FAQs

 

CURRICULUM

What development skills will I learn at Tech Elevator?

You will learn either the Java or .NET language, depending on your bootcamp selection. 

By the time you graduate, you will be able to create dynamic, database-backed web applications using either the Java or .NET platform. This will give you the foundational skills to hit the ground running as a junior web application developer.

Specific technologies you will learn include:

  • Java/.NET (C#)
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SQL

Why do you offer Java and .NET?

We founded Tech Elevator as a demand-driven program designed to get you into a great career in programming.  Java and .NET are the most prevalent platforms being used in software development, offering the most job openings in a variety of industries worldwide. {see Tiobe's list of the most popular programming languages}

These two languages are excellent foundations which can act as a springboard to other languages you learn as you continue to build your career.

Which should I choose, Java or .NET?

Both are great languages to know, but depending on your job focus, certain industries use more of one language than the other. As a good starting point, research types of jobs you're interested in and check out the code requirements listed in the job description. If there are certain companies you're targeting, they may be heavier on one technology over the other and some basic research will give you the answer. We're happy to talk through this more if you have questions. 

What's a typical day like in the bootcamp?

Most mornings consist of lectures and learning, and lots of fresh coffee. After we break for lunch, you get to test your skills with hands-on practice. This could consist of group work, headphones-on solo work, or pairing programming assignments.

The best way to learn is to do, so you'll literally be coding from day one. 

How can I prepare before bootcamp begins?

Once you've been accepted into Tech Elevator we'll be reaching out to you for best ways to prepare. In the meantime, Stanford's Computer Science 101 on Coursera is a great place to start. It's free and can be accessed here.

Can I really become a developer in 14 weeks?

Yes, you can. Our goal is to teach you how to be a developer, not just how to write code. That means you're solving problems and thinking through solutions like a developer as you continue to practice and grow in your career. After 14 weeks, you'll have confidence to start your career as a junior developer with the foundational code skills that will have you making an impact from your first day on the job. 

Beyond the hard skills you'll also become a well-rounded job candidate after taking advantage of our Pathway Program™, focusing on career development skills to help land your next job.

 

CAREER SERVICES

We work with you from the start of the program to identify strengths and build marketable skills that fit your career path. 

Will I be guaranteed a job after graduating?

By law we cannot guarantee you'll get a job. But our student outcomes speak for themselves. Our graduate job placement rate is 98% and our average salary increase is $23,876. 

What types of employers do you work with?

We work with top employers in a variety of industries, from Fortune 500 cos. to startups, and everything in between. Check out some of the employers in our hiring network

I need help building my professional identity, can you help me?

Yep. In fact, we take it so seriously that we'll bring in experts to help guide you in a variety of professional areas. Check out some of our career coaching offerings

Why do you focus on discovering my strengths?

Learning how to code is one part of your development, but digging deeper to discover your natural strengths and passions will help you become a well-rounded candidate for your ideal job. 

We use tools like StrengthsFinder 2.0 to determine your top strengths and how you can use them during your job search. 

How will I know if this is the right fit for me? 

Our number one goal is to make sure this program is the right fit for our students. The bootcamp model isn't for everyone, and every situation is different so it's important to do your research and make the best decision for you.  

Try one of the following to help determine if this is a fit:

  1. Read our reviews on Course Report and LinkedIn
  2. Attend an Open House in Cleveland or Columbus to see the space, meet instructors and students. Ask yourself: can I see myself being a student here? 
  3. Take the aptitude test 
  4. Attend one of our #learntocode Meetups in Cleveland or Columbus

What makes you different from other coding bootcamps?

We focus on helping career changers and upskillers get ahead. 

Our career coaches get to know you from day one of our Pathway Program. Our instructors have decades of experience programming applications and mentoring junior developers.

We work hard, we have fun and we help kick-start your career in tech.

I'm ready. How do I apply?

Great. Take our quick aptitude test, then start your application. And of course, you can always contact us with questions. 

THE BASICS

How long is the bootcamp?

Monday - Friday for 14 weeks.

Your days will run 9a-4:30p and will include lectures, working sessions, workshops and breakout group work. Some afternoons we'll offer the option to stay late for career talks and mentoring opportunities. The lab is also yours to work in 24/7. 

Where are the bootcamps located?

We currently have bootcamps running in Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH.                                                                                                                   

How many students are in a typical class?

Classes vary based on language and time of year, but typically we have around 16 students per class. With additional instructors on staff, we have a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 students.

What are my class options?

Spring 2017 Java and .NET Tracks

January 9 - April 14 CLE

January 16 - April 21 CBUS

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Summer 2017 Java and .NET Tracks

May 1 - August 4  CLE

May 8 - August 11 CBUS

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Fall 2017 Java and .NET Tracks

August 28 - December 1 CLE & CBUS

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Do I have to quit my job to do this full-time for 14 weeks?

Coding bootcamps are a unique form of education, and there's a reason that we call them "bootcamps": they're intense periods of hard work designed to yield breakthrough progress and big  payoffs on the other side. To be successful you have to be focused and dedicated.  We ask that all applicants be prepared to either take time off or step away fully from their jobs. 

For many it's not hard to say goodbye to their current, unfulfilling job knowing that Tech Elevator will be their onramp to a new, satisfying career. If you love your company (but maybe not your role) consider talking to your employer about the program and how it can enhance your skill set for the job, or help them in other areas. Rather than lose you completely they may be willing to support you, sometimes with tuition support, sometimes with a leave of absence. It never hurts to ask! 

Do I have to know code before I apply?

The short answer is "no".

...but it's always a good sign if somebody has made some strides towards learning the craft on their own. What we really care about is your natural aptitude because when we have the right raw materials, we can make a great programmer.

Take our mini aptitude test to see if you're a good fit for the program. 

Do I need to provide my own computer?

Nope, all students will be provided with a laptop to use during the duration of the program, and any paid software licenses are provided by Tech Elevator. 

Classrooms/labs will be equipped with the necessary equipment including shared monitors to allow students to collaborate via “pair-programming”.

How much does it cost?

The bootcamp tuition is $12k.

You have a few payment options including credit card, check and PayPal. Some students save up and pay all in one sum, while others break out payments. We're happy to work with you on payment options that work for you. 

For payment and financing options, visit our financing page

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, our payment plan follows this model:

  • $125 to hold your spot in class (once accepted) 
  • $6,000 due on day 1 of the bootcamp
  • $6,000 due in week 8 of the bootcamp

Do you offer financing options? 

Yes, we work with lending partner Skills Fund who provides funding for many bootcamp students. For more information, visit our financing page

I have student loans; can I defer payments while in the program? 

Most federal student loans are eligible for at least one income-driven repayment plan. If your income is low enough, your payment could be as low as $0 per month. Check out this website for more information

Do you offer housing options?

Yes, we have short-term, fully furnished apartments for rent at our Cleveland location. Check out our housing + program bundle page to learn how you can upskill and live for an affordable price.