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Code Fellows

Online, Seattle
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About Code Fellows

Location: Online, Seattle

Code Fellows is the Pacific Northwest’s premier technical skills training academy, delivering high-quality live instruction both online and in-person to people from all backgrounds. Learners are guided toward vocational change and life transformation... Read More

Code Fellows has taught over 1,600 graduates and iterated on their curriculum and format to ensure students receive the most industry-relevant training as effectively and efficiently as possible. Students are immersed in their learning with daily lectures, pair programming, weekly presentations from full-time instructional staff who are seasoned industry professionals, one-week project sprints, and more. Code Fellows graduates work at Amazon, Microsoft, Zillow, Expedia, XBOX, NIKE, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and over 800 other companies.

The modular style of the Code Fellows program allows students to test into the course level that is most appropriate for their current skill level. In addition, the modular class structure allows students to choose the schedule and timing that meets their needs.

Code Fellows believes everyone should have the opportunity to succeed. In reality, many qualified candidates aren’t pursuing careers in a technology-related field because they are discouraged somewhere along the way. That’s why Code Fellows offers scholarships to help individuals who come from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds find rewarding careers in tech.

They are committed to breaking down systemic barriers and ensuring all people are treated with respect and dignity. They are united with their staff, students, alumni, and partners in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.

Code Fellows supports both domestic and international licensing partners through its Powered by Code Fellows program. Through this program they form strategic partnerships in markets all around the globe to help individuals transform their lives through education. Along with vocation-specific, continuously evolving curriculum and teaching materials, they invest in the success of their partners by providing marketing material, training for instructors, guidance and support on promoting, launching, and running courses, and more.

Code Fellows partners are respected organizations in their industry who want to bring tech training to more individuals. Some of them include Oregon Department of Education, Apprenti, CSNP, Luminus Technical University College, and Cayman Enterprise City.

Code Fellows also offers a tutoring program and platform to both students and non-students, technical instructor certification, and corporate training.

Plus, Code Fellows has been certified by both Washington State and Federal Veterans Administrations to accept the GI Bill.

Courses

Ops 201: Foundations of Computer Operations

Cost: $5,000
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online, Seattle
In-person Available Online
Course Description:

Learn to support technology operations by resolving issues with hardware, software, and virtual or cloud systems.

In this hands-on course, you will deploy and troubleshoot Windows and Linux operating systems in various virtual and cloud environments. Key skills such as customer service, knowledge and process documentation, system shell proficiency, performance monitoring, system process management, issue handling, backup/imaging/recovery tools, and software application installation, maintenance, and removal will be practiced.

The course focuses on practical systems support and troubleshooting. Students will utilize issue tracking systems and the ITIL service management framework to communicate, resolve, and document issues and incidents. Students will also study how endpoints interact with the greater IT infrastructure, exploring concepts such as network protocols, Wi-Fi, and server-based user identity support.

This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects.

Ops 301: Networking and Systems Administration

Cost: $5,000
Duration: 4 weeks
Locations: Online, Seattle
In-person Available Online
Course Description:

Gain hands-on server and networking skills in this exciting course that follows the journey of the fictional GlobeX Corporation as it grows from a startup to a multinational enterprise with fully-functional network and information systems. As their new administrator, get ready to deploy systems and design new networks in this fast-paced learning environment that mirrors critical on-the-job scenarios designed to prepare you for real-world Ops challenges.

The course integrates practical network and systems administration operations such as network design and troubleshooting, VPN tunnelling, firewall configuration, network security, server deployment and configuration, user identity management, scripting & automation, and system health monitoring with professional exercises in change management and project planning in a simulated on-the-job narrative.

This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search. The course totals 160 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects.

Ops 401: Cybersecurity Engineering

Cost: $12,000
Duration: 10 weeks
Locations: Online, Seattle
In-person Available Online
Course Description:

Ready to kickstart your exciting career in cyber security operations (SecOps)? In this intensive course, delve into critical topics like cyber frameworks, data encryption, cloud security, network security, threat modeling, shell scripting, vulnerability scanning, and incident response. Gain valuable ethical hacker skills in penetration testing, and show off your awesome new abilities in two resume-enhancing projects!

Designed to prepare you for today’s most in-demand security skills, this hands-on course emphasizes practical SecOps. Students will gain cutting-edge skills by analyzing systems vulnerabilities, implementing defenses against common threats, and using industry-relevant tooling.

This course includes a career coaching curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The course totals 400 hours, including lectures, lab, coworking, and collaborative projects.

Code Fellows Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.8/5 (157 reviews)

Anonymous
Teaching Assistant | Graduated: 2016

8/31/2016

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"From Student to TA, a story of constant improvement"

I started at Code Fellows knowing almost nothing about the world of web development. Their 201 (essentially a month long web development beginners course) taught by Sam was *amazing* by making me feel comfortable with my lack of knowledge and help me... Read More

Tracey
Student | Graduated: 2016

8/31/2016

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"Positive Review of Code Fellows"

I like that Code Fellows teaches the foundations of what we need to know to be successful, we start with the basics and build upon it. Job support so far seems stellar, helping students prepare resumes and Linkedin profiles, as well as giving resources... Read More

David
Teaching Assistant | Graduated: 2015

8/31/2016

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"Great place to learn and work!"

Pros:
Always surrounded by brilliant people
Ever changing curriculum to keep up with industry trends
Fast-paced learning environment

Cons:
Transitioning locations is/was a little rough
A bit on the expensive side

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience... Read More

Gio d'Amelio
Graduated: 2016

8/31/2016

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"Everything is awesome."

