19 Weeks to a New Programming Career
Based on our years of experience, we have distilled the critical technologies and skills that you need on your resume into an intensive 19-week program. We arrange this program into four, four-week sessions we call quads with one week of project time between every quad. Each quad leads to a measurable goal for you to strive for, such as a completed project or a certification exam.
This program is designed to put you on a solid career track not only as a web interface designer, but as a full stack application developer.
The first quad focuses on the fundamentals of programming. You will learn the Java language and many Java libraries, and you will write many programs. You will also learn how to perform unit testing of your applications, use a...Read more
|Subjects||AngularJS, CSS, Git, HTML, Java, Node.js, SQL|
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||45 hours in class/wk|
Skill Distillery first caught my eye when I saw they accepted the GI Bill, and they happened to be close to home. I'd heard vaguely about coding bootcamps, and dismissed them without much thought, figuring they were all a scam somehow. But all of a sudden I had a relatively low risk option, and decided to check them out.
I would like to preface this review with the fact that before this bootcamp, I had zero experience and only an extreme interest in the idea of coding.
Application Process/Why I Chose Skill Distillery
After searching for about a week through different bootcamps across the country, I decided on Skill Distillery. I was prior military in Colorado, so going to school in Denver sounded like a great place to be. The fact that they accepted the GI Bill was a bonus factor for me, but not the primary.
The application process was fairly straightforward and quick. After sending an email to them, I heard back within one business day (I had applied on a Saturday evening). They had answered all of my questions and concerns, and within the next two, maybe three days, they had me take a 'crea...Read more
Skill Distillery is an intensive training program teaching in-demand technologies. Being successful in the program requires dedication and hard work. Completion of the program and understanding of the curriculum will give you the skills necessary to build and deploy a full stack Java web application (of relatively small scope). These skills are in demand – after one month on the job market I was invited to 6 on-site interviews with different organizations and received 3 job offers. During these interviews, employers were impressed with my knowledge of Java, the architecture of web applications, and how relevant the skills I had been taught were to the jobs they were hiring for. Skill Distillery has enabled me to begin a career in software development and was a great use of m...Read more
I was part of the second cohort at Skill Distillery (SD) and my 19-week program ran from July through November. Of our initial class of 10 (with an additional person who audited some of it), two people dropped out fairly early, and one person joined us halfway to retake the second half of the course. We had a close-knit group where most everyone got along really well, we initiated study groups on weekends, some went to meetups together, hung out socially, and really got to know one another. Our group was dedicated and worked hard, I was impressed with how much each of us learned and I would be happy to work with any of them again in the future.
I tended to go in pretty early each day and often stayed late, plus I was reading and practicing coding for many of my evenings. This is not ...Read more
Skill Distillery will take enormous amounts of both your time and money. Students have been exiting in droves after getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the school - my cohort started with 12 students, went down to 3, and is potentially losing more students before they finish.
Despite advertising decades of experience, we were only their third cohort. The previous cohorts consisted of 5 and 8 students. Skill Distillery hired a couple students out of the previous cohorts, but beyond that they provide no examples or success stories regarding students getting employment. From what I gather, some students have gone back to their previous employment. They refuse to showcase previous cohorts projects, probably due to the fact that one TA described them as 'sucking.'
Simple conc...Read more
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|Class Ratio||1 to 15 - No more than 20 per class total with additional instructors|