Don’t Have a Programming Bootcamp in Your City? This One’s Online

May 26, 2015

11:00 am

Programming bootcamps, which teach you to code in a matter of mere months, are hailed as an alternative to college education. The prices are cheaper, the education is more practical, and graduates are almost guaranteed jobs. But many of them share a limitation with most colleges: the requirement to study in-person.

In-person programming bootcamps mean that 1) you have to choose a program in your own city, limiting your options, or 2) you can choose any program, anywhere, but have to move to a new city for the duration. 

But a new wave of bootcamps are giving students more flexibility by letting them learn online, so students who can’t or don’t want to move – like parents or people with a day job – can still get a programming education. SkilledUp lists 22 other online programming bootcamps, including Bloc, Coding Dojo, Hack Reactor Remote, and Viking Code School.

Tech Academy Portland is one such bootcamp, giving students the option to learn online or in-person at their office. On top of being remote, their 15- to 20-week program is also self-paced, meaning students can start at anytime and move through the material at their own speed. For $9,000, students get a crash course on tech essentials including WordPress, HTML5, CSS, PHP, Python, C#, JavaScript, and more. So far, 100% of their graduates have gotten jobs, with an average salary of $60,000.

When he was in the US Navy, Tech Academy Portland cofounder Erik Gross worked on nuclear reactors and taught computer science, physics, math, and more. He began training people to help him out with his software development projects, and that was the seed of the programming school.

Gross and cofounder Jack Stanley were inspired to make the program available remotely by the growth in online education. Now about a quarter of their students are remote, getting their mentorship from teachers via email and Skype.

Compared to in-person education, learning online takes a bit more discipline to stay on schedule and avoid distractions, says Stanley. “Set yourself up with a space where you won’t be interrupted. Silence your cell phone and concentrate on your studies. Work on the program every day. Treat it like a job and persist,” he says. It might be a bit more difficult, but cultivating these skills – self-motivation, focus, and dedication – will be good preparation for a remote technology job. 

Tech Academy Portland is offering a discount of more than $2,000 to students who sign up in May – enroll here.

Image credit: Flickr / Dev Bootcamp / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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