Skill Up With Skills Fund
This question gets asked all the time, but let's be honest: there's no right answer. There is no "best" language to learn when it comes to programming because all programmers should have experience in more than one language so they can pick and choose what works best in what scenario. Languages often coexist and work together, and you'll find yourself needing to learn one in order to use the other.
The easiest way to answer this question is to first decide what you want to build, and what framework you want to build them in. Let's get started.more
Skills Fund is excited to welcome our newest partner, GrowthX Academy!
GrowthX Academy offers immersive in-person programs on Sales & Business Development, Growth Marketing, and UX Design. Each course is offered as both a 12-week Full-Time Immersive Daytime Program and a 20-week Part-Time Nights & Weekends Program. The courses are taught onsite at the Galvanize campus in San Francisco, California.more
The productivity of humanity has shifted into high-gear. Everything we do is accelerated, expeditious, and can change at a moment's notice. This change is directly noticeable in the tech industry, where new designs and new intelligent products are emerging into the marketplace. As a response, new programming initiatives and languages have come into play, and people need a fast and effective way of learning those skills.
Enter the innovative bootcamp model. Rather than spending four years in a traditional educational setting, bootcamps and accelerated learning programs give you the knowledge you need at a faster pace. Programs are available to teach you so many skills: from broad, all-encompassing concepts (Growth Marketing), all the way down to specific languages (Full Stack Python).
If you put in the dedication, you'll succeed, but you shouldn't be blind to the amount of work that a bootcamp is accompanied by. It's not easy. Bootcamps are designed to teach you multiple years' worth of skills in a matter of months. It takes a certain mindset and level of commitment to...more
Skills Fund is excited to welcome our newest bootcamp partner, Eleven Fifty Academy!
Eleven Fifty Academy is a non-profit organization based in Carmel, Indiana, in a 30,000-sq. ft. property owned by entrepreneur and inventor Scott A. Jones. Off-site seminars are hosted in beautiful spaces such as theaters and co-working spaces. The typical cohort size is 15 students.more
Skills Fund is unlike any other student financing platform due to our driving mission: We believe in positive Return on Education (RoE), so we don't finance students to attend crappy bootcamps. The value of a partnership with Skills Fund is fueled by a number of factors.more
When a coding school advertises a job placement rate of 65% or 80% or 95%, what does that mean? Does that number include every student who graduated? Is it only students hired in full-time coding jobs for which they went to school, or does it include part-time gigs and full-time waiter positions?
Having examined the quality of nearly 200 bootcamps in our quest to ensure we don’t finance students to attend crappy programs, Skills Fund has seen nearly every permutation on outcomes reporting. While there have been a few (very few, thankfully) reported instances of deceptive practices, many schools have sought to be transparent by publishing their own outcomes reports.
The problem with the coding industry’s transparency push is that yes, the various methodologies are transparent in being documented, but they are also complicated, rely on footnotes for disclosure, and make apples-to-apples comparisons among schools virtually impossible.
But today, that model changes.
DaVinci Coders was founded by DaVinci Institute, a 501(c) non-profit, education based, futurist think-tank that has spent the last 17 years innovating in the education space. DaVinci Coders noticed that technology was progressing so quickly that traditional four-year colleges couldn’t meet the demand of the growing workforce. They also saw that students who went the traditional higher-ed route had outdated skill sets by the time they graduated.
Their class sizes never exceed 14 students, so students build excellent relationships with mentors and become a part of a tight-knit community of students and developers upon graduation.
DaVinci Coders at a glance;
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Length of program: 16 weeks
Typical cohort size: 14 students
Hack Reactor was founded in 2012 by brothers Marcus and Tony Phillips to provide students a life-altering educational experience with an outcomes-focused approach. In addition to the original San Fransisco-based Hack Reactor campus, they have now unified their network of schools, including Telegraph Academy and MakerSquare, all under the prestigious Hack Reactor brand.
Recognizing the shared values, curriculum and quality throughout every location and program in the network, the schools will now be rebranded as Hack Reactor Austin, Hack Reactor Los Angeles, Hack Reactor San Francisco, Hack Reactor New York City, and Hack Reactor Remote - all of which Skills Fund has performed due diligence on and will finance student's educational journey.
The Hack Reactor Software Engineering program is focused on building autonomous, fully capable software engineers. By the end of the program, you will be an autonomous engineer, capable of tackling unique, unfamiliar problems and building complex applications.
Telegraph Academy’s curriculum has been integrated into Hack...more