Shelly A.

  • “The Tech Academy was just the right bootcamp I was looking for. It allowed me to start as a remote student, and then study locally when I moved to Portland. It also taught me how to be a self-motivated learner and enabled me to develop problem-solving skills. In addition to teaching coding knowledge, the school also teaches students how to look for answers and approach problems on their own. Instructors are always available and willing to help, but they also guide students and teach them how to solve problems, rather than giving out answers right away.
  • The curriculum was very well-rounded and I was able to explore the different areas of fullstack development, from HTML and CSS, to C# and Python. This was someone with very little programming background like me, this was extremely helpful because it gave me a solid foundation in software development and gave me the opportunity to explore the different areas and think about what I really want to work with.
  • The school is also very supportive of students after they finish the curriculum, and assist all students with the job search. The Job Placement director continues to stay in touch with students for the job application process. Because of the practice interviews I had and feedback I got on my soft skills and resumes, I was able to gain more confidence during my job interviews and received a job offer in the tech industry."

Freeman C.

  • “The Tech Academy (TTA) is an excellent remote study Bootcamp. TTA has exceeded my expectations and I have learned so much.
  • The boot camp is focused on creating junior developers for the web and web applications industry which is a booming field. This is a "full stack" BootCamp which basically means the top programming languages for web development. If you watch all their recruitment videos then the course is pretty much what they say it is.
  • I chose a "Full Stack" boot camp because I wanted a chance to get out of the semiconductor industry. Regardless of the focus on "Full Stack" you are still learning to code and you can leverage that knowledge as you wish.
  • Honest Feedback:
  • - TTA is not very expensive compared to other programs when I was researching. I feel I got a great bargain.

    - TTA admissions: They “know” they are offering you a real “bargain” for an excellent Software Development BootCamp. You just don’t know it yet.

    - The school is legit. It is not a fake. It has a brick and mortar building for their local students.

    - The remote study program is “solid,” very easy to follow, and you really do learn. I can’t imagine it being any better.

    - TTA has a great start with "Computer Basics" which eases you into the program. I really loved how they start you out with a solid foundation.

    - The course does increase in challenge as you go; however, it’s well-balanced and builds on prior learning. For example, after finishing a challenging project for a course, you get a breather with the new course giving normal training for a while until the next project or drill.

    - It's a fun program with an enjoyable positive environment even for me as a remote student.

    - They have lots of communication such as a daily newsletter, etc.

    - You do learn what they teach if you commit to study.

    - The founders of the school & instructors are really smart and have a great attitude for sharing their knowledge.

    - I have never submitted buggy code, or asked a question that I was not able to get a correct answer from an instructor.

    - If you submit buggy code for help, the instructors will give you hints such as "umm... better check if you declared your vars as integers." Rather than just outright answering it for you. And if you continue to have trouble, the amount of help will also increase as you work on a problem.

    - You will learn how to create some professional looking websites and learn to make them public and accessible by securing domains and server access.

    - Finishing a project or drill really makes you feel proud and increases your confidence.

    - They teach you how to leverage the internet for learning. This is a big advantage.

    - Learning and using GitHub/Version Control really makes you feel like a pro.

    - The study platform (learning management system) is web based, easy to follow and it keeps track of your progress.

    - Some of the projects are challenging; however, you really do get all the skills for a particular project, you just need to apply them. Instructors are really helpful if you get stuck.

    - You have to submit a daily report for each day you study for any amount of time. They will send you a friendly reminder if you stop regular communication.

    - You have to write lots of essays but they are fun to do and you really learn a lot.

    - TTA also wants you to fill out a weekly report that is mostly feedback on the school so they can improve.

    - They really like feedback and will love it if you suggest an improvement.

Cole D.

  • “I have always had a voracious appetite for knowledge across a vast myriad of different subjects and genres. Coding was never something that even pinged on my radar as a possible career avenue. It was not until I heard of the unique environment and learning structure at the Tech Academy that I felt inclined to look into the technology field.
  • As I researched all of the diverse code schools that the Portland area had to offer, word kept coming around about how intentionally different the Tech Academy was in its approach to teaching the fundamentals of software development.
  • Upon my acceptance to Tech Academy and initial introduction to the course material, I knew I had made the correct choice.
  • Working through drills and projects that are specifically designed to test your skills and creativity one gains an incredibly in-depth knowledge of each language they are working in. I had the privilege of not only being a student but also being an employee of the Tech Academy.
  • The team that Erik and Jack have assembled to instruct and mentor students is a cut above. They truly are the heart of the program and have an eagerness and thirst for knowledge that is demonstrated through their teachings.
  • If it were not for the skills gleaned from study and participation in all of the events and lectures Tech Academy offers, I would not have earned the job I have been offered. Participating in Tech Talks, weekly Career Round Table sessions, and meet-ups is essential to understanding the layout of the tech industry and pushing through all of the doors marked pull.
  • I would like to extend a most gracious ‘thank you’ to the staff and all of the student body, [both remote and local], for making my time at the Tech Academy full of meaningful interactions, immersive conversations, inventive challenges, and a lot of memories and knowledge that I will carry with me into my new career in Colorado.”

Nick J.

