Through our Pittsburgh coding bootcamp, we teach students to become software developers while helping them grow the necessary career readiness skills to transition to meaningful jobs in tech. Our industry-aligned full-stack curriculum is taught by seasoned experts and combined with our top-rated Pathway Program™ to help people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences gain the skills and confidence to land a fulfilling software engineering or developer job. 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.
Jennifer O’Brien has spent the last 12 years sharing her passion and creativity in higher education. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and is a certified Practitioner in Human Centered Design. Jennifer is passionate about community leadership and building bridges to connect people. She has been dedicated for the past 5 years as a speaker coach with TEDxPittsburgh to share innovative ideas worth spreading.Hear from Jennifer O'Brien
Ellen is a people person and relationship builder. She enjoys talking to people and utilizing her interpersonal skills to really understand what makes them tick. Ellen’s expertise as an experienced interviewer, manager, and recruiter suits her well for her position as the Pittsburgh Pathway Program Director. Above all else, Ellen’s priority is to listen well and help people achieve their goals, as well as to be thorough & organized, and to try her best at every endeavor she may have in life.
Julie brings 8+ years of higher ed experience to Tech Elevator, including a master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education where she focused her time in graduate school on career coaching and career development. She is passionate about helping others find their "why" in life through career education and development. As a Pathway Program Director, she will assist in equipping students with the necessary tools to secure a job following graduation!
Julia Brooks | 2019 Graduate | Pittsburgh
As Technial.ly so elegantly puts it, “Pittsburgh is a city of old and new – a growing industry of technology amidst a backdrop of steel and history of energy innovation.” According to TechHire PGH, the tech career market in the region is growing 2.5 times faster than the rest of the economy. In a recent Financial Services Tech Job Report, Pittsburgh topped the list of cities with the most tech growth in 2020 at 69%. And according to the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, the Pittsburgh region expects to add more than 500 software developers and database administrators by 2026.
Job demand for tech position in Pittsburgh stems includes both traditional, entry-level tech jobs in IT department, but also careers in healthcare, finance, energy, and manufacturing industries.
Tech Elevator’s established Alumni community is working in exciting tech roles throughout the city. As a Tech Elevator student, you’ll have access to this alumni network for advice, resources, and mentoring opportunities.
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 Pittsburgh tech community through Learn to Code meetups. We also work to partner with organizations who share our values about making paths to careers in tech more accessible and we seek to engage our students and Alumni with the tech community.
Ipsita Pattanaik | 2019 Graduate | Pittsburgh
Learn more about our local coding bootcamps.
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 or 30 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 cohort 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 cohort lead 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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