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  • Cost
    $0-$15,000
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time, Part-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, Financing
  • Programs Available
    Frontend, Full Stack
Description

LaunchCode is a non profit organization that trains students for work in technological fields, at absolutely no cost to the student. Located in five major US cities, the company offers free programs to students thanks in part to company grants and major donations. LaunchCode believes that everyone regardless of financial background, should have the opportunity to get a quality technical education. That’s why LaunchCode continues to grow both it’s donor and corporate sponsorship rates; in the hopes of keeping tuition costs absolutely free for students!

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As referenced above, LaunchCode has a variety of programs to suit everyone’s needs. The LC101 Web Development course focuses on foundational programming concepts, JavaScript, and building full stack web applications using Java or C#. CoderGirl is LaunchCode’s educational program designed to engage and educate women in the technology community. This course covers a variety of content including Java, C#, .Net, Front End Web Development, SQL Server and Databases, Data Analysis, User Experience, and Data Science. CodeCamp is a full time intensive coding bootcamp. Students will learn a variety of skills including Python programming and basic coding fundamentals, developers tools needed to build functional web applications, a deep dive into the world of Java, and a major portfolio project.

Miami LaunchCode offers a variety of courses and bootcamps that each vary in length and schedule. LaunchCode’s basic LC101 Web Development courses includes 20 hours of coursework, some of which is done in class twice a week for 3 hours instructional sessions. This course lasts for 20 weeks total. The CoderGirl program lasts for 24 weeks to 45 weeks total with classes being held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours working on coursework outside of class. CodeCamp is a 14 week full time course that lasts from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily Monday through Friday.

LaunchCode offers an 8 week LiftOff program that is specifically dedicated to helping students find a job in tech. Throughout the program students will participate in one on one career coaching sessions, design and build a portfolio project, and work on a variety of group mentored projects. On average LaunchCode alumni double their salary upon job placement after graduation. Students of LaunchCode are also eligible to apply for LaunchCode’s exclusive apprenticeship program. Through the program, LaunchCode will match students with one of their exclusive hiring partners. Once matched, students will complete a paid internship with that company. LaunchCode is proud to offer partnerships with over 500 tech industry hiring partners. Some of LaunchCode’s prestigious hiring partners include Boeing, MasterCard, Unidev, GraybaR, Accenture, USBank, CitiBank, and many more.

Tuition is absolutely free for students thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate sponsors. LaunchCode is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Programs Pace

Full-time, Part-time

Programs Available

Frontend, Full Stack

Financing Options

Upfront, Financing

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  • Anonymous
    November 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I was a Massage Therapist. I found an editors list of the top 10 coding bootcamps from around the country. I did some online work for the number one rated, but ultimately chose LaunchCode, ninth rated, because it is completely free to students and it was local to me (Saint Louis.)

    LC101, the introduction class, was HARD and you get out of it what you put in. If you don’t study enough and keep up you will get dropped, only about 70% of my class graduated.

    Graduating doesn’t mean job placement, you have to take the skills you have learned and prove you can code projects to completion on your own. They recently added Liftoff (8 weeks), to help with that process, I am taking it and in week 3.

    Additionally, once you apply and get into the Apprenticeship Program, you have to be able to prove to companies that your project and your communication skills are good enough to do whatever job they need you to do in the real world. I am the over-achieving type, I coded a project to completion while between Units 2 and 3 and applied to the apprenticeship program with it. Because there are so many people who got into the apprenticeship program before me that they are trying to place, it took them about 7 weeks to get back to me with my first: would you like us to send your resume to company X? email. Then it is up to company X if they want to interview you.

    I, apparently, impressed my first company interviewer, but wasn’t offered a job. My second interviewer did offer me a job, and my third interviewer (within days of the second) seems to want to meet with other candidates. Additionally, I graduated on a Thursday, and I started to TA the following LC101 class the next Monday, at the time of writing this, that class is 3 of 20 weeks into their program. Yesterday, I decided to accept the offer from the second interview, I spent part of today doing the onboarding.

