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About Skillcrush

Location: Online

Skillcrush has more than 17,000 students in all 50 states and in 127 countries worldwide. Their mission is to make tech careers attainable for everyone. Skillcrush Blueprints are designed for beginners to learn all the skills they need to start making... Read More

Courses

Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Designer Track

Cost: $2,499
Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Our Designer course is an online, self-paced, comprehensive job training program that includes 180 days of career support and is backed by our job guarantee. In as little as three months, you’ll go from zero design knowledge to being a job ready designer with skills in web and visual design fundamentals, branding and identity design, and HTML and CSS with our accessible, fun, and expertly designed coursework — which includes tons of real-world practice and 1-on-1 instructor support and mentorship. Once you’re job ready, you’ll enter our program’s Get Hired module, where you’ll receive 180 days of job search support, including 1-on-1 coaching on your resume, portfolio, and interviewing skills. You’ll also learn our unique — and extremely effective — job search strategy, attend weekly group coaching and communicate with your career coaches and fellow job seekers via Slack and email, and have the opportunity to talk to Skillcrush employer hiring partners. We’re so confident in our process that we'll fully refund your entire program fee if you haven’t received a qualified offer within 180 days of starting your job search.

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, Visual Design

Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Front End Developer Track

Cost: $2,499
Duration: 12 weeks
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Our Front End Developer course is an online, self-paced, comprehensive job training program that includes 180 days of career support and is backed by our job guarantee. In as little as three months, you’ll go from zero coding knowledge to being a job ready front end developer with skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, and React with our accessible, fun, and expertly designed coursework — which includes tons of real-world practice and 1-on-1 instructor support and mentorship. Once you’re job ready, you’ll enter our program’s Get Hired portion, where you’ll receive 180 days of job search support, including 1-on-1 coaching on your resume, portfolio, and interviewing skills. You’ll also learn our unusual — but extremely effective — job search strategy, attend weekly group coaching and communicate with your career coaches and fellow job seekers via Slack and email, and have the opportunity to talk to Skillcrush employer hiring partners. We’re so confident in our process that we'll fully refund your entire program fee if you haven’t received a qualified offer within 180 days of starting your job search.

Subjects:
CSS, Git, HTML, React.js, JavaScript, Front-End Web Development

Skillcrush Coding Camp

Cost: Free
Duration: 1 week
Locations: Online
Course Description:

Want to give Skillcrush's curriculum and training approach a try with absolutely ZERO risk? Check out our FREE Coding Camp! You'll try out sample lessons on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Design, and User Experience. Plus you'll be able to submit work for review from our instructors, and learn all about how our career services and job guarantee work. Updated questions: What financing options are offered by Skillcrush? Skillcrush offers tuition assistance for people who are unemployed, full-time students, and current or former military service members. If any of these describe you, we encourage you to contact us to ask if you qualify for a discount. What courses are offered at Skillcrush? Skillcrush’s flagship course Break Into Tech includes front end development, visual design, web design, full stack development, WordPress development, and career training and career support with a job guarantee! What types of programs are offered at Skillcrush? In these programs, students can learn from and take advantage of lifetime access to courses, in-lesson feedback, portfolio reviews, skill assessments, 1-on-1 career counseling and expert mentorship, job search support, and more.

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, JavaScript, UX Design

Skillcrush Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.74/5 (145 reviews)

Tammy
Graduated: 2016

3/17/2016

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"just what I needed!"

This online class teaches one to be remote and accountable. I read some bad reviews and thought, too bad. This type of learning isn't for everyone obviously. I joined because I was trying to learn coding on my own, thru udemy and treehouse, men taught... Read More

It is different because you do short lessons and then a few exercises. Always a fun video, instructions on what to do and then exercises.
NOTHING just pops up. Sure its not going to get you a 4 yr degree in a discipline but the monthly cost was worth it for my learning style and to have an understanding of what I need to know, why and what is next. Invaluable resource also for the blog and free resources. They are always posting helpful articles on breaking down job requirements and how to write a great resume cover letter, tips on interviewing from actual people and very current.

Maureen Wurster
Graduated: 2015

2/13/2016

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"Don't waste your $"

Just do CodeAcademy. It's free and you can now get support for $20 a month.

This course started out okay for me but if you need techinical help, like with your account it takes DAYS for anyone to back to you. The actual interface that they use for you... Read More

The lessons themselves aren't explained very well, especially the Javascript portion. I got through the css and html okay but I pretty much had to drop out when it got to the Javascript (which I am now learning using other programs and books).

They also spent way too much time on fluffy stuff like how to use photoshop which, sorry but that's not what I signed up for. They spend a whole week on design and typography, which I do think is important but not as important as learning CODING which is what the course is supposed to be for. They even go over color theory before they freaking teach you how to code!

I mean sure, teach design, but at least wait until your students can actually make a website first! This is also super irritating for me because I actually have a bachelors in fine art and have taken typography, color theory and design classes already. Such a waste of my time and $!

It reminds me of a photoshop professor I had who would always say, " I am just here to teach you how this program works, I cannot give you creative talent, I cannot make you an artist".

