We have graduated more than 80 students since we opened our doors in 2015, with students going on to enjoy careers at NCC Media, Salesforce, Avanade, Capgemini, Bank of America, American Eagle, ATI, Med Speed, Marketing Innovators, and many other exciting tech companies.
We currently have 95% career placement for our graduates within 90 days of completing our program. We continue to work with students after completion of the course to help them find the position that is right for them. Even after students secure that first job, we are committed to staying in touch with our alumni by notifying them of job opportunities that may help them take the next big step in their career.
Great question! Coding Temple’s success is directly tied to our student outcomes. After the program ends and your life as a developer begins, we want to ensure that your code is sharp and your job prospecting is going well. We have a weekly check-in system that will help keep you on track. Sometimes this will consist of coding exercises and in other cases we will support your work to land the right job by connecting you with new recruiters or industry leaders.
We typically see a 1:5 ratio of students that are coming from out of town to attend the program.
Once you have been accepted to Coding Temple, we provide pre-work that needs to be completed before the program starts. The pre-work will require a 20-30 hour-a-week commitment for 2-3 weeks prior to starting the program. If you happen to complete the pre-work ahead of schedule, we will share some additional resources for you to complete so that you’re best prepared to succeed and thrive in our intensive program.
Since we started our program in 2015, we have had 4 students leave the program. There are many reasons that students leave – medical, family, emergency, or sickness. We try our best to prepare the students for what the program is like with our pre-work and acceptance vetting process.
Here at Coding Temple, we believe in producing a low volume of highly competent and work-ready graduates. For this reason, we have a cap of 10 students per class. This is to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need in order to succeed. In addition to small class sizes, we also offer opportunities for one-on-one support from dedicated TA’s and our instructors for those times when you are challenged by a particular concept or issue.
The average range of salaries for our graduates is $55,000 to $70,000 in their first position. We are seeing that as our program grows and employers are sharing more and more positive reviews of our graduates, these salaries have steadily increased. The salary mentioned above will allow you to have a great work-life balance in Chicago. The average salary in Chicago is ~$55,000. The city has the lowest cost of the tier one cities around the country. If there is something that you like, chances are Chicago has you covered. To get a better sense of how your salary would translate, we are happy to provide a list of typical costs for the city.
At 9:30 each day, Coding Temple’s classes begin by reviewing any previously assigned work. The instructor helps students to solve any challenges they may have encountered. Once they are satisfied that the class is generally on the same page regarding that material, our instructor begins a lecture on a new topic. Following about two hours of instruction, students are assigned a quick exercise to help them gain a better understanding of the newly introduced topic. Students work in groups or on their own, depending on the scope and nature of the exercise, grappling with new concepts.
Around noon, classes break for lunch, at which time some aspiring coders may touch base with instructors about questions they have, continue to work on their project, or unwind with a little ping pong, darts, or Xbox One. Following the lunch break, the instructor will usually delve deeper into the concepts introduced that morning, demonstrating more sophisticated applications of the new ideas. At the end of a class day, students are given a more extensive assignment to complete, which will help make concrete what they’ve just learned and prepare them to build on those materials the following day. Some students choose to stick around Coding Temple to work on their assignment, while others head home to give themselves a little breathing room before diving into that night’s work. Generally, students will put in an extra hour or so of work most evenings after class but that’s largely dependent on the learning style and pace of the student. Fridays are reserved for office hours, at which time students can work from home, connect with fellow students off-campus, or meet with TA’s and instructors at our office.
The schedule and rhythm of Coding Temple is meant to not only cover a great deal of material, but to prepare students for the rigorous tempo of working as a professional developer. While the pace of the bootcamp is fast and the volume of material covered can be intimidating, Coding Temple builds in a lot of moments for students to work one-on-one with TA’s and instructors to ensure they stay caught up. Coding Temple is dedicated to making sure each and every student who is willing and eager to learn coding is given every opportunity to succeed.
Coding Temple is a software development bootcamp. Unfamiliar? A Bootcamp is an accelerated learning program that gives people the opportunity to switch careers without having to enroll in another 2 or 4 years of traditional education. It is a new concept that’s rapidly transforming the way people learn. On average, 86% of bootcamp graduates find employment and see a salary increase of 30%.
There are no standard prerequisites for attending our bootcamps. Successful graduates have entered the program from a wide array of ages, backgrounds, and career levels. We do have an admissions process and you will need to demonstrate a level of aptitude that will allow you to succeed. What you need to ask yourself is, “Do I have what it takes to achieve my goals?” This will be one of the hardest but most rewarding experiences in your life. It’s not called a bootcamp for nothing. If you are looking to switch careers, advance up the ladder, or build on your current skill set, then a bootcamp is right for you!