A review of Wyncode as a tech bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers and web developers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of Wyncode.

What does Wyncode do?

Wyncode is a Miami tech bootcamp that helps people learn the skills necessary to land a job as a web developer, UX/UI designer, or digital marketer. As of January 2021, the bootcamp has been acquired by BrainStation. Students can choose between full-time and part-time options at the Miami campus. They also offer a remote option, allowing students to attend live classes with 1-on-1 support from anywhere. As of August 2020, all campuses are operating remotely due to Covid-19.

Unlike many tech bootcamps, Wyncode has no mandatory prework. Students get a series of coding assignments to complete at their own pace. While strongly encouraged to complete their assignments, students do not have intense, formal pre-work like in many bootcamps.

The 10-week full-time bootcamp meets Monday-Friday from 9:30am to 6:00pm. Part-time courses run for 10 to 12 weeks. Part-time classes are typically scheduled two nights per week (specific days vary), from 7pm to 9pm. Students participate in lectures, workshops, verbal exercises, group programming challenges, and hands-on coding lab projects. 

The web development course teaches students how to build front-end and back-end applications using HTML, CSS, MongoDB, JavaScript, React, and APIs. Wyncode employs the Agile methodology practiced at many tech companies, requiring daily “stand-ups” where students vocalize what they have learned. The program includes hands-on lab work and projects. By the end of the program, students have polished portfolio projects that can help them as they look for web development roles.

The UX/UI course teaches students to create prototypes, create wireframes, conduct user research, understand Agile methodologies, and many other UX/UI skills. Students build polished UX/UI projects for their portfolios, intended to impress employers and help graduates land a job as a UX/UI designer. The course also includes daily “stand-ups” where students share their learning goals and experiences, part of the Agile methodology practiced at many tech companies.

Who is Wyncode for?

People with no experience in web development, UX design, UI design, or digital marketing who are looking to move into these careers could benefit from Wyncode’s bootcamps. The program is especially helpful for people who are based in Miami and those seeking opportunities in the emerging south Florida tech industry.

What does Wyncode cost? How much work is involved?

Full-time courses cost a total of $15,000. The cost of the part-time programs depends on the length and style of the course, but tuition is generally around $5,000.

Financing is available through Climb Credit. Rates and repayment plans depend on an applicant’s credit history. Government grants are also available. Wyncode recently partnered with CareerSource South Florida to allow unemployed or low-income candidates to enroll for free. CareerSource gives eligible students vouchers of $10,000 and Wyncode matches the remaining $5,000 to cover full tuition. A discount is also available for women and veterans. They also accept the G.I. Bill.

Wyncode offers an income share agreement (ISA). Students who use the ISA only pay when they land a job in tech that pays more than $40k a year.

The Wyncode admissions process starts with a written application form. Candidates then move on to a behavioral interview. Finally, prospective students answer a challenge question and submit student documents. Instead of a technical interview, the program encourages students complete 100% of the pre-work assignments before the program begins.

Ratings and reviews

Reviews are generally positive. Wyncode holds a 4.4/5 star rating on Career Karma and has been included in CourseReport’s top 15 courses for 3 years. Students praise the program for its curriculum, dedicated instructors, and positive atmosphere, but some graduates have mixed feelings about job placement and career assistance.

On CourseReport, one student said that he learned valuable skills from the web development program, and had fun along the way. He loved the hackathons and his passionate instructors. However, the student also warns, “JOBS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. Getting a job is just the same as applying and interviewing at any other job in the country, you have to sell yourself.”

Another student on Reddit said he “truly enjoyed my 2 and a half months” but was concerned about Wyncode’s Rail curriculum, which some students worry is becoming less desirable to employers, remarking that “Rails jobs are very far and few between.”

Wyncode is rated 4.96/5 stars on SwitchUp, where students praise the program for its intense, collaborative approach to web development, UX/UI design, and digital marketing. While many describe the courses as fast-paced, reviewers said they were satisfied by the curriculum. One graduate raves “The skills that you gain are incredible and you will always feel challenged, no matter what skill level you start with!”

Reviews are mostly positive on Career Karma. One student praised the dedicated instructors and fast-paced curriculum, but felt that “prework needs to be addressed and enforced strongly.”  The consensus seems to be that Wyncode’s curriculum offers valuable tech skills and students get out what they put into it.

Alternatives to Wyncode

If you decide not to enroll in Wyncode, check out these alternative resources for aspiring web developers, UX/UI designers, and digital marketers. 

  • Another Miami tech bootcamp Ironhack offers part-time and full-time courses on web development, UX/UI design, and data analysis. Like Wyncode, Ironhack emphasizes hands-on learning with projects and strives to create a positive, collaborative environment for students.
  • One of the more popular bootcamps, General Assembly offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • The Holberton School and Byte Academy are bootcamps with courses in web development, software engineering, and data science that offer ISA options. Rithm School also offers ISA financing, with a reputation for low student-to-teacher ratios, meaning more personalized attention.
  • The well-known bootcamp BrainStation offers programs in web development, UX/UI design, digital marketing, data science, and product management. Like Wyncode, BrainStation emphasizes collaboration, offering immediate feedback for students.
  • Flatiron School teaches courses on topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, and cybersecurity analytics. Students can choose part-time or full-time options, both on-campus or online.
  • Aspiring designers and web developers can consider Bloc, which offers courses in those subjects.
  • The full-time bootcamp Kenzie Academy offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • The well-known tech bootcamp Thinkful has tracks in web development and UX/UI design.
  • Aspiring designers can consider Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land a job as a UX designer. Read more about Designlab in our review.
  • Students interested in taking online self-guided or instructor-led product design courses can check out DesignerUp. Learn more about DesignerUp in our review.
  • For students seeking lower-cost web development and UX/UI design courses, Simplilearn, Learn UX, Treehouse, and Pluralsight could be worth pursuing. 
  • Students may also consider Udemy, which has thousands of affordable video courses on web design and computer science. Individual classes cost around $10 each.
  • Udacity is another online educational resource with courses in web development, design, and data science, as well as other topics like product management. Learn more about Udacity in our review.
  • Codecademy is one of the most popular web development programs online. They offer free coding courses on many different programming languages and even data science. They also have membership options ranging from $20 to $40 per month for greater course options and support.
  • Students can check out Springboard, a similar online learning platform that offers thousands of courses on a variety of tech subjects. Learn more about Springboard in our review.

How does Wyncode compare to Pathrise?

Wyncode is a bootcamp for people interested in becoming web developers, UX/UI designers, or digital marketers. While a general interest in tech is recommended, most Wyncode students start from scratch.

Pathrise job-seekers should already have a background in their chosen field to get the most out of the curriculum. A full service organization, Pathrise works with program fellows at each step of their job search, including resume and portfolio optimization, cold emailing and reverse recruiting, technical and behavioral interviewing, and salary negotiation. Through workshops and 1-on-1 mentoring, Pathrise tailors the program to fit each fellow’s specific needs.

Our program is flexible, with only 4 hours of group sessions and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled as needed. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of their first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentoring. If you are interested in optimizing your job search, join Pathrise.

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