They needed to focus more time on the coding. They should teach design separately. It's true that everyone can learn to code but not everyone is going to be good at design! They make you think that anyone can be a great designer after taking a three month course.

Can you learn to code in three months? Yeah. Does that automatically mean you will be a talented web DESIGNER? Hell No! Sorry, I worked really hard to put myself through a fine art school so that really gets my goat.

They push a lot of their favorite products, without mentioning that you don't have to actually use those products.

It was too easy for the first couple of weeks and then when I got to the Javascript part it was overly confusing. And I can't stress enough how messy the interface is.

Also, I signed up for the mobile web design course by accident and made it a few weeks into the course before realizing I needed to know HTML and CSS first. They did switch me but it did take at least a week for anyone to respond to my questions.

I learned how to use GIT during that time which is cool and was easy enough to understand. But during that course they definitely favor Mac over PC. And that sucks because when you are using Command-line interface to program,Mac and Pc don't work in the same way. All of the examples and videos show someone working on a Mac and they don't show examples of what it looks like on PC. For some of the excercises they mention how the two differ, but most of the time they are just like " this is different when you do it on a PC, sorry!".

I now realize that there are so many FREE options that are much more intuitive and easy to understand than Skill Crush for learning html, css, javascript and any other programming languages that you don't really need to spend $350 on a Skill Crush course.

All of the paid programs that they suggest that you use have a million other alternatives.

I like the community part of it where you can interact with other users but that's pretty much it.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2015

9/14/2015

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"I so wanted to love this Skillcrush, but it was not to be."

I love Adda's message, and she's a talented writer and coder. But I had technical problems the farther I got into the Web Development course. Quizzes would popup days after I had finished related sections. Also, new class sections popped up that I hadn't... Read More

I tried MightyBell for class questions, but I guess I wasn't linked by the staff to receive daily emails. I needed to contact staff too many times when I couldn't download material, which they then sent to me by email.

Very frustrating, because the website was well designed. Just didn't work for me due to too many technical issues.

Erin
Graduated: 2015

9/1/2015

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"Very misleading."

I already do website maintenance (html/css) in my career, but I wanted to step it up and add to my skills so I could branch out. I thought the Web Development blueprint would be an easy and affordable way to advance. I liked that it was flexible and I... Read More

I breezed through the HTML/CSS portion because I am familiar with that, but after starting Javascript, I was totally lost. It made me feel as if I was stupid and incompetent, but really its caused by the lack of explanation and information on Skillcrush's part. There just wasn't enough guidance! There are so many holes they expect you to fill on your own. They literally instruct you to "google" how to do certain steps when they don't take the time to explain them in lessons. The majority of the lessons told you really simple information and then you were left to put the pieces together and magically create something out of scratch. So a 30 min to 1 hour lesson would take hours to complete. What a deterrent!

There is no way someone who is a complete novice could successfully begin a career in web development after finishing these courses. That claim is such a joke. Employers would scoff at this resume if you brought this lack of skill to them. Even though Skillcrush claims you will have a polished, impressive portfolio at the end of Part 1, you get basic HTML & CSS to make a one page site with a few paragraphs and pictures. That's not acceptable in the modern web anymore and honestly is something you should expect from 1998. I got completely frustrated with how much the lessons leave you sitting in the dark that I haven't even finished the 2nd part of the blueprint. I suspect the third and final portion will be the same way.

There is a support system of other peers which can be nice, but I found the Mighty Bell platform to be very confusing. Most of the time the students questions would go unanswered by the instructors and we were left trying to answer each others questions without any confirmation. My instructor was constantly late posting or posted the wrong week and took far too long to correct the mistake. That made learning even more confusing. The office hours were always at odd times...always during the weekend. I couldn't make any of them. It would be more useful if the office hours were during the week in the evenings.

Overall, I was disappointed with what I got out of Skillcrush for the $400 price tag. After giving up on Skillcrush, I picked up a Javascrip & JQuery book and felt more informed after reading it for 30 minutes than I did pulling my hair out for 2 weeks in the lessons. The lessons can help you start understanding websites, but I wouldn't use it to change your career....because it just simply does not give you that knowledge. I will say that the blog has a lot of great ideas and guidance on changing your career and how to get started. A++ in that aspect, but the lessons are terrible and were a waste of money.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2015

8/5/2015

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"Extremely meh"

Offers nothing that isn't available for free hundreds of other places online, and charges more than even the best courses. All for something that dumps you out... not far from when you started. These courses aren't even beginner's courses, they're basic... Read More

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Frequently Asked Questions

What financing options are offered by Skillcrush?

Skillcrush offers financing options, such as Upfront Payments and Monthly Payments.

What courses are offered at Skillcrush?

There are many courses you can take at Skillcrush. These include Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Designer Track, Break Into Tech + Job Guarantee: Front End Developer Track, Skillcrush Coding Camp

What types of programs are offered at Skillcrush?

Skillcrush has programs for students that can be taken online.

In these programs, students can learn from and take advantage of lifetime access to courses, in-lesson feedback, portfolio reviews, skill assessments, 1-on-1 career counseling and expert mentorship, job search support, and more.

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