  • “Ever since I was young, I always had a fascination with computers and software. It started with a Visual Basic game programming book I picked up at the store when I was 10, and just spiraled out of control from there. I read everything I could get my hands on, started doing little projects in all my free time, attended summer camps specifically for programming. My life has basically always, in some way, revolved around software for the past 12 years.
  • This past year when college wasn't quite working out for me, I decided to pack up, and move from Atlanta to Portland in early January. I started at the Tech Academy as soon as I arrived. I knew I had the skills to break into the industry, but with my partial college background, and limited formal experience, I felt like I could benefit from the training and connections at The Tech Academy. One of the things I really enjoyed most about The Tech Academy was the self-paced learning structure.
  • I personally consume information quickly, and when I throw myself at something, it kind of consumes my life. I threw myself at the program for up to 10 hours a day, almost every day of the week, living and breathing code. I came into the office as often as I could, and just worked until I either felt like I'd hit a roadblock and needed some time to think, or felt like passing out. If you're going to be going through this program, I recommend you take the same approach.
  • I've never really dived too far into .NET, there's a lot of information regarding the framework, and it's tough to pick a place to start. But the way information was presented made it easy to digest, especially for an experienced developer like myself. I got a much better grasp on databases, ASP.NET, LINQ, agile development fundamentals, GIT, and even python. I graduated with an MTA certification, and a lot of the holes in my self-training over the years were filled. As a developer, I'm much more confident today than I was just two short months ago.
  • I quickly jumped into a few live projects a few weeks after starting, which consisted of live development work on paid projects. These projects directly related to the job I ended up getting at a company specializing in data acquisition and web services. When I described the skills I used on these projects in my interview with the company, they were extremely impressed that someone as young as me had worked with the specific technologies and skills used to complete these live projects.
  • If you're a self-motivated individual that truly has a passion for software, with tons or little to no experience, and you're looking to get paid for your developer skills, I cannot recommend The Tech Academy enough. Just a few weeks ago I was a transplant in Portland, with no connections, no job, no plans, nothing. Now, I've got a 60k a year job with full benefits, working at an amazing company, in a beautiful office in downtown Portland, with the latest technologies as a junior software developer. I got exactly what I wanted out of this experience, and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone looking to follow a similar path."

Rachel M.

  • “Here's what I've gotten out of doing a couple of the courses so far at The Tech Academy:
  • I gained an understanding of databases and specifically of SQL. I did a lot of thinking while doing the drills about comparing the concepts to large data databases. I learned the importance of good organization and structure of data, that the results from data queries be meaningful and that the data results are accurate.
  • I realized the importance of writing good code and code that would prevent SQL injections.
  • I enjoyed the course, so i may want to use it more. I like front end design and am interested in aspects of user interface design. However, i like the idea of having variety and that there is also logic and design on the backend. It would be nice to incorporate both aspects and that the academy gives a chance to learn both is great. Also on a more realistic level i like the salary figures of backend.
  • I enjoyed Python and find it useful as an automation tool, and very versatile for many uses, like Django as a website framework. Also there are many ways and many industries in which Python can be applied. I liked the libraries and other modules that other users have contributed and being able to create my own personal modules. I think that it will a very useful tool for me as a software developer."

Jacie J.

  • “My experience with the Tech Academy was great! Before starting the Tech Academy I had a BA in Biomedical Sciences and came to the conclusion that becoming a health care provider wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life.
  • I then began looking into other fields that interested me and found that the tech field really sparked an interest. I was contemplating whether to start studying on my own or do a “boot camp” style course.
  • I decided I wanted to take an online course, not only to keep me motivated, but also to learn programming in a way that followed a cohesive progression, and yet still have the ability to reach out to instructors for questions and advice.
  • The instructors were extremely helpful, and most importantly, they made an effort to challenge my thinking throughout the different courses, which was something I really appreciated. The job placement course was also extremely helpful when I started the job search process. The university I had attended hadn’t given me any knowledge in how to actually land a job, and the Tech Academy taught me everything I needed to know.
  • The job placement instructors are very passionate about what they do, and they worked with me to help me land a great job by prepping me in mock interviews and giving me valuable insight that I otherwise wouldn’t have know.
  • After completing all of the courses, and spending a month searching for jobs, I found myself landing a paid internship at Microsoft."

Neil T.

  • "Studying at The Tech Academy was a great experience, and was a big key in reaching my goals of learning a lot about software development, understanding object oriented programming, and landing a job at an awesome software company in Portland. I began the program with a fair amount of computer knowledge, which helped me get through the first few courses pretty quickly. Understanding how to work with databases, code in Python, and especially grasp the concepts of C# programming was no easy task, but the course material and assistance from the instructors and other students helped me break through and comprehend them.
  • There is a vast, vast amount of knowledge to be understood in just a few months of study, and the school's method of starting out with the basics and building on that with each course made it easier. Being in this learning environment 8 hours a day for 5 days a week was certainly helpful -- however, I really liked the flexibility of schedule that the school allows, as some of it can be done off site.
  • When I started, I was still working full time, and studying in the evenings, so I appreciated having this option. I particularly found the coding drills to be the best learning tools in the program. They were challenging and really made me think and learn by jumping in and coding, which is the best way to learn how to code. I thought the Live Project was awesome, and developing a real-world web site project as a team was a great way to learn from other students as well as contribute to a project.
  • The curriculum was very comprehensive and I liked that it covered complicated concepts like object oriented programming and databases, and wasn't limited to just learning a handful of simpler Web-based languages. I liked that I was challenged frequently, and was often stuck, but help was always available when I couldn't figure something out.
  • I found the C# drills to be particularly challenging, and helped me the most when I went to take the MTA exam. When I first walked into the school, there’s no way I could have passed the exam. Taking the exam and answering the questions correctly made me realize how much I've learned over the past few months.
  • Overall, I am happy with my experience at the school and feel that I have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that will benefit me throughout my career in the software industry."

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