How To Launch Your New Career With Codeup During COVID-19

How to transition careers with Codeup during Covid-19

The last few weeks have been challenging for the world as we respond to the spread of COVID-19 and focus on the safety of our communities. At Codeup, we remain hyper-focused on our employment outcomes and delivering excellence to our students. However, we want to ensure we are doing so in a way that maintains the health and safety of our students and staff. For that reason, we’ve moved our classes from in-person to online for the time being. We continue to carefully monitor the situation both federally and locally, and will update our response accordingly. 

The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted many of our daily lives and future plans. As you explore new opportunities for your future, we hope you find that Codeup can still be your place to learn, grow, and invest in yourself, as it has been for our  600+ alumni that have transitioned into new careers with us.

Here are a few updates on how Codeup is responding to the challenges we face today: 

Live Instruction

Screenshot of Codeup students in virtual learning

At Codeup, you’re completing 670 hours of live instruction from our full-time instructors. That hasn’t changed just because we’re hosting class virtually! Our instructors are still delivering live instruction through video calls. One instructor leads the class while another instructor or Teaching Assistant supports, utilizing virtual breakout rooms to help students troubleshoot as they run into questions. We also utilize those virtual breakout rooms for pair programming projects with other students. 

Job Search Support & Student Placement

We have always complemented our technical curriculum with a professional development curriculum – and that’s all still live, too! Our Student Placement Team uses video calls, phone calls, and emails for resume editing, LinkedIn profile building, and job interview practice. In fact, our team just recently sent out best practices for video interviews – check them out here!  

As a career accelerator, we measure our success through our student outcomes. Our number one goal is to get you hired in-field after you graduate. Through these difficult times, it’s been great to see our recent grads still getting hired! You can follow along with their progress on our Alumni Portal

Free Events

Thanks to tools like Zoom, we are able to continue to host all of our events virtually. Whether you’re looking to get your feet wet with programming languages or meet our alumni and staff, we’ve got you covered. The best part is that you can join us from the comfort of your own home! Want to explore our upcoming events? Check out our events calendar here.

Upcoming Classes

We’re still accepting applications for our upcoming start dates, including: 

  • San Antonio Full-Stack Web Development: May 26th
  • San Antonio Data Science: July 13th
  • Dallas Full-Stack Web Development: July 13th
  • San Antonio Full-Stack Web Development: July 20th

We are working towards these classes starting in-person, but our Admissions Team can provide the most up to date information. 

What’s Next?

Codeup will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated. In the meantime, if you’re wondering how to start your career transition journey with Codeup, schedule a call with our admissions team, who is always ready to help!

Are Coding Schools Regulated In Texas? It Depends.

by Paul Flahive, Tech Reporter at TPR

In December a post on LinkedIn celebrated the forthcoming launch of a coding program called Codebound, a partnership between San Antonio’s University of the Incarnate Word and local software studio Appddiction.

Then a competitor questioned the legitimacy of the training program.

“It looks like Codebound hasn’t been licensed by the state of Texas,” said Dimitri Antoniou in the post’s comments section. “In which case any and all advertising for their programs would be illegal and entitle students to a full tuition refund.”

Click here to read full story by Texas Public Radio.

Codeup Talks Expanding Its Coding School To All Of Texas

Photo Taken In Chon Buri, ThailandBy   – Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal

Seven years ago, Joseph Villafranca walked into the 10th floor of the Weston Centre for an interview to enroll in a new coding school. As he entered an empty office room and helped Michael Girdley, one of the three co-founders of Codeup LLC, take down chairs for the one-on-one interview, Villafranca wondered whether the school was a scam.

“As someone that wanted to own my own business, I felt I needed something else — a hard skill to my skillset — and coding was it,” Villafranca said.

Graduating with a bachelor of science in business administration from Texas A&M University – College Station, the South Side native wasn’t satisfied working as a manager of a local Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt location.

Codeup Set to Open Dallas Campus

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Although Codeup is launching a Dallas campus, make no mistake—this location will not be a “second Codeup.” Any of the startup’s additional campuses will “belong to one cohesive Codeup.”

Codeup helps launch careers in computer programming or data science through its 20-week accelerator programs. Once equipped and trained with the necessary skills, candidates are connected to employers—the goal is to “embed greatness” in an organization.

Codeup currently offers two 20-week programs: Full Stack Web Development and Data Science. Each is focused on building the tech workforce and with a graduate placement rate of 97 percent over the last 18 months, the startup seems to be headed in the right direction.

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Local career accelerator program expanding to Dallas

Codeup news

SAN ANTONIO – Codeup is expanding and opening a second accelerator campus in Dallas next year to meet the growing demand for tech workers.

“So what we’ve done in San Antonio is we started just producing software developers for web, and at beginning of this year, we began to expand to data science. We graduated the first data scientist in San Antonio a few months ago, and we have our second cohort in now,” said Jason Straughan, CEO and co-founder of Codeup.

