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Our newest partner, DeltaV Code School, offers a breadth of beginner-to-advanced curriculum centered around software development. In partnership with programming from Code Fellows, students may take one, two or three “codes” – ranging from one day courses up to 18 week programs. Courses take place at their Cedar Rapids, Iowa campus, in an awesome building which also includes a virtual reality and prototyping lab.

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Every day, we interact with technology that uses code. When you press a letter on your keyboard, or push "dial" on a telephone, there is a computer inside of the device that works to display what you see or produce what you hear.

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Skills Fund is proud to partner with only the best bootcamps - and PDX Code Guild is no exception. We're excited to announce that we're now partnered with Portland-based PDX Code Guild to offer tuition and living expense financing for their immersive programs.

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Imagine stepping into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten: you’re very curious, kind of scared, and eager to learn what’s next. Your first day of a tech bootcamp will be kind of similar, but with less singing and fingerpainting. Things will move quickly (it’s accelerated, after all!) and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to gaining new skills and launching a new career.

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San Francisco Coding Bootcamps

Skills Fund partners with bootcamps from coast-to-coast. Where do you want to learn? There are a number of tech bootcamps in Northern California. Are you looking to code Python by the Pacific? Objective-C by the ocean? Explore our San Francisco-based bootcamp partners and find the one that’s perfect for you! Who knows - the opportunity to learn through an immersive education is probably at your doorstep!

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Beth Qiang, Fullstack Academy alumnus, first learned how to program while she was working as a data analytics consultant. But, after attending a Python conference in the summer of 2016, Beth instantly recognized her calling to become a Software Engineer.

Part Two: Learn more about Beth's bootcamp research and what financing options she chose.

This Q&A is part two of a series of three. Follo...

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Let’s talk about Higher Ed. Let’s talk about Skills Fund.

Take a look at the last five years in higher education. After attending college (more than likely a $150,000 hole in your pocket), you’re either (a) going to a middle-of-the-road job with no career advancement in sight, (b) forcing yourself into a back-breaking internship to get where you need to “be”, or (c) realizing that you need to attend another two, four, or even eight years to obtain the “level of education” you need – whether it’s a Doctorate or a...

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So, you’ve gotten into a bootcamp! Now you have to figure out how to pay for it. You’ve weighed the options – credit card? 401k? Payment plan? – and landed on Skills Fund. Congrats! Skills Fund is dedicated to enabling all students with clear-cut and easy financing, because money shouldn’t be an obstacle to keep you from getting a bootcamp education.

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There are over 500 programming languages in the world, and all of them have their own use, application, and value. One that gets tossed around most often as the number one language to learn is JavaScript. It's the oldest programming language around - circa 1995 - and everyone uses it every day.

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Beth Qiang, Fullstack Academy alumnus, first learned how to program while she was working as a data analytics consultant. But, after attending a Python conference in the summer of 2016, Beth instantly recognized her calling to become a Software Engineer.

Part One: Follow Beth's decision to attend a Fullstack Academy's prestigious bootcamp program.

This Q&A is part one of a series of three. ...

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It's a fact: women are underrepresented in technology. We've created a women's guide to the bootcamp space. Here's an outline of a women's lay of the land when it comes to attending a bootcamp.

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The decision to attend a tech bootcamp is a big one: what school should I go to? What languages should I learn? Online or in-person? The list goes on.

The decision on what kind of financing you use should be easy. Skills Fund offers fixed rates, easy payments, and a dedicated customer support team.

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“How do I build my credit score?” is a question that we get asked all too often. Whether you’re looking to build credit for the first time, build your credit quickly, or fix your credit, there are a number of steps that you can take to get your score where it needs to be for the best financing terms.

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Skills Fund and Fullstack Academy joined forces today in our newest partnership. Now, students from Fullstack Academy can use Skills Fund financing towards Fullstack Academy's tuition and cost of living. Together, we're providing educational opportunities to all students.

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The question: We’ve been asked if it is a conflict of interest for Skills Fund to facilitate efforts to create clear student outcomes reporting standards.

The answer: Is it a conflict of interest for Whole Foods to facilitate a standards setting process to define what organic and sustainable farming means for its supplier base? No.

It is Whole Foods doing well by doing good: helping an entire industry of farmers follow best practices so that consumers are protected (and benefiting Whole Foods' competitors in the process, as competitors source...

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In early March, Skills Fund announced an effort with 15 bootcamps to create a nationally unified set of graduation and job placement standards, via a single, straightforward, and consumer-friendly data table.

In response, more than 45 universities, bootcamps, and employers asked to join the effort. The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is already up to 31 members — the largest coalition of its kind, ever.

Now with the release of the first set of school outcomes data under these standards, there is an...

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You’ve made up your mind: you want to attend a bootcamp. First things first – congrats on making the wonderful decision to accelerate your education and jumpstart to a great job. Soon you’ll be on the fast track to a rewarding and high-paying career. But getting into a bootcamp isn’t that easy, and you need to thoroughly prepare for the admissions process in order to get accepted. We’ve spoken to some of our accelerated learning program partners and got the lowdown: what do you need to do to get into, and prepare for, an immersive bootcamp?

