Data is the lifeblood of any organization today; the data generated in the last few years accounts for 90% of all the data generated in human history. To have value, this data needs to be analyzed and turned into valuable insights; more and more organizations are turning to Data Science and Data Engineering to accomplish that goal.
Data Engineering bootcamp includes two weeks of self-paced work we call Unit One. Classes are hosted three evenings a week - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - from 6:30-8:30 pm EST.
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Our tuition for 2022 is $11,750 (*). What most students actually end up paying—the net price—is less than our list price, as:
- Grand Circus provides scholarships to eligible students.
- Early-action discounts often are available in our application process.
- Select scholarships are available through third-party partners.
For those unable to pay tuition in full upfront, Grand Circus offers installment payment plans. Loans also are available through our valued partners Ascent Funding and Climb Credit.
(*) Grand Circus will be increasing its tuition to $14,750 in 2023—our first increase in more than four years, reflecting expansion of our curricular and service offerings. Students can lock in the 2022 price for our January 2023 bootcamps by applying before November 15, 2022.
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Data Engineering is the right fit if...
- You are interested in learning the tools to gather, analyze, and visualize data.
- You are interested in a career in data science, scientific computing, or machine learning, as a business analyst or data engineer.
- You are interested in using exploratory data analytics to create predictive models for business intelligence applications.
- You are interested in automating a variety of everyday tasks, such as tracking stock market or crypto prices, or searching the web for best values on products and entertainment events.
What to expect in our virtual classes...
- Explore new concepts and tools through virtual lectures and discussions
- Hands-on development of real-world projects.
- Q&A time with your dedicated instructor and code coaches.
- Dive deeper into topics and techniques via independent, pair, and group programming labs.
- Soft Skills workshops to help equip you for career success.
- Learn how to work on real-world projects and teams!
- Your final project will go into a Student Portal, where our network of employers will view your team projects!
- You'll have a professional portfolio to show off your job-ready skills
Frequently Asked Questions
Our bootcamps are 100% online, taught by live instructors via Zoom. You can login and take our bootcamps from anywhere.
Our after-hours program is 28 weeks and meets from 6:30 pm – 10 pm EST on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Our daytime program is 14 weeks and meets daily from 9 am – 5 pm EST.
Our standard tuition is $11,750. Your commitment to growth and education deserves to be honored. We hope to do that by reducing financial barriers to bootcamp with our scholarships & savings and supporting your financial planning through our financing and loan partners.
Feeling sticker shock? Our admissions team is ready to help you talk through your goals, options, and questions! Schedule a 15-minute 1:1 chat with them.
Yes! With Grand Circus you’ll receive life time access to our career support and alumni network. You’ll start working on your job hunt, and job-ready skills on week one! 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!
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!
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.
Both after-hours and daytime 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 daytime program is 14 weeks and meets daily from 9am-5pmEST.
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.
Our most successful students come to us with some, but not a ton, of programming experience. Many of our students have dabbled in code through online tutorials and courses through Codecademy or Udacity. We’re looking for students who are smart, tenacious, resourceful and hardworking. It should go without saying, but an interest in coding everyday is a must. You’ve gotta like it!
We want candidates that are self-motivated and committed to the Grand Circus program. There will be assignments that have to be completed at night and over weekends, so candidates should be prepared to put in the necessary work to be successful. They also need to be punctual for every class and resourceful in how they complete coursework. 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.
To qualify for our bootcamps, an individual must be 18 years or older and have their GED or high school diploma.
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.
It’s easy—start by filling out our application form. Once we receive your application, the Grand Circus team reviews your responses and selects a limited number of candidates for a video interview. Then, you’ll be notified of your admission decision.
Unfortunately, bootcamp students do not qualify for federal or state financial aid, including federal and state student loans as well as the G.I. Bill. However, we do have partnerships with programs such as MI WORKS and the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) that help students qualify for funds to defray the cost of tuition.
Similar to financial aid, we are not funded through any government aid. As a result, we are not able to assist in any F1 student visa sponsorship at this time.
Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, including PhDs, seasoned developers, bootcamp alumni, industry professionals and other tech enthusiasts. Grand Circus instructors are actively engaged in Michigan’s tech community, instructing at Wayne State University, the Penguicon Conference, Girl Develop It and others. All instructors and course work are reviewed and approved by our Director of Learning.
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
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.
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.
The Grand Circus Bootcamp Experience
When you’re here, you’re family. The support of Grand Circus employer connections, alumni mentorship, career coaching, affinity groups, and technical mentorship throughout your bootcamp will get you ahead of the curve upon graduation.
- One-on-one career, resume, and interview training
- Live, real-time learning
- Alumni mentorship and employer connections
- Affinity groups to stay supported by your community, throughout bootcamp
What's Special About Grand Circus Bootcamps
What we believe: The diversity of the tech community should reflect 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. We believe the diversity of the tech community should reflect the diversity of the real world–it’s one of our core values.
When you're here you're family
From one-on-one support to small groups, our remote bootcamps provide the family vibes of our in-person model. Your instructor, teaching assistants, program managers, and career coaches are there for you in real-time.
You can expect all the rigor of an in-person bootcamp and the resources you’ll need to start your new career.
You’ll spend time in class learning new concepts, then break into labs and projects individually, in pairs, and as groups. Before you start bootcamp, you’ll dive headfirst into two weeks of mandatory at-home learning that we call Unit One. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know. You will have access to Grand Circus code coaches to help you learn.
Confidently enter the tech industry
We're not successful until you've landed your first job. That's why our career coaches have a robust, hands-on, one-on-one approach to help you become a leader in the tech field.
During bootcamp you'll learn how to research, and find your competitive edge, and plan your career. All students are required to setup one-on-one coaching sessions within the first 3 weeks of bootcamp. You'll learn through:
- Soft-skill workshops
- One-on-one mentorship for resume and interview readiness
- Resume and interview workshops
- Employer visits and Q&A during bootcamp