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Codeup Dallas 2020

Dallas skyline

11/20/2019 UPDATE: Codeup Dallas is approved and now accepting applications! Learn more here.

Codeup is San Antonio’s premier career accelerator, and we’ve been proud to build the tech workforce here over the last five years. Now, we’re excited to bring our mission of creating pathways to Software Development and Data Science careers to more people. Dallas, we have our eyes set on you!

After five years exclusively focused on San Antonio, why expand now? As the bootcamp model has grown, we’ve watched our competitors expand nationally, open dozens of campuses, buy and sell to and from each other, launch coworking spaces, and more. Meanwhile, we believe the outcomes of our graduates far outweigh the number of campuses we have. We have refined our curriculum, built our team, expanded our partnership network, and built a brand people can trust. Where did we all end up? Many of our competitors have closed or sold. We’re still Texas-based, owned by our founders, and our investment in quality has brought our graduate placement rate to 97% over the last 18 months. So what’s next?

With our product refined, we were ready to expand. We looked at cities all over the country, but quickly realized we didn’t want a second Codeup, or a third. Instead, we need additional campuses to belong to one cohesive Codeup. So we didn’t pick a city, we picked a state. 

Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world and has over 50 company headquarters from the Fortune 500 list. All four of our major cities (Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio) have high demand for tech talent, offer a welcoming place to live and do business, and are home to a large veteran population ready for the jobs of tomorrow. We are not creating a second Codeup, but we are opening another campus. The time is right, and Texas is ready. 

Dallas jumped to the top of our list to start with because we’ve already placed our graduates there at companies like USAA and Cognizant for average starting salaries of $86,666. We focus on job outcomes, so we go where our partnerships lead. That way, we can live our mission of empowering life change and launching careers in technology.

We’ve secured a space in the heart of downtown Dallas, where students will have access to vibrant city life and dozens of employers. While we await final state approval for an early program 2020 launch, join our mailing list to be the first to hear when we launch!

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Codeup Grows Up | 5th Birthday Party

Date and Time:

Friday, February 22nd

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

RSVP here!

Location:

Codeup

600 Navarro St. #600

San Antonio, TX 78205

We are so excited to announce the celebration of Codeup’s 5th year of contributing to and building a family within San Antonio’s growing and vibrant tech ecosystem. From the moment our three founders, Michael Girdley, Jason Straughan, and Chris Turner, realized there was a shortage of tech talent in San Antonio to launching their first full stack web development class back in February 2014, Codeup has come a long way.

All of Codeup’s success would not have been possible without your support, and we would love for you to join us as we celebrate the growth of not only Codeup, but our community. We look forward to using this time together as a way to celebrate all of our accomplishments as a community.

This event is free and open to the public, so invite away, but please make sure to RSVP so we can prepare. The event will be held at Codeup’s (600 Navarro St.) 6th floor. There will appetizers, drinks, live music, a photobooth, GAMES, and other fun activities for you to enjoy while you are here. If you have not seen our new space, this would be the perfect opportunity to get a tour!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out at info@codeup.com. See you there!

Special thanks to:

*Jlen Events for helping us build out our party

*Geekdom and San Antonio Economic Development for their support and sponsorships!!

 

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President’s Day News!

President’s Day News!

Howdy! Lots of news from Codeup this week.

  • Do you know anyone under 25 that should do Codeup but doesn’t have the means? Check out the new Codeup Scholars program. Do Codeup with no money down and pay us only when you earn after graduation.
  • Summer Camps for High School students! Spend two weeks building mobile games and having a blast. Check out our SummerCamp page for more details!
  • Another bootcamp added to the schedule. We’ve created a Front-end Web Developer Bootcamp over 9-weeks this summer. Check our Front-end Bootcamp page for details.
  • And finally, Codeup Teens is this Saturday. It’s a free coding session for teens 13-18.

As always, let us know what you think!

Team Codeup

Python Ahoy!

Codeup programming students

We’re excited to announce that our next full-time bootcamp starting in September will use the Python programming language as its back-end language for our six-month accelerated learning program in software engineering/web development.

In speaking with many employers, they told us that they saw Python as a great foundational tool for use in a wide variety of applications including data science, web development, DevOps and scripting.

For prospective students, this is also big news. The popularity of Python is growing and is now the number one teaching language in universities worldwide.

We will continue offering PHP in alternating courses going forward.

Thanks!

Michael @ Codeup

A New Trend: People Relocating to San Antonio for Codeup

A New Trend: People Relocating to San Antonio for Codeup

 

Starting early in 2014, we started seeing an interesting trend: the number of applicants from outside of San Antonio began growing. While our first class was 95% San Antonio residents, we’re now seeing over 50% of applicants from outside our fair city.

This recent article from Silicon Hills News is pretty representative of this trend. Laura Lorek, the founder and publisher, profiled a number of the folks who’ve come from places like Indiana, Missouri or Austin to do our program:

http://www.siliconhillsnews.com/2015/01/16/new-web-developers-debut-at-codeups-demo-day/

We’re excited that the word is getting out about our work.