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Kickstart Coding

Courses: Custom-Paced Bootcamp Program, Kickstart Full Stack Program

Locations

Online, Oakland

About Kickstart Coding

Keep your day job and save money as you kickstart your coding career. In intensive, part-time classes you collaborate on projects to learn the most in-demand tech like Python and React from the top instructors at Kickstart Coding.

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The instructors combine their engineering experience at top companies like Facebook and Salesforce with experience and passion for teaching, providing students the tools to accelerate or change their careers. Python and React.js are taught in rigorous full stack classes that push your limits as an individual as well as your capacity to collaborate in a team. By the end of both courses in our immersive, inclusive curriculum, students have built a total of 4 open-ended portfolio-defining projects, contributed as a software professional to open source code, and learned how to build web apps from start to finish using the best stacks to learn for 2018 and beyond.

Kickstart coding makes the entire experience easy and seamless. You don't even need a laptop: We hook you up with a ready-to-go dev laptop on Day 1 at no additional cost. Students find it the most attractive coding bootcamp for serious learners with real-life responsibilities, or to focus on building up skills in the the cutting edge tech that Bay Area companies require the most.

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Courses

Custom-Paced Bootcamp Program

  • Cost: $299
Locations: Online
Course Description:

For Everyone
》 Open to beginners - Curriculum designed to teach from the ground up.
》 Affordable - Accessible rates at 50% the cost of comparable online bootcamps.
》 Flexible - We create customized plans for each student based on your availability.
》 Keep things personal - We only accept a few students at a time to maintain schedules.

Creative Learning
》 Practical, fun lessons - Modules have lectures and activities that teach you how to create parts of functional applications.
》 1:1 coaching - Industry professionals help answer questions and mentor.
》 Open-ended projects - Instructor guidance helps turn your ideas into web applications.
》 Handouts - Printable cheat sheets and quizzes to make sure you retain knowledge.
》 Fundamentals first - Learn core principles: HTTP implementation over TCP, MVC, Object Oriented Programming, and Asynchronicity.

Kickstart Fundamentals | Beginner level. - HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Bash, Git, Python, Object Oriented Programming, Pipenv, Jinja, Static site generation

Kickstart Backend | Introductory level. - APIs, Django, Heroku, TCP, HTTP implementation, Sqlite, ORM, Postgres SQL, Multi-page apps, TDD, unit tests

Kickstart Frontend | Intermediate level. - Advanced CSS, JavaScript (ECMAScript 6+), React.js, Node.js, NPM, Vanilla JS & DOM Manipulation, Webpack, React Router, Redux

Kickstart Career | Advanced level.- Async & functional programming, Algorithms, DevOps, Mock whiteboard interviews, Job Search

Tuition: $299/month

Subjects: CSS, Git, HTML, PostgreSQL, Bootstrap, Heroku, Bash, NPM, TCP/IP, Test-Driven Development (TDD), API, Python, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Redux, React.js, Django, Algorithms, Node.js, JavaScript, DevOps, Back-End Web Development, Front-End Web Development

Kickstart Full Stack Program

  • Cost: $4,200
  • Duration: 16 weeks
Locations: Oakland
Course Description:

Truly the most in-demand tech: Python, Django, JavaScript, React, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Bash, Git, SQL, whiteboarding, interview coaching, and more.

Filled with portfolio-building projects, the classes benefit a range of experience levels. The classes have an innovative part-time schedule, which can provide the same or better experience you'd get from a “bootcamp”, for less than $5,000.

Kickstart Backend is a rigorous Python class on backend web development and core programming concepts including OOP and MVC. Kickstart Frontend starts right after Backend ends, and it is a cutting-edge crash course on modern JavaScript practices and React JS. For those seeking a career change, it also provides extra time for coaching to help the students become competitive candidate in the Bay Area tech industry. The instructional staff truly cares about you: They combine their coding experience at top companies like Facebook and Salesforce with their lifelong passion for teaching.

The full-stack program consists of 2 sequential 8 week part-time courses: Kickstart Backend and Kickstart Frontend. While they can be taken individually, to learn a full-stack they can be taken seamlessly one after the other, offering a large discount on the second course.

