Take their word for it: Grand Circus coding bootcamps are worth the investment

Take their word for it: Grand Circus coding bootcamps are worth the investment

This post is the first of our alumni perspective series, called “Take Their Word for It” where we ask alumni common questions we get from applicants. It’s always better to learn from someone who’s been there, done that, right?

Is a coding bootcamp really worth the investment?

TL;DR version:

  • Your ROI is higher with a Grand Circus coding bootcamp over any other path and higher than most other coding bootcamps (low investment + high salary = happy alumni) 
  • If you’re ready to work hard and learn the skills necessary for your new career, then a bootcamp is right for you.
  • Our alumni back this up; read some of their insights below! 

Available learning paths

If you’re considering making a move to join one of Michigan’s fastest-growing industries, there are a few different paths you can take: enroll in a university or college for your computer science degree, learn on your own, or apply for a coding bootcamp like the full-time and after-hours programs offered at Grand Circus.

The investment of each of these options is vastly different and future programming powerhouses should carefully the benefits of each available options.

Enrolling in a coding bootcamp offers the lightning-fast pace that self-learning offers, but goes beyond the technical instruction by providing career-readiness training and connecting students to employers ready to hire developers. (And isn’t that the point?)

Employers are increasingly relying on bootcamp graduates to grow their teams and it’s possible to go from little-to-no coding experience to a programming powerhouse in as little as a few months. Our graduates earn an average of $52,000 immediately out of bootcamp. What’s even better is we’ve seen firsthand that our graduates are continually growing in their tech careers. After five years, they’re earning over $82,000 on average (check out our job outcomes report for more details).

If you’re ready to work hard and looking for a supportive environment that will quickly teach you the skills necessary to earn a new career, then a coding bootcamp could be right for you. But, don’t take our word for it. 

Let’s hear from a few of our 1,600+ graduates who are currently in really awesome technology jobs across Michigan: 

Hey Grand Circus Graduate, is Grand Circus is Worth the Investment?  

Grand Circus has a wide-reaching network of alumni and an abundantly flowing connection with employers. It is by far the best investment I’ve ever made in myself.


Jeannette Washington
Back-End Java Graduate, 2017
Chief Academic Officer and Author

“[Grand Circus] is one of the best investments when it comes to coding education, it has the teachers, the staff, the resources and connections to help anyone that wants to become a programmer achieve it.”


George Almonte
Front-End After-Hours Graduate
Development Support Intern at Oplogic

“I now have the skills to be picky about my job, I absolutely love what I do and where I am.  This investment pays off, numerous times over.”


Lanna Brasure
C# .NET Graduate
Full Stack Software Engineer at Powerley

150%. It was the best decision I ever made, and completely change my life. I wouldn’t be on the career path I’m on right now had I not done my bootcamp.”


Michael Gleason
Java Graduate
Software Quality Assurance Analyst at Detroit Labs

I will have already earned back the tuition fee and then some by the end of the year, so absolutely. The people I met there have all been great, the experience was truly one of a kind. It will be extremely difficult to duplicate that excitement ever again. Totally miss my class time and classmates.”

Justin Morrow
Front-End Graudate
Associate Analyst at Perficient

“Grand Circus saves a lot of money if you choose to go to a bootcamp instead of getting a 2-4 year degree that could potentially get you a similar tech job.”


Chandler Keyes
Java Graduate
Junior Fullstack Software Developer at Interaction Gaming

Here at Grand Circus, we really believe our alumni stories speak for themselves.

Our students who were once yoga instructors, teachers, retail specialists, professional musicians, now are programming powerhouses solving problems at some of Michigan’s top companies. (Read more stories here.)

Want to transform your career, too?

If you think a bootcamp may be the right investment for you, here are three things you can do today to put yourself on the path to a brand new career: →

Thanks for reading.

We can’t wait to meet you.

Amanda Metes