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A review of DeltaV Code School as a tech bootcamp

Hi, I’m Polina! Formerly, I worked as a senior digital marketing manager and now I am the marketing mentor at Pathrise. I help job-seekers prepare for their future in digital marketing. Check out my review of DeltaV Code School.

What does DeltaV Code School do?

DeltaV Code School is a tech bootcamp that helps people launch a new career in software engineering, digital marketing, and system operations. They usually offer courses and workshops in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. However, all courses are currently virtual due to Covid-19.

Both their digital marketing and software development bootcamp program covers coding fundamentals like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If an applicant has no coding experience, they have to complete DeltaV’s Code 101 course as pre-work. This remote online coding workshop only lasts 1 day and is completely free.

While courses are usually full-time, they only last a few days to 2 months. Most courses meet 9am to 6pm on weekdays, but the popular Code 102 JavaScript course has a self-paced option. Their Code 102 course also has a part-time option, with classes from 6pm to 9pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, plus Saturday classes from 9am to 6pm. All students participate in live lectures, interactive whiteboarding, projects, assignments, virtual breakout groups, and lab work. They also get polls for tracking progress and lots of feedback from instructors. Since courses are live, students are required to attend at least 90% of classes to pass.

Software dev

Their 5 software development courses cover both fundamental and advanced coding skills, teaching students to build full-stack web apps with server-side Node.js and modern, client-side, front-end libraries and frameworks, including React. Students also learn JavaScript and .Net. DeltaV has 4-week bootcamps for intermediate software development and  10-week courses for advanced software development topics like SQL, C#, Heroku, Recursion, APIs, data modeling, authentication, and much more.

Digital marketing

The 3 digital marketing courses last 4-5 weeks and cover audience building, SEO, SEM, paid advertising, marketing data analysis, ROI calculation, content marketing, and even some offline marketing techniques. Students learn to work with Google Ads, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, Google Tag Manager, Google Data Studio, and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools. The curriculum is practical and hands-on, which means students are building a digital marketing portfolio they can use for their job search. In addition to applying Agile concepts, the course even covers ethics, privacy, and other legal concerns in marketing.

Ops

3 operations courses are currently available. 2 of the courses are full 4-week programs and the last one is an introductory workshop. Their Ops 102 course only lasts 5 days and teaches fundamentals like hardware component interaction, software installation, hardware interfaces, and virtual machine operations. However, this course usually acts as pre-work and is required for their full bootcamps. Their intermediate Ops 202 course teaches core software skills like imaging, backup, and recovery, plus more advanced tech support and connectivity concepts. Their advanced Ops 302 program focuses more on networks, system administration, scripting, and automation.  

Longer courses include career services. Students learn personal branding techniques, networking best practices, resume optimization, and other job search skills. These longer bootcamps also cover techniques for acing behavioral and technical interviews. 

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Who is DeltaV Code School for?

People looking to break into digital marketing, operations, or software engineering could benefit from DeltaV Code School. The program is especially helpful for people interested in a fast-paced, hands-on experience with lots of feedback for students.

What does DeltaV Code School cost? How much work is involved?

Tuition for their individual courses range from free to $12,000. Their introductory Code 101 workshop is completely free. Students who enroll in the introductory Code 102 and Ops 102 bootcamps pay $1,000. The intermediate Ops 201, Ops 301, Code 201, Code 301, digital marketing 301, and the digital marketing fast track courses all cost $5,000. Tuition for the advanced digital marketing 401 course is $7,000 while the advanced Code 401 program costs $12,000. 

Financing is available through Skills Fund loans, though rates and repayment plans may depend on the student’s credit rating. Women, military veterans, low income individuals, people with disabilities, and students from communities underrepresented in tech are eligible for scholarships. All military veterans and recent college grads get a 20% discount. The GI Bill is also accepted. 

The admissions process begins with a brief online application form. Students then have a phone interview. After the call, they take a placement test. However, no prior experience is required. Students who don’t have any coding background will take the free Code 101 workshop as pre-work.

Ratings and reviews

As a relatively new program, there are not too many online reviews of DeltaV Code School. However, they hold a perfect 5 star rating on Indeed where the top review raved about the instructors and “helpful career services” but warned that it can be “difficult to balance personal life with the expectations of this course.” Students also describe the program as “extremely fast paced” with intense hands-on learning and a positive environment.

Alternatives to DeltaV Code School 

If you choose not to enroll in DeltaV Code School, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you launch a career in software, ops, or digital marketing.

More alternatives
  • The popular bootcamp BrainStation has tracks in web development, web design, data science, marketing, and product management.
  • Tradecraft is another tech bootcamp with courses in growth marketing, sales, product design, and more. Their 12-week program places an emphasis on practical entry level skills.
  • Students on a budget can also check out Udemy, an online program hosting thousands of affordable self-paced video courses on software engineering, marketing, and much more. Classes cost about $10 each.
  • Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They offer free courses on web development with dozens of programming languages. Their membership options range from $20 to $40 per month for greater course options and more support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • Similarly, Coursera has thousands of courses in a huge variety of tech topics, including software engineering and digital marketing. They often collaborate with universities and top tech companies like Google to keep their curriculum practical.
  • Another educational resource, Springboard has tracks in data science, software engineering, UX/UI, and more. If students don’t land a great job within 6 months of graduating, they get a refund. Learn more about Springboard in our review.
  • edX is another popular online learning platform with university courses. Their self-paced courses come from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or focus on specific topics, like front-end web development or data analytics. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Students interested in self-paced learning can also check out Udacity, a resource with tracks in software engineering, digital marketing, operations, and more. Students in their nanodegree programs build polished portfolio projects and work with both a technical and career mentor. Learn more about Udacity in our review.

How does DeltaV Code School compare to Pathrise?

DeltaV Code School is a bootcamp that helps people launch a new career in software engineering, system operations, and digital marketing. While students should have an interest in tech, most start with no formal experience. Fellows in the Pathrise program should already have some background in their chosen field so that they get the most out of our technical curriculum. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps students and professionals land their dream job in tech. Fellows in our program work 1-on-1 with mentors to optimize their resumes and LinkedIn profiles, build their portfolios, prepare for technical and behavioral interviews, negotiate salaries, and much more. Our experienced mentors help fellows with all phases of the job search and have already helped 1,000+ people land great tech jobs. 

Our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows can schedule 1-on-1s as needed. Our curriculum is also tailored to fit each individual fellow. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) means that fellows don’t pay anything until they land a job they love and start working.

Pathrise optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentoring. Fellows in our program can see their interview scores double and their response rates triple. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to land your dream job faster, join Pathrise. 

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