Subjects: CSS, Git, HTML, PostgreSQL, Heroku, Bash, NPM, Test-Driven Development (TDD), Career Coaching, Collaboration, Python, React.js, SQL, Django, Algorithms, Node.js, JavaScript, Data Visualization

Kickstart Coding Reviews

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5.0/5

(12 reviews)
    7/10/2020
  • Jensen David
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A great bootcamp with passionate instructors"

Kickstart Coding offered a great part-time bootcamp that allowed me to continue working on my full time job. Classes were challenging and engaging with weekly homework assignments that kept you accountable for the skills learned in the previous week.... Read More

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    7/6/2020
  • Patrick Ware
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"The best coding bootcamp experience I could have hoped for"

Kickstart Coding was a truly an exceptional course. It is far more affordable than many other bootcamps, and the part-time schedule allowed me to continue working full time while enrolled. Classes were always engaging and hands-on, with numerous activities... Read More

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    3/28/2020
  • Nicol Hawkins
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"A great experience."

Kickstart Coding was an awesome experience, and I would recommend it to anyone seriously interested in learning to code. I went in only knowing a few very basic things, and by the end I had learned more material than I thought was possible in a four month... Read More

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    3/21/2020
  • JOSEPH REID
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Great Option for Working Professional."

Kickstart Coding provided a great programming bootcamp experience and was a great option for me as the part-time course structure allowed me to continue with my full time job, while paying a fraction of the price of the other programming boot-camps in... Read More

The classes were structured to be very hands on, with multiple instructors present every lecture to help as needed. All of the instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. Class material was structured in a way that people of all skill levels could succeeded, while more advanced students would stay challenged. Lessons consisted of a short lecture time, then hands on problem solving for the new materials. Each lesson would be 3-4 lecture blocks, and 3-4 activities. Activities would start with simple hello world types of problems and increase in difficulty. In addition to the lectures, there was weekly homework and reading, followed by a group project at the end of the course. Looking back, I am amazed at the amount of material we learned in 4 months. Overall, I feel like the course material was very applicable for anyone wanting to do software development, and it was clear that the curriculum is a labor of love for Michael B.

If you are motivated to learn, I would highly recommend Kickstart Coding

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    3/4/2020
  • Yulia
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2020

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"Most affordable bay area bootcamp with amazing teachers"

I have been in tech for couple of years in a QA role prior to going to this bootcamp. And now transitioning into an engineering role. Kickstart’s curriculum gave me technical understanding of all the moving parts involved in building a software product... Read More

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    12/2/2019
  • Andrew Thornton
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Excellent curriculum and instruction. Hit the sweet spot between fun and challenging!"

After spending years as a software project and product manager flirting with the idea of becoming a software engineer, I finally got up the courage to sign up for a coding bootcamp. I looked at many different options and chose Kickstart Coding because... Read More

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    9/15/2019
  • Toti
  • Graduated: 2019

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"Most industry-attuned, most inclusive, and most affordable coding bootcamp in the Bay Area!"

I completed the Kickstart Coding backend programming module and in 8 weeks, we covered a lot. They have the most up-to-date full-stack curriculum (python and react-focused), comprehensive didactic structure, and impact-oriented mission of inclusivity,... Read More

Program Structure:

The full-stack program is divided into two sequential modules: backend programming for 8 weeks and front-end programming for the next 8 weeks.

Prework:

Prior to the actual lectures, Kickstart gave us a pre-work assignment to get familiarized with basic computer programming terminologies/concepts. We had to set-up accounts in various online channels such as github, heroku, stack overflow, mattermost, live syllabus, and other social media accounts. We conducted brief research on the job market for coders, principles behind open-source / free software, and basic coding concepts (i.e. html/css/python).

Curriculum for Backend Module:

The program provided a comprehensive foundation of backend web development and core programming concepts including Python, Django, Bootstrap, HTML, CSS, Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), Model-View-Controller Framework (MVC), Command Line Interface (CLI), Graphical User Interface (GUI), Application Programming Interface (API), Servers, Create-Read-Update-Delete (CRUD API), Pipenv, Virtualenv, Jinja2, Modules, Templating, Forms, Automated Testing, Postgresql, SQL, Git, Bash, Github, Heroku.


Live Lectures, Live Exercises, and individual Homework for Backend Module:

Once classes have begun, the pace became really fast and rigorous. For each class, there were assigned pre-class readings and activities to prepare us for the live lectures and live coding exercises. Each lecture is recorded and we have the opportunity to review them at our own time. Each week, there were individual homework projects and pop quiz. I learned so much when I applied the concepts and exercises into real homework projects utilizing various programming methods every week. I built both a static and dynamic responsive web apps using coding tools such as Python, Bash, HTML, CSS, Jinja2, Templating, and Bootstrap.


