When it comes to coders, many people summon the popular image of a Silicon Valley programmer, clad in a zip-up hoodie, chugging Code Red while furiously typing in a dark room. If that sounds like heaven to you, these programs can help get you into the development game. Here is a list of the six best coding bootcamps and programs in Los Angeles. Happy coding!
Thinkful is a career accelerator that helps people build high-growth careers in data science, web development, and design. Whereas traditional coding bootcamps teach these skills in a classroom, Thinkful students learn via 1-on-1 mentorship, affording them a more individualized learning experience and access to a growing local and national professional network. The result: A guaranteed job in tech or your tuition back.
Duration: 5 - 6 months
Techniques and approaches: 1-on-1 mentorship is not only a faster, more effective way to learn, it also affords you a network of professionals with an average of 10 years of experience in tech.
Location: Multiple locations across the city including Cross Campus: 840 Apollo Street, El Segundo and Cross Campus 929 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Cost: starting at $7,990. Qualified students are eligible for Thinkful’s ISA program and pay nothing until they get a job.
Codesmith is a program for developers with some previous experience under their belt, preparing them for roles as mid- or senior-level developers. The curriculum covers front- and back-end development, machine learning, technical communication, project management, deployment and career development.
Duration: 12 weeks
Techniques and approaches: Teaching students the “why” in programming instead of simply the “how to"
Location: Playa Vista (5300 Beethoven St.)
Hack Reactor is an immersive development program with remote and on-site courses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and New York. Thanks to its strict quality guidelines for graduates, Hack Reactor students have gone on to work for Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Apple and a number of other prominent names in tech.
Duration: 16 weeks
Techniques and approaches: Short lectures followed by immediate student implementation
Location: Playa Vista (6060 Center Dr.)
BeachCoders provides fundamental skills for beginners. The program lets aspiring coders get their feet wet without investing a lot of time and money in a long, full-immersion program.
Duration: 4 weeks
Techniques and approaches: Environment of inclusion, small class sizes
Location: El Segundo (615 N Nash St.)
Cost: $2,077 (frontend immersive program)
Code District is a development school for beginning and experienced programmers. Offering weekend classes and an evening boot camp, Code District lets both experienced and aspiring developers keep their day jobs while fine tuning their skills at night.
Duration: 24 weeks
Techniques and approaches: Intense evening schedule
Location: Torrance (22519 Hawthorne Blvd.)
General Assembly is a network of education campuses providing students with access to new skills and career paths. GA provides a variety of courses and programs from full-time, immersive coding bootcamps to part-time language specific classes.
Duration: Dependent upon location
Techniques and approaches: Every day is different, from group collaboration and interactive labs, to presentations and solo work
Location: Multiple LA locations (Downtown, OC and Santa Monica)
Sabio.la is one of the oldest coding programs in the nation and one of the few approved by the state. Taught by C-level executive instructors with decades of experience, the immersive bootcamp emphasizes a high caliber of curriculum.
Duration: 12 weeks
Techniques and approaches: Full immersion, six days a week
Location: Newport Beach (110 Newport Center Dr.); Culver City (400 Corporate Pointe)
Cost: $15,499 (Orange County); $16,999 (Culver City)
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