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Susan Ma Pros: - Full support from staff throughout admissions, during the program itself, and post-graduation - Informative staff with relevant industry experience and passion with many professional connections - Small class size (~23 students) - Budget friendly compared to a computer science degree - Great location in the heart of Boston - Positive atmosphere and safe space for all learning types - Lots of support from alumni, including alumni network events hosted on-campus - Emphasis on best practices in the industry, including technical and "soft" skills - Access to hiring partners and other professional help through Career Services - Constantly updating the curriculum to reflect needed skills in the field I looked at other boot camps and felt that Launch Academy had the most human-friendly approach. They have created a boot camp that teaches the technical and problem-solving skills needed in a high-demand industry, yet have pinpointed the importance of collaboration, teamwork, and taking care of yourself with concerns of mental and physical health. As someone who came from a non-technical background, it felt daunting to come into a completely new world with completely new people. The staff at Launch Academy welcomed all of us with open arms and embraced us as individuals, while tailoring guidance to ensure that we are successful. Some of us needed more time than others, more support than others, and the staff took no hesitation to ensure that we understood the material. Cons: - Intensive material in a short period of time This is very important for anyone who's coming into a program like this: Boot camps like Launch Academy are designed to be short so there's A LOT of information being taught. This may be particularly difficult for students who are new to programming in general, unfamiliar with time management and/or their own work style, and those who are not serious about finding a job in the industry post-graduation. This is not a program meant for the casual learner, but for someone who's looking more for a career change. Due to the rigorous nature and short time, it's also important to note that asking for help is CRITICAL. (This part in general isn't a con about the program - More like a recommendation for those who are on the fence about programming boot camps.)