Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from the awesome Dot Net Rocks podcast interviewed our CTO, Bobby Davis, about the Coder Foundry experience, and how we prepare students for real careers in software and web development. Click "Read More" to listen.
"What does it take to get accepted into Coder Foundry? What is the application process like? What sort of students are you looking for, and would I be a good fit?" These are some of the most commonly asked questions that we get from prospective students, so today we're setting out to answer them on the blog!
If you take an objective look at coding schools across the United States, you might begin to notice a few trends. Most schools teach similar technologies like Ruby on Rails and Python (not us), most schools teach their courses and then let you find a job afterwards on your own (not us), and most schools are located in major metropolitan/urban centers (also not us!). Today we're here to give you a list of the top four reasons why it is awesome that we are located in beautiful Kernersville, NC.
To us, bootcamp is about more than just learning to code (although that is a BIG part of it :)). When we bring a student into the Coder Foundry program, we hope to mold them into an employable programmer that, upon graduation, is ready for the workforce. We want them to be able to move seamlessly from Coder Foundry's bootcamp into a programming job, regardless of their background and education prior to entering our program.
That's why we have made it our mission to treat our bootcampers like employees rather than students.
We're luckier than a lot of bootcamps; since our founding, we have had the pleasure of having a University level professor at the helm of Coder Foundry instruction (and when it comes to coding bootcamps, that really isn't the norm). Our lead instructor, Andrew Jensen, recently sat down with the team over at Course Report to discuss his background, how he found his way to Coder Foundry, and his take on our program and the bootcamp movement.
For the uninitiated, SwitchUp.org is an awesome website that helps students figure out the tech sector path they want to take in life, and then helps to match them with a great place to do it. We love sites like SwitchUp because their student reviews section really allows Coder Foundry to shine and give prospects a real look at what life is like in our bootcamp.
Recently, the folks over at SwitchUp sat down with our President and Co-Founder, Lawrence Reaves, to discuss our students, our program, and his feelings on the state of the boot camp industry.
Here is an excerpt from their interview:
The coding bootcamp/immersive program is a recent trend, and new courses continue to pop up every day. Is there a unique feature to Coder Foundry?
We have a curriculum dedicated to full stack .Net development because our focus is for full-time corporate job placement for our students. Ultimately we are the program for the guy that is looking for a full-time corporate job developing software. Someone that is looking for the salary, benefits, paid vacation, 401k. I.e. the full corporate job package. The career in software development. We are working with hiring companies that rely on .Net to drive their business and that is why we chose the .Net curriculum. These companies chose .Net because it is mature, scalable, well-supported and proven. If the companies we were working with were demanding Ruby developers then that is what our curriculum would revolve around. So it is not a religion war with us, we are just responding to the market demand for coders as we see it. So we want to do more than teach you to code, we want to put you in a job where you use what you learned.
I also have to add our staff makes a difference as well. We have a professional lead instructor
that has been teaching CS at the university level for years. He knows how to code, but more importantly he knows how to teach and has a passion for it. We also have a job placement arm that is staffed full time, working with our students and employers.
What backgrounds do you find your applicants usually coming from? Is there a particular kind of student or learning style that excels in your programs?
Our typical student has relevant background in coding, technology and/or education. The typical student has an undergraduate degree or about five years professional work experience in technology on average. Some have advanced degrees. All students coming into our program have a basic understanding of coding with a level of proficiency. That profile is what we what we tend to look for because those seem to be the most successful with the program. We also find that recent CS or IT undergrads excel as well, they are able to leverage a solid broad conceptual background with the hard coding skills we teach. We tend to look for the students that will excel in our program and most importantly graduate with the ability to add value to a corporate development team from day one on the job.
We love chatting with our colleagues in the tech realm, and we're always thrilled when they want to interview Coder Foundry students, faculty and staff to get a better idea of what we do here.
Recently, the friendly folks over at LendLayer sat down with Coder Foundry President, Lawrence Reaves, to get his take on the state of the bootcamp movement, how Coder Foundry is carving out a path of our own, and a few other fun topics as well.
Coder Foundry, an up-and-coming .NET coding boot camp in Kernersville, NC, has inked a deal with Climb, a New York-based loan provider, to offer qualified students the option to finance up to 90% of their tuition.
Time and money are typically the biggest obstacles standing in the way of prospective students. By offering Climb’sconvenient financing program, Coder Foundry hopes to make their boot camps more attractive and accessible to a wider range of students, ultimately increasing the value of their coding boot camp education.
Do you want to get started on a career path that is dynamic, rewarding and pays more than your current position?
Apply for the Coder Foundry’s Master Class, a 12-week intensive coding boot camp in the Piedmont Triad that begins on January 5. Our goal is to launch your professional life as a coder, and 95% of our students land a coding job after graduating from our master program.
The Coder Foundry's Master Class is a 12-week intensive coding boot camp that will prepare its students for a lifetime career in programming.
But who qualifies for the Master Class? That's not an easy question to answer, because there are a number of factors that can make a candidate successful in our course. Here are some types of students who have historically thrived with us and gone on to do impressive work in the field.