The curriculum was very poorly written. The TAs usually couldn't help the students understand how to solve the problems. For example, there was a graded assignment regarding test driven development that not a single student could finish. After the due date, that assignment was thrown out without explanation and we were expected to just continue with the curriculum.
I dropped out between the Java and Career Readiness modules because the TA told me, verbatim, that I was an idiot and I would never be able to write good code. I worked for two weeks to turn in a working program for a graded assignment, but I was given a 0 because she didn't like how it was written. No constructive criticism or ideas to improve. After I stopped showing up to class, no one from LaunchCode attempted to reach out to find out why. I guess they don't care about their retention rates.
I wasted my time with this program. I've attempted to find a corporate web-development job but I didn't learn enough in the program to qualify for an entry-level position. I have continued to self-study using free resources online that have prepared me much more for my development journey than LaunchCode.
Of the >200 people who started the program, ~15 survived to the point where I dropped out. I know of four graduates personally, and two have found junior level positions without the help of launchcode. I know the other two are still unemployed, three months later. |