The world's only real-time, online coding bootcamp
4 weeks of at-home exercises
To help you get ramped up for the main course, you’ll be watching our videos that introduce you to fundamentals of computer programming. You’ll also submit exercises to our teaching assistants, who will leave constructive feedback on your work, and answer questions via video conferencing and email.
12 weeks of in-class instruction
The Live Training is the main course, led by your Lead Instructor. Every concept is taught and immediately followed by exercises that allow you to truly grasp what you’ve just learned. You'll also work on an individual Capstone Project, which is demonstrated at your cohort's graduate Showcase. Check out some examples of our graduates' Capstone projects!
4 months of professional experience
The guaranteed apprenticeship with the non-profit The Difference Engine gives you the chance to put your skills to work. For up to four months, you will develop web applications for real-world clients while working with experienced developers. This unique opportunity will provides you the chance to develop the skills, experience, and portfolio that employers look for.
During Prework, you’ll be ramping up for class by watching videos of our CEO, Jay Wengrow, teaching the fundamentals of coding. Due to Jay’s quirky sense of humor, these videos may arguably be the most entertaining coding videos you’ll have ever seen. More importantly, though, Jay’s experience as both an educator and developer come to the fore as he breaks down each concept into a digestible chunk before moving onto the next.
Each video is also accompanied by a series of exercises, which you’ll submit via a specialized application called the Student Portal. Each exercise is reviewed by a Teaching Assistant, and you’ll receive constructive feedback where necessary.
You can complete prework on your own schedule, although you should block off at least 20 hours to dedicate towards it.Apply Now
4 Week Prework Schedule
The 4 weeks of prework are done remotely on your own schedule. Exercises are due at the end of each week.
Up to 20 hours / week
Weekly Due Dates
Exercises due each Saturday
The Live Training is the main act, and in just 12 weeks your Lead Instructor will help you transform from a coding newbie to an entry-level software developer capable of teaching yourself any new technology.
The online Live Training is completely different than other online offerings – this isn’t a set of exercises that students log into and complete on their own time. Our program is an “in-person online” experience and there are set class times (Monday through Thursday evenings and all day Sunday) where the Lead Instructor is teaching and providing exercises throughout. Nothing is pre-recorded – students are able to communicate with other students and ask questions during each live class session. Everyone can see the Lead Instructor and all their classmates at all times - even during the exercises.
The student learning experience centers around video conferencing into each class session. Each student uses both their laptop as well as an external monitor attached to it. The student does their actual work on their laptop, and the video conferencing platform remains on the external monitor, where the students can see both their lead instructor and classmates.
The class format constantly flips back and forth between instruction and exercises. During both instruction and exercises, the Lead Instructor can see each student, and all students can see each other.
During instruction, the Lead Instructor’s face is the main focus on the external monitor while introducing the new lesson, with the classmates off to the side.
While demoing code, the Lead Instructor shares their screen while the classmates’ faces are off to the side.
The Lead Instructor and all the students remain in the virtual classroom as they tackle the exercises. When students need help, they can send a chat message to the Lead Instructor and the Lead Instructor jumps into a one-on-one video conference to privately answer student questions. At this time, students can share their own screen with the Lead instructor, and can even grant access to the Lead Instructor to remotely type into the student’s computer. This means students can ask instructors or each other for help and get the immediate feedback that is critical to learning.
Learn how to learn
During the Live Training, we teach software engineering using full stack web development. While we teach with specific technologies, what you’ll really learn is how to think like a developer, and be able to pick up anything software-related on your own.
12 Week Live Training Schedule
The 12 weeks of live training takes place on Monday through Thursday evenings and all-day Sunday, which means you'll be able to keep a full time job while attending the program. (Note that the below times are for Pacific and Central time zones. Start and end times for Mountain and Eastern time zones are one hour later.)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
After the Live Training, Actualize graduates have the option to become an apprentice for The Difference Engine for up to 4 months while seeking their first software engineering job. The Difference Engine does web development work for other non-profits at no cost, and is a win-win for everybody.
Each apprentice is assigned to a team that works on a particular project. Teammates work in pairs (known as pair programming) and are also supervised by a Tech Lead, a more experienced developer who provides additional guidance.
Every day apprenticing makes you more competitive in the industry and more likely to land the software development position of your dreams. In particular, apprentices gain real-world experience in their new profession and build a portfolio of real client projects that are impressive to prospective hiring managers. In addition, apprentices learn skills that one just can't get in a classroom, including team collaboration, working professionally with clients, and agile development.
Apprentices and their Tech Leads meet two nights a week, although many apprentices do additional work on their own time when they can.Apply Now
4 Month Apprenticeship Schedule
The apprenticeship meets in the evenings twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Apprentices also work outside of those times based on real-world project needs. Each apprentice can work up to 4 months. (Note that the below times are for Pacific and Central time zones. Start and end times for Mountain and Eastern time zones are one hour later.)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
What Actualize grads have to say
Attending Actualize literally changed my life. I had been stuck in a dead end job for years and was just going through the motions. Not only did I have a great experience learning, I also made some life long friends along the way. I now have a great job at a startup and the opportunities to continue learning and growing are endless.
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. All the teachers are former educators who also have a deep breadth of coding knowledge. I can't rave about this enough!
I've gone from student to teachers assistant to software engineer to tech lead and I'm currently in control of my own destiny in a way that I've never been able to brag about before. This was completely life-changing.
Tuition and financing
Next start date: October 22, 2017
Early Bird Special! Enroll by September 22 and recieve $1000 off tuition.
The tuition covers the complete program - 4 weeks of prework, 12 weeks of live training, and 4 months of apprenticeship. Scholarships and financing options may be available upon request.