Registration for the Winter cohort will begin October 1, 2014. Apply now to be considered.


You can learn to become a job-ready web developer in 15 weeks, with no previous computer programming experience required. And you don’t even have to quit your current job while you’re enrolled in this program.

This Chicago based training program in web development will transform you from a total newbie into a professional software engineer. By the end of the 15 weeks, you’ll be able to land an entry level or apprenticeship position in web programming. And we’ll help you get there.

As you may know, there are a number of other “code bootcamps” out there, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We’re different in three major ways:

1) Most other training programs require you to give up everything else you’re doing in life (like your job), and commit 40+ hours a week to your training. While that’s nice in theory, that’s pretty difficult for most people to pull off. We allow you to keep your job while you’re training, as our classes are conducted on Sundays and weeknights.

2) The current mainstream “code bootcamp” model is to skimp on instruction, claiming that the best way to learn to code is by way of hands-on experience. The students are provided with reading material and are expected to teach themselves how to code, while the “teachers” assume more of a guide role by helping out students who get stuck or have questions. We believe that to go from 0 to 60 in just a few months, you need plenty of high quality instruction in conjuction with lots of hands-on experience to effectively learn and absorb so much material at such a fast rate. Now, our instruction does not consist of boring lectures, but of interactive discussion interspersed with hands-on exercises so that the students can immediately practice what they’ve just learned.

3) Code bootcamps are generally taught by people who are quite skilled at coding, but not necessarily at teaching. The Anyone Can Learn To Code bootcamp is taught by Jay Wengrow, a practicing web developer who comes from a background in education, having Masters degrees in both computer science and education. He is known for his unique ability to take complex technical concepts and break them down in such a way that make them easy to understand, so that anyone can understand them. We challenge you to watch his Ruby screencast series and not learn how to write your first computer program.

The specifics of the program are as follows:

The Fall course will officially begin on September 7th and end December 21st. The first 3 weeks will be pre-work you can do from home. This will prepare you immensely for the 12 weeks of in-class instruction starting September 28th. Jay Wengrow will be available during this time to help and answer any questions you may have.

Starting September 28th, classes will be held on Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM, and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6 PM – 9:30 PM. We will be located at 1871, the iconic tech hub in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Because this program is designed for working people, there is no extra homework outside of class.

The maximum number of students in this class will be ten students, and there are currently a limited number of spots left. Applications will be closing September 5th, so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

You will get a solid grasp on the following technologies: Ruby, Rails, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS, SQL, and Git. We will also teach you to code according to industry best practices, including Agile, Test Driven Development, and Service Oriented Architecture (APIs). API development is huge nowadays, and most bootcamps ignore it and just teach you “vanilla” Rails. You don’t want to apply for a job and discover that your skills are out of date.

During the second half of the program, we will help you with the job search process. In addition to the portfolio of projects you will be building to show off your work, we will connect you to our growing network of recruiters and businesses who are seeking fresh technical talent. We will also help you optimize your resume and LinkedIn and Github profiles to make sure they’re in line with what employers are looking for.

Although you need no previous programming experience, there will be three weeks of introductory work which is part of the 15 weeks of course work as mentioned above. This will help all students speed up the learning process and make sure that everyone starts out on the same page.

Tuition is $8,000, and we are working to see if we can offer payment plans, please ask for details.

You can begin the application process by filling out the short form below. We’ll follow up with you shortly and set up an interview so we can learn more about you and make sure this program is right for you. We are looking for students who demonstrate dedication and the ability to work hard, because there will be plenty of work and exercises that need to be completed in a timely manner so you don’t fall behind. We’ll help you every step of the way, but this program will nonetheless demand your focus and diligence.

If you have any questions about our program, please reach out to us by filling out the form below and we’ll get back to you in short order.

You can also download our ACLTC Brochure

"I had never done any programming before meeting Jay, but he was able to teach me the skills I needed to land my first gig as a Rails developer. He has a knack for explaining the most technical concepts in a simple, down-to-earth way, and was very enjoyable to learn from."

- Yedidya Weiner

Ruby Screencasts

Get a head start in learning the Ruby programming language by watching our Ruby tutorial screencasts. These episodes assume you have no programming experience at all, and walk you through the basics of programming from the ground up.
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Objects and Classes

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Methods

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Terminal Intro and Installing Ruby

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Creating Your First Ruby Program

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Ruby Conditionals

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