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Announcing our New 26-Week Bootcamp Model: After-Hours

May 10, 2018

“We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.”

Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

What can you accomplish in 24 hours? In 26 weeks? A lifetime?

You spoke, and we listened. Beginning in July 2018, Grand Circus is offering 26-week After-Hours bootcamps. This new model offers the full-scope of coding curriculum, covering the entirety of a full-time bootcamp experience, including soft skills, and does it during weekday evenings. (more…)

Announcing our New 12-Week Coding Bootcamp Model

January 18, 2018

Here at Grand Circus, we’re excited to be starting 2018 by announcing our new coding bootcamp model. Today I’d like to provide more details on this change, why we’ve made this decision and how it will impact our community.  We’re super happy with the new additions, but I get that you’re probably wondering why. Grand Circus had full-time bootcamps for nearly three years around a 10-week model with good success! Why change the model?

Grand Circus family photo

Well, at Grand Circus we pride ourselves on being committed to student success and being responsive to feedback. As we looked toward celebrating our 5th birthday and our 1,000th bootcamp student, we took time to reflect on how we could better serve our community as we continue to grow. We listened to our partners, surveyed our community and identified a few areas that could lead to even greater student success. Feedback is something we’ve taken very seriously since Grand Circus was founded, and this anniversary was the perfect time to take a deeper dive and implement a few changes. (more…)

Grand Circus Celebrates Five Years

January 9, 2018

The beginning of 2018 marks an important milestone for Grand Circus – we’re turning 5!

To mark the occasion I wanted to share some of our proudest moments, and let you know about some exciting changes for the coming year.

When Grand Circus was founded, the simple idea was to teach the masses job skills for the modern digital economy.  While we have always been true to that vision, I never imagined the profound impact we would have on people’s lives.

These student stories inspire us every day, and they also serve to reinforce our belief that anyone can learn the skills of a developer. 

A few coding student stories – 

Matt Terrian

(Left to Right) Segilola, Matt, Michael and Jefferson graduated our Front-End coding bootcamp

There’s Matt…He was delivering sandwiches for a local cafe when he heard about Grand Circus’ bootcamps.  Matt took a Front-End bootcamp, now he’s a software developer at Accenture.

Or Deeann…She was a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years who was finding it difficult to break back into the workforce.  She took a Java bootcamp and now works at Pillar Technology, a leading software development firm.

Or Terrell…He’s a current high school senior who learned HTML/CSS in a Grand Circus youth program.  Terrell picked a class project which took his mom’s clothing business online and has since started his own web development business! (more…)

Start Your Tech Career With Grand Circus

November 21, 2017

It’s no secret that Michigan’s tech industry is not just growing, it’s thriving! From Detroit to Grand Rapids and everywhere in between, the state is attracting attention from startups and major companies alike. And with major developments on the horizon, the need for quality talent and ideas in the industry is at an all time high. But the opportunities don’t just stop at the Ohio border. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1 million unfilled computer-programming positions throughout the United States.

But how can you get in on the action? At first, finding a way into the tech industry can seem a little tricky. After doing some research, you may be left asking: Where do I start? What if I don’t have a technical degree? How long will it take? (more…)

Grand Circus 2016 Outcomes Report

November 9, 2017

We’re excited to share with you our 2016 Outcomes Report. A lot has changed since our last report was written, and we’re thrilled to share the updates with you!  We’ve doubled the size of our team, opened a second location, made substantial investments in our curriculum and employer network, and continue to take serious steps to include alumni feedback in everything we do.  

We graduated 93.8% of the 163 students that were enrolled in our tuition-based programs. 86% of those graduates were employed in paid, technical positions ranging from full-time developer, to internships, contract and freelance opportunities and some even being hired by Grand Circus directly (we love having alumni on the team!). (more…)

Women in Tech: DEVELOP(her) Scholarship and Bootcamp Field Notes

August 23, 2017

While there were dozens of men who invented, improved and created the first computers, women were an essential and fundamental part of the development of modern programming. Today women are a presence the tech industry sorely lacks and sorely needs.

Each of us is fighting a whirlwind of career and job challenges that are often hard to wrap our strengths around. Such challenges are particularly fundamental to the experiences of women in the workplace. Those challenges are further magnified by the minority gap in tech. The DEVELOP(her) scholarship is our way of being responsible stewards of the coding knowledge we have at Grand Circus. It’s a scholarship and bootcamp combo that are awarded to women who want to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors (Grace Hopper, anyone?).

The DEVELOP(her) recipients train in the coding skills necessary to launch careers in tech, and participate in the tech industry’s growth. (more…)

Detroit Codes Harder

July 21, 2017

Since the beginning of 2016, we’ve exposed over 1,800 individuals to coding through our free Intro to Coding Workshops. The Intro to Coding Workshops are part of a much longer history and much deeper effort. While many of us are doing our best, the tech industry remains no stranger to recurring patterns of discrimination and inequitable practices. We’ve known for a long time that if you’re going to be in tech, “you have to want to” (thanks for the empowering words Michelle Obama!) break those narratives. Inspired by our beloved Detroiters, we began the hustle.  (more…)

Meet the 2017 DEVELOP(her) Scholarship Recipients!

June 1, 2017

DEVELOP(her) scholarship recipientsThe tech industry should reflect the the diversity of our community. It’s a core value that Grand Circus stands behind in everything we do. With just 26% of computing jobs being filled by women, we’re always looking for creative solutions to the problem.

Last year, we were proud to launch our inaugural DEVELOP(her) coding bootcamp. It gave 19 women an opportunity at free tech training and assisted them in finding a career after graduation. This year, we were proud to award our first round of DEVELOP(her) scholarships, which provides full-tuition funding to a select number of ladies and can be used toward our full-time coding bootcamps.

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Find The Right Bootcamp For You

May 16, 2017

With more than 10,700 jobs added in the last year, Michigan’s tech industry is booming. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a coding bootcamp and pursuing a career as a web developer, then now is the perfect time to take the first step. But how do you get started?

Having trained more than 650 developers, our staff has a lot of experience when it comes to helping people find the right program to fit their personal experience and professional goals. Just like programming languages, no two bootcamps are the same. It is important that you choose a program that is going to give you the best return on your investment. So if you’re looking to start a new career in tech this year, we have a few pointers from our staff. (more…)

Why Cowork at Grand Circus? Just Ask ellell & co!

March 10, 2017

Leeann Drees and Laura Eagin of ellell & co. joined the Grand Circus coworking family in Summer 2016. To say it’s been a treat to have them in our space is an understatement! While monthly massages certainly keep them excited to come in on Fridays, Leeann and Laura have both been super involved in the Grand Circus community and are a great addition to the Detroit’s Madison technology Block. Read on to find out more about friends founding a company together and how Detroit has fostered its growth. (more…)