Hey campers, I’m considering starting a boot camp based on Free Code Camp’s curriculum for my local area. My goal is to provide a boot camp experience for a fraction of the traditional cost while providing the tools and advantages that boot camps provide, such as instruction, job search, resume help, among many other benefits.
If you push through all of the curriculum on Free Code Camp, your odds of getting an entry level programming job truly sky rocket. However, the problem still remains that most people fail to finish their curriculum due to a lack of structure, motivation, help, etc… It’s like trying to take an online college math class. It’s hard and you need someone you can speak to in person for help. However, most people can’t afford a $12k to $20k bootcamp to push them through. And most (not nearly all though!) people give up when trying to do it on their own at home.
That’s where my idea comes in, to bridge the gap between an extremely expensive programming bootcamp, and a free online self driven course.
In this new bootcamp model, you’re coding next to many other individuals going through the same self-paced Freecodecamp course. You’re assigned to other people in the class to pair program with on projects. There would be professional developers there to help you along the way. You go at your own speed and take as long, or as little as you need to finish. Some of the benefits of this bootcamp format would be:
- At $1,000 - 1,200/mo you’re only paying a fraction of the cost.
- 5:1 Student-teacher ratio.
- Project grades and discussion on possible improvements.
- Supplemental training.
- Daily, optional programming lectures given by professional developers.
- Assignment of a work buddy.
- Extremely well developed and proven curriculum in Freecodecamp.com.
- Help from fellow students and the opportunity to help others (you learn when you teach).
- Pair program in person.
- Build professional connections as you learn.
- Resume building help.
- Go through the course faster to lower expenses, or take longer if you need to.
- You don’t have to worry about falling behind as if you would in a traditional bootcamp.
- Focus. You’re there to learn how to code. It’s hard to stay focused at home!
- Speed. Get through the course much faster than you otherwise would on your own.
- Increase chances of getting a job through local hiring partners.
This would be my second business in the educational/training department. I’m very passionate about my idea in starting a bootcamp as described above, but I’d like to know if you think this would be an intriguing way to learn to become a web developer.
Imagine yourself in a room with 30 other beginner programmers going through the same course as you, and 6 professional developers dedicated to answering questions, helping push you along, making a programmer out of you.
So my question is:
Do you think that this would be a good value for $1,000 - $1,200 a month?
I did some number crunching, and charging anything less would probably not be sustainable with the expenses of running a boot camp like the office lease, mentors, furniture, etc.
Thank you so much for your honest feedback. I look forward to reading your thoughts.