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Tech bootcamps and accelerated learning programs have taken higher education to the next level. In Course Report’s 2016 study, an estimated 17,966 bootcamp graduates entered the workforce in 2016 – that’s up from 10,333 in 2015. So what kind of jobs are these graduates getting? Check out this list, set your eyes on your end goal, and then jump into a bootcamp to revolutionize your career.

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Everyone wants to stay ahead of the curve. With the ever-changing revolution of technology, frameworks, languages and coding infrastructures come and go. In this year’s Stack Overflow survey, over 64,000 developers reported on their most commonly used languages. Take it from them: these are the languages that you should learn if you want to level up your coding skills and get a great career.

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Before we get started on answering this question, let’s define what a credit score (a.k.a. FICO score) is. To put it simply, a credit score is a number that uses information from your credit report to indicate how likely you are to pay off your future debts.

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You've taken the first step to transforming your future by attending a bootcamp, but now you need to decide HOW you want to learn. One of the best benefits of modern-day education is flexibility: You can attend an in-person, on-campus bootcamp, or you can get your education online from the convenience of your home with either a self-paced or structured online program. Both methods of learning have their own merits and produce great results. The easiest way to select which program type to attend is to weigh the pros and cons to see which format is best for you.

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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.

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Looking for a hands-on mobile development education? TurnToTech is a mobile-only coding school that offers an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for each of their students. They recently created an infographic that contains some quick facts about their organization - take a look below!

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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.

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Skills Fund is committed to providing our partners with useful information about our lending programs. We've decided to provide our community with a collection of resources that will help bridge the gaps and eliminate complications.

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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.

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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...

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Skills Fund is excited to welcome our newest bootcamp partner, Eleven Fifty Academy!

Eleven Fifty Academy offers in-person courses on JavaScript, Java and .NET. Each course is 12 weeks in duration. All students begin with the same three-week Foundation course and then branch off into language-specific immersion courses.

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...

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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.

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IT'S ABOUT TRUST

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...

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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...

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YOUR HIGH-QUALITY BOOTCAMP

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...

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Skills Fund is proud to welcome our newest bootcamp partner, NYC and Boston-based Startup Institute!

Startup Institute’s program provides people with the skills, mindset, and network to find a job they love, doing work that matters.

Their program helps people build the technical skills, culture skills, and network that will launch them into the innovation industry in the areas of web development, web design, digital marketing, or sales and account management.

Uniquely positioned at the center of tech ecosystems in Boston and New York, Startup Institute is designed to open...

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Rethinking College

JUDY WOODRUFF: And, tonight, we wrap up our week-long series Rethinking College with a look at students who are choosing cheaper and shorter computer coding training as an alternative to a college degree.

Hari Sreenivasan has our report.

WES REID, Galvanize Instructor: We’re going to just be taking notes.

HARI SREENIVASAN: It’s called a high-tech boot camp, six months of intense work that turns a beginner computer coder into a software engineer.

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It's time to transform your life & career. All partner bootcamps are vetted for quality of curriculum & student outcomes, so dive in to find the right program for you.

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Skills up to build the next big thing. All partner bootcamps are Skills Fund approved for quality outcomes

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From coast-to-coast: regardless as to where you call home, there's a transformative skills training at your doorstep.

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Skills up to build the next big thing. All partner bootcamps are Skills Fund approved for quality outcomes

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Bootcamps have shattered many barriers that once stood between a student and a high-quality skills education, particularly geographic barriers. Originally a major obstacle, the location of a program is now less of a concern for many students thanks to new programs across the country and online.

The growth has greatly expanded access, as students no longer need to face the cost and consequences of moving cities to attend a bootcamp. Programs are now available in a growing number of smaller metros such as Cleveland, Raleigh, and Fort Lauderdale in addition to large cities like New York...

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Epicodus is the newest Skills Fund partner bootcamp!

Founder Michael Kaiser started Epicodus in 2012 in response to a growing talent gap in the Software Industry. Kaiser found it difficult to hire qualified programmers for his software company, and as he talked with other employers he discovered he wasn't alone. At the same time, many people in the greater Portland area were struggling to find work. Epicodus was created to teach practical software developer skills so that people could get great jobs and companies could hire the staff they...

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Announcing the latest Skills Fund partner bootcamp, V School.

Founded on the belief that "better humans make better companies," V School aims to improve the human experience by continuing to modernize career education, accelerating career readiness and increasing community engagement.

V School bridges the gap between online and immersive programs through an innovative hybrid model. All classes can be completed online, and students in the classroom use the school's interactive learning program to work in "paired sessions" with students online.

At V School, all content is...

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A big welcome to our newest bootcamp partner, NYC Data Science Academy!

NYCDSA brings seasoned expertise to the world of Data Science education. The program grew out of SupStat Inc., a team of data science and big data professionals with more than 30 years of combined experience. Today, NYCDSA brings together some of the most renowned data scientists in the industry as instructors and mentors.

NYCDSA enables students to master skills through a series of real-world projects. The program arms graduates with a solid understanding of the entire data analytics process - including...

