...Read more
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||24 students|
|Commitment||40 hours in class/wk|
A year ago I was making $40,000 working in the administrative field and decided that I wanted to make a career change to become a software developer. I chose Ada Developer Academy as I wanted an environment that is supportive for women/gender diverse people pursuing careers in tech. I now make over $100,000 and am in a field that I find fascinating and challenging.
Ada is tuition-free and oftentimes offers loans to students that need financial assistance
The class sizes are small (mine was 24 students) and have passionate instructors and a supportive environment
Ada offers an industry mentor, an Ada mentor (usually a past student), and if students need additional help there are TA's and tutors available
Students receive a 5-month internship which in my opinion, was as va...
Here are a few ways Ada sets itself apart from other programs:
1. It's a nonprofit with a mission.
Ada fully lives its mission to address the gender and diversity gap in tech. Not only do students and staff undergo trainings related to unconscious bias and social justice, but Ada also requires sponsoring companies and managers to go through similar training. Ada understands that in order to address and solve problems that can be solved through tech, there needs to be more perspectives and ideas brought to the table.
2. It's free (not to mention student get a guaranteed paid internship for 5 months).
As a non-profit, Ada sustains itself through company sponsorship and private donations. It's free for students throughout the in-class portion and then students get paid for the ...
Ada Developers Academy ( ADA ) delivers what it says it does. You will receive a top notch education in programming, computer science fundamentals, and preparation for whiteboard style interviewing. You will not be charged tuition and you will receive a stipend at the end of each month of your internship that is the equivalent of 35 hours a week at $15 an hour. Taxes will not be taken out of your check as your role is that of a contractor. Most of your class will have job offers before the cohort ends , but not all, often for reasons not under ADA's ( or the Adies' ) control. You will graduate ready to enter the job market as a junior developer. You will think that you should feel more skilled and experienced once you reach that point but you won't ( what you hope to feel like usuall...Read more
I agree with "Anonymous" Software Engineer's review (01/2016) about the "opaque admissions process", especially the part about educational level and age. However, I would add employment history in there as well.
They don't give women already in technology a chance.
Just something to keep in mind for those already working in tech or have worked within tech in a non-programming role that would NOT qualify them to be employable as a developer. BUT whom one would want to become employable as a developer in the future
Also, note the applicants they take in despite their "everyone is welcome" philosophy in encouraging women of all ages to apply.
It's hard to imagine where I would be right now if I hadn't been lucky enough to be accepted to and subsequently complete Ada. The year in the program could be brutal, particularly the classroom period, although the internship certainly came with its own challenges too. But the payoff has been huge in so many ways—intellectually (the job I have now is 1000x more interesting and enjoyable to me than any past job I've had, hands down), financially (I make in the low 90s—not a figure I think I would've ever come close to reaching in my pre-Ada field), and community (the women I met through Ada are some of the smartest, most interesting women I've met and they're a wonderful network to have, both friendship and career-wise). And all of that for $0 tuition, and a chance to get a foot in the ...Read more
High marks for curriculum and execution. It's a wonderful program. One thing to keep in mind however, when listening to the Cinderella story that I know they genuinely wish they could provide, it is my experience that the administration is not transparent about their selection process. They are bound to a degree, by corporate sponsorship and employee retraining. Though they vigilantly encourage women of every age, socio-economic background and education level to apply, if you take a look at the actual student body and the jobs they hold prior to enrollment, it tells a different story.
Very interesting, I was thinking of applying because they are so encouraging about that. After hearing your perspective I am still looking to apply just to find out how much this plays into it.
Wow, what a game changer! I went from doing shitty office work to now being actively engaged, challenged, and stimulated at work. Ada was hard, no doubt, but the payoff is insane if you bust your ass. I nearly tripled my income in one year, going from making under 35k as an admin/translator to accepting my first software development role at 95k!
One of the challenges is that Ada is still very new, so they are figuring out how to run the program as you are going through it. In a few years, it'll stabilize even more. It's great for those who can work with ambiguity, who are willing to learn whatever it takes & who are self-driven, which (not coincidentally) are the exact qualities that people look for in developers. Since I was part of the first cohort, they still needed to figure out...Read more
A year ago I was in my mid-twenties, in possession of a BA and looking to break into CS. I figured I could do it one of two ways:
a) I could try for a second bachelor's degree either taking online classes or commuting to a campus, engaging in deep learning and possibly losing 2 to 3 years in the process.
b) I could shell out $10,000 - $15,000 for a code school lasting a few weeks/months where I would learn just enough to get a job and rely on shaky employment guarantees in order to be able to recoup the loss.