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Better than a Bachelors

Better than a Bachelors

Just for context on what I'm about to say, I have been through multiple training programs in both Civilian and Military organizations. I have completed a Bachelors and taken MBA courses through a reputable college here in Idaho. I have taken classes online and in person in multiple states and schools.

I can unequivocally tell you that the program at Boise CodeWorks is more valuable to your career outlook than 90% of the currently available programs on the market - traditional college included. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of college and love to learn. I think everyone should have a wide scope of knowledge in multiple areas. I was the one in class who enjoyed taking gen eds because I love that environment. But from a purely value driven standpoint, you will leave CodeWorks with more job ready skills than you will from the majority of Associates, Bachelors, dare I say Masters programs on the educational market right now.

The market demands tech skills and Boise CodeWorks teaches those in demand tech skills.

What Boise CodeWorks is able to do that no college program has the ability to do, is pivot and move with the market. The team and CodeWorks actively communicates with local employers and develops, modifies, and evolves the curriculum for every single cohort. Let me state that again in a different way, each 13-week curriculum is different than the last in improved ways because the program is adaptable, or agile, to the extent that they can take what employers need and alter their course ever so slightly to provide the most IN DEMAND skills.

This is how education is changing. BCW is at the forefront of the new education model.

It's not all butterflies and rainbows. Boise CodeWorks is hard. It's very hard. But, that's exactly why it's worth it. Students develop and build projects from day one and they never stop.

I have read reviews and watched YouTube videos for hours about CS Degrees VS Bootcamps VS Self taught programming when I was considering a full time intensive program like CodeWorks. I reached out to former students, read blogs, read reviews, and consumed more data than most. I have done the homework for myself and at the end of the day, I trusted the team at Boise CodeWorks.

I'm glad I did.

I started the program as a hobby enthusiast of technology with a desire to learn and zero hard skills with programming.

Now, I'm a software developer. Is there still more to learn, absolutely. Will I continue taking more classes, you bet. Do you leave the program knowing everything, absolutely not.

What you will leave with is a repository of projects completed, a skill set and fundamental knowledge of software development at the professional level. I think it's key to distinguish between professional grade software and hobby coder. BCW teaches you how to program in a professional environment with real code reviews, peer coding, agile project management, real frameworks, and a highly relevant curriculum.

While it may sound like I'm drinking the BCW kool-aid, it's important to know that I do have one major problem with the course --- It was only 13-weeks long. I would gladly have stuck around for another 13-weeks to continue the upward learning curve.

I'm really only hitting the tip of the iceberg with Boise CodeWorks. I haven't even mentioned the staff or all of the amazing things they do.

So, feel free to connect if you have specific questions, comments or concerns - I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have for as long as needed. It's an important decision and you owe it to yourself to do your due diligence.




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Also, for added context, below is my Boise CodeWorks review on Google. For those considering enrolling in Boise CodeWorks, please read below. . . . .

Worth every penny.

PROS: There really are too many to name. The program guides you through developing software at a professional level. You're building from day 1 and you never stop. You leave the program as a software developer. You have the skill set and knowledge to be part of a team of developers that you will not find from a conventional college program.

CONS: It only lasted 13 weeks.

Also, I posted the below statement on Google, and my sentiments belong here as well. For those considering enrolling in Boise CodeWorks, please read below.

Do it.

It will be one of the best life decisions you ever make. Trust me.

If you're on the fence about making the jump - do it.

If you're tired of trying to learn how to program on the side or on your own and you don't feel like you're making any progress - do it.

If you're tired of working at a job where you're unhappy and not being engaged and you want to be a professional developer - do it.

If you see all of the opportunities to work in an exciting career field with creative individuals and next level technology but you don't have a way to get your foot in the door - do it.

If you love creating and being fulfilled with challenging tasks and learning new things - do it.

If you want a job skills to get a job TODAY - do it.

If you are trying to figure out your career path or life and unable to focus without a mentor or guidance, but college is not an option - do it.

If you're worried about getting a job after graduation - do it.

If you feel like you can only get so far on coding courses online or from a book and you hit a wall that prevents you from making a career jump - DO IT!

I sat where you are, I've thought what you're thinking, and I know the doubts you have. Trust me, you will not regret the decision to join CodeWorks. You will build and build and build from day one at CodeWorks. Your knowledge will increase and your confidence will grow until you realize on graduation day - you are a software developer.

I made the jump and hold my time and certificate at Boise CodeWorks as more valuable than my bachelors degree. You will learn more about software development and have more hands on experience than 90% of the computer science graduates in the university. You will be taught how to think differently, work differently, and program at a professional level.

And, just a word of warning. This is not an easy program, but it's worth every single struggle. You will get support from every member of the team from day one and after. You will get support from past alumni. You will get support from the every growing Boise CodeWorks family from the day you start and every day after.

Take my advice and do it. If you have doubts, concerns, or questions, just reach out to me.