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Why Do Bootcamps Work?

You want to revolutionize your education and define your financial future. You’ve narrowed it down to tech: You want to learn how to code, or become a data scientist or growth marketer. One of the ways you can learn those skills is to attend a well-rounded four-year college with a six-digit price tag. Alternatively – you can jump into an aggressive and immersive bootcamp that gives you the skills you need, for a tenth of the price tag and a length of eight to twelve weeks.

Over the past few years, tons of bootcamps have popped up across the United States that are designed to prep you for a coding or tech job - fast. Attending one is a dedication of your precious time and money – bootcamp tuitions range from $6,000 to $20,000, and are often eight to twelve weeks of intense seminars and lessons. What’s the value of an accelerated education? Are bootcamps worth it?

DESIGNED WITH YOUR FUTURE AHEAD

Today, college graduates are faced with the huge risks of unemployment rates and future uncertainty. They find themselves having to go back to school to get the career they want, or they discover they're not in the right field and start from scratch. Imagine getting a job - a great job - within three months of graduation.

There's a huge marketplace demand for tech jobs, and in response, accelerated learning programs (a.k.a. bootcamps) offer a fast and effective education that is focused on connecting you with employment in a growing industry.

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REAL-WORLD PARTNERSHIPS

Your networking starts on Day 1. Bootcamps work directly with partner companies (think FORTUNE 500…) that hire graduates.

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EXPERIENCED COACHES ON YOUR SIDE

Explore your post-program options and get helpful tips from on-staff career coaches and mentors that have one job: to start your career.

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PREPARED TO BE PREPARED

For most programs, the last segment of the curriculum involves resume workshopping, portfolio preparation and mock interviews.

REAL, CUTTING-EDGE CURRICULUM

Traditional college curriculum gives students a well-rounded education, including lecture- and essay- based courses on anthropology, art, mathematics, and more. These courses are helpful for students who need help crafting their career. Bootcamp curriculum is focused, aggressive, and lean: You won't find Art History or Literature on your weekly agenda.

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CONSTANTLY EVOLVING

If a language becomes the next big thing, bootcamps will quickly respond and change their curriculum so you're always on top of your game.

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STREAMLINED COURSES

Depending on the program's outcomes, you'll learn exactly what you need to learn. You'll dive right into applicable material - no filler lessons.

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PROJECT-BASED

Upon graduation, you'll have a portfolio of applications that you've created - perfect for your first interview!

ACTUAL RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT

Your time and money are precious resources. Time and time again we see students dedicating their lives to an outcome that doesn't return the favor. The bootcamp model is built around YOUR future, so you get exactly what you need as quickly as you can.

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TIME IS MONEY

College graduates invest four years of their time in school. The average bootcamp course length is 12.9 weeks.

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MONEY IS MONEY

The numbers speak for themselves: The average bootcamp tuition is $11,451. Average tuition cost for a 4-year computer science degree is $157,760.

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RETURN ON EDUCATION (RoE)

Skills Fund performs due diligence on the quality of curriculum and strong student outcomes for each bootcamp. If you enroll in one of our partner schools, you know that you'll get a return on your education.

THE BOTTOM LINE

To put it simply: 1. Bootcamps are effective because the curriculum is specifically designed to teach you skills quickly and effectively. 2. Bootcamps focus on career placement and student outcomes. 3. Bootcamps take your mind, time, and money, and turn them into a high-reward career.

But don't just take it from us: imagine yourself in a bootcamp, and do a self-assessment to see if it’s right for you. It depends on the way you learn, and the goals that you set for yourself. Explore a few of our partners, and reach out to them. Attend a few Information Sessions, and get a feel for what kind of environment you'll thrive in.