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Bloc

Courses: Designer Track, Web Developer Track

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About Bloc

Bloc is the world's original online coding bootcamp that incorporates 1-on-1 mentorship to personally prepare each student as a professional web developer, software developer or designer.

Bloc's apprenticeship approach is tailored specifically to individual... Read More

Because career readiness is important, Bloc's flagship Track programs include job preparation material and access to their Placement Network when students are ready. Mentors help students assemble a portfolio and prepare for technical interview questions. When ready, students work with Bloc's career support team to navigate the job search process with an individualized game plan and exposure to Bloc's Employer Network.

No prior development experience is required to enroll in Bloc, but a strong desire to learn and take on challenges is important to student success!

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Courses

Designer Track

  • Cost: $8,500
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Bloc designers are end-to-end problem solvers. Our graduates are among the most competitive new hires in the industry. Explore our curriculum for more details.

• Build a professional portfolio with 3-6 projects
• Mastery learning assessments that model real interviews
• Job-ready certificate that signals Bloc’s stamp of approval to employers

Subjects: UX Testing, UI Design, UX, UX Design

Web Developer Track

  • Cost: $8,500
  • Duration: 32 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Our Full Stack Web Developer Track will teach you how to work with every component of an application: the database, server and client-side code, frontend markup, and styling. Bloc programs are intensive and outcome-oriented.

This Track is for anyone looking to launch a career as a Full Stack Web Developer. If you’ve tried a bit of self-study with free online resources and are ready to dive deeper into building the skills and portfolio to become a professional developer, this is the right program for you.

Subjects: CSS, HTML, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, React.js, AngularJS, Node.js, JavaScript

Bloc Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.73/5

(338 reviews)
    9/11/2019
  • Diana
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Some Challenges in an Online Bootcamp"

This program has many positive aspects to it, but there are some realities that I wish I knew before signing up.

Pros: I am very excited with my portfolio. The effort that you put into work, definitely reflects the final outcome of your portfolio. When... Read More

Cons: I went through many different mentors and grading team members and the quality varies. Some are excellent and very professional - others had much less to offer in terms of experience and suggestions. Since the program is online, it seems that the coordination is not in sync between the grading team, the mentor, and the slack coaches - so it feels very disjointed and confusing at times. The checkpoints are often set-up in a way where you need to finish one before moving on to the next one. The grading team is supposed to give feedback within 48 hours, but many times for me this extended up to 4-5 days! This was frustrating for me to keep the momentum going, especially since the grading team usually asks for at least 2-3 revisions. I am a good student and always tried my best, so I found this scenario to be extremely frustrating. With a goal of 3 checkpoints per week (while working and studying), this situation was not maintainable when I was waiting so long for feedback.

Final thoughts: I know the program has grown big quickly and it feels to be increasingly disconnected (especially with recent changes). I was feeling lost in a series of checkpoint revisions between mentors, grading team, and coaches, who would say conflicting things then leave me lost until the next meeting or checkpoint revision feedback. I didn't feel like they were fully there and available for me, but rather waiting for the time to be up. Even the slack coaches who were supposed to be available immediately, usually had a whole queue of other students to help and half the time responded with things like "i'm about to clock out! will forward to next coach." - and very often I just left the question.

These are just some things that I wish I knew going into the program because I could have better prepared myself for the experience. I am certainly surprised by all the solid 5 star reviews - and I do recall being asked to leave feedback about 1 week into the program before I had the full experience of it - so take the other reviews with a grain of salt! I suggest researching deeply into the various programs before choosing, so you make sure that you join a bootcamp with the curriculum and support system that you can thrive in.

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    8/8/2019
  • Tyler Poore | Compliance Manager
  • Web Developer Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"There is always help, but, Self Determination is Key."

In my opinion the pros of attending bloc are the always helpful slack community and the meticulously informative support teams. I may be biased, but, the coursework for career advice and searching is incredibly invaluable.

I would say the downsides, seems... Read More

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    7/30/2019
  • Kacie | Designer - Teak and Timber
  • Designer Track
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Some wins, some fails, overall a good value"

I'm surprised to see that there are so many straight-up positive reviews of Bloc. I'm a graduate of the Designer program, I can say they got some things right and some things still need work. I'll start with the not-so-great. The curriculum around front... Read More

I had different 5 mentors in the 14 months it took me to complete the program. Some gave constructive criticism but others just patted me on the head and said "good job". That was frustrating at points, however, it was very easy to change mentors when I wasn't satisfied, and I recommend changing if you're not getting what you want out of your mentor sessions.

I'm the kind of person who likes to collaborate, so I felt pretty lonely in my work for most of the time I was in Bloc. I recommend engaging as much as possible with the social channels on Slack and going to events/meetups early on to connect with other designers.

I appreciated how much emphasis there was on career prep and how much support I got in my job search. Job searching is the worst kind of boring work you'll ever have to do and it takes a lot of energy to stay motivated. My career coach was very supportive and helped me get to the point where I felt confident sending out my portfolio, resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.

I supplemented a lot of the curriculum with my own reading list. Bloc, for example, might just say "make a user survey", but not address how to approach it or what makes a good survey question. It's not a bad approach to just say "ok, go try to solve this problem", but there were times I felt lost and could have used a more instruction/discussion. I would suggest building in some time for non-required reading and research.

