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  • Cost
    $0-$20,000
  • Programs Pace
    Full-time
  • Payment Options
    Upfront, Financing, Scholarship
  • Programs Available
    Frontend, Full Stack, UX Design
Description

Alchemy Code Lab is an advanced software engineering training program that propels students toward exponential salary growth and opportunity. Available only in Portland, Oregon, Alchemy Code Lab believes that the power of coding and software engineering with drastically advance the city of portland including it’s economy and tech industry innovation. Founded in 2015 in the heart of downtown Portland, Alchemy Code Lab is homegrown and has stood the test of time in Portland to become a staple of the tech community. Alchemy Code Lab is devoted to providing a safe and welcoming environment for students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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All curriculum at Alchemy Code Lab is curated and maintained by software industry experts. With the industry changing at lightning speed, the curriculum is always updated to reflect recent industry innovations. Throughout the curriculum of the four courses at Alchemy Code Lab, students learn all of the comprehensive skills needed to become a well-rounded and successful software engineer. Students will work with HTML/CSS, JavaScript, SQL, jQuery, data structures, APIs, UX/UI design, and much more.

Alchemy Code Lab offers 6 month full time cohorts. These are all in person and take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A new cohort takes place every 3 months.The bootcamp process at Alchemy Code Lab is broken down into 4 parts. First is the Bootcamp Prep Course which includes 15 hours of in person instruction, followed by Bootcamp Part One which includes 160 hours of in person instruction. Bootcamp Part 2 includes another 160 hours of in person instruction. The Career Track offers a total of 440 hours of in person instruction.

Alchemy Code Lab is highly dedicated to the career advancement of its students, and the numbers prove it! Alchemy Code Lab boats a 90% in field student job placement rate, an average graduate salary of $79,000 per year, and a hiring partnership with over 75 unique companies. With an estimated 7,000 to 12,000 additional software developers needed in the Portland tech industry by 2020, Alchemy Code Lab is doing everything in its power to ensure that their students stand out amongst a crowd.

Alchemy Code Lab believes in the power of investing in yourself. That’s why they do everything in their power to ensure that anyone who wishes to attend the coding program, has the opportunity to do so. The bootcamp prep course at Alchemy Code Lab costs $299. Bootcamp part one costs $3,500. Bootcamp part two costs $4,500. The career track costs $12,000. In order to secure their seat in a chosen bootcamp, students submit a 10% deposit ($350) towards the first installment of tuition. This deposit is refundable prior to the first day of bootcamp. Alchemy Code Lab partners with a variety of grants and scholarships including Worksource Oregon, Diversity in Tech Scholarships, Women Who Code Scholarships, Lesbians Who Tech Scholarships, and more.

Programs Pace

Full-time

Programs Available

Frontend, Full Stack, UX Design

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Upfront, Financing, Scholarship

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  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Coming from a microbiology background in academia and transitioning to coding, I learned a ton of things at Alchemy that I didn’t learn in a traditional school setting or coding by myself online. For example, I learned how to code using agile practices with a variety of people in creative group projects with deadlines. I learned how to talk about code, not just to do it. I learned about the Portland tech scene and got a much better idea of how I fit into it. I learned to expand my network and push myself out of my comfort zone to make meaningful connections. Finally, I learned a ton about the job application process. Mock interviews and a week of career prep wasn’t easy or fun for me as an introvert, but it really helped prepare me for the job hunt.

    Alchemy gave me the knowledge and confidence to get and perform well in job interviews. My Alchemy experience allowed me to have a much better idea of the salary I could ask for. Shannon was such a positive support throughout the process that I always felt someone had my back. Both Megan and Marty also provided invaluable support and advice even after I completed the program.

    A huge plus was the Alchemy community. My fellow cohort (19 people total) was such an interesting and wonderful group of people from all different backgrounds and ages. A highlight of my experience was mob programming with them, in groups of 3-5. The TAs were graduates of the program and also provided emotional as well as instructional support.

    It is a big money investment and there are times when you feel the collective struggles of the group and individuals. There are times when you may struggle a lot yourself. It’s not easy, and outsiders (like your friends and family) may not understand what you are going through. However, I found it to be a huge personal growth experience that has paid off. I just accepted a job offer (with higher salary than I have ever made before) this past week, and I am so excited to continue to code because I feel like I can actually contribute and excel at it.

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  • Anonymous
    November 6, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I’ve attended regular college in the past but Alchemy takes education to a whole new level.

    In just 6 months I went from someone who knew next to nothing about software to having in depth conversations with industry veterans.

    I had the chance to work in Alchemy’s, “App Lab” upon graduation. I worked with real clients on real projects on a daily basis. This made the interviewing process much smoother. I also picked up additional skills that weren’t included in the standard curriculum – and got paid to do it.

    Not only that but I had help from their career consular to help me get hired. Shannon doesn’t just give you tips on your resume – she gets you interviews.

    I remember reading these reviews before considering joining the program just like you’re doing. I would highly recommend the program to literally anyone.

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  • Anonymous
    November 12, 2019 at 5:18 am

    I decided to pursue programming as a career because I lacked mental stimulation and the ability to make an impact in my day to day job. I researched all the bootcamps in the Portland area and it took one conversation with Megan, the school director to make my decision. The questions that were asked were so different than other schools and were focused around me and my learning style– I knew this place was special. Alchemy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in making everyone feel welcomed despite your background was a huge indicator to me that this was the right place for me. The curriculum was difficult and challenging, but no one’s ever built a six pack by sitting on the couch. And this is the secret to Alchemy’s success. The program does an excellent job by forcing you to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s a bootcamp in every facet of the word, constantly pushing you to learn and overcome. You have support available to you at every step of the way– instructors, TAs, fellow classmates, adorable doggies, school director, and career services. Oh yeah, career services. Shannon is a magician behind the scenes pulling strings to get you in the door and nail the interview. I’ve had two jobs post-graduation, and both interviews were secured because of– you guessed it, Shannon. If you have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful family, don’t hesitate. It was truly a special experience, one I only wish I could go through again.

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  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2019 at 5:20 am

    I came into this school with no experience in coding or programming of any kind. I had all kinds of self doubt and general fear about entering into a completely unfamiliar field. I was met with a compassionate and empathetic faculty that has created an environment that challenges the students to push through their own roadblocks and rise to meet the expectations of the course. This experience was a massive boost in my learning and comprehension of Javascript and the overlaying foundations/concepts of software development. If you are someone who doesn’t settle for ‘good enough’ and really wants to jump start your coding journey, Alchemy is the place for you.

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  • Anonymous
    December 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I come from a background with no formal education– not even kindergarten– and Alchemy was recommended to me by a few graduates who were both satisfied with their education and employed in jobs they loved. It was an incredible journey that tested my sanity at times, but every single person– from the CEO to the TAs– had my back the whole way. I had rough days where I needed emotional support most of all, and was always made to feel cared for and about. My education (and development as a lifelong learner) was always top priority, and I felt that at every point in the program. I’ve come away with strong technical skills, a community full of bright, kind people who celebrated all my victories with me, and newfound personal confidence. 11/10, would go again.

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  • Anonymous
    December 29, 2019 at 5:22 am

    10/10 would attend again. Best bootcamp in Portland and probably the PWN. The program is twice as long as most other bootcamps and because of that I was competent/confident when I entered a software engineering position.

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