What will I learn?
Some of the technical concepts include:
• Arrays, Classes and Methods
• Packages, Interface, Soft Skills and Version Control
• Exceptions, Structures, HTML and JSP page
• Sessions, Cookies, JSTL and Streams
• Collaborative software development and version control with Git and GitHub
• Software development and programming best practices that separate great developers from the rest
• Best practices for deploying applications
• Consuming and integrating third-party application programming interfaces (APIs) in an application
• Agile application development
Before you start the bootcamp classroom sessions, you’ll complete mandatory at-home pre-work we call Unit One. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know.
Then, you’ll start classroom instruction Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
Due to COVID-19, all our classrooms are operating remotely, live and online.
The health and safety of our students and community are most important to us. Our bootcamps will be fully remote until the COVID-19 virus has been controlled to a safe level at which point, we hope to bring everyone back in person. From one-on-one support to a full learning experience, our remote bootcamps provide the family vibes of our in-person model. Learn more about what to expect.
"Yes, it's challenging, but I'm loving the challenge. Harnessing Java is the beginning of a life-long pursuit of mastering programming. If this bootcamp was a person, I'd kiss it... passionately."
— Matt Anderson
Java Bootcamp Student, March 2016
We help you find your new job.
As a Grand Circus bootcamp student, you’ll receive personalized support from our team of career coaches and program managers designed to support your future career ambitions, not only for your first job after bootcamp but for your long-term career in tech (or wherever your new skills will take you!).
Navigating a new industry can be difficult; our career services team has crafted a learning approach that teaches students how to identify goals, research their options and find their competitive edge. This collaborative relationship between students and staff takes hustle and hard work. Our proven process works when students work with the process.
Students build their career and soft skills through sessions on:
- Impostor Syndrome + Giving & Receiving Feedback Workshop
- Career Inspiration & Exploration
- Employable You (LinkedIn Workshop)
- Communicating for Success
- Interview Prep
- Distinct Value Add
- Mock Behavioral & Technical Interviews
Throughout bootcamp you will:
- Learn skills to combat imposter syndrome, something many developers struggle with. We’ll help you identify signs of self-doubt, ways to overcome them and guide you through constructive ways to give and receive feedback
- Understand and prepare for the career search process in your new industry
- Determine career goals and keep motivated in successfully finding your dream job
- Practice behavioral and technical interviews with upfront training, tips, and mock interviews to improve your interviewing confidence
- Hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops designed to prepare you for your new career
- Learn to assess your skills objectively against job descriptions
- Build your unique professional brand
- Show off your new skills and connect with employers at Demo Day
- Get connected to the tech community through hosted meetups and community events
Costs & Financing
Total Tuition: $11,750
It is free to apply. If you're accepted, the deposit is $100 to save your seat and unlock the bootcamp pre-work we call Unit 1.
Taking a 12-week Java coding bootcamp is a significant investment of both time and money. To help ease the financial burden, we’ve made early registration discounts and multiple financing options available for our students.Learn About Financing
We also offer scholarships as part of our diversity program. Women, veterans and underrepresented minorities seeking a new career in tech may receive an automatic $1,750 scholarship. Check out our Financing and Scholarships page for more information.Learn About Scholarships
Our application process is designed so we can get to know you and you can understand our bootcamp model.
First, you submit an interest form and you’ll receive our application.
After a few general questions about you, like your name and address, the application consists of four questions.
Once you send your answers back to us, we set you up with an in-person interview at Grand Circus. If you can’t make it to Detroit, we’ll complete the interview over Zoom. Easy!
Our Java Coding Bootcamp
JAN. 21 - MARCH 27, 2020; Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm (Detroit) — Apply by date has passed
APRIL 20 - JUNE 26, 2020; Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm (Detroit) — Apply by date has passed
JULY 20 - SEPT. 25, 2020; Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm (Detroit) — Apply by date has passed
OCT. 12 - DEC. 18, 2020; Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm (Detroit) —
Apply by September 4, 2020
Apply by August 21 to lock in your early application discount and save $1,000
Frequently Asked Questions
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 to know how to code before bootcamp?
Students should have a basic understanding of computers such as creating files, folders, organization and a working knowledge of using the computer. 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 either from taking one of our Learn to Code workshops or learning on their own. The Intro to Java Workshop gives you the skills and confidence you’ll need to complete the bootcamp pre-work for this bootcamp d start your path to becoming a software developer.
Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree?
A bachelor’s degree is not required to get into our coding bootcamps or a job in tech. 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 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