Still deciding on a coding bootcamp? Are you obsessed with bootcamp “job placement” rates and starting salaries? Dev Bootcamp alum and Adobe experience developer, Erica Prenga, explains why those numbers aren’t the best indicators of program quality. She also shares some of the requirements she looked for in a program and the questions she asked all the bootcamps she considered before deciding on joining us at DBC.
The coding bootcamp industry is still relatively new, so it isn’t unusual that programs like Dev Bootcamp along with our graduates still need to overcome some cynicism and stereotypes in the tech world. DBC COO, Tarlin Ray, discusses the diversity of successful outcomes our 2,800 grads have achieved to date and explains why every new coder, whether a bootcamp or traditional CS grad, shouldn’t be going after the same roles. Also, read the perspectives of companies that have successfully hired and onboarded DBC grads and why they find the investment in our talent so worthwhile.
The job search after graduating from DBC is different for everyone, but no matter who you are or what positions you’re applying for, our dedicated, full-time career developers are here to provide you with services throughout your 18 weeks of instruction as well as customized support after graduation. Austin’s career developer, Whitney O’Banner, offers her tips that have proven successful for recent grads. Just remember, tips and support from our team will only take you so far, your own hard work, commitment and perseverance will get you across the finish line.
Taking the first step to change careers can be daunting, especially if you want to get into tech with a non-technical background. DBC instructor apprentice, Debbie Milburn, took that leap from classically trained violinist to programmer. From her experience, she says, “Don’t let fear stop you from trying something new in tech. Big life changes can be scary, but fear doesn’t mean you’re going in the wrong direction.” Hear more about her journey and get her advice in this podcast.
DBC Director of Curriculum, Steven Harms, describes why your bootcamp choice should be based on more than just the program's support of a single language, framework or technique and why Dev Bootcamp focuses foremost on the foundational skills every developer needs to produce great products. "Hiring managers care less that a new developer has mastered a specific language and more about an applicant’s ability to reason using programming principles, to understand and communicate the theory of programming languages, and to work outside of a pattern."
If you think that the only successful outcome after graduating from DBC is to become a full stack web developer, you’re missing out on so many other jobs that your foundational software development skills can help train you for. There is a number of tech-related roles that need a pipeline; every person shouldn't be going after the same opening. The outcomes for our alumni are as diverse as the backgrounds they had when they entered the program. Read about some of the other exciting careers that our alumni (and other bootcamp grads) chose to pursue with their new tech skills.
Thinking about making the transition from IT to engineering? Austin Career Developer (and Campus Director), Whitney O’Banner, shares some of her tips for “skilling up.” And alum, Shane Biggs, shares how and why he chose to make the move from sys admin to web developer.
San Francisco Campus Director, Michael Walker (“Walker”), shares his perspective on the local job market; the need for new, talented tech employees to close the talent deficit in the Bay Area; the positive impact the 13 San Francisco-based coding bootcamps, chief among them being DBC, are having on engineering teams; and the life-changing effect the same bootcamps are having on their grads by providing access to meaningful careers that otherwise wouldn’t be within reach.
Back in May, DBC matched the $100K Lesbians Who Tech raised with their Kickstarter campaign for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund. Together, we aimed to create greater access for more LGBTQ women to learn to code by paying half of the tuition for their bootcamp training. Now, you can meet the 40 deserving recipients who will be joining our upcoming DBC cohorts (along with other bootcamps’ cohorts) across the country.
In need of an interesting podcast to listen to while on the treadmill or taking Fido out for his evening walk? Listen to DBC’s COO, Tarlin Ray, give a brief history of the industry, provide his perspective on its rapid growth and share how Dev Bootcamp stands out from the pack.
Interested in learning more about the current state of the coding bootcamp industry and how bootcamps are helping to close the tech skills gap? How about a deep dive into some of the top programs across the country? This article is your one-stop-shop. Be sure to click on the full DBC profile along the side panel!