    In general, the community and atmosphere at LaunchCode is amazing and they are super supportive and helpful, they have an online chatroom that is always busy answering questions, offering support, or just trying to make you laugh: Today in the chatroom: person 1: what if the cheese was shredded? person 2: then the answer would be grate!

    The student to TA ratio is about 11 to 1, but the class size is generally somewhere in the 250-350 range, meaning that: if your TA or members of your TA group can’t answer the question, bounce it off one of the other 23 or more TA’s or post it in general chat seen by all. Someone gets back to you fast.

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  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I’d considered getting into computer programming for a number of years, but couldn’t afford to go back to college for another degree that may or may not lead to a job, and I had a hard time staying focused when trying free, self-guided programs online. One of my partner’s former co-workers went through LaunchCode’s learning program and was ultimately placed in an apprenticeship, and recommended it highly to her when she mentioned that I’d been interested in programming. Initially I was pretty skeptical. How can a program offer free, no-strings-attached education to hundreds of students a year and be any good?

    I realized later that the only way to do that is if your learning program is actually EXTREMELY good. My LaunchCode experience was filled with excited students, talented teachers, and supportive staff. They taught me everything I needed to know to become a web developer, provided resume and job interview support, and introduced me to a community of learners and developers who could serve as support in my job search. I and several of my friends (as well as many of the people I’ve met through LaunchCode) have gotten new careers in technology as a result of LaunchCode’s entirely free programs.

    The thing I’ve realized most through my interactions with LaunchCode is that they’re not some for-profit bootcamp or recruiting firm who is just looking to make some quick money or only help the best of the best. Everyone I’ve met who works at LaunchCode is working there because they really care about the organization’s mission and are determined to help anyone and everyone who is willing to put in the effort get their first programming job.

    LaunchCode absolutely changed the lives of me and some of the most important people to me, and I cannot possibly recommend them enough.

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  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I started LaunchCode in the summer of 2017, I was working a dead end food service job at the time and looking for a way out. LaunchCode’s LC101 course is one of the best I’ve seen, it’s in person, interactive, and most of all it is FREE! That being said I had to work hard in order to succeed and land a job. Everyone at LaunchCode is supportive and wants to succeed but it’s up to you to put in the effort.
    I went from knowing only a little bit of HTML to a fully functioning application in Java in just a few months.
    Since graduating LaunchCode I have worked for two companies as a software developer and doubled my salary. I am forever grateful for the free education and support that LaunchCode has provided me.

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  • Anonymous
    November 23, 2019 at 3:53 am

    I attended LaunchCode’s most recent immersive coding bootcamp and can speak very highly of it. Even after you graduate, they won’t place you in a program until you’ve done a project that demonstrates knowledge of one of the languages you’ve learned in the camp, as well as new skills you’ve learned on your own. They highly encourage you to pick a language in demand in your area, and in my area the language of most demand is Java. So, I’m still working on my project and haven’t gotten an internship yet, but many people I know (from previous cohorts) have gotten an internship through them and are extremely thankful for the opportunity. I can’t say LC is perfect, but I will vouch for the fact that they care deeply about what they are doing and constantly trying to improve the services they provide. It’s definitely a very challenging class. You will learn a lot of if you dedicate the time and energy to follow their curriculum.

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  • Anonymous
    December 12, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I completed LaunchCode’s Immersive Code Camp over the summer and I am very thankful for the skills I’ve built and the educators at LaunchCode. I have taken a coding class before LaunchCode, and as a woman, the other program wasn’t very welcoming, this is NOT the case at LaunchCode. LaunchCode excels at inclusivity, the staff has always made me feel welcome, and the seduction team wants everyone to succeed and will do almost anything to help. Getting into the program was rigorous but the payout was worth it. In a few short months I have gained to skills to “launch” into a new career as a web developer.

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