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We get this question a lot, so I figured I’d write up a blog post to answer it.

What to prepare for a coding bootcamp depends very much on the coding bootcamp you hope to attend. When choosing a coding bootcamp, it’s very important to understand the different types that exist so that you can choose the coding bootcamp that is right for you.

While there are many differ...

Welcome to our new Success Stories series, in which we interview Actualize grads who successfully made the leap and landed a job in tech.

In this first post, we interview Ian Matthews of San Francisco, who recently graduated from an Actualize Online Live cohort.

What were you doing before you joined Actualize?

My background is in accounting,...

Coding bootcamps, coding schools, dev bootcamps, code academies - they may go by different names, but they are all phrases that describe the same phenomenon.

What is a coding bootcamp?

A coding bootcamp is a vocational program that teaches its students the skills necessary to become a software developer. A software developer - sometimes called a computer programmer or...

We're so proud of the most recent Actualize Online Live cohort that graduated yesterday. Each Actualize grad presented their individual Capstone projects at our online Showcase to a panel developers while others watched on YouTube LiveStream. Even though the Showcase is over, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube below.

The Capstone project that each Actualize student builds is ...

SwitchUp conducted an interview with Leapfrog Online, a Chicago-based tech company who has hired five Actualize grads over the course of a few years. A special thanks to Kevin from Leapfrog Online and Mary from SwitchUp for doing this wonderful interview!

The interview covers many topics, including:

  • Why do you think Actualize grads are a good fit for your team?

Three of my students taking the Actualize Bootcamp share their experiences and discuss the education differences between traditional education in Rwanda versus Actualize's educational model.

Left to Right: Obed Bigirimana, Salomon Beza, and Karoli Kolokonyi

There are many reasons why people choose a career in web development: a well-paid job, a new challenge, ability to be creative, or greater job security. I've seen my students leave monotonous jobs or dead-end careers and enter an exciting new stage in their life. When that happens - when students get their first dev job after finishing the bootcamp - that's what g...

December 16, 2016

Actualize is Coming to Rwanda!

Our mission at Actualize is to empower people to live more rewarding lives through a career in technology. We work hard at this day in and day out, from advising applicants to whether Actualize is a good fit for them, to our meticulous curriculum and instruction, to running an apprenticeship designed to provide our students with real world experience, to coaching ...

December 15, 2016

What is Actualize?

Let me ask you the following question: If someone from a foreign country came to the US and began learning the English language, and asked you, “I saw the word ‘mentor’ on a sign. What does that word mean?” How would you respond? Take a minute to think about this.

You may find it difficult to encapsulate the definition of a mentor in one word. Is a mento...