Peter Jang is a Lead Instructor as well as the Dean of Instruction at Actualize. He has had several career changes - he first graduated with a masters in mechanical engineering and worked as a consultant, writing software in C, C++, Matlab, VBA, and Python. He then followed his passion for teaching by earning a masters in education, and taught high school math for 6 years. More recently he changed into the career of web development, working at a startup as a full stack web developer. Currently he teaches full time as an Actualize Lead Instructor, which is a perfect blend of his passions for both teaching and programming.
Be The New You
Become A Software Developer From Anywhere Without Quitting Your Day Job
Educators First, Developers Second
Actualize is the only coding bootcamp that exclusively hires Lead Instructors who have professional experience in both education and software engineering. Your Lead Instructor is your guide and mentor during the 12 weeks of Live Training, and will directly teach you every concept that you need to know to become a software developer. Your Lead Instructor is there for you - both in and out of class - to guide you, celebrate your success, and help smooth out the bumps you’ll encounter as you tackle some of the toughest problems you’ll have ever taken on in your life. Each Lead Instructor is empathic, funny, and engaging, and that is why many of our graduates have told us that their Lead Instructor is hands-down the best part of their Actualize experience.
Josh Nixon worked in the entertainment industry out in Los Angeles for more than a decade. In 2013 he transitioned to Web Development by attending a bootcamp himself. He has worked as a private consultant for projects such as idrinksant.com and watchmework.com. Josh taught web development at Code Chicago before joining Actualize as a Chicago Lead Instructor in 2015.
Dani attended the University of Santa Cruz and graduated with a BS in biology. While pursuing a career in that field, she became interested in programming and attended a coding bootcamp to learn as much as possible, unaware of the life change she was about to make. She fell in love with coding and worked as a front end developer and designer. But she also found a passion for mentoring and education - and taught web development as well. Motivated by growth mindset, passionate about learning, and engaged by problem solving, she found the perfect intersection becoming a Lead Instructor at Actualize.
Brian started his career as a teacher, getting his Master’s Degree in Education and working in a New York City high school. He left the classroom to attend a coding bootcamp and become a software developer. He now combines his two interests and teach web development. He teaches his students how to solve problems, not memorize. His goal is that at the end of the course, his students will no longer need him.
Learn How To Learn
We believe that teaching people to code is much, much more than dumping students in a room and throwing articles and exercises at them, as is the style of most coding bootcamps. As educator-developers, we study the art and science of teaching people to code with a passion that borders on fanaticism. (Okay, maybe it is fanaticism!)
Our educational approach does not focus on teaching our students a particular language or technology, but instead how to think as a software engineer, with the ability to teach themselves any technology on their own. In fact, the majority of our graduates go on to work with other languages and frameworks than the ones we teach in class.
It is also our educational approach that allows us to teach on a part-time basis what other programs take an entire day to teach. In the words of one student who transferred to Actualize from another program, "You teach the concepts so well that it takes 30 minutes to learn what it took me 5 hours to learn in my previous school."Apply Now
“Actualize bootcamp was the start of the change of my career. Not only was it perfect for me as I was not in a position to leave my job, but the support and teachers there were undeniably the best I could have asked for. I can't rave about this enough!”
-Caroline, API Specialist
Become A Software Engineer
Our grads have landed positions at companies of all sizes and industries, from small startups all the way up to Amazon, Salesforce, and Bank of America.
Knowing how to code isn’t enough to break into the software development industry. At Actualize, we do not simply teach you how to code, but we also teach you how to land your first job as a software developer. Our job-placement curriculum breaks down the nuts and bolts of personal branding and outreach that has allowed so many of our graduates to stand out from the rest of the crowd, and land their first software engineering position.Apply Now
Gain Real-World Experience In Our Apprenticeship
Beyond the classroom, the Apprenticeship emphasizes real-world work experience, collaboration with a team of developers, project planning and management, and pair programming. By building professional experience into the Actualize program, we ensure that our developers continue to grow after the live training. Every day apprenticing makes you more competitive in the industry and more likely to land the software development position of your dreams.Apply Now
Join us in person at our Chicago headquarters in River North. Founded in early 2014, we're the longest-running coding bootcamp founded in Chicago.Learn More
Identical to our in-person program, our online program allows you to get the Actualize experience from anywhere in North America.Learn More