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Courses: Cyber Security Risk Management, Intro to Android Development with Java (part-time, evening hours), Intro to iOS Development with Swift (part-time, evening hours), IT Expert with Python for Cyber Security - Sorting Stage, Professional Penetration Tester

Locations

NYC

About Turn To Tech

TurnToTech offers full-time, 8 to 16-week mobile development in iOS and Android, and part-time, 30 to 36-week cybersecurity bootcamps in partnership with HackerUSA. All programs are taught in-person in New York City.

During the 8-week immersive or 16-week... Read More

The Mobile Development course aims to produce well-rounded iOS and Android software engineers with a deep understanding of mobile platforms and app development.

For Cyber Security, TurnToTech has partnered with HackerUSA to deliver intensive, experience-based programs for people interested in entering or advancing careers in cybersecurity. Students will learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity, Python, penetration testing, ethical hacking, risk management, and more - all powered by HackerUSA.

TurnToTech also offers intensive short programs for coders who want to develop advanced programming skills. Introductory and advanced classes are also available in a part-time, evening format.

Career Placement: When it comes to finding a job after graduation, TurnToTech has relationships with a growing number of potential employers, hosts corporate and startup job fairs, and works to help students build their networks by hosting several tech events each month. Resume review, mock interviews, mock tech interviews, hack-a-thons and more.

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Courses

Cyber Security Risk Management

  • Cost: $1,000
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

The Cyber Security Risk Management Program prepares students to advance careers in IT with a specialization in Risk Management for Cyber Security. This program is designed for IT professionals. The 40-hour sorting stage provides an opportunity for students to learn and become familiar with the instructors and training model. Qualified students who pass a technical examination and professional fitness review may advance to the extended, 360-hour course.
This course is offered part-time, two evenings a week. It is designed for working professionals with IT experience to master risk management.

Intro to Android Development with Java (part-time, evening hours)

  • Cost: $3,000
  • Duration: 8 weeks
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

We’ll start you off by teaching you programming fundamentals through a series of challenging practice problems. Then we’ll help you gain an indepth
understanding of object-oriented programming. Once you have a strong grasp of these important topics, you will move on to developing
apps. At the completion of the course, you will have developed a strong skill set with a focus on:

Android architecture
Fundamentals of UI/UX design on Android (including animation, user interaction, buttons, tabs, maps, etc.)
Data: Storing data in the cloud using AWS as well as on the mobile device using SQLite.
Interacting with web services and APIs such as social networks and review sites
creating your own web services using AWS
Using Android device features like camera and GPS
Relatively advanced topics such as security, app performance, asynchronous programming, design patterns, and testing

Subjects: Android

Intro to iOS Development with Swift (part-time, evening hours)

  • Cost: $3,000
  • Duration: 8 weeks
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

This course is ideal for beginners, product managers, designers, those exploring software development, and developers looking to start iOS development. This course covers the fundamentals of the Swift programming language and iOS app development with an interactive, project-based curriculum. Students will be introduced to the some of the most popular features and frameworks of iOS development. Students will create small apps each week that demonstrate core iOS concepts. Students will also work on a more complex ongoing final project. Students who complete all the coursework, homework and final project will leave with a portfolio of more than 10 small apps and a final project. At the completion of the course, you will have developed a strong skill set with a focus on:

Fundamentals of UI/UX design on iOS (animation, user interaction, buttons, tabs, maps, etc.)
Data: Storing data in the cloud using Firebase as well as on the mobile device using Core Data.
Interacting with web services and APIs such as social networks and review sites
Creating your own web services using Firebase
Using iOS device features like camera and GPS
Relatively advanced topics such as security, app performance, asynchronous programming, design patterns, and testing

Subjects: iOS

IT Expert with Python for Cyber Security - Sorting Stage

  • Cost: $1,000
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

The IT Expert with Python for Cyber Security Program Sorting Stage is designed to help people enter the IT field with a focus on Cyber Security.
This 40-hour program combines theory and practice for students to get their feet wet in IT. Qualified students who pass a technical examination and professional fitness review may advance to the extended, 360-hour course.