Capstone Group Project for Backend Module:

The capstone group project enabled us to employ new skills learned in backend programming. We utilized Python, Django, HTML, CSS, and identified appropriate APIs to collaboratively build an app from ground-up using GitHub and Heroku collaborative platforms.


The Kickstart Coding Team:

Kickstart Coding has a "lean-and-mean" and remarkable team composed of Michael, Mark, and Maddy. Most recently, they brought in Kevin as the academic success manager. They care about their students and are truly devoted to everyone's success.

Michael, the founder and lead instructor, is a Python guru with full of information. He's an open-source and free-software activist. He is very passionate about teaching and he came to class always prepared. He simplified the delivery of complicated computer science concepts and made the sessions lively and fun. He answered questions thrown at him with practical examples to make them more understandable. He always reminded us to never give up when a new concept gets tough as it is part of the learning process. I've learned so much from him in such a short time and he always made sure that everyone feels welcome regardless of anyone's background. He provided us with weekly review sheets enabling us to focus on the most important topics. His teammates, Mark and Maddy were always there to help us if there were blurry things that needed to be clarified. Mark, the associate instructor, was super patient and helped us tremendously during the review sessions. He gave us tips on how we can approach a problem to develop better solutions. Maddy, the Kickstart Coding teaching assistant, was always there to assist and help us to understand the project assignments.

TL;DR

I completed the backend programming module and, in 8 weeks, I learned a lot. I originally planned to continue the front-end programming module focusing on React and Javascript. However, after completing the backend module, I received a 1-year contract job at a top tech company and I had to put on hold taking the front-end programming module. Michael willingly became a professional reference.

The Kickstart Coding Team created an inclusive, accessible, diverse, and collaborative learning environment enabling us to push our capacity to learn new things. Aside from the technical training in backend programming, the key takeaways that I will remember are the methods and processes of developing solutions to coding problems and the ability to "learn how to learn" as a way of growing professionally in the tech industry. I am so glad that I took the leap to enroll at Kickstart Coding and I am grateful for the opportunities that this course has provided me. It is the most affordable, inclusive, and industry-attuned coding boot camp in the Bay Area. Thank you Kickstart Coding!

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    2/5/2019
  • Matthew Tucker | Freelance Software Developer
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Tried a few bootcamps and this one stuck!"

I came into this bootcamp knowing very little about coding, I left confident and energized. I tried to teach myself JavaScript through an online course and attended a bootcamp starter course for Ruby. Both of these attempts eventually fizzled with no... Read More

What a great decision!

As a person new to coding, I appreciated how the instructors gave background computer science concepts before teaching a skill. Each week had a challenging assignment that built upon the last. I felt both frustration and accomplishment (which is coding in a nutshell). They went very quickly through the material but at the end I felt prepared for the career into which I expected to transition. Before this course I was daunted by this field, after, I have the tools I need to solve any computer science problem in front of me. I highly recommend this course for people transitioning into this field, you will succeed.

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    1/30/2019
  • Errin M. | Junior Frontend Developer & Web Designer
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2018

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"I went from zero tech experience to Junior Developer in 4 months."

I come from a zero-tech background. I wanted to build an app. Michael said he could teach me that, so I signed up.

I’m not going to lie. This bootcamp was hard. For a tech newbie with a full-time job and family, the time commitment is intense. I was often... Read More

But I came out the other end as a web developer – with a new job. That hadn’t even been my goal, and you couldn’t find anybody more surprised than me!

I couldn’t have afforded the time or money to take a traditional bootcamp. I never would have tried. Kickstart Coding made it possible for me to learn these skills, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it changed the trajectory of my career, and possibly my life. Michael is an excellent and engaging teacher, as are TA’s Maddy and Mark, and I owe them a debt of gratitude.

5 stars for Kickstart – well worth your money.

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    1/6/2019
  • Maria-Soledad Musial | Web Developer
  • Kickstart Full Stack Program
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Newbies and experienced coders both benefit from Kickstart Coding"

My husband and I decided to take this bootcamp course together. He has been a web developer, mostly learned on his own over several years, currently has a freelance business; I, on the other hand, am changing careers--TOTAL newbie, never coded before.... Read More

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Kickstart Coding's average rating is 5.0 out of 5.0 based on 12 review(s).

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