Have you ever wondered why DBC won’t play the outcomes game? It’s because the advertised claims that most bootcamps put out there are misleading. If you look carefully, you’ll find that their marketing claims don’t match the data in their own detailed reports. We are concerned about the rampant use of these inflated statistics – many by schools that aren’t even properly licensed – and the false advertising they represent. This article is a helpful breakdown of what a number of national bootcamps are doing to boost their numbers, something we simply refuse to do.
Austin Campus Director, Whitney O’Banner, talks about her experience as a developer, how she found her place at DBC and what she is trying to do now for our current students, the Austin tech scene and the broader industry, “The larger goal of what we’re doing—of what I’m doing—is to really change the face of this industry. That’s not with color, that’s not with race or gender. It’s really putting people in the market who are empathetic and know how to collaborate well on teams, who have these cognitive skills to really change what this industry looks like and to change how this industry feels.”
As part of their commitment to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce, PayPal is strengthening their relationship with Dev Bootcamp and other organizations, such as Anita Borg Institute, the Clayman Institute, Prince’s Trust, and Stonewall that are increasing diversity in the technology industry.
Improving diversity in the talent pipeline through our student population is one component of DBC's vision, and the other is to see greater diversity among our staff. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the best places to work for people of color.
We are proud to partner with Lesbians Who Tech to help 20+ LGBTQ women learn to code. We matched the organization’s $100K Kickstarter campaign goal for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund. Our match will double the number of women who receive tuition help to attend coding school.
A new campus announcement in Austin. With campuses across the U.S. – San Francisco, New York, Chicago, San Diego and Seattle – Austin is the next obvious choice to help fill the talent pipeline for a region with a growing number of tech companies.
We are proud to be working with Facebook to launch the Facebook F8 Scholarship! Facebook, a great supporter of diversity in tech, has donated $250K to help 20 CA students from underrepresented groups go through our 19-week immersive program in San Francisco.
A quote directly from our Austin campus director, Whitney O’Banner, who shared her personal tech journey with the LeanIn.org community. She hopes her personal narrative can encourage more black, Latina and trans women to become coders, mitigate their feelings of being an outsider in the industry or start a dialogue about less discriminatory hiring practices in the tech industry.
Dev Bootcamp is preparing to open the doors to its fifth campus in Seattle and create job-ready, full-stack web developers in a whole new market.
San Francisco teacher, Sherif Abushadi, joins a number of other industry experts to share some of his insights around the languages, frameworks and non-technical skills that will be crucial for aspiring coders and employed developers alike to get ahead in 2016.
With the outlook for bootcamps in 2016 looking bright, Dev Bootcamp president, Jon Stowe, shares his industry predictions for the new year and exciting news about the company’s geographic expansion into Seattle, Austin and Washington DC.
Our president, Jon Stowe, shares his wisdom with Fast Company about challenging the stereotype of the traditional programmer and improving diversity in tech through teaching empathy. Get Jon’s perspective, as a former CTO, on hiring “hungry” junior developers with beginner mindsets, the ideal environment for mentoring new coders, his argument for including engineers in broader business strategy discussions and customer service training, and the necessary types of questions to ask in order to start teaching empathy within established and growing engineering teams.
Learn about the career progression for several members of our first Chicago cohort from 2013 in their own words. Of the 14 students that signed up for the inaugural class, 13 completed the program, and all are still working in tech today. They have worked at exciting companies including: Pebble, Sprout Social, Signal and Braintree, to name a few.
“Engineering Empathy strives to give coders of all genders the knowledge and emotional skills to cultivate inclusive work environments. The program consists of six core units: feedback and teamwork, diversity and allyship, resilience and the inner critic, empathy and authenticity, navigating difficult conversations, and team dynamics." Learn more about our unique program directly from SF campus director, Anne Spalding, and alum, Cari Westbrook.
"...If I'm wrong about a program, then we lose money." Lending partner, Skills Fund, acts as both a student financing company and quality control service for the bootcamp industry. The company will only work with bootcamps that have a stellar track record for helping students earn tech jobs following graduation. Guess who was one of their first partners?
