Get started in software development with these 9 DC coding bootcamps

When it comes to tech education, how do you level up or make the career change you’ve been dreaming of?

Starting points can include anything from computer science degrees to STEM summer camps – and of course, bootcamps.

These intensive coding and development courses can be IRL or virtual. Often (but not always) this is a not too shabby return on investment, with some claiming job offers for 90% of students within three months of graduation. And there are many such programs in DC, whether you are looking for part-time, full-time, tuition-free, or high-end programs.

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Ada Developer Academy students. (Courtesy picture)

  • Who: This national coding bootcamp is a training program open to all women and gender-broad adults, but primarily focuses on aspiring Black, Latino, Native, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, or low-income technologists. . He teaches a full stack in his six-month course.
  • When: Ada welcomes two cohorts a year, in September and March. Applications open Aug. 29 for its March cohort.
  • Where: The new face of the DC scene, Seattle-based Ada, is not yet officially in DC for IRL classes. But it has virtual offerings for those in the area and will open a local campus in 2023.
  • $$$: Free
  • What: The Tysons, Virginia program offers courses for frontend, backend, and full-stack developers in a mix of full-time and part-time learning options.
  • When: Sessions begin in August and applications are still being accepted.
  • Where: Tysons, as well as free online mini-bootcamps
  • $$$: $4,800 to $7,200
  • What: Cydeo offers training in Java SDET, cybersecurity and Java in a curriculum designed as “technical education for those who have no technical training”.
  • When: The seven-month program is full-time, five days a week. Registration has started for Java SDET, with an introductory session on July 31.
  • Where: The program is virtual but is taught live from Tysons, and students have the opportunity to meet instructors and mentors in person.
  • $$$: $13,500 to $14,000
  • What: This coding school has been in DC for nearly a decade, with full-time and part-time courses in software engineering, data analysis, UX, frontend development, Python, JavaScript, and more.
  • When: New sessions start in August.
  • Where: All upcoming classes will be online, but there is an IRL campus in Chinatown and the location frequently hosts in-person workshops.
  • $$$: $15,950
A building on the campus of George Washington University, with large windows and the school's name on the facade of the building.

George Washington University in DC. (Courtesy picture)

  • What: The local university offers a 24-week part-time boot camp teaching a full curriculum. It also offers bootcamps in UX/UI, fintech, data, cybersecurity, and project management. Students receive a professional certificate upon completion.
  • When: He is currently enrolling in a number of bootcamps that start in August or October. The course has nine hours of scheduled class time with at least 20 hours of scheduled outside work.
  • Where: The program takes place entirely online.
  • $$$: $12,245
  • What: The national nonprofit has a long history of working to increase the number of women in IT careers. A few years ago, it added its Code at Home program for parents, students, and educators. In 2023, it will also launch a summer immersion program for high school students.
  • When: At your own pace
  • Where: Practically, with additional programming in a number of DC chapters around the city
  • $$$: Free
A student and teacher speaking during a technical training program for Per Scholas.  Other students work around the class.

A look at a Per Scholas training program. (Courtesy picture)

  • What: The technical training nonprofit Per Scholas offers development courses to residents of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Charles County, DC and Northern Virginia. Last year, it also launched a pre-apprenticeship course and program for women in software engineering.
  • When: Her software engineering course starts on September 26 and her women’s course starts in December.
  • Where: Remotely with other local students, as well as an in-person course in IT training
  • $$$: Free
  • What: Tech Elevator runs 14 and 30 week courses in Java and C#, for full-time or part-time students, and reports that 90% of graduates are employed within 180 days.
  • When: The next cohorts start on August 20 and September 12.
  • Where: Tech Elevator does not have a DC campus, but it does have a DC chapter offering live, remote classes with other local students.
  • $$$: $15,950
  • What: In partnership with Fullstack Academy, Virginia Tech hosts 26-week bootcamps on full-stack development as well as cyber, DevOps, and data analytics. Courses are part-time for 12 to 26 weeks.
  • When: Applications must be submitted by September 13 for a September 19 start date.
  • Where: Bootcamps are entirely virtual.
  • $$$: $12,495

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You do not feel the local atmosphere? Here are some all-virtual domestic options to choose from:

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