Thanks to a volunteer-led effort, a curated list to coding boot camps is now available.* Coding boot camps can be a viable entrée into software development. While most of these boot camps are not local, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will offer a local Boot Camp in the Fall of 2021.

 This resource guide focuses on the training of full-stack software developers, who as generalists, combine both front-end and back-end development. Front-end developers build and deploy aspects visible to users. Back-end developers deal with aspects invisible to users, writing the code, testing it, and making it functional.

 If you’re considering applying for a boot camp here are a couple of things to note:

  1. The best boot camps provide those without a tech background not only outstanding instruction but also support by a coach (or mentor) and career services.
  2. Rather than looking to loans to finance tuition and other expenses, leading boot camps offer some type of deferred payment plans, usually income sharing agreements (ISA). ISAs fund tuition in exchange for a percentage of salary once a student lands a job after graduation. However, watch the detailed ISA requirements and the multiple applied to the tuition amount reflecting an interest component and the payment risk assumed by the boot camp or a third party. Also, there should be a zero deposit or a deposit waiver for those that qualify.  
  3. Some boot camps provide independently verified job outcomes with respect to in-field placements and first-year salaries. Job guarantees for graduates coupled with tuition refunds, again with conditions, may exist.

This guide does not cover training for: cybersecurity; data analytics; digital marketing; front-end developers; full-stack engineers (full-stack developers who receive project management training enabling them to lead and manage a team); IT support; UX/UI design.

 

*The Education Foundation of Sarasota County does not endorse or benefit from any of these companies.

App Academy

App Academy

This bootcamp enables those without any coding experience to become full-stack software developers (in its words, software engineers) in 24 weeks by providing the skills for its students to gain in-field jobs on graduation.

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CodeBoxx

CodeBoxx

With the aim of helping students realize their full potential in the world of coding, the bootcamp offers a deep understanding of website development and various information systems, covering in-demand programming languages. Its proprietary business-simulation program combines hard and soft skills to create a new breed of business-ready developers.

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CodeX Academy

CodeX Academy

CodeX Academy is a remote-only full-stack software development school. What’s that mean? In 3 to 6 months (not 4 years), CodeX Academy can level you up from app user to app creator with architect-level mentors and guaranteed internships. Already have skills? Codex academy can help raise your game!

No cash? Pay nothing until you get a job. (Waive application fee with promo code SARASOTA2021)

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Coding Dojo

Coding Dojo

This bootcamp offers full-time and part-time full-stack software developer programs, which cover 3 programming languages, more languages than its major competitors, Flatiron School, General Assembly, and Hack Reactor. Students receive real-time support from instructors and lifetime career services.

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DigitalCrafts

DigitalCrafts

Students learn full-stack programming in two languages either full-time or part-time. Learning occurs either live online, on-site in Tampa among other locations, or in a hybrid format combining online and on-site. All students receive career support.

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Flatiron School

Flatiron School

Provides students with the skills needed to succeed in the tech world, with success tied to graduates getting in-field jobs. The bootcamp offers full-time and part-time online software development (in its terminology, engineering) programs with one-on-one technical mentorships and personal career coaches for up to one year post-graduation. If lack a tech background, applicants should enroll in its free prep course.

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General Assembly

General Assembly

The largest bootcamp with, among many other locations, a Tampa campus. The program is designed for beginners. Students learn the fundamental skills to build a full-stack software development (in its terminology, engineering) career, including a computer science framework, collaboration tools, and programming language instruction. Provides individualized instructor support with one-on-one check-ins and office hours, a student success team, and a personal career coach. Students graduate with a portfolio of individual and group projects.

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Hack Reactor

Hack Reactor

The bootcamp provides a full-stack software developer (in its terminology, engineer) education. Offers live, interactive online instruction with one-on-one mentorships, pair programming, project-based learning, and job placement support for 3 to 6 months. As a demanding program beyond that of a tech beginner, need to enroll in one of its prep courses.

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LearningFuze

LearningFuze

A 14-week, full-stack development program teaches both front-end and back-end subjects. Students learn how to solve problems, think like a programmer, and succeed in the fast-paced technology workplace. They can transfer their skills to easily pick-up other programming languages. It strives to adapt its curriculum to meet employer needs and match industry trends.

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Thinkful

Thinkful

An in-depth, project-based approach to software development (in its terminology, software engineering) with weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions, answers to study-related questions in real-time, and 20 hours of career services for up to 6 months or until hired. Students work side-by-side with a professional software developer building interactive websites and apps, among other projects.

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