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Coding Bootcamps vs a More Formal Education

When thinking about a coding education, the choices can seem daunting. Between coding bootcamps, collegiate programs, and other less worthwhile online "classes" - the options available can get confusing. Each opportunity has its pros and cons, so let's dig a little deeper and see where the value of a coding bootcamp like Coder Foundry plays into the mix.

The very traditional school of thought in America today is that if you want to make something your career, you need to devote the time and money to a formal education, typically at the collegiate level, in order to secure a diploma that speaks for you and says, "I can do this." We won't speak too negatively about a formal education; many of our graduates come to us with Computer Science and other relevant college-level backgrounds that give them a great foundation to get ahead in our bootcamp (not to mention that the combination of a formal degree and the practical nature of bootcamp’s development projects looks AMAZING to potential employers!) That being said, if you find yourself making a pros and cons list to decide between either a bootcamp OR a college education, there are a number of factors that you should definitely keep in mind.

The price of a year at an in-state public college has skyrocketed over the last few years, bubbling up over $22,000 (and that's PER YEAR) in 2013. If you take into consideration that most Computer Science programs entail four-year degrees, you're looking at a whopping $88,000 (and that's not even considering books, fees, housing, and other unexpected costs). Additionally, there is an opportunity cost that anyone incurs when they take the route to college -- you are losing time being out of the workplace and out of your chosen field, sacrificing time that could be spent advancing your career.

By choosing a coding bootcamp like Coder Foundry, you not only get the hands-on coding experience that you’ll need in the workplace, but you’ll also get the personalized attention that you won’t be able to find at most colleges and universities. Each of our classes are capped at 20 people to ensure that you will never be lost in the crowd and will always have access to your professor if you need some extra help. 

Coder Foundry prepares you for the workplace by giving you practical projects that can be used in the real world. When you finish up your program, you’ll have over 700 hours of coding experience! Most college degree programs only offer 15-20 credit hours of courses that directly relate to development, so bootcamp really will give you a leg up on your competition.

Deciding to commit to pursuing an education of any kind can feel overwhelming, but it isn't something that you have to go through alone! If you're interested in learning more about Coder Foundry's coding bootcamp and how a .NET bootcamp education can benefit your career, feel free to give us a call (336-231-8632) or shoot us an email. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have and further explain how the bootcamp path fits in to your overarching career goals.