Tech Jobs: Your Guide to Launching a New Career

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  • Learn about different types of tech jobs

  • Find out how to get the tech skills you need for a new career 

  • Prepare to land the tech job you want

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Tech Elevator: Trusted Tech Job Training

Are you ready to take the next step toward an exciting tech career? Tech Elevator coding bootcamps train total beginners for careers in software development.

Heidi Gray   |   2019 Graduate   |   Detroit

I was a Film Producer and now I'm a Developer Trainee at United Shore.

"I looked at the people I was working around and where their careers were going and knew I wanted more. I wanted to be challenged in a new way and saw the beauty and creativity behind code. I chose Tech Elevator because of its job placement rate and, after attending an Open House, knew they had a quality program that would be the right fit for me. I am happy to report I had an offer with my top company a week before graduation."
Heidi Gray

4,000+ Graduates

Our diverse alumni network spans the entire country. Tech Elevator graduates go through over 700 hours of hands-on coding and learning.

900+ Hiring Partners

Our industry partnerships help students and graduates land their dream jobs in tech.

Career Coaching

Our Pathway Program™ is at the heart of our 88% job placement outcomes. Students get 1:1 career coaching, personal branding, employee introductions, and more.

Have some FAQs about Tech Elevator?

Let us answer some of the most common questions we hear from students

  • How long is the bootcamp?

    We offer both full-time and part-time options bootcamps.

    The full-time, immersive program runs Monday – Friday for 14 weeks. Your days will run from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will include lectures, working sessions, workshops and breakout group work. Some afternoons we’ll offer the option to for career talks after hours and mentoring opportunities. The lab is also yours to work in 24/7.

    The part-time program is 30 weeks long and includes a mix of self-study, small-group programming projects and lecture from expert instructors. To cater to working adults, Monday-Friday includes independent student with Saturdays reserved for instructor-led reviews. Disclaimer: Saturday offerings are not available for every part-time cohort. Check with your admissions advisor regarding upcoming schedules.

  • Where are the bootcamps located?

    We have campuses in Cleveland, OHColumbus, OHCincinnati, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA.

    We also offer National Live Remote campus options all over the country in cities across the United States with the same learn to code and career prep experience as our in-person program.

  • 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 personal attention.

  • What are my class options?

    Campus Locations

    Online Bootamp
    National Live Remote

    For all current start dates, check out the Find my Bootcamp page.

  • 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 for Tech Elevator’s full-time program be prepared to either take time off or step away fully from their jobs. Alternatively, we also offer a Part-Time Program that allows for students to learn at a more flexible pace.

    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!

  • How do I choose a coding bootcamp that’s right for me? 

    Enrolling in a coding bootcamp is a big decision. To help narrow your options, we’ve built a framework to help people determine which bootcamp makes the most sense for them. The framework focuses on approaching how to choose a bootcamp, and provides questions to ask during your research. Access the free guide here, and download our free bootcamp comparison checklist.

  • 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”.

  • How much does it cost?

    The bootcamp tuition is $16,500.

    You have a few payment options including credit card and ACH banking information. 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.

    For more financing-specific FAQs, check out our Financing FAQs.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    Our payment plan follows this model:

    Full-Time Programs:

    • $125 to hold your spot in class (once accepted)
    • Half of your tuition is due at the time of equipment release
    • The other half is due on day 1 of week 8 of the bootcamp

    Part-Time Programs:

    • $125 to hold your spot in class (once accepted)
    • One-third of your tuition due at the time of equipment release
    • One-third due on day 1 of week 11 of the bootcamp
    • One-third due on day 1 of week 21 of the bootcamp
  • Do you offer financing options? 

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

    For more financing-specific FAQs, visit our Financing FAQs 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.

    For more financing-specific FAQs, visit our Financing FAQs page.

  • Are there scholarships I can apply toward tuition?

    Through the generous support of hiring partners, we offer scholarships throughout the year. Check out our scholarship opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Are residents of all United States Eligible to apply for Tech Elevator?

    Tech Elevator cannot accept applicants from New Mexico or North Dakota for its coding bootcamp programs at this time.