Professional Penetration Tester

  • Cost: $1,000
Locations: NYC
Course Description:

The Professional Penetration Tester Program prepares students to advance careers in IT with a specialization in Ethical Hacking. The 40-hour sorting stage provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the instructors and training model. Qualified students who pass a technical examination and professional fitness review may advance to the extended, 360-hour course.
This course is offered part-time, two evenings a week. It is designed for working professionals with IT experience to master vulnerability testing and more ethical hacking skills.

Turn To Tech Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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3.25/5

(4 reviews)
    11/25/2019
  • MENACHEM F
  • IT Expert with Python for Cyber Security - Sorting Stage
  • Graduated: 2018

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"ITS BEEN A YEAR AND A HALF THAT I AM CHASING THEM FOR A $250 REFUND!!!!!!"

They will take your money and not keep their promises. I enrolled in a trial period course, paid was supposed to be a "refundable" fee. Eventually the class never opened. ITS BEEN A YEAR AND A HALF THAT I AM CHASING THEM FOR A $250 REFUND!!!!!! Never... Read More

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    5/14/2017
  • Anonymous
  • Intro to iOS Development with Swift (part-time, evening hours)
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Great Place To Learn"

Turn To Tech has great teachers and staff memebers. Their cuuricum is always changing and is a great place to learn the fundamnetals of IOS/Android development. Their teachers are extremly knowledgable and their curriculum is self-paced. This maximizes... Read More

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    7/5/2016
  • Anonymous | iOS developer

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"A great bootcamp"

I so completely disagree with this other reviewer that I thought I should share my own views. That kind of reads like an ad for the other bootcamp. I’ll speak about three things

Their instructors are great. Of the different things you need to consider... Read More

The curriculum is really well designed and in-depth. I can say that with confidence because their projects are quite closely related to things I do at my job. (I find it laughable that the guy in the review thinks the curriculum was put together quickly. My guess is that he never actually saw it) Their curriculum is super fine-tuned and in depth. The way it works is that you start with C coding (some of their problems are really tough, they don’t want you using libraries at all) and smaller projects, learn xcode, debugging etc. And then it gets in depth and projects get more difficult. There’s also a ton of reading which goes with the curriculum. What I really liked is the sequence of the assignments and the various things they want you to do in each. They make you do and undo things (intentionally) which teaches you why design patterns like MVC or DAO exist. Another thing I really loved is that they teach manual memory management and the instruments tool.

Their style of working gave me as much personal attention as I wanted and I never had this fear that if I was left behind that it was the end of the course. Sometimes I moved faster than others and sometimes slower. There was one week when I was having a tough time on the Core Data project so the instructors said we should spend another week on it. I was always explained everything and never felt like I was being rushed. Before internship started I thought I had it all figured out but internship was the real stuff where everything came together. Code was waay more complex. And the real use of github became clearer. In some areas we went way in depth like battery consumption when gps is on. By the way I also got plenty of support for my own app, they specially helped me with backend and the appstore submission process.

And I must say that their job support was great and they were super helpful and they are very well connected. Twice I used their assistance to get a job. They also helped me with mock interviews and they have great interview resources. As an example, I was very interested in working for a specific company and to their credit they got me an online coding challenge with that company.

Overall my experience at turn to tech was really great and I highly recommend Turn to tech.

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    5/14/2016
  • Anonymous

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"Questionable Curriculum"

I was in TurnToTech for a month before moving to Flatiron School's iOS immersive. The difference is night and day.

PROS:

Knowledgable teachers
Flexible work hours
Friendly environment

Cons:

Self taught curriculum
No pairings/group projects
Not all teachers able... Read More

TurnToTech is an interesting addition to the mobile bootcamp scene in NYC. There aren't many besides Flatiron School and FS360. TurnToTech is wonderful for the type of student who may have a part time job, or may be less inclined to work with others. They accept virtually any students who express interest in their curriculum, and do not have any sort of technical tests beforehand. These students are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that most students are never on the same page in terms of curriculum. The bootcamp argues that this type of space nurtures an environment where experienced students can help newer students with questions. In reality, this simply means that TurnToTech can get away with having only one or two experienced instructors for the entire bootcamp, which is usually 30 - 40 people. Now, due to the fact that these students are not a cohort working together - there is no sense of collaboration. Why? Everyone is determined to make it through the curriculum by themselves. As a result, the space nurtures separation between the students instead of a collaborative environment.

