Bootcamp Readiness Workshops - Grand Circus

Bootcamp Readiness Workshops

Start your career change now with Bootcamp Readiness Workshops.

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Grand Circus Bootcamp Readiness Workshops

Begin your career transition with hands-on, coding workshops. Start for free with Intro to Coding. Beginners, this one is for you!

Get live, hands-on help from instructors who know exactly what you’re going through.

  • Sync up with instructors on LinkedIn
  • Meet new-comers just like you
  • Every workshop is led by Grand Circus alumni; ask them questions and hear their stories

As a Grand Circus student, you’ll learn by doing: like our bootcamps, our workshops offer the opportunity to learn while you build a functional code!

What to Expect From a Virtual Bootcamp Readiness Workshops

Learn to Code Online

Dedicated, live support!

Instructors are trained in providing support in online, live settings. They’re ready to help you really learn to code-we know how annoying self-paced work can get!

Instructors are all professional developers, who took a Grand Circus bootcamp. They’ll share their personal stories with you, and you’re free to ask them questions about the transition! 

You can be a developer. Overcome the feelings that tell you otherwise

Tech isn’t just for people who’ve been coding since they were kids. No matter your age, experience, background, or technical know-how, we believe tech is a learnable skill. We believe in creating wealth and equity for individuals and communities, through learning to code. Get in here and get coding! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

We recommend you start with our Free Intro to Coding Workshops. These three-hour workshops cover the basics of JavaScript and are a great first step for learning how to code. The course is created for people with little-to-no coding experience. You can also attend one of our monthly Info Sessions. Our Info Sessions give you a chance to meet Grand Circus staff and alumni, review curriculum and check out our space in Detroit. It is estimated that 1 million computer-programming jobs will be left unfilled by 2020. Coding bootcamps like ours help fill that gap much more quickly than colleges can. Our team will help you through the process of learning code and coach and support you as you prepare for a career you’ll love.

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.

Both Chromebooks and tablets will work for the Intro to Coding workshop, however you’ll need a laptop for the other workshops. We have some at our Detroit and Grand Rapids campuses for onsite, in-person workshops.

You will need a computer, an open mind, and your enthusiasm. Regardless if you’re #TeamMac or #TeamPC, some of our workshops require you download free software, those details are provided when you register.

We care about you, your health, and your safety. We also still want to help you achieve your goals of changing your career and becoming a developer. As such, until further notice, all Grand Circus workshops will be offered remotely via Zoom. You’ll still get expert instruction, one-on-one support, and the family-feel of Grand Circus, all while we collectively work to Flatten the Curve.