But for most people, learning to code alone is hard. It's hard to stay focused, and it's hard to get unstuck—no matter how smart or committed you are.
TEACH YOURSELF TO CODE, TOGETHER
Shift_Up helps highly-motivated learners come together and teach themselves to code using a curated curriculum and access to online coaches.
Shift_Up provides the backbone—the structure, accountability, and coaching—to help you succeed.
LEAD WITH CONFIDENCE
Shift_Up students also receive training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and professional skills to get a leg up pursuing their ambitions.
A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING
We help those who are interested in teaching themselves but who dislike the traditional solitary online learning experience.
Shift_Up provides an in-person social community of dedicated learners, access to online coaches, a clear path to proficiency with curated digital curricula, and, perhaps most importantly, built-in accountability.
When you join Shift_Up as a Tier 1 member, you are committing to three evenings per week (M/W/F 6-9:30) plus Saturdays (9-5) at the Durfee Community Innovation Center. Tier 2 memberships are available which require only two evenings per week.
Each session includes multiple periods of self-paced, individual learning time as well as "pair programming" blocks where you'll build real projects with other students. You'll also build a personal portfolio you can show to employers.
Though Shift_Up is self-paced, students must pass assessments for each predefined competency (i.e., skill area) to earn a final certificate of completion from the program.
If you don't stick to your original commitment three or more times in a month (barring genuine emergencies), you lose your membership.
When you get stuck, online coaches — professional software developers volunteering their time — are on call to help, as well as support from your team of learners.
Memberships for the first cohort, launching January 22nd, 2018, are now closed.
However, we are adding students every month. We encourage you to stay active with our bi-weekly Meetup.
We estimate, but cannot guarