Pre-Apprenticeship Coding Bootcamp

An eight week Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp is a unique coding bootcamp that is a part of the Detroit TechHire initiative, a partnership between the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Focus:HOPE, Southwest Solutions and Grand Circus. TechHire is multi-tiered approach to train Detroit residents for careers in IT.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR OUR JANUARY 2017 APPRENTICESHIP. Sign up for our newsletter to learn when our next cohort will take place.


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What will I learn?

Grand Circus is a regional player in the White House TechHire initiative, so we’re focused on providing a non-traditional way for people to start new careers in technology.

Our tech apprenticeship program aligns with all Department of Labor (DOL) standards, taking place over 12 – 18 months. This competency-based, DOL-approved program includes a rigorous recruitment process and there are certain requirements that all candidates must meet.


Before you start the bootcamp classroom sessions, you’ll complete two weeks of mandatory at-home learning called prework. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know.

Once you start classroom sessions, you’ll be on-site at Grand Circus in Detroit Mon – Fri, 9am to 5:30pm for six weeks. We love to start on time, so please plan to get there a few minutes early.

Once Bootcamp ends, you’ll interview for a position at a local employer that’s agreed to mentor you and help you grow your skills as an apprentice.


Applications are rolling, meaning that we’ll review submitted applications each week and determine who is invited in for an interview. There are no advantages or disadvantages to when you apply, as long as you get it in by December 15 at noon!

Interested in applying to our January Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp? Come to an Open House, check out our in-depth FAQ and check out the timeline below:

  • Applications are now closed for this bootcamp
  • January 6 – Last in-person interviews
  • January 6 – Last day to register with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
  • January 9 & 10 – Intro to Coding Workshop (evening from 6pm to 9pm)
  • January 13 – Prework sent & $100 refundable deposit due
  • January 24 – Prework due at noon
  • January 30 – Starts!


What is Student Life Like?

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Saresa Smith

"Grand Circus taught me more than a programming languages, it taught me how to be a problem solver. I now can break down a problem, research it, work with a team and solve the problem."

— Saresa Smith
Java Developer, North American Bancard

We help you find your new job.

Once you sign up with Grand Circus, we make sure you have the skills you need to be successful in tech. Not only do we train on technical and creative skills, we also help our students develop interview chops and the soft skills needed to thrive in an IT career. And with our networking eventswe introduce students to employers that have hired Grand Circus graduates in metro Detroit.

Costs & Financing

Total Tuition: Free (only for Detroit residents)

This program is fully funded for Detroit residents through a partnership with the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Application Process

We take a highly selective, in-depth approach to filling our Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp. The application process is designed so we can get to know you and you can thoroughly understand our tech apprenticeship bootcamp model.

Step 1:

First, submit an application. We'll review your application and notify you if you've been invited to an in-person interview within two weeks.

Step 2:

In-person interview at Grand Circus, typically lasting around 30 minutes.

Step 3:

The last step is an in-person coding workshop designed for beginners at Grand Circus. This is our chance to see how you learn and a chance for you to make sure you like to code!

Class Dates

Pre-Apprenticeship Coding Bootcamp

January 30 - March 10 — Apply by December 15
Next one in September

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve outlined a few FAQs that we often get, but recommend that every applicant reads our Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp FAQ here.

What are you looking for in a candidate?

If you’re smart, tenacious, resourceful and hardworking, you’ll be ready for a bootcamp. Many of our students have dabbled in code through online tutorials and other courses. Some students have basic programming experience. We want candidates that are self-motivated and committed to the Grand Circus program. Learning any new skill can become frustrating, so it’s important to see this opportunity as a welcome challenge, rather than a stress-inducing problem.

Do I need strong computer skills?

Students should have a basic understanding of popular tools like Google Drive and Microsoft Office. The ability to install programs on your computer is also important. We have also found that our strongest students have some type of basic understanding of programming languages, you could take our Intro to Coding workshop.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree is not required to for our Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp. We’ve had many students without degrees become very successful and find great jobs that they love. However, it’s important to note that some jobs in the tech industry will require a four-year degree of some kind.

What do I need to bring to bootcamp?

We recommend bringing your own laptop, though Grand Circus also has a limited number of laptops that students can borrow during the course.

What happens after bootcamp is over?

We have strong relationships with companies that are enthusiastic about hiring our entry-level developers and allowing them to grow within their organizations.Once you graduate from a Grand Circus bootcamp, you’ll gain access to our job placement services and our networking events. We also integrate job readiness and soft skills training (on topics like communication and teamwork) into our bootcamps so that our students are ready to interview successfully, once the bootcamp ends.

Can I get a job out of state with a certificate of completion from Grand Circus?

Yes! We’ve had several students get their first entry-level tech jobs outside of Michigan.

More Answers

This bootcamp is not currently accepting applications.

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