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    Full Stack
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PDX Code Guild is dedicated to the student experience. PDX isn’t worried about pushing students through as fast as they can, because they truly believe in their students. They also believe that education is best when absorbed and not rushed. PDX offers a comprehensive program that helps students develop well-rounded technical skills with a basic understanding of multiple subjects. PDX pushes beyond the basic syntax and one language classes to really help students see the full benefit of a career in the coding world. This helps them unlock the potential that coding skills give them.

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PDX Code Guild offers a variety of courses to suit every student’s needs. PDX code is focuses on helping students become well-rounded full stack developers. Students will focus on Python, HTML/CSS, Django, Database Design, API’s, and more. Students also have access to an introductory programming course and an advanced portfolio building bootcamp dedicated to help students prepare for an interview by developing a portfolio and resume. PDX curriculum is made by coders for coders and is determined to keep up with industry standards. PDX constantly evaluates its curriculum and educational content as new innovations take hold throughout the tech industry.

PDX Code Guild offers a variety of different bootcamps to fit everyone’s schedule. PDX offers a full-time day bootcamp which runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and an evening full-time bootcamp that runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. PDX also offers an intro course that runs 3 times a week for 2 weeks, though specific meeting times vary per session.

PDX Code Guild is dedicated to the career advancement of its students. In addition to having access to a portfolio bootcamp, students will also participate in a variety of projects including a capstone project that can be used as a foundation for their technical portfolio. PDX Code Guild’s goal is to help students launch a high-paying tech career that offers robust growth, and is also flexible and fulfilling work that inspires students to create and innovate. PDX grads went on to work for a variety of large companies including Nike, IBM, Elemental, Urban Airship, and many more.

PDX Code Guild offers a variety of different coding bootcamps and educational courses ranging from $7,500 to $18,400. These courses range in price and vary based on the length and content of each program. Students receive various tuition discounts for paying course costs early. Discounts can range up $1,000 depending on the date of payment and the program. PDX is also a partner of lender Skillsfund and works to offer competitive loans with low interest rates and hassle free payment plans. PDX offers a variety of in house needs based scholarships that total up to $16,500. Students are also eligible to apply for state and federal educational grants on top of any additional scholarships received from PDX. PDX Code Guild also proudly accepts G.I. Bill veteran’s benefits.

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Full Stack

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  • Anonymous
    November 24, 2019 at 7:44 am

    The pre-course was an outstanding introduction to the overall course! I highly recommend attending to get an overall understanding of what this exciting field is all about. The instructors are very knowledgable, down to earth, and willing to take the time to help students learn the topics. Please give it a try if you are considering to enter this field.

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  • Anonymous
    November 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

    As with anything in life, what you put in is what you get out. Learning to be a programmer is no exception. I attended PDX Code Guild, worked hard, and now have a job that I love.

    Most of my classmates love code guild and still frequently go there for meetups. If you work hard and are honest with yourself on what you need to improve on you will flourish at code guild. I have seen many people do this: Those that are successful have used programming to augment their passions, interests, or past careers. Those that I have seen fail were focused on making money, or their heart wasn’t in it.

    So my advice to anyone reading this. Go for it. I had been struggling through online tutorials and books for months. This was a great foundation, when I got to boot camp I was able to take my ability to the next level. There are certain things that the instructors who had been working in the industry can teach you, that books just can’t.

    One of the best things about PDX Code Guild is the instructors. To whoever saying the good one left: The idea that one person can make or break a school is just silly. There are plenty of instructors here who are available to help. It is true that each of them have different strengths. What you learn will be in some way influenced by their specialization. They have all been working in the industry so if they can’t answer a specific question for you, they can refer you to someone who can. This is one of the reasons I chose PDX Code Guild. The instructors have industry experience. Other schools often hire TA’s who were graduates of the same school. And they are kind of generalists. I feel very fortunate to have learned from someone who was an excellent JavaScript programmer. I have had much more luck getting work as someone specialized than if I had gone to another school to learn a bit of everything.

    Realistically many of you reading this are probably wondering what the post graduate job hunt is like. There is no magic job tree for junior programmers. I got rejected close to 20 times before I even got a phone interview. But if you keep learning and stay persistent it’s entirely doable for anyone. I had a job within a week of graduation and significantly increased my income. This was coming from a business career which definitely helped, but regardless of your background you can earn a livable wage with the skills you start learning here.

    As for Job Assistance. There’s no official placement program or internships, but here’s why that’s a great thing: The instructors work in the industry. They are not just TA’s who are graduates themselves. They have industry connections with companies and recruiters. If you prove yourself to them by working hard and doing the extra credit they introduce you to recruiters and companies. You will have no problem finding a job within a couple of months from graduation. The key is, you have to put the work in, nothing is handed to you. But that’s true with everything life.

    tl;dr: If you want to learn programming. Code Guild is a great place to do that. It ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made.

