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LaunchCode is a national nonprofit creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue a career in tech. Our course curriculum, resources and job prep programs are all developed to get you the skills employers are looking for — all for free.
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I have been a hobbyist programmer since I was in high school. I don't have a college degree. I do have a lot of on-the-job programming experience. I read about LaunchCode in the newspaper in 2017. It sounded too good to be true, but I applied for their free LC101 learning course anyways. After taking the admissions test, I never received a response. I emailed them and someone replied telling me a I was overqualified and that I should apply instead for the apprenticeship program. I was too busy at work and did not apply for another 6 months at least.
I eventually applied for the apprenticeship program and completed the HackerRank test, which was poorly written and a terrible litmus test of programming ability/knowledge. Since then I had 4x 5-minute video chat interactions with...
I started LaunchCode in the summer of 2017, I was working a dead end food service job at the time and looking for a way out. LaunchCode's LC101 course is one of the best I've seen, it's in person, interactive, and most of all it is FREE! That being said I had to work hard in order to succeed and land a job. Everyone at LaunchCode is supportive and wants to succeed but it's up to you to put in the effort.
I went from knowing only a little bit of HTML to a fully functioning application in Java in just a few months.
Since graduating LaunchCode I have worked for two companies as a software developer and doubled my salary. I am forever grateful for the free education and support that LaunchCode has provided me.
I was a Massage Therapist. I found an editors list of the top 10 coding bootcamps from around the country. I did some online work for the number one rated, but ultimately chose LaunchCode, ninth rated, because it is completely free to students and it was local to me (Saint Louis.)
LC101, the introduction class, was HARD and you get out of it what you put in. If you don't study enough and keep up you will get dropped, only about 70% of my class graduated.
Graduating doesn't mean job placement, you have to take the skills you have learned and prove you can code projects to completion on your own. They recently added Liftoff (8 weeks), to help with that process, I am taking it and in week 3.
Additionally, once you apply and get into the Apprenticeship Program, you have to be abl...Read more
I'd considered getting into computer programming for a number of years, but couldn't afford to go back to college for another degree that may or may not lead to a job, and I had a hard time staying focused when trying free, self-guided programs online. One of my partner's former co-workers went through LaunchCode's learning program and was ultimately placed in an apprenticeship, and recommended it highly to her when she mentioned that I'd been interested in programming. Initially I was pretty skeptical. How can a program offer free, no-strings-attached education to hundreds of students a year and be any good?
I realized later that the only way to do that is if your learning program is actually EXTREMELY good. My LaunchCode experience was filled with excited students, talented teacher...Read more
This is a good intro course to Computer Science, web development and programming in general. Do this if you have the time and motivation, but don't do it for the job placement. After I finished the course, the person "helping" me to get a job or internship eventually stopped replying my inquiries and status update requests on that job. I wouldn't recommend this course in general.
I passed the HackerRank test and got accepted into the LaunchCode apprenticeship-to-work placement program. I have yet to be placed. If you look at the success stories on their blog they seem to give priority in placing people with computer science degrees from other countries, which is a misrepresentation. I did not attend their bootcamp, rather I took a few programming classes as part of a non-computer science degree.
I attended the first Launchcode class in Portland, OR and was very excited to be accepted. The instructor was great and most of the “teaching fellows” were great also. My frustration came from two things primarily. One being that the curriculum was literally being developed (and sometimes changed) as we progressed. Maybe it’s me, but I believe if you’re going to do a professional training school like this the curriculum should be already done, tried and tested. The second most frustrating thing for me was the “dependency” on searching for answers on the internet. Some can do that inherently right off, others need to have it explained to them first to better understand so they can then search more easily for it and/or may possibly need help getting that thought process running to search ...Read more
My experience was less than, what I would consider, professional. I took the Hacker Rank test either in December or early January, filled out the application, and didn't hear anything back. The website said that I would know whether or not I was accepted into the program in March and when I didn't hear anything and wrote to them, I was told that they had extended the application deadline by a week. That's fine, but it seems like a mass email was warranted letting everyone know that we wouldn't hear back until later. When I was finally disqualified, it said that there would be information as to why on the dashboard of Launch Code's website, but there wasn't. I sent an email to the address provided to find out more information and never heard back. So I'm left wondering why I wasn't accep...Read more
Pro: They curate good resources for code education. The environment is encouraging and positive. It was free when I did it!
Con: The job placement process was disheartening. Their success rate stats are misleading. They place people with CS undergraduate degrees into jobs too. That dilutes their failure rates for people starting fresh in the 3-9 month bootcamp CS education. Many (most?) of the bootcampers are not successful in jobs and apprenticeships Launchcode finds them. Many- not all- people need to get an undergraduate degree in CS if they really want to do this stuff.
In Summary: you will learn a lot and gain confidence. These people will use your hopes to enliven their program, take all your free time, and then they will disappoint you. This is a better option t...Read more