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Transparency is the new authenticity. And rightfully so. In direct response to a traditional higher ed system that lacks attention to student skills training and post-graduation outcomes, the bootcamp model has expanded rapidly with more than 36,000 graduates since 2012 (according to Course Report’s 2016 Market Sizing Report).

The industry agrees that it’s time to seize and secure a common path forward to provide increased transparency and outcomes reporting....

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We're extending a big welcome to Ironhack, the latest Skills Fund partner bootcamp!

The first web development and mobile bootcamp established in Spain, Ironhack recently opened their inaugural U.S.-based campus in Miami. All students at the Miami campus are now eligible for Skills Fund financing.

The faculty at Ironhack are big advocates of the bootcamp format, believing it to be the best path to launch a career as a junior developer. The school uses a disruptive education model to teach Ruby, Rails, Javascript, HTML, and CSS, and...

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We're pleased to introduce Flatiron School as the latest bootcamp in the growing Skills Fund network.

Known for being the first programming school in the world to independently audit student outcomes, Flatiron's dedication to students has earned them recognition as one of the top coding bootcamps.

Skills Fund financing is available to students enrolled at Flatiron's online campus...

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Skills Fund is excited to introduce Codesmith as our newest partner bootcamp!

Codesmith strongly believes in combining immersive independent learning and mentorship to develop exceptional software engineers. For Codesmith, a model software engineer is “technically brilliant, an incredible collaborator, passionate about building, and supportive of community.”

The curriculum at Codesmith is primarily project-based, and instructors use pair programming to create a unique environment of “guided problem solving.” This allows students to learn quickly and build projects that go...

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But how do you know what’s crappy or not?

Skills Fund takes our informal motto very seriously: “We don’t finance students to attend crappy programs.” In the last five months, we’ve looked at dozens of bootcamps to determine the high-quality ones from the, well, crappy ones.

We’ve chosen not to partner with about 25% of the schools we’ve looked at. What did we learn as we conducted due diligence and underwrote bootcamp quality?

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One of the most common questions we get here at Bloc is: “Don’t I need a Computer Science Degree to become a developer?”

The answer, in our opinion, is no. Last year President Obama pointed to bootcamps –saying “It turns out it doesn’t matter where you learned code, it just matters how good you are at writing code.” He was referring to an economic shift from a credential-based economy to a skill-based economy. Employers and hiring managers care less about where you went to school and...

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After conversations with dozens of coding school founders and their students over the last several months, Tip O’Neill’s famous line that “all politics is local” keeps coming back to me, but in the form of “all coding is local.”

Regularly, I see public figures and news stories proclaiming a “tech talent shortage” or by...

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Introducing our newest high-quality accelerated learning programs; spanning from coast to coast and enabling skills-training throughout the country. To learn more about each partner program, click on the links below:

  • RefactorU (Boulder, Colorado): Full Stack Java Training. First and only bootcamp in the country to accept the GI Bill
  • We Can Code IT (Cleveland, Ohio): Front end development and back-end programming on .NET framework
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Overview

The long established system of educating new software engineers is seriously broken. Software engineers need to be able to build large, scalable, flexible and responsive applications quickly and effectively with a team of developers. Build and deliver. If you can do that, any sensible hiring manager, on the planet, will hire you. If you can’t do that, good luck.

This is what colleges and universities should be doing when they develop their computer science programs; however, they are not currently completing this basic task. If the developer bootcamp...

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Skills Fund is proud to welcome our newest high-quality partner programs:

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I’m ready to make a bet. At some point in your recent history, you and your credit score collided. Whether in applying for a credit card, seeking a federal student loan, purchasing a home, buying a car, or leasing an apartment, you’ve most likely had that sneaky little number influence your next step.

Anytime you seek out financing, someone will run what is referred to as a “hard check” on your credit score. It is well worth your time and effort to research your score, correct any discrepancies, and work towards building a better score. A good credit score can be that last hurdle in...

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Built In Austin: As we reported last week, 2015 was another year of healthy growth for Austin's digital technology sector. Many young companies matured through new investments or exited in larger deals, making room for new startups to test new products and ideas.

We've carefully selected 50 of them we expect to succeed in the near future and listed them below. They're all less than five years old, and while some of them are already well on their way to...

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APR vs. INTEREST RATE

What’s the difference? In a nutshell - transparency. The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) provides you the full view on the total cost of your loan, and includes your interest rate and relevant fees. The interest rate only includes the percentage you are charged to borrow money, and unlike APR, leaves out other finance charges incurred as part of the loan.

INTEREST RATE

Your interest rate is the base cost of borrowing money for the duration of your loan, and is a percentage of the...

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You've taken an important stride towards altering your professional future; you have been accepted to a high-quality coding, data science, or entrepreneurial bootcamp. But what's the best way to pay for it?

Whether it’s your first time to attend a coding, data science, cyber security, or entrepreneurial bootcamp, or you’ve gone down this path before, leaving your job behind to dive into an immersive and intensive program takes financial gusto.

Skills Fund partner bootcamps are vetted for quality of curriculum and successful student outcomes, so with...

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