Education is a huge investment of both time and money. While there is typically a high return on this investment, especially with coding bootcamps (because of their lower cost and a shorter duration), it is still important for potential students to be able to make informed decisions on where to invest in their education.
In order to make informed decisions students need accurate information on graduate outcomes, that is easily comparable from boot camp to boot camp. The Tech Academy is committed to transparency, and to providing potential students with accurate, verified, and easy-to-understand reports on our outcomes. That is why we have joined the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting.
The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is a non-profit that aims to help provide potential students with accurate, transparent, and complete student outcome reports for participating bootcamps. What CIRR does is provide “a standardized system for measuring and reporting outcomes that all of its schools use.” (cirr.org) The reports are easy for students to understand, ensuring they can make informed decisions about where to invest their time and money.
Another benefit of CIRR is that the information is verified and up-to-date. Participating bootcamps must report their graduate outcomes every six months, with documentation to back up the data. Documentation includes offer letters, written confirmation letters by employers, etc. This information is then verified by a third party.
So, you are probably asking yourself what information you can find on CIRR. Here are some important questions that CIRR reports can answer:
- How many students graduated on time?
- Within six months, how many accepted a full-time position in their field of study?
- How many are in part-time positions?
- Did the school hire on any graduates to its staff?
- How many are in jobs in a different field of study?
- What are the salaries for graduates with positions in their field of study?
The Tech Academy currently has graduate reports posted for our online program and Portland program from January to July 2017. As CIRR continues to post updated reports every six months, you will have access to the most current graduate data.
Here is some of the information you can find on The Tech Academy’s graduate report:
- Within 90 days of completing the course, the percentage of online students employed in full-time paid positions in their field of study was 79.2%, with the number rising to 87.5% after 180 days.
- The median annual base salary for both Portland and online students was $60,000.
- 40.9% of graduates report their job title as “Developer”.
To read The Tech Academy’s CIRR reports in-full visit: https://cirr.org/data, or copy and paste the following links into your browser.
As most Tech Academy students already know, our bootcamp recently ran into a major problem with our website and LMS that we have since made right. (A huge thanks to our dev team and instructors for the hard work it took to get us back up and running!) Being an educational institution, we took this as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes, improve our systems, and share what we've learned with our students.
In this talk co-Founder Erik Gross presents the lessons learned from the recent IT debacle. You will also learn the practical impact of inadequate Disaster Recovery (DR) systems, what to do what the worst happens, and the principles of a good DR program.
Concordia University and The Tech Academy Partner to Offer a CIS Minor
Posted By: Lindsey Young, Marketing Director
The Tech Academy is excited to announce the expansion of our partnership with Concordia University to offer a Computer Information Systems (CIS) Minor for Concordia students.
Hannah Patterson, Tech Academy staff member and now Concordia Professor, told us about how the partnership came to be, “After touring our school during an open house, Concordia approached The Tech Academy about a partnership, interested in using our curriculum. And now after two semesters of piloting the first course, there is officially a CIS minor at Concordia utilizing The Tech Academy’s full curriculum”.
The pilot partnership was launched in August 2017, in which Concordia University offered a Computer Science course covering the first three courses of The Tech Academy’s program. These courses include: Technology Basics, Overview of Software Development, and Version Control.
After the success of the pilot program, The Tech Academy and Concordia decided to expand the partnership to offer the Computer Information Systems Minor starting August 2018. There are currently about 20 students on track to obtaining a CIS Minor!
The university’s CIS Minor program consists of five online courses where students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Science, as well as technical skills like web design and computer program development.
The course list is as follows:
- CIS 230: Computer & Software Development Fundamentals
- CIS 232: Front-End Web Development
- CIS 334: Database and SQL
- CIS 336: Technology Project Management
- CIS 450: CIS Capstone
These courses are fully accredited, and cover the entirety of The Tech Academy’s curriculum. The Tech Academy has two dedicated instructors to serve the university students, Professor Lyci George and Professor Hannah Patterson.
“It’s been a privilege to be involved in the creation of this partnership. I look forward to watching Concordia students graduate with not only the knowledge of software development, but also an accredited degree”, Hannah Patterson said about instructing the pilot program.
Everyone here at The Tech Academy is excited to be contributing valuable education and training to the Concordia University community. We wholeheartedly agree that “partnerships help create an entire education ecosystem where everyone involved can fulfill their highest potential.”
Tech Talk: Todd Rotolo on Getting Hired at Portland's Top Tech Companies
Todd Rotolo is an Account Manager at Collabera Inc, a company ranked among the top 10 Information Technology (IT) and professional staffing firms in the U.S. In his talk, Todd shares his knowledge of the current hiring climate in this industry, some trends he's observed from his position, and his top tips for job seekers!
From Jr. Dev to Team Lead: Tech Talk with Cole Dixon
This week's Tech Talk Speaker is Cole Dixon, Dean of The Tech Academy Denver! Cole graduated from The Tech Academy back in 2015, and quickly began a successful career in software development.
In this talk, Cole shares his insights on rising from a Jr. Developer fresh out of The Tech Academy to a Development Team Leader in his last job. He also outlines the work it took and the hurdles he encountered en route to gaining that position.