ABOUT DAVINCI CODERS
Founded in 2012, by the nonprofit, education based-futurist think tank, DaVinci Institute, DaVinci Coders is the first Micro College in Colorado and one of the first in the U.S. The school is the brainchild of Futurist Engineer, Author, and International Keynote Speaker, Thomas Frey. He forecasted that the technical workforce of the future would need smaller, shorter classes that would teach the skills needed in the rapidly evolving world of technology. Frey and the DaVinci Institute decided to build a better education system, geared toward meeting technologies' demands and re-training Colorado's workers in the most cutting edge technologies, quickly, and at a fraction of the cost. DaVinci Coders' mission is to quickly re-skill the workforce, without crippling students with debt.
WHAT is a Micro College?
the future of education, now
We estimate that it takes an average of 1,000 hours of study to learn how to code. A Micro College (widely known as "Bootcamp"), is a vocational school that launches all-immersive courses geared to provide a curriculum for 500-1,000-hours of training on how to build skills for highly in-demand jobs, and gain entry-level jobs within that field, in short intervals, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional 2-4 year institutions. Micro Colleges are the fastest way to re-skill and change your career path.
[ COOL STATS ABOUT OUR CODE SCHOOL ]
Statistics updated april 22, 2015
DYK? DaVinci Coders is the first coding bootcamps established in Colorado and one of the first in the U.S. Founded in June of 2012. We've been teaching beginner-level programming in Boulder County for 3+years.
Our Graduation Rate 96%
Coding Bootcamp grads typically earn a 44% INCREASE IN SALARY ON AVG
Comparison to Average Tuition Rates
Our acceptance rate of all applications currently stands at 45%
91% of our alumni are now working as developers
[ WHAT is the DaVinci Institute? ]
A NONPROFIt 501(c)3, EDUCATION BASED, FUTURIST THINK TANK
Founded by engineer, futurist, author, and keynote speaker Thomas Frey, the DaVinci Institute has served the Boulder/Westminster/Denver area for 17-years as a community center and networking powerhouse for forward thinking, invention, entrepreneurship and the future of education. Our most known accomplishments entail...
- Building the original proposal that helped bring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Denver, Colorado
- Creating the annual DaVinci Institute Inventor Showcase
- Hosting renown networking events Night with a Futurist and Start-up Junkie Underground
- A countless number of professional bootcamps and workshops such as the Future of Money Summit in 2007
- Founding of DaVinci Coders as the original school to launch the Micro College education model
- Developing the ViZionarium- a business consulting firm
[ WHY DAVINCI CODERS IS FOR YOU ]
The DaVinci Coders web development training programs are designed to fulfill the unique needs of people like you–who are in a crucial life transition and looking for an opportunity for a great career in the rapidly growing technology industry. This is not a typical 20-something university setting full of distractions. This is a full-immersion program in a lab setting, where you will find intimate class sizes with like-minded people; life-tested and ensuring their place in the future. A place to learn and connect with tech industry professionals and help get your foot in the ever burgeoning software development industry
We Embrace Newbies
No experience? no problem!
Training beginning level students is in our realm of expertise. We've designed our beginner-intermediate level courseware to train students with little to no experience in web development. We've successfully trained students from various backgrounds-from teachers, to military veterans, to salesmen, and college students. We are looking for students who are hungry and dedicated. anyone can learn how to code if they have the drive to learn and practice.
[ Haven't Tried Coding Before? ]
no worries! here are several free online tutorials to help get you started
One thing we look for in a good applicant is whether or not they've taken some initiative to learn a programming language beforehand. People who demonstrate drive and passion about learning the basics of a programming language tend to do a lot better in our full-immersion, instructor led, training courses. The following is a list of FREE online coding tutorials and resources that we encourage all of our students to try before they take one of our courses. This is a great exercise in finding the language that fits you best. If you can rock these programming tutorials then DaVinci Coders is definitely your next step toward learning how to code:
The Fastest way to Re-skill
learn to code faster + balance your life
We aren't a four-year college, two-year college, or even a 6 month full-time boot camp. Our courses are designed to help you meet your goals in only 11-13-weeks. get your foot in the door and start an entry level coding job in only 11-13-weeks. The classes are held at night, three days a week allowing you to balance a part-time job and a family while learning how to code. But your evenings and weekends will be filled with homework and practicing. Expect your social life to be non-existent during this course.
We Partner with Companies to Teach Professional Training
re-skill your employees in new languages
Retraining current employees is far less costly than hiring new ones. In the programming world technologies evolve quickly, which is why we offer special professional training packages to help companies re-train their employees in the newest programming languages quickly. The packages can be customized to fit class sizes, course length and necessary curriculum. Contact us for further information about professional training.
