Bootcamps

Companies in Detroit are desperate for smart, hardworking people who can code. If you have the smart and hardworking part, we can give you the skills needed to fill one of the more than 10,000 IT jobs left open in 2013 alone. Our bootcamps give you what you need to start a career as a developer: technical skills, career prep, and opportunities to build relationships with local employers.

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Part-Time Courses

Our part-time courses and workshops are designed for the working professional. Maybe you want to learn web development to switch into the IT department at your company. Perhaps you want to learn a new skill to gain that promotion you’ve been vying for. From design to business to tech, we have evening options that will enable you to learn the skills you desire!

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The Grand Circus Student Experience

Supportive. Encouraging. Exceptional. Real World. These are words our alumni use to describe our bootcamps. Teachers. Mechanics. Event Planners. Real Estate Brokers. Nurses. These are some of the jobs our alumni had before our bootcamps.

Understand the student experience and see how 92% of our graduates get full-time employment as developers within 90 days of graduation.

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Free Classes

We recognize coding can be a bit intimidating. You might be interested in taking a workshop or seminar, but don’t exactly know what to expect. Maybe you dabbled on the web on an online tutorial, but ran into a road-block without the support of an instructor. That’s where our Intro to Coding Workshop comes in. A free workshop that travels throughout Metro Detroit, bringing Grand Circus, and coding education, to you.

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How Our Bootcamps Work

Selection

1. Selection

We’re looking for resourceful, hard-charging, ambitious students, so our selection process checks for those attributes. It’s how we make sure the class is full of high-potential students.

Bootcamp

2. Bootcamp

For 6-8 weeks, students dive into exercise-heavy, lecture-light learning. We focus on the skills you’ll need to be effective from day one. Every bootcamp culminates in a significant final project that you can use to showcase your talents to employers.

Hiring Prep

3. Hiring Prep

We want to make sure you’re successful in your new career beyond just technical abilities. We dedicate time during the bootcamp to soft skills and exposing you to the “day in the life” of professionals in the field through Q+A sessions and office hours.

Career Assistance

4. Career Assistance

Our Hiring Partners typically engage with students throughout the bootcamp, but at the end of the bootcamp we arrange mixers and interviews with hiring partners to give you plenty of opportunities to talk to employers.

Career Support

Career Support

Our job isn’t done when the bootcamp finishes. We work with our alumni after you start a job with additional resources, workshops, and peer mentorship to make your career as successful as possible.

Want to check out our space?

Come to our weekly tours on Wednesdays at 1pm or to a monthly Open House. See you soon!

Open House & Tours

The Grand Circus team is a diverse group of people with different areas of expertise that all have the same goal of wanting you to succeed.

Kim, Bootcamp Alum

To me Grand Circus is THE place where I began my change to a technology career.

Raetoshia, Bootcamp Alum

Our grads work at...

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • DTE Foundation
  • Marketing Associates
  • Systems in Motion
  • Title Source

Front-End Part-Time Bootcamp

March 28 to June 3

JavaScript is a programming language that nearly every website in the world uses. As a scripting language, JavaScript is very powerful. It can be used to do anything from dynamically inserting content into an HTML element, to creating smooth, complex, interaction-based transitions, to validating user input, to displaying changing data in real time. Our Front-End Bootcamp will teach you the programming concepts necessary to apply to junior web developer positions.

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Java Developer Bootcamp

January 25 to March 18

Java is one of the most popular programming languages in the US and is one of the most in-demand languages from employers nationally. Whether you want to create a mobile app or learn the language used to build LinkedIn, Java is a great place to start. It’s a programming language that can scale without compromising security and handle extreme traffic. That’s why Google uses Java to handle the (on average) 40,000 searches per second. By the end of our Java Bootcamp, you will establish a strong, work-ready understanding of Java and be positioned to start your career as an entry-level Java developer.

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Front-End Bootcamp

February 1 - March 25

JavaScript is a programming language that nearly every website in the world uses. As a scripting language, JavaScript is very powerful. It can be used to do anything from dynamically inserting content into an HTML element, to creating smooth, complex, interaction-based transitions, to validating user input, to displaying changing data in real time. Our Front-End Bootcamp will teach you the programming concepts necessary to apply to junior web developer positions.

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FAQ's

What's it like to be in a bootcamp?

We’ll allow our bootcamp graduates to tell you:

“Everything from the space in the heart of new business growth in Downtown Detroit, our excellent bootcamp instructor Jayashree Ravi, the selection process that brought together such a great group of students, and the introductions to area employers, all worked to produce an outstanding learning experience. ” - Tim

Grand Circus is “an environment that inspires you to work hard on what you want to achieve as developer. Probably one of the BEST learning environments I [have] ever been in my life.” - Donovan

“Even though the learning environment is Intense, there is a plethora of instructors to help guide and motivate you with straightforward, direct, and informative instruction.” - Bill

Want some more info? Check out the Student Experience.

I work 9 to 5pm, Monday through Friday. How does the bootcamp work around my job?

We recognize the commitment is large - our bootcamps are designed for people who have decided to make a career change. Some participants have been able to continue working in the evenings; however, the time commitment for our bootcamps are large, including evening assignments and weekend projects. If you want to continue working, we encourage you to check out our Front-End Part-Time Bootcamp](/front-end-part-time)!

What does the application process look like for your bootcamps?

Our application process allows us to get to know you and your motivations for joining our bootcamp. We want to understand the type of student and classmate you would be, as well as allow you determine if our bootcamp is the right fit. There are three steps in the application process:

  1. First Phase: Initial Application
  2. Second Phase: In-Depth Application, Logical Assessment, and Phone Interview
  3. Last Phase: In-Person and Group Interview at Grand Circus!
What are you looking for in a candidate? What if I have no coding experience?

We expect our students to come with little to no programming experience. If you are smart, tenacious, and hard-working, then you have nothing to worry about! We want candidates that are self motivated and have a capacity to apply what they have learned and are committed to the Grand Circus program. Candidates need to commit to the work it takes to succeed in the bootcamps, including assignments at night and on the weekends.

How will Grand Circus help me get a job?

Before we start the program, we connect with local companies who are specifically looking for IT talent and want to interview students coming out of each bootcamp, whether it is Java, .NET or Front-End. You’ll get to know these companies throughout the program through company sponsored lunches and offices hours, and even more will want to talk with you at the end.

What happens after the bootcamp?

Your training does not end once the bootcamp is over. As an alumnus, you will have access to our alumni programming, including seminars and networking opportunities we arrange for our alumni.

When it comes to finding a job after the bootcamp, while we can’t guarantee a job (nobody can do that), we do our very best to expose you to employers throughout the bootcamp, arrange interviews, and build relationships with local companies that are excited to take our students and grow them in their organization. Through our relationships with companies and a partnership with a local staffing company, our students have access to more than 150 local employers who want entry-level tech talent.

Are there scholarships or financing available?

Yes, there some scholarships and multiple financing options available for our bootcamps. You can find more information at our Scholarships & Financing page.

We understand that $7,500 might be a lot of money to shell out for a training program. Put into perspective, however, this is a small investment compared to the stable, in-demand career you will begin after the bootcamp. Our team at Grand Circus is focused on not just training you for a job, but providing you the skills needed to land a job once complete.