Locations: Oakland and San Francisco
Programs Available: Full-Stack Web Development and Coding Bootcamps
Scholarships: $1000+ discount for individuals
Keep your day job and save money as you kickstart your coding career. In intensive, part-time classes you collaborate on projects to learn the most in-demand tech like Python and React from the top instructors at Kickstart Coding.
Kickstart Coding is open to both beginners AND pros, and as it is priced at only 1/3rd - 1/6th the cost of a comparable full stack web development program, the classes make full stack web development accessible to everyone.
The instructors combine their engineering experience at top companies like Facebook and Salesforce with experience and passion for teaching, providing students the tools to accelerate or change their careers. Python and React.js are t...
Filled with portfolio-building projects, the ...Read more
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||20 students|
|Commitment||15 hours in class/wk|
I completed the Kickstart Coding backend programming module and in 8 weeks, we covered a lot. They have the most up-to-date full-stack curriculum (python and react-focused), comprehensive didactic structure, and impact-oriented mission of inclusivity, affordability, diversity, and collaboration. It is the most industry-attuned and most accessible coding boot camp in the Bay Area. The program was founded by Michael Bethencourt who was a former coding boot camp instructor at UC Berkeley Extension.
The full-stack program is divided into two sequential modules: backend programming for 8 weeks and front-end programming for the next 8 weeks.
Prior to the actual lectures, Kickstart gave us a pre-work assignment to get familiarized with basic computer ...Read more
What a great decision!
As a person new to coding, I appreciated how the instructors gave background computer science concepts before teaching a skill. Each week had a challenging assignment that built upon the last. I felt both frustration and accomplishment (which is coding in a nutshell). They went very quickly through the material but at the end I felt prepared for the career into which I expect...Read more
I come from a zero-tech background. I wanted to build an app. Michael said he could teach me that, so I signed up.
I’m not going to lie. This bootcamp was hard. For a tech newbie with a full-time job and family, the time commitment is intense. I was often frustrated. I cried, a lot. I secretly thought that I shouldn’t have been admitted to the course.
But I came out the other end as a web developer – with a new job. That hadn’t even been my goal, and you couldn’t find anybody more surprised than me!
I couldn’t have afforded the time or money to take a traditional bootcamp. I never would have tried. Kickstart Coding made it possible for me to learn these skills, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it changed the trajectory of my career, and possibly my life. Michael is an exc...Read more
My husband and I decided to take this bootcamp course together. He has been a web developer, mostly learned on his own over several years, currently has a freelance business; I, on the other hand, am changing careers--TOTAL newbie, never coded before. What ended up happening at Kickstart was a beautiful thing: our instructors performed a high-wire act in which they were able to address the brand-new folks' learning, while keeping the more experienced students sufficiently engaged with more advanced challenges. I'd say our cohort had about more than half brand-spanking-new coders and less than half with some-familiarity-to-experienced coders. As one would imagine, the challenge for a new coder like myself going from zero to 100 in four months of learning so many new and dizzying Computer...Read more
Kickstart Coding could not have been more aptly named and the schedule/format of the class could not have fit my needs better.
With my full-time, non-tech job demanding a minimum of 50-60 hrs per week, I still looked forward to every class (2 weekday evenings and Saturday afternoon, each week).
Michael is hands down the best teacher I've ever had. He is an expert at what he does, with an impressively VAST knowledege base and still managed to consistently make you feel comfortable in your learning. Being introduced to so much new information and new ways of thinking, he was always able to answer our questions thoroughly, even though at times, we didn't even know how to ask them.
I have never met a teacher that so clearly enjoys what he does, is fully and exceptionally competent...
I had a really great experience with Kickstart Coding, I can't recommend it highly enough. Kickstart Coding is the brainchild of Michael Bethencourt who came from a career in software engineering to pursue his passion for teaching. He clearly loves what he does and is a naturally talented instructor. The bootcamp is four months long and the curriculum is split between front end and back end engineering. The individual classes throughout each week were typically about 3.5 hours long and highly focused on a particular aspect of a larger theme or language. The class structure was pretty typical: a short lecture followed by exercises to test out your understanding; another short lecture followed by corresponding exercises; etc etc. What made the experience so enjoyable was that Michael was ...Read more