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A review of The Tech Academy as a bootcamp for software engineering and data science

What does The Tech Academy do?

The Tech Academy is a bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a (junior) software developer or data scientist. They offer 4 bootcamp options online or onsite. Their campuses are in Denver, Portland, and Salt Lake City. 

The software developer bootcamp can be done full-time in 22 weeks or part-time in 40 weeks. In this course, students learn C#, Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, and more. The roles graduates of this bootcamp typically get are full-stack, junior-level developers.

The C# and .NET framework bootcamp takes 15 weeks full-time and 28 weeks part-time. This bootcamp is a good choice for students looking to utilize Microsoft technologies and languages. In addition to C#, languages covered in this bootcamp include: JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and SQL.

For people who are looking to learn Python, they can take the Python developer bootcamp. The full-time program takes 15 weeks and the part-time program takes 28 weeks to complete. Students in this bootcamp learn Javascript, HTML, CSS, and SQL. 

Full-time for the data science bootcamp is 16 weeks and part-time is 30 weeks. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science and programming as well as data science. Topics include data visualization, statistical analysis, AI, machine learning, as well as some additional coding languages. Graduates of this program find roles as entry level data scientists or analysts.

Finally, the front-end web developer takes 8 weeks full-time or 14 weeks part-time to complete. It prepares graduates for web developer roles by teaching HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Tech Academy also offers 3 introduction classes that students can take separate to the bootcamps. These are coding for beginners, Python for beginners, and Javascript for beginners.

Who is The Tech Academy for?

People who have no experience in software engineering or data science but are looking to move into this career path could benefit from The Tech Academy. Their courses teach students the skills needed for most entry level web developer, IT specialist, or data analyst positions.

What does The Tech Academy cost? How much work is involved?

The bootcamps offered by The Tech Academy are differently priced based on the topic. The software developer full-time bootcamp costs $18,640 and part-time costs $26,640. The C# and Python full-time bootcamps cost $13,307 and part-time cost $19,974. The data science full-time bootcamp costs $14,640 and part-time costs $21,307. Finally, the web developer bootcamp is the least expensive option, with full-time at $7,947 and part-time at $11,974.

Ratings and reviews

There are not many reviews online for The Tech Academy. They are on SwitchUp’s list of best bootcamps. On CourseReport, students were impressed with the course and they felt that they were learning the right skills to land entry level positions in IT or as a developer. Similar to most bootcamps, students should supplement the course with their own research and study. If they do not do this, they might not be ready to land the job they want.

Alternatives to The Tech Academy

As a bootcamp with a focus on software engineering, there are a fair number of alternatives.

  • Lambda School is probably the most well known. It is a 9-month bootcamp where students can learn the fundamentals of software engineering, UX design, data science, and iOS development while deferring payment through an ISA.
  • Codeacademy teaches courses in computer science and coding for free and also offers membership that are around $20-$40 per month.
  • For those interested in data science, DataCamp and Dataquest are good options.
  • Similarly, there is Coursera, which provides free and low-cost college courses from $29 all the way to $25,000.
  • Udemy is an online learning platform with over 100,000 online video courses in a wide variety of topics. Udemy students can pick & choose classes, often paying around $10 per class.
  • Those interested in learning different tech skills can also check out Udacity, which offers a mix of free and paid resources.
  • Springboard is also a popular online education tool for people interested in learning or advancing their current tech skills.

How does The Tech Academy compare to Pathrise?

The Tech Academy is a bootcamp, with courses for people who are interested in learning the skills needed to become a web developer or data analyst from scratch. At Pathrise, fellows in our program should already have a background in the field they are interested in so that they can participate in and fully benefit from our technical workshops, where we provide a more specific curriculum based on what they will see in their interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, as well as recorded, so that fellows in our program can review them afterwards and continue learning. Our program is flexible, with only 4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled whenever fellows need them. Our curriculum is personalized to work on the specific skills that people struggle with the most.

Specifically, Pathrise focuses on technical and behavioral interviewing as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation templates and guidance. Fellows in Pathrise find a job, on average, within 3-5 months of joining the program. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of their first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise.

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