Let's make the financial freedom and stability of a tech career your reality.
Become a cutting edge developer with the Grand Circus full stack curriculum and hands-on remote experience.
Just because you’re learning remotely, doesn’t mean you're learning alone.
The Grand Circus alumni network, mentorship, and hands-on experience will help you break into tech.
- Stand out to employers with a working knowledge of both back-end and front-end worlds, no matter which bootcamp you chose.
- Gain experience functioning as a real-world tech team in bootcamp, so you’re prepared for your first day on the job.
- Get support from instructors, employer and alumni mentors, and technical assistants who help you in real-time. Every step of the way.
- Gain the high-growth potential and marketability from a full stack knowledge base.
Join the Grand Circus Family
We believe that the tech industry should reflect the diversity of the real world.
Your race, ethnicity, gender identity are what make you a beautiful addition to the tech family. Each bootcamp cohort provides affinity groups to help you make connections to people who share your experience of the world.
- Common Ground, for people of color
- Quiltbag, an LGBTQ+ affinity group
- A Place and Some Space a mental health peer support group
- Women’s Group, for female-identifying students
- New affinity groups are developed based on student requests
We're ready when you are
Provide us with a little bit of information about yourself and we can work with you to find the right bootcamp to kickstart your tech career.
Financial support ›
A bootcamp is one of the most important investments in your future you’ll ever make. Finances don’t have to hold you back—payment plans, scholarships, and other financial support are our specialty. Meet with an admissions advisor to learn more about paying for your bootcamp.
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Mentorship & connections ›
Our alumni mentors are engaged members of the tech community, and help new graduates as they start their first jobs! Alumni mentors are available to you throughout bootcamp to support your tech journey. We’ll say it again—with Grand Circus, you’re not alone.
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I always wanted to become a developer, a Black-Girls-Coder, a Women-in-Tech-programmer, because I love science and technology. I decided that it is time to be more than a user, more than a content creator. It’s time to build.
LHEA J. COPELAND
After Hours C# .NET Graduate
Why You Will Succeed
Recieve technical and educational support
The hardest part is showing up. Once you're here, you'll meet with coding coaches, join "after school" study groups, and connect with instructors who take time to get to know you.
It's cheesy but true: when you're here, you're family. Your success is our success.
Land the job, nail the interview, learn the tech scene's lingo
Our team of career coaches provide
- Workshops on job search skills
- Soft-skills workshop that'll prepare you for agile sprints, imposter syndrome, and conflict-resolution on the job!
- One-on-one resume help and interview preparation
- Employer connections and workshops: active tech employers from companies like Quicken and United Shore will visit during bootcamp, and help you prepare for the real world.
You'll get to know your program managers as they support your career ambitions and give you the skills to meet your goals.
The tech community should reflect the diversity of the real world
At Grand Circus we support all gender identities, orientations, religions, races, and cultures. From dedicated affinity groups to quarterly events, you’ll find a community of people just like you to help you on your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
While tech is still growing–even since the economic changes of 2020–we know that there are a lot of concerns around getting hired after a bootcamp. While we don’t offer a job guarantee, we do promise to provide the best in the business career services and coaching. Our career services team helps you during bootcamp, and after bootcamp once you’ve become an alumnus. Combined with our network of employer connections in the Midwest and beyond, and a focus on equipping you to land your dream job through, you’ll have a full set of job-landing tools at your disposal. Check out our outcomes report for stats on hiring, diversity, and more!
Yes! Our coding bootcamps prepare students with both technical and soft skills that employers are looking for in the recruitment process. The curriculum is specifically designed around skills employers in our region are looking for. We support our students from the time they learn their very first line of code until they find a career they’ll love even after they graduate!
Great question. We know this one can slow people down. Here are a few things you can do to help you decide.
- Attend one of our many events! Info sessions, coding workshops, and our other monthly events are great places for you to get to know the lay of the land.
- Take a workshop! They’re taught by bootcamp graduates who once asked the same question. They make coding un-intimidating and can answer your career questions along the way.
Our classrooms are filled with smart, tenacious people who are excited (and a bit nervous) to embark on a new journey into tech careers. Students come from a variety of professional backgrounds — from yoga instructors, healthcare professionals, to retail sales professionals and just about everything in between. We believe tech should reflect the diversity of the real world. We celebrate all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, orientations, and gender identities. Our affinity groups are a great way to connect with other people who share your walk of life. We strive to create a collaborative, diverse classroom and if you’ve made it this far into the FAQ, you’ll fit right in. You can get more details on demographics in our Outcomes report.
Both after-hours and full-time programs follow the same curriculum, have amazing instructors, program managers, and career coaches. The only difference is the schedule. The after-hours program is 28 weeks and meets from 6:30pm-10pmEST on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The full-time program is 14 weeks and meets daily from 9am-5pmEST.
Great question! In short, you’ll need good laptop. A second monitor/TV/tablet will really help you out. You’ll need a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. ChromeOS does not support all the software you will need. If you want to use a Linux computer, know that there will be slight differences between your software and what you see on teacher screens. Windows is the best platform for a .NET Bootcamp. You can use a Mac in a .NET Bootcamp, but you will need to install Windows on it using Apple Boot Camp https://support.apple.com/boot-camp
Specific laptop specs
- Minimum: At least a dual-core 2Ghz or higher (Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
- Recommended: At least quad-core (4 cores) Intel i5 or i7, AMD Ryzen 5/7/9, or (Mac) M1
- RAM: 8 GB or more is ideal
- Storage: Please make sure you have at least 15GB free space for software and projects. A Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended for better performance.
- Display: A 12-inch screen with 1366×768 resolution will serve you well
Second Monitor: For remote bootcamps, a second screen is recommended–if you don’t have a monitor for a second screen, you could use a television or potentially a tablet.
Yes! Unit 1 is a very important part of a students transition into the bootcamp and is part of the bootcamp curriculum! We require all students to complete the Unit 1 pre-work and submit on the specified due date. Grand Circus instructors will evaluate Unit 1 and on occasion require students to re-do and re-submit Unit 1 before the start of class. If students do not complete the Unit 1 on time or don’t pass, unfortunately this may not be a good fit and is grounds for removal from the bootcamp.
Before the first day, every bootcamp student completes two full weeks of mandatory pre-work we call Unit 1. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know. But you’re not on your own: we offer Tech Wednesdays each week which are specifically designed to help you troubleshoot all your Unit 1 questions. We also strongly recommend you reach out to developers either in the Grand Circus community or others you may know to learn more about their experiences in tech.
A bachelor’s degree is not required to get into our coding bootcamps. We’ve had many students without degrees become very successful and find great jobs that they love. One of the coolest parts about coding bootcamps is it is a way to enter this field without a degree. However, it’s important to note that some jobs in the tech industry will require a four-year degree.
It’s a myth that you need to be a mathematician to be a coder. Logic and problem-solving skills are vital to being a developer though, and those skills are closely related to math. But don’t worry, we won’t ask you to do trigonometry or algebra.