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  • Anonymous
    November 28, 2019 at 7:43 am

    After 16 years with a company I was laid off. Although I had Computer Technical background and strong WAN Technologies background I was struggling to find any Job. I also had recently made a Career change into software development, but I only had 4 years and never held the title of senior so I was unable to find work in that field either. So, I worked with WorkSource and using the Reboot program and I found PDX Code Guild. Sheri Dover the Schools President was warm and inviting. The interview process left me feeling encouraged that I had found a group of like-minded individuals who were on a similar journey. Although I had read through the program on the website, I came away with a real sense that this program was the best program fo me. We had a small class of six people to start with and the instructor Andrew Hedges had real world experience giving the class a broader depth to real world uses of everything we learned. There was a lot of material to cover in 12 weeks, and it was very intense, but the smaller class size gave us many opportunities to work together and if need be a lot of one on one with Andrew. One of the best parts of the class was not just having recruiters and industry leaders coming in to speak to us weekly, but was the mentoring on how to network outside the guild connecting with local meet ups like Front end PDX or Donut JS. One of the greatest strengths of PDX Code Guild is there continuation of support while in class with gaining understanding and after you done with the class with give you a space to continue to build your portfolio to help you find jobs. My greatest take away after the friendships and professional relationships I have built, is being able to put the code guild completion on my resume. In fact, although the Job I am currently working at is not in software coding my experience with the code guild was the deciding factor with getting this Job. Because of the steep learning curve in the code guild I was able to show that i have the propensity to learn new things and be productive quickly and that gave me the edge I needed to land my current position at XO Communication a Verizon Company. While they may not have traditional Job assistance where they have Job postings I believe I have gained greater skills in finding and getting a Job then I had before because of the networking skills they provide.

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  • Anonymous
    December 1, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I just receently graduated from PDXCode Guild after taking the Intro to Python course in May and then the 12 week Full Stack Devops class. I want to say that it was the most rewarding thing that I have done in a long time and it was also the hardest thing I have ever done because coding is not a trivial task. That is why you go to this school. Everyone there that I met talked a lot about that. Everyone was also very supportive and positive. My instructor had years of coding experience and knows Javascript especially well. I was very glad that I took the Intro to Python course first because I really wanted to know if I could hack it. It is an accelerated bootcamp so yes you are moving at a fast pace. I recommend taking an Intro class to see if you can handle that. Because I finished that I felt confident enough to take the 12 week course. I learned so much. I would never have made as much progress as I have or got as much done or so much support, encouragement, instruction plus meaningful curriculum as I did without this school. The CEO is also a great person to work with and she wants you to succeed as badly as you do. Class sizes are small. The environment is great. I was in the lower building which I love. I had 4 people in my class plus a couple TA’s to assist. We had several guest speakers come in which was enlightening also. We were pointed to good tools to learn with. All things that are important when you are first starting out. It was a great experience.

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  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I signed up for their free Intro to Programming (Python) evening class and had a great experience with instructor Al B. & assistant Indu. It was a short Tues-Thurs course for 2 weeks (18 hours total) on the basics of Python and feel more confident about my journey for new career skills. The class style is instructor led on a projector, with group coding practice and 2 individual labs per session which are reviewed by the instructors. Classes are uploaded later to youtube for helpful recall. I had a much better experience here than at a paid Epicodus intro class. They also do another free Intro to Front End (html, css, js, jquery, git) 2 week course which I plan to take.

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  • Anonymous
    December 17, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I want to write as honest a review I can about my experience. For anonymity, I will say that I finished the class in 2015.

    Positives:
    Class size is small. For me it was 8 people. During my time there, average class size hovered around 8-12 students. This makes interactive instruction possible, and really allows you to get to know your classmates well.

    The school is licensed by the State of Oregon. This means that you may qualify for job retraining grants and other state and federal funding sources. You do need to research this, however. Code Guild staff may help you identify sources of funding, but it’s up to you to do the legwork if you want to avoid paying full price. Being licensed is also for peace of mind: if for whatever reason the school closes, chances are good that you can get your money back.

    After 12 weeks, you will learn all the basics of computer programming and full-stack web development.

    Negatives:
    The quality of your education is determined by your instructor. Look at other reviews and it’s apparent who you want to be teaching you. Whether or not you will be taught by this person is based on scheduling and luck. My class was taught by a first-time instructor who really knew Python and the backend of things. Javascript and frontend, not so much. In fact, our Javascript education consisted of two weeks of online tutorials and asking your neighbor for help. Not so much value for money there. I have heard from other students about instructors who showed signs of burn-out and disinterest. My personal experience with my instructor was that, about three weeks away from the end of term, he began interviewing for industry positions and “checked out” for a bit. Fortunately, this coincided with the personal capstone project time, so not a lot of instruction was scheduled for this portion anyway.

    There is also the chance that you will be taught by an instructor who themselves just graduated from the PDX Code Guild. At this point in time (Feb 2016), there are recent graduates of the bootcamp teaching classes. While I personally know these instructors and can attest to their intelligence and overall competence at programming, I think it’s something to be aware of. You can certainly learn the basics from them, but you will miss out on advanced concepts or years of industry experience. Of course, you are welcome to disagree with me.

    Neutral observations:
    Like any code school, you will hear all the success stories, and not hear about the not-so-successful ones. You will be told how you can come with zero experience and leave as a qualified junior software engineer. However, it should not come as a surprise that some of these successful folks may already have a computer or other STEM backgrounds. A recent superstar from the last graduating class had a math degree, for example, and other students had previous careers in software testing or frontend web development. Some already had exposure or training in other languages such as MATLAB, PERL, PHP, or C++.

    If you’re coming into this program with absolutely zero experience, you may be frustrated at having to learn absolutely everything from the ground up, while some of your classmates seem to know everything already. I had exactly one semester of computer science training about ten years ago and there were a couple of moments where I felt absolutely lost in this class.

    After graduation, it’s not uncommon for students to take up to 6 months to review the course material, build up a portfolio, network, attend meetups, learn more specific frameworks and languages based on their interests and intended area of specialization, and then finally be hired.

    Summary:
    Code Guild will teach you all the basics. Being job-ready largely depends on your prior background and your willingness to take more time off following graduation to really hone your skills. Remember, you are competing against graduates of other code schools, and more are graduating every 12 weeks or so. Be aware of who your instructor is and what his or her background is prior to enrolling in the class.

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