And while computer science degrees have been losing steam, interest in coding bootcamps has exploded.” An interesting read on how the industry that Dev Bootcamp pioneered is disrupting traditional higher education by providing more marketable skills than a 4-year computer science degree.
Our president, Jon Stowe, adds his tips for finding and retaining top tech talent in a competitive environment whether it's a startup or Fortune 500 company. His main piece of advice: cultural fit is key.
Tour the Dev Bootcamp New York office through the eyes of two students and learn how coding can be a tool to help create beautiful and meaningful things whether you're interested in art, fashion, music and much more.
Dev Bootcamp is preparing to open the doors to its fourth campus in San Diego and create job-ready, full-stack web developers in a whole new market.
Dev Bootcamp and sister bootcamp, Metis, partnered with Skills Fund, a student lending platform designed specifically for bootcamps, to help broaden its student population and better achieve its goal of diversifying the technology sector.
Read about the experiences of two Dev Bootcamp San Francisco students and learn from president, Jon Stowe, and SF Program Director, Anne Spalding, about what makes Dev Bootcamp unique, from its origin to its culture to its curriculum.
Dev Bootcamp’s president, Jon Stowe, has long been an advocate of alternative financing solutions for coding bootcamps. In addition to existing partnerships with Pave and Upstart, Dev Bootcamp now partners with lending startup Affirm.
Dev Bootcamp aligns with new lending partner, Affirm, to offer students another option to financing their bootcamp education.
Dev Bootcamp’s Engineering Empathy program, which is built into the bootcamp experience, requires students and instructors to discuss diversity and hidden biases. It’s part of a culture of inclusion that encourages students to bring their whole self every day.
How one student, a 40-something mom of three from Nebraska challenged the stereotypes and her own inner critic to learn to code, confidently at Dev Bootcamp.
Read about what it’s like to spend a day in the life of a student at Dev Bootcamp - Chicago.
Chicago teachers turned developers share their thoughts on why teaching and coding are similar - part art and part science and both require continuous learning to stay current.
Dev Bootcamp incorporates yoga into its curriculum to help students reduce stress and maintain mind and body balance during the rigorous program.
Are traditional institutions offering the right solutions for all students? A short list of start-ups, including Dev Bootcamp, are introducing innovative learning models that challenge the norm.
Dave Hoover, co-founder of Dev Bootcamp, Chicago, talks about Dev Bootcamp's expansion programs and its continued leadership in the bootcamp space.
The industry leader and pioneer of the immersive coding “bootcamp,” celebrates with a renewed effort to encourage more women and minorities to enter the tech sector.
Announcing the TechHire initiative, President Obama highlights the important role that accelerated training programs such as coding boot camps play in building the pipeline of technical workers.
Obama outlines a $100M plan to fill the tech talent shortage, including support from accelerated tech training programs like Dev Bootcamp.
Dev Bootcamp offers nine weeks of online training to introduce programming basics, as a foundation for the nine weeks of intensive in-person training.
Programs like Dev Bootcamp take people with little to no programming experience and transform them into job-ready web developers.
Dev Bootcamp is one of the immersive coding schools that prepare people for well-paying careers in software development, regardless of their technical background.
Programs like Dev Bootcamp take people with little to no programming experience and transform them into job-ready web developers.
Coding programs like Dev Bootcamp, a Kaplan subsidiary, are emerging and changing the face of education.
Dev Bootcamp teaches “Engineering Empathy” to train students not just to code but to work in teams and collaborate effectively to build better products.
Dev Bootcamp pioneered the idea of immersive coding boot camp, where learning focuses on both mind and body to create a transformative learning experience.
Kaplan acquired Dev Bootcamp and plans to build it into a formidable force in the growing market of software development training.
Kaplan acquires Dev Bootcamp, one of the most recognizable names among coding boot camps.
Announcing the opening of a New York City office, Dev Bootcamp extends its expertly-curated, comprehensive curriculum to new communities of students.
Coding boot camp programs like Dev Bootcamp can be grueling and intense, but the payoff can be life-changing.