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

You can download our full school catalog on our program details page.

Who teaches at Tech Elevator?

Our instructors are industry professionals with an average of 20 years working as software developers. They’re passionate about helping students start their careers in tech, and are invested in their success. Stop by an Open House to meet an instructor at your nearest campus.

Learn more about our instructors in this video.

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.

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 , tutoring sessions or pairing programming assignments.

The best way to learn is to do, so you'll literally be coding from day one. Check out our Life at Tech Elevator page for more. 

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 with exercises recommended by our instructors. In the meantime, Stanford's Computer Science 101 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.

What if I can’t keep up with curriculum?

In addition to your instructor in the classroom, each campus has dedicated instructors who support extra work outside of the classroom. That means you can schedule tutoring sessions as much as you need to, ensuring you’re understanding concepts and implementing coding.

Remember, your campus director and instructors have a pretty good pulse on how you’re keeping up and will work with you if you feel like you’re getting behind or struggling in any way.


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 94% and our average salary is $58,000. What you put into the program is a direct result of what you will get out and we're very proud of our outcomes. 

What types of employers do you work with?

Over 330 companies and counting have made offers to Tech Elevator graduates . 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

  2. Attend an Open House in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia 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 free #learntocode Meetups in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

What makes you different from other coding bootcamps?

Our instructors have decades of experience programming applications and mentoring junior developers. Our career coaches help connect you to the right career opportunities through the Pathway Program

Whether you’re changing careers, just beginning one, or adding onto an existing skill set, 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. Of course, you can always contact us with questions. 


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, OHColumbus, OHCincinnati, OH, Detroit, MI , Pittsburgh, PA, and Philadelphia, PA.                                                                                                     

How many students are in a typical class?

Classes vary based on language and time of year, but typically we have around 15-18 students per class. With additional instructors on staff, we have a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 students which means a lot of person attention.

What are my class options?


Spring 2020

Jan 13 - April 19 (CLE, CBUS, CINCY, PGH, DET)

Jan 27 - May 1 (PHL)

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Summer 2020

May 11 - August 14 (ALL)

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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. A lot of our students start teaching themselves online and decide to take the next steps with our program. 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 quick 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”.

Do I need to be authorized to work in the United States?

One of Tech Elevator's missions is to elevate the companies and communities in which our bootcamps directly work with. As such, Tech Elevator requires that students must be a United States citizen, a permanent resident/green card holder, an EAD/work permit holder, or otherwise authorized to work in the United States. As a career training provider, Tech Elevator is most valuable to students benefiting from both our software development curriculum as well as our Pathway Program career development training.

On Day 1 of the cohort, all enrolled students must provide documentation to show their authorization to work. Employment authorization documents could include any one of the following: U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/"Green Card," Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card/"work permit," unrestricted U.S. SSN Card, or original/certified copy of U.S. birth certificate bearing the official seal. Refer to any one of the List A or List C documents described by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for details on further acceptable documentation.

Tech Elevator neither assists with nor sponsors work or student visas. The Tech Elevator staff are not visa experts. If you believe you have a specialty visa that allows you to work indefinitely in the United States, please reach out and we'll be happy to follow up. Tech Elevator reserves the right to administratively withdraw students for inability to present proper employment authorization documentation on Day 1 of the bootcamp or for presenting falsified documents pertaining to U.S. employment authorization.

How much does it cost?

The bootcamp tuition is $15,500.

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)

  • $7,750 due on day 1 of the bootcamp

  • $7,750 due in week 8 of the bootcamp

Do you offer financing options? 

Yes, we work with a variety of partner lenders. For more information, visit our financing page

Are there grants I can apply toward tuition?

Tech Elevator is an eligible training provider with the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, which authorizes & funds employment & training programs in the United States.

Based on your qualification criteria & Tech Elevator accepted enrollment, you may be eligible for WIOA financial assistance. Visit our financing page for local office information.

Are there scholarships I can apply toward tuition?

Through the generous support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. we offer $2,500 scholarships for women and underrepresented persons in tech in the Columbus market. Click here to learn more.

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

I'm not from the region and need a place to stay during the program.

There are many great short-term rentals you can find through sites like

Airbnb, Home Away and VRBO to name a few. We'll work with you to help

navigate housing options, neighborhoods and commute time.