DevLeague in Hawaii has a 4 week prep course dedicated to students who do not have a background or have not written any code. I was wondering if there are any other courses like this. I'm not talking about one day workshops or online tutorials. I'm talking about a full on X amount of weeks immersive for noobs.
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I run Code Career Academy which is in the Atlanta area, and I have a two week course called "Introduction to Web Development" that is meant to be exactly that. I start with the assumption that you have ZERO experience and build from there. This is a prequel to my 16 week bootcamp. You have to either pass a test or take the Intro course. I don't charge extra for it if you take the full bootcamp, but you can take just the intro if you want. If you want full info you can go to http://codecareeracademy.com/fall-winter-2016-2017/
Sabio (http://sabio.la) accepts people with no technical background. The majority of the people who have come through our program have had no technical experience.
The prework program we have will prepare you for the bootcamp.
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Coderversity (http://www.coderversity.com) also offers a live instructor-led 4-week online Introduction to C# course. Although the focus of the course is C#.NET (a Microsoft development framework), students walk away with general knowledge of object-oriented programming and problem solving. Most students decide to continue onto a longer bootcamp course because they eventually fall in love with the C# language.
No matter what school you choose, make sure you fully understand the pace of the course and if extra help is offered.
You may want to have a look at the soon-to-be-live Online Full-Stack Web Developer Course here: https://www.techcareerbooster.com/online. They offer a 100% discount coupon to 15 people out of those that they will register their interest. Here: https://www.techcareerbooster.com/online#pricing. You may be interested. It is for people that they know how to use computers but without any programming background.
I find it a little redundant if you have to take a prep course to attend a bootcamp. I can understand why they are in place, bootcamps want the students to succeed, and pre-courses can help make sure that happen. But bootcamps are so expensive already, tacking on another class or course seems excessive. Every bootcamp has it’s own priorities and agendas, and being accessible to beginners is not always on the top of the list. I too, was a beginner to the software engineering world a little less than a year ago. I was dedicated and willing to work hard, but I was coming from zero tech background and needed to find a way to dig deep in an environment that was willing to teach me from the very beginning. That’s when I stumbled upon Holberton. This school made me believe that it was possible to to curate a curriculum that was challenging for both beginner software engineers and those with a bit more experience. In fact, it was a benefit that we had such a diverse pool of experiences in the room at the same time.
The emerging category for this type of course is "bootcamp prep." Many schools have started offering prep courses, both online and in-person. It's true that some bootcamps don't require any prior knowledge for being admitted, but it's a risky move to dive head first into a new field without having explored it first. A good bootcamp prep course gives you the opportunity to decide if a pivot into coding is really the best path for you, before you get heavily invested.
Here's an article I wrote that lists several options and considerations for a bootcamp prep course: https://www.switchup.org/blog/bootcamp-prep-courses-to-get-into-a-top-coding-bootcamp