At LaunchCode, we’re more interested in what you can do than what you have done. That is, we’re not concerned about whether or not you have a certain degree or professional work experience. However, it is important that you’ve gained a baseline of skills in your field of interest, be it through formal education, an informal study program, or on your own. Before applying, we recommend having at least one example of your work available that shows what you can do.
Currently all open positions are in and around the St. Louis Metro Area. Candidates must be able to commute (or relocate, as necessary) to St. Louis in order to participate in a LaunchCode apprenticeship. Applicants with direct ...Read more
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This is a good intro course to Computer Science, web development and programming in general. Do this if you have the time and motivation, but don't do it for the job placement. After I finished the course, the person "helping" me to get a job or internship eventually stopped replying my inquiries and status update requests on that job. I wouldn't recommend this course in general.
I passed the HackerRank test and got accepted into the LaunchCode apprenticeship-to-work placement program. I have yet to be placed. If you look at the success stories on their blog they seem to give priority in placing people with computer science degrees from other countries, which is a misrepresentation. I did not attend their bootcamp, rather I took a few programming classes as part of a non-computer science degree.
I attended the first Launchcode class in Portland, OR and was very excited to be accepted. The instructor was great and most of the “teaching fellows” were great also. My frustration came from two things primarily. One being that the curriculum was literally being developed (and sometimes changed) as we progressed. Maybe it’s me, but I believe if you’re going to do a professional training school like this the curriculum should be already done, tried and tested. The second most frustrating thing for me was the “dependency” on searching for answers on the internet. Some can do that inherently right off, others need to have it explained to them first to better understand so they can then search more easily for it and/or may possibly need help getting that thought process running to search ...Read more
My experience was less than, what I would consider, professional. I took the Hacker Rank test either in December or early January, filled out the application, and didn't hear anything back. The website said that I would know whether or not I was accepted into the program in March and when I didn't hear anything and wrote to them, I was told that they had extended the application deadline by a week. That's fine, but it seems like a mass email was warranted letting everyone know that we wouldn't hear back until later. When I was finally disqualified, it said that there would be information as to why on the dashboard of Launch Code's website, but there wasn't. I sent an email to the address provided to find out more information and never heard back. So I'm left wondering why I wasn't accep...Read more
Pro: They curate good resources for code education. The environment is encouraging and positive. It was free when I did it!
Con: The job placement process was disheartening. Their success rate stats are misleading. They place people with CS undergraduate degrees into jobs too. That dilutes their failure rates for people starting fresh in the 3-9 month bootcamp CS education. Many (most?) of the bootcampers are not successful in jobs and apprenticeships Launchcode finds them. Many- not all- people need to get an undergraduate degree in CS if they really want to do this stuff.
In Summary: you will learn a lot and gain confidence. These people will use your hopes to enliven their program, take all your free time, and then they will disappoint you. This is a better option t...Read more
I took the HackerRank test, passed and got accepted into the apprenticeship-to-work placement program. Many, many months later I am yet to be placed. If you read their success stories on their blog they seem to give priority in placing people with computer science degrees from other countries, which is a misrepresentation.
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