Our students are exceptional—from the long hours they spend giving it their all during the program, to the life-changing things they accomplish after graduation. Whether it’s web development or data analytics, we could not be more proud to get to help students grow in their skills, advance their careers or change career paths entirely.
Read what students from The Coding Boot Camp and The Data Analytics Boot Camp had to say about their experience in the program.
While the program was tough, making the decision to attend was very simple. In my previous role, I came to the conclusion that no matter how well I performed, how much money I made, or how high I climbed, I would never be genuinely excited to go to work or fulfilled when I came home. So making the investment to try something that I knew I liked in hopes that it would turn into a career made total sense in my mind. Looking back, I’m happy with my decision. It went even better than I thought it would, to be completely honest. I thought that at best, I would learn valuable skills and regain some child-like excitement, but that most of the material would be difficult to grasp completely in a short amount of time and that getting an entry-level developer role would require more than just a boot camp. This was a risk I was willing to take, though.
To me, it is better to struggle with something you love than succeed in something you hate. As it turns out, thanks to AGDATA giving me an opportunity, my job search did not last as long as I was preparing myself for. I am certain that my experience in a boot camp and the projects I completed during it had a huge impact on how I was valued as an applicant. Beyond the lessons and skills learned from the boot camp, the most valuable takeaway is the relationships. I still keep up with many people from the boot camp and will be working with three classmates at AGDATA. In truth, the connections gained from the boot camp, whether it’s the instructors and TAs, or classmates and career services, are what I will cherish as my career advances—I think we all want each other to succeed and will help each other do that.
This boot camp has been one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. It is fast-paced and challenging, but in the end, you’ll have all the necessary skills required for the Charlotte job market. The amount of resources and support from the entire team is unrivaled. I’m amazed at all the skills I gained in this course and even convinced a buddy of mine to take the boot camp. I highly recommend this boot camp to anyone pursuing a career as a developer.
I went to The Coding Boot Camp without any knowledge about code or programming. It was the best experience I ever had, the teaching and student support staff are amazing, the program is unique and constantly getting updated to fit the current market needs in Charlotte area. The Boot Camp gives you the tools and skillset to become a great Full Stack Web Developer. However, it is not easy, you have to put in a lot of time to reach your goal. You have to be prepared to work in the team, learning, Google-ing and have fun!
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this is a legitimately hard course. Depending on your background, this may be one of the harder educational ventures in your life. However, in my opinion, it is absolutely worth it. If you put in the time and effort, you will definitely come out of this program with the skills necessary to succeed in the marketplace.
That being said, you must approach this program with the proper attitude. If you do the bare minimum, your chances of breaking into development post-graduation are slim. That may sound harsh, but it’s the reality of the situation, and if you know this going in you are far more likely to succeed. The good news is, you are constantly surrounded by people who truly want to push you and help you to achieve your goals. TAs, instructors, and career services are committed to helping you every step of the way. I can honestly say this is one of the few times in education where I felt everyone in the organization went above and beyond in terms of guiding me.
So, is this course right for you? If you thrive on a challenge and know coding is the career path for you, then I would wholeheartedly recommend this program.
The Coding Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte taught me many of the fundamentals of Web Development in a short six months. The program was tough at times, and easy at other times. Through the skills I learned during both the technical curriculum, as well as the offered career curriculum, I was able to procure a position about a month after graduating the course, with having absolutely no coding knowledge prior to signing up. The instructor was amazing, and a great developer with a sense of humor and passion for teaching that really helped during the tougher sections of the class.
The course itself had a few hiccups (my class was the first of its kind at UNCC), but the staff seem dedicated to observing students and listening to feedback in order to smooth out bumps over time. Most assignments have an easy or hard version to help students pace themselves. There was also always someone available to help, whether it was over a dedicated chat system with the peers and instructors, or during office hours before and after class.
My class had a variety of backgrounds and ages; there were folks already in the field trying to sharpen their skills, and beginners like me trying to find a new career. There were three main projects in the course that were done in groups, where we chose our own path and subject of the project, based around a set of guidelines and required technologies set forth by the instructor. We were assigned groups for the first two projects, I think based on apparent skill level and/or our individual preferences for front- or back-end (make it pretty, or make it function, basically). The last project was much more loose on whether we worked in groups, or who we paired with if we did, and was much more of a final real-world showcase of what we had all spent so much time learning. Together they built an impressive start for our portfolios.