WHO is Learning to Code?
People who are revolutionizing their lives
The demand for programmers in the tech industry is very high. Our courses will provide you the introduction and skills to start working in the technology field. Our typical student falls into one of these categories:
- Frictionally Unemployed
- Structurally Unemployed
- People looking for an alternative to traditional colleges
- Recently laid off and looking to retrain
- Military Veterans entering the workforce
- People looking to re-invent themselves
- Recent college grads who can't find work
- Entrepreneurs building tech start-ups
- Employees updating and/or retraining their skills
People from all over the Front Range of Colorado come to take our courses. Our students typically live in: Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Westminster, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins, Parker, Colorado Springs, and the surrounding areas.
WHO is Taking Our Advanced Courses?
Coders looking to become full-stack
- Coders who are currently working in the industry and looking to quickly move up in their field or change fields
- Students who already took 1,000-hours of training in our beginner-intermediate course
- Coders who are trying to keep their skills up-to-date and want to learn new languages and development practices
- Coders who are a part of a training program funded by their employer
- Colorado web development companies work with us to customize a program to teach their professional web developers new skills and retrain them in new programming languages and development practices.
The Classroom Experience
Smaller Class Sizes Make a Difference
Your class won't be larger than 14 students. Small classes give us the flexibility to do the following...
- Customize the curriculum to individual needs and skill level
- Ask more questions-get more answers
- Create a better student to instructor ratio
- Build a more compatible student-mentor relationship
- Be more hands-on in providing helpful employment resources to alumni
all courses are @ the DaVinci Institute Campus
We know classroom learning is an important component of the education sphere, so we combine classroom time with online and independent study. Every class is structured to meet 2-3 times a week in our classroom. There may be additional field trips and/or virtual meet-ups throughout the course, these variables depend on the instructor’s curriculum.
DaVinci Coders is centrally between Boulder and Denver, right off the highway-36 corridor. We're located at 9191 N. Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, Colorado, 80031. On the third floor - Get directions here
Our classrooms are furnished with modern equipment, including a hi res projector to enhance classroom learning. Need a place to work and collaborate? Coworking space and all DaVinci Institute events are available free to student 24/7. Classes are recorded and provided to students for further review.
Students are expected to arrive on time with proper materials. An overall attendance rate of at least 90% is required. Instructors may request a student’s withdrawal from a course or program if absences or tardiness exceed 70% without prior approval in advance.
Do We Have a Hiring Program?
No, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON'T NEED one!
The coding world is a meritocracy. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, if you put in the study time and learn how to code, you will find great job opportunities. Our job is to teach you the programming skills that are in-demand and help get you there. Here's how we do it...
- We teach students the skills employers are looking for in entry-level software development positions
- Students build working portfolios with their class projects
- Our instructors double as talent scouts, they work in the industry and have been known to recommend students for available jobs to the companies they work for
- Our mentors also work for software companies and can also recommend our outstanding graduates to their employers
- We work to build key hiring partners to channel our best students through various human resource departments and staffing agencies
- We've partnered with Boulder County Workforce to offer our students a paid internship program that you can take right after our course
- We provide networking meetups for students to attend to make key connections in the coding community
- We integrate mock interviews and investor pitches into our course curriculum to teach students how to better communicate their new skills in an interview setting
- Corresponding job boards are sent out to alumni on a weekly basis
Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board
Do We Offer Any Type of Degree Accreditation?
We are a MicroDegree™ accredited bootcamp
Students who enroll into our MicroDegree accredited program must spend a total of 1,000-hours of instructor led training through our web development courses and complete each course (that's the equivalent of taking two of our web development courses), or spend 500-hours of instructor led training through one of our web development training courses, complete the course, and 500-hours of relevant on the job training - working in the web development industry. PLEASE NOTE: You can enroll into the MicroDegree™ program upon acceptance into any one of our programs. Students cannot complete the MicroDegree program without passing the course. Course audits do not apply as a second course.
What is a MicroDegree™ and What does it do for me?
A microdegree™ is digital credentialing
A MicroDegree recognizes that the holder has completed at least 1,000 MicroDegree credits in the stated professional field at a post secondary level. MicroDegrees are an efficient route for candidates to quickly earn recognized credentials for the purpose of a career change or advancement and to demonstrate a proficiency at a certain skill.
MicroDegree Holders Receive:
- A MicroDegree Digital Diploma (PDF)
- A digital transcript documenting their educational programs and credits
- A digital MicroDegree badge for use on LinkedIn and websites
- Inclusion in the MicroDegree online verification database
Need a Place to Study?
