Are you a Detroit resident looking for a career in technology?

Grand Circus is thrilled to announce that additional funding for scholarships has been secured for the October 2018 TechHire Java Bootcamp!

Is This Coding Bootcamp For You?


  • Live in the city of Detroit and have a valid Detroit address on your State ID or license (Hamtramck and Highland Park not included)
  • Are interested and excited about a career in IT
  • Are a do-er, have hustle and grit
  • Enjoy solving problems, finding creative solutions and are detail oriented
  • Thrive in team-orientated environments
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills

Presented in partnership with Detroit at Work, through the TechHire Initiative.

Timeline and Eligibility


  • July 30: Applications open
  • August 31: Applications close at noon
  • September 7: Last day for applicants to be notified if they will receive the technical pre-work (invite-only)
  • September 17, 18, 19 or 20: Mandatory “Detroit at Work Career Center Orientation” (invite only, applicants will choose one day to attend)
  • September 28: Mandatory bootcamp unit 1: pre-work due
  • October 1: Final roster of students goes out
  • October 8: Bootcamp begins


  • 18+ years old
  • Lives in Detroit and has a valid Detroit address on your State ID or license (candidates will be required to provide an ID at the time of the interview) 
  • Have reliable transportation to downtown Detroit (attendance is mandatory every day, beginning at 9am)
  • Attend the pre-program orientation at a Detroit at Work Career Center and are approved for funding
  • Must be available and able to commit to the full-time bootcamp, October 8 – December 14, 9am-5pm
  • Are dedicated to finding a career in technology after bootcamp is completed

What Do I Need For This Coding Bootcamp?

  • Has dabbled in coding on his/her own whether it be through free online resources, a Grand Circus Free Intro to Coding Workshop or in a work/school environment
  • The ability to be resourceful and figure things out on his/her own (students should utilize Google or other tools to solve problems before asking for assistance while problem solving)
  • Some professional work experience whether it be in a corporate or entrepreneurial setting
  • The ability to receive and give both positive and constructive feedback in a professional setting, work with a team of people of diverse backgrounds and are comfortable being uncomfortable with the things you don’t know
  • A growth mindset, great attitude and excitement to learn at lightning speed
  • A passion for helping others in a collaborative environment
  • You’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dive into solving a problem even if it’s “not your job”
  • Has a High School Diploma/GED
  • Is a Detroit resident

Applications Close August 31st