My experience at Code Fellows has been great. I have been both a Student and a TA and had a great time during both periods.

Anonymous
Junior Developer | Graduated: 2016

8/31/2016

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"Good curriculum, awesome community and post-grad support"

Pros:
* The curriculum is quite good. Obviously, you're not going to be able to master much in such a short period of time, but Code Fellows really sets you up for success by familiarizing you with a wide range of topics. You cover major libraries, frameworks,... Read More

Cons:
* Be prepared for a lengthy job search. It can take a few months to get your first job. Code Fellows doesn't do apprenticeship/internship placements. Most bootcamps don't, but I've been asked this a lot.
* There's just not enough time to learn everything you need to know. I wish that we had spent more time on deployment, and maybe a couple days in a second programming language as a foil against JavaScript. Code Fellows does the best they can within their time restraints (They've recently added a couple weeks to the curriculum), but you're going to have to put in a lot of time into supplementary studying.
* Class is from 9-5, but you'll often be working much later to complete homework. It's worth it, but this is a very consuming program.

TL;DR
Good program. Just be prepared to spend longer than you expect in the job search. It'll all work out

James Norton
Front End Developer | Graduated: 2015

8/31/2016

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"A great way to learn what the pros use"

Immensely helpful in learning professional working developments. The emphasis on projects and how to collaborate is a major plus at Code Fellows. I loved the accessibility of the teachers and TA's and how they wouldn't just give us the answer, but direction... Read More

Brian
Front-end Developer | Graduated: 2015

8/31/2016

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"Code Fellows has a great curriculum that they constantly update."

The teacher really care and the team projects are invaluable.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2015

7/26/2016

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"More marketing hype than a place to learn to code well"

I've been though the Code Fellows JavaScript DA (now 401) in the summer of 2015 and have worked there as a teaching assistant & instructor.

CURRICULUM: They're made improvements to the curriculum but as of 2016 it was still somewhat of a mess. During my... Read More

MARKETING: "Featured on numerous media outlets and armed with big hiring partners such as Facebook and Hulu, Code Fellows offer graduates guaranteed employment within 9 months of successfully completely the course." This is not true at all! My main reason for choosing Code Fellows was their reputation and selling me on their network of partner companies such as AWS, Facebook, & Hulu. This might have been true years ago when coding bootcamps were still new but this is a total lie that they've continued to use this to market to students! None of these companies have ever come to Code Fellows events, posted jobs, and I couldn't find a single CF grad who works at any of those companies. (Code Fellows recently removed these company logos from their website which they'd had featured on their site for years) Most of there advice and help on getting a job is updating your resume and using linkedin to make connections. If you check linkedin, the #1 work place for CF graduates is Code Fellows! They also recently started advertising their diversity scholarships to women and minorities. All of this funding comes from Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and other sources but CF will use this and any successful graduate to promote themselves.

JOB SUPPORT: The market now is saturated with bootcamp graduates. They still show on their website that 98% of graduates have a job in 9 months which might have been true years ago but not true at all now. From my class of graduates a year ago, ~50% have a software developer job. 30% got a job in a somewhat related but lower paying role - integration analyst, software tester, etc. 20% still looking for a job or working minimum wage TA job at Code Fellows. Overall, you'll get decent instruction and learn about 25% of what you need to get a job. The companies coming to Code Fellows now are ones that are desperate for cheap labor, not any of the top notch places that software developers in the area would like work. It's really up to you to get a job.

Code Fellows is a for-profit startup. What I've seen the past year as both a student and instructor is that Code Fellows spends most of it's efforts on marketing and less on it's curriculum and instruction. With the job guarantee now gone, they have even more of incentive to generate revenue by recruiting students to their program with claims of easily getting a software developer job in 6 months. If you're totally new to programming and don't know where to start, it might be worth doing the 201 & 301. But what they provide for the 401 is not at all worth $12K when there are many resources online where you can teach yourself to code. Recruiters and companies are much more impressed with a self-taught programmer than another graduate from the many bootcamps in the Seattle area.

William
Graduated: 2016

7/20/2016

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"Python Instructor Is Incredible!"

Pros:
Fully immersive, intensive coding program.
Thorough curriculum covering data structures, algorithms, web applications and much more.
Focus on contemporary development practices e.g. test-driven development and pair programming.
Focus on technical interview-style... Read More

Cons:
Data Science / Machine Learning portion of class was poorly planned and executed
It costs a lot and I could have gone for another 10 weeks

Heidi
Graduated: 2016

7/18/2016

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"Very challenging, wonderful community."

I took Foundations I, 201, 301 and 401 in JavaScript. The reason I chose CF out of all the programs was the culture and values; the focus on accepting the struggles that come with learning to code along with the instructors who genuinely cared about your... Read More

Because I was there for the transition from Kristen to Dave (CEO) and curriculum (Foundations I & II and Dev Accelerator to 101-401) I saw a lot of growing pains. Ultimately, though CF has stayed committed to improving, being accountable to it's students, and working to have a healthy and inclusive learning environment for everyone.

My biggest take away: CF taught me to learn - how to learn - to code. With industry tools changing often, it is the ability to learn new technologies, languages, frameworks and libraries that is the skill you need as much, or more, than having experience with those specific tools.

There is some conflict between the intentions of the school and what they provide, especially when it comes to 401 level courses. The school, in it's inception, was for coders who wanted to amp up to get into the tech industry or switch skills. So the transition into 'anyone can do this in 6 months' hasn't been born out for everyone. Some people, smart people, are very challenged by the pace. That being said, CF was very supportive and understanding.

Regarding job support, there is a new and amazing professional development coordinator. She has a lot of knowledge of the industry.

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