If you’ve decided that you’d like to learn to code and that a coding bootcamp at DaVinci Coders is for you, then we’d like to congratulate you on making an excellent move forward in your career. The next step after that is to decide which of the coding languages we teach is right for you; are you more interested in app development or web development? Perhaps you’d like to take a coding bootcamp to learn back-end with Ruby on Rails.
After that, you need to make sure the timing is right. If you’re not ready to enroll for our classes in the next couple of weeks (they all start between February 13 and March 9, 2017), you’ll have to wait until our fall courses come around. While we’d certainly welcome you at our fall courses, we understand if you’re not prepared to start night classes right away.
Of course, there’s also the subject of funding. DaVinci Coders is not-for-profit, but there’s still a cost for our coding classes so that we can pay the teachers and keep the lights on around here. Most classes cost between $7,995 and $9,995, and while that’s exponentially less that what you’d pay at a traditional coding school, it’s certainly not chump change either.
So if you won’t be ready for our spring courses, you have six months to find the money for you’ll need to take our coding bootcamps in the fall. Luckily we have many options for you to consider.
Work a Job, Live For Cheap
If coding is what you really want to do and need to make the money outright, the first option is to work a job. Certainly you could work fast food, but if you have a brain for coding then it’s likely you’ll be able to get something better than that. Companies are always looking for bright people they can train, even if you’re only there for a year (but don’t tell them you’re only there for a year!).
Also, cut back on your expenses as much as possible. Can you move back in with your parents while you save up for coding school? Swallow your pride and do it. DaVinci Coders is in Westminster, and when you find yourself between Denver and Boulder, rent isn’t going to be cheap. If you have to live on your own, you might have to split the rent among more people in an apartment. Yes, it’s going to be simple living for a while, but within a year you should be a good candidate for many $75,000 jobs in the area.
Work the Web
Many of you out there who have an interest in code probably got started by messing with web pages in HTML. While you’re about to learn languages much more powerful in your upcoming coding bootcamps, simple coding of web pages is still a highly-marketable skill. Do some freelance web design and coding and you should be able to afford our classes with no problem.
We won’t be charging you $100,000 for a four-year college, but we still offer financing for your coding bootcamp. We work with a couple of different providers so that you can pay for tuition as easily as possible. Click here to take a look.
Find Workforce Options
There are federal grants available for those who quality, based on need. One example is the WIOA Workforce Program, designed to “help job seekers prepare for employment, find and keep a job, and increase earnings.” Be sure to apply as early as possible for these, because processing can take time and funds are limited.
DaVinci Coders are happy tell you that our parent organization, the DaVinci Institute, has a limited amount of scholarships available for those who might not be able to afford coding classes on their own. We want to see bright young minds succeed no matter their current financial situations, so be sure to contact us if you’re a future coder who could benefit from a scholarship.
Or Maybe You Already Have The Money
Some people just write us a check. It might come from parents, or it might come from the student himself or herself because they’ve been working for years and are just now deciding that code is where they want to be. The most likely scenario is that it’s someone who’s already in the coding world and is making good money. Taking a coding bootcamp class so that they can learn a second — or third — coding language is a great way to move up the coding ladder and make even more money.
There’s never any guarantee of employment, but learning to code in Python, Ruby on Rails, JavsScript, and C# can certainly go a long way to getting you trained for a better job. Once you have the job, any investment you’ve made should pay for itself many times over. Find out more about financing and scholarship options here.