The curriculum is disorganized, and could be put together by someone in a few hours. Students get a series of documents consisting of "do this" and "do that", while being redirected to google for explanations on new concepts. This is fine - being good at learning via google is one of a developer's most important skills, but the way in which this curriculum leans on it for new students is unacceptable. There are no lectures, labs, paired, and group projects. What this means is that students come out having no experience working in a team, collaborating on Git with multiple people.

There is also the problem of false advertising on their website. Though lavishly designed, there are no "individualized learning plans", because the reality is that each student is given the same series of documents to complete. You could say that the individualized learning plan amounts to a small talk with a teacher followed by more googling of concepts.
There is also no one-on-one mentoring in the traditional sense. They cherry-coat it. They simply have teachers who may be able to answer a question briefly for a few minutes. If the teachers stay with you on a problem for a long time, other students need to wait as well. Their teacher to student ratio is abysmal.

I've seen many descriptions of TurnToTech on various websites saying that they want to make you a well-rounded engineer. Their curriculum does not show this. And unless their students have come in with a CS degree, their students will not have any sort of CS knowledge needed to become a "well-rounded engineer". Sure, they try to host weekly CS talks, but a few hours once a week and is a far cry from what is necessary.

One of the greatest qualities of top bootcamps such as Fullstack Academy, Hack Reactor, and App Academy is the commitment that teachers have to students who are struggling. This mean the teachers constantly check up on students, no matter what level or experience they have - and make sure they are understanding concepts correctly. TurnToTech cannot, and does not do this, because frankly - they do not have enough teachers, and do not possess enough quality within the teaching group to provide such a level of commitment. What this means is that students never know if they've fully understood the concepts. Sure, they may have "done this" and "that" on the curriculum's documents, but such project-based learning means nothing if the students are unable to solidify their knowledge through paired programming and group projects, while being closely facilitated by instructors. Though, this may simply be a downside of TurnToTech's no-cohort model.

TurnToTech is by no means a top coding bootcamp. It's not even a mid tier bootcamp. This is hard, but TurnToTech needs to revamp its teaching style in relation to the amount of tuition it wants from the student. Its students constantly purchase courses from other tutorial sites, google concepts, and even sign up for other part time courses while completing the "full time" program. This is due to a shaky curriculum that does not help students master concepts, and due to the fact that for a steep tuition - the "school" offers no form of structured learning.

Their admissions process consists of a simple written application that anyone can pass, followed by an "interview" onsite. The interview is really just a formality, and as long as the student expresses interest and the ability to pay, then they are in. There is no technical interview.

Why you should go:

*for the highly motivated, highly self sufficient student
-If you do not want lectures, paired programming, lab based learning and can fare well simply googling everything.
-If you have a part time job, but possess the commitment required to basically self study and self teach

*for the normal curious student
-If you can justify paying 12,000 to simply be in a space with others, but never collaborating, and without daily lectures and labs.
-if you can justify paying 12,000 to complete a series of documents without committed instructors making sure you are not falling behind in concept (different from completing assignments)
-if you can justify paying 12,000 to basically learn by yourself with occasional help from teachers and students, in a lax, non-structured environment.
-if you've got 12,000 laying around, got rejected by other top bootcamps, and simply want to be in a bootcamp for the sake of being in a bootcamp.
-if you're too lazy to work a little and participate in technical interviews mandatory for top coding bootcamps.

Why you shouldn't go:

-If you want a strong, structured curriculum that has its focus on student-teacher commitment and student-student collaboration.
-if you want to go to a top bootcamp with established graduation rates and hiring rates.
-If you want to dive deep into concepts, rather than do them once.
-If you want a low student-to-teacher ratio.
-If you want quality instruction, daily lectures, and instructors who are actively committed towards your success.

If you are looking for the polar opposite in terms of an iOS bootcamp, I would recommend looking at Flatiron School's iOS immersive. Although exponentially harder to get in to( 5% compared to TurnToTech's accepts-nearly-everyone), students are also expected much more through a much more rigorous curriculum and a setting that has lectures, paired programming, and group projects.

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Turn To Tech's average rating is 3.25 out of 5.0 based on 4 review(s).

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