UX is an emerging field that is changing all the time and Bloc is making an effort to remain flexible and change with it. I appreciate that they are really good about asking for feedback and constantly making changes to improve the program.

Overall, I would say this program is challenging and you have to bring a lot of intention, motivation, and curiosity to be successful. You will probably be frustrated with it at some points, but the people are great and it's a good value for the price point.

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    7/23/2019
  • Anonymous | N/A
  • Designer Track
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Very dependent on learning style"

I was so excited to start Bloc's Designer Track - I liked the flexibility, the mentorship, and the curriculum. I just did not respond well to the teaching style. The curriculum and modules are very text heavy. There are limited videos and what is supplied... Read More

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    7/19/2019
  • Songting Hu | Student
  • Designer Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Bloc Learning Experience"

I heard about Bloc thru a friend. She was also studying in the designer track. I chose to enroll with Bloc because I heard it has a mentor program. Every week I can have a 30-mins online meeting with my mentor. I don't have any background with web design,... Read More

Bloc also has couple slack channels where I can chat with other bloc students, see their works and leave feedback. If my mentor is not available, I can ask other mentor questions via slack.

As for the curriculum, it is well designed even if anyone has no experience with it. All the learning materials are easy to understand without tons of reading. Good for someone who doesn't have a lot of time doing reading. However, I would still suggest people read outside sources to boost your knowledge and keep you updated. All the information in each checkpoint is the very basic, important and necessary pieces that can help you to get it started.

The workload is intense. People need to treat it seriously and plan accordingly to make sure you can contribute your time and energy into learning. I fully understand that it is hard to motivate yourself to work hard every day, so make sure you set up a plan for yourself at the very beginning.

The grading team who access your checkpoint work is very responsive and professional. Although sometimes I felt frustrated to revise my work again and again, I learned a lot from them. I really appreciate the opportunity to receive feedback from different perspectives.

Overall, Bloc is a good choice if you want to start a designer job without any experience. Even though it cannot guarantee that you can 100% get a job, it gives you enough skills and insights to boost your confidence to explore in this area.

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    7/16/2019
  • Anonymous | Web Developer
  • Web Developer Track
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Not worth the money"

I started in 2016 but not sure what month I started, I looked at my first Invoice and it was in November of 2016 so I know I started around that time most likely a couple months before. My review is really late and I decided today I want to write my experience... Read More

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Official Response from Bloc

We're sorry to hear you had a negative experience in our program. However, we are pleased to let you know our programs have come a long way since 2016. In addition to our revamped curriculum, every student is supported by a Program Manager and a personal... Read More

Thanks,
Lauren Jacobson
Associate Director of Program Management

    7/4/2019
  • Joseph
  • Designer Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"UX Design at Bloc"

Beginning to detail my time with Bloc and all of the value this Program/Team has brought me - is itself already another blog post. As I was a community college dropout, moving around the States, no real direction or passion other than art and travel-... Read More

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    6/18/2019
  • Chance Sharp
  • Web Developer Track
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Bloc Web Developer Course"

This was a great investment! This gave me an edge with my existing skillset and was such a great value when compared to other bootcamps. I had great help from the student success team and my mentor. This was a perfect fit because I was able to keep my... Read More

Definitely worth it!!

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    5/30/2019
  • Anonymous | Doftware dev
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Dont trust the reviews"

For Start I want you to know that any review you can see Bloc is paying for them. That's the email you can receive from them when you are a student.:

'Just following up here - would you mind writing a review on Course Report and SwitchUp about your time... Read More

There is almost no help at the end. For the same price I highly recommend to go somewhere else.

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Official Response from Bloc

We're sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your experience in our program. We email our students to leave a review about their experience, whether positive or negative, because reviews help others make a decision about what bootcamp is right for them.... Read More

If you reply to the email, we will send you a $15 gift card for your review. We would also like to learn more about your experience to see if there is anything we can do to rectify your situation. We have a dedicated team to help you stay on track for graduation as well as finding a job after graduation. Please email me at feedback@bloc.io at your earliest convenience.

Thanks,
Lauren Jacobson
Associate Director of Program Management

    5/10/2019
  • Greg W.
  • Designer Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"No experience required!"

I started the Bloc program in October of 2018. This has been one of the most rewarding and challenging seasons of my life. I am working full time while doing the boot camp in the early mornings and late evenings. The one thing I can tell you is that it’s... Read More

What I love about the program is that it’s set up for you to succeed even if you don’t have design experience or design background. I also love that it covers all things UX/UI and some front-end stuff. It’s an all-encompassing boot camp! By allowing myself to get my feet wet in all aspects of design, I’ve been able to identify which path I want to pursue.

Another great thing is the once a week 30 minute one on one mentor sessions. SO worth it. I’ve been able to dive deep and cover so many topics with my mentors and they are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

They also do a great job of assisting you in marketing yourself for when you’re applying for jobs.

Overall, it's been a really awesome experience!

Comment

Bloc's average rating is 4.73 out of 5.0 based on 338 review(s).

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