Tech Elevator leads the way in helping individuals to acquire new technology skills with a focus on transitioning to a new career. Grand Rapids coding bootcamp students learn full-stack development through high-quality instruction, an industry-relevant curriculum, and career coaching that drives our top-ranked job placement results.
Through our full-time or part-time developer bootcamp, we teach students to become software developers while helping them grow the necessary career readiness skills to transition to meaningful jobs in tech. That’s why we’re a leading bootcamp for job placement rate in the country, with 90% of Tech Elevator grads working in a tech role within 180 days of graduation.
Hailing from the west side of Cleveland, Ohio with a vibrant Greek heritage, Peggy Kachevas graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She interned with Sherwin-Williams, and upon graduation, entered a full-time career in IT recruiting and staffing with Kforce and Pomeroy. Today at Tech Elevator, Peggy is excited to be part of such a fantastic organization that creates a long-lasting impact on students' lives and within various communities and job markets.Hear from Peggy Kachevas
Kaede Stillmun | 2021 Graduate | Online
The goal of the Grand Rapids coding bootcamp is to get a job. A rewarding technology career is no longer just for those in Silicon Valley, it’s a career path many across the Midwest are adopting. Michigan is one of the fastest-growing states for venture capital investment and major investors in Grand Rapids are dedicated to evolving the city as a tech hub.
Grand Rapids is home to large employers in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, media, and insurance – all driven by technology and in need of quality tech talent. We’re proud to work with Grand Rapid’s top companies to connect our graduates to fulfilling opportunities to begin their careers as software developers.
We are a community-driven organization. Tech Elevator believes in “elevating people, companies, and communities” and a big part of our mission is to play a role in making the communities we serve better.
We do that by giving away free learn to code programming to the tech community through industry-relevant events and expert online resources, in addition to creating a more accessible onramp to careers in tech. We also work to partner with local Grand Rapids organizations who share our values and we seek to engage our students and Alumni with the tech community. Tech Elevator cares about the people we impact and cultivate meaningful relationships to understand the technology needs of our community so that we can be an engine of economic growth for the people and places we support.
Ben Strubel | 2021 Graduate | Online
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You will learn either the Java or C# language, depending on your bootcamp selection. By the time you graduate, you will be able to create dynamic, database-backed web applications. This will give you the foundational skills to hit the ground running as a junior web application developer.
Specific technologies you will learn include:
You can view our school catalog for more information.
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 – either remotely or at a campus.
We founded Tech Elevator as a demand-driven program designed to get you into a great career in programming. Java and C# are both widely used in software development, with a consistently large number of job openings in a variety of industries worldwide.
These two languages are excellent foundations which can act as a springboard to other languages you learn as you continue to build your career.
Both are great languages to know, but depending on your job focus, certain industries tend to use one language more than the other. As a good starting point, research types of jobs you’re interested in and check out the requirements listed in the job description. If there are certain companies you’re targeting, they may prefer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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