Work at our coworking space - open 24/7
When DaVinci Institute decided to launch a coworking space for its community, the goal was to build a space that is social, energetic creative, productive, and functional, and combine it with a training center, conference room. The Westminster, Colorado coworking space functions as a vibrant business colony for intensely bright people including web designers, consultants, software engineers, web developers, marketing strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and much more. As part of the DaVinci Coders Training Program, you automatically become a member of this vibrant, tech centric, Colorado coworking community and are invited to all our professional workshops and networking events.
connect with a community of professionals
When you become part of the DaVinci Coders Training Program you become part of a community of innovative, creative and forward thinking individuals. You may attend any of DaVinci Institute's professional networking events at no charge. Find out what it’s like to be a part of a think tank environment and you might find your next great opportunity along the way.
[ IMPORTANT DETAILS ]
our application process
- Fill out our online application
- We contact you to set up a phone interview
- We schedule an in-person interview
- You take an aptitude, computer literacy, and general comprehension assessment
Prospective students may enroll at anytime. Late enrollments will be accepted only one day prior to the first day of class.
Coding isn't for everyone, some may not be able to hack it (pun intended), but our school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Planning on Relocating?
we may be able to help you get settled
Not from Colorado? The Front Range area is a wonderful place to start your computer programming career. Colorado boasts some of the highest employment rates in the nation, with computer software being one of the states' primary workforce industries. We often have students who come from out of state to take our courses.
Don't Miss Installfest
Get your laptop in coding shape
Installfest is mandatory for all students and is held the weekend prior to the first day of class. The instructor-guided session is a time for students to download all necessary software to hit the ground running on Monday.
WHAT You Will Need
Your school supply list
- A fully functional Apple MacBook laptop (2009-newer). Your future employer will likely use a Mac and you should too (This does not apply to our game development students, in fact PC computers are preferred for this course).
- A true passion for learning code
- Old fashioned fortitude (the kind with sleeves rolled up) with a deep love for problem solving
HOW Much Time?
those who put in the time get the results
For each course, you will be required to attend 10.5-hours of class time a week. In addition to this requirement, most of our students have found they spend 30-40 hours of additional class related work outside of the classroom.
If you are working working full-time during this course, expect to spend all your evenings and most of your weekends doing your homework and practicing the skills taught that week.
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wia workforce program
DaVinci Coders is a part of the WIA Workforce Program. WIA Programs are federally-funded and designed to help job seekers prepare for employment, find and keep a job, and increase earnings.
Through this program students may qualify for financial assistance that can cover some or all of their tuition costs, depending on their level of qualification. Apply early because application processing may take a few weeks and the WIA budget is fixed - meaning that the grant money set aside can run out before the fiscal quarter ends.
We offer unique payment plans to those with special financial circumstances
Students who face financial challenges can qualify for payment plans throughout the course. However, tuition must be paid-in-full by the end of the course in order to graduate.
Ask your Employer
If you are currently employed. Many companies have continuing education programs and will finance your education as long as you prove that the skills learned are productive within your current role or future professional goals with your employer.
TRY GO FUND ME
Here you can launch a campaign to raise money for your coding cause. GoFundMe.com is an awesome resource for personal crowd funding. Enrolling into DaVinci Coders as a nonprofit, professional education school is a great piece in launching your crowdfunding campaign because our mission is to help people (like you) restart their lives.
[ Make a Donation or Start a Scholarship ]
All donations are 100% Tax deductible
DaVinci Coders is ran by the DaVinci Institute a nonprofit 501(c)03, we are built to accept donations and create scholarships in order to help financially challenged students looking to turn their lives around. We believe education should never be a for profit endeavor and should be affordable to all. If you also believe in our cause and/or would like to sponsor a student(s) with unique financial needs please contact us to gather information about our Scholarship Creation Program.
[ Frequently Asked Questions ]
Q: How old do you have to be to enroll?
A: Due to regulations of Colorado Dept. of Higher Education (C.D.H.E.), all students must be 16-years or older.
Q: Do students qualify for FAFSA pell grants?
A: No, DaVinci Coders is not recognized by the federal government as a public or private university or school. However, our students often get WIOA workforce grants through their local county workforce. OUR ADVICE - apply to WIOA right after you apply to DaVinci Coders.
Q: Did DaVinci Coders move?
A: Yes, we moved to a larger location that suits our code school's rapid growth. You can find us at 9191 N Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, Colorado 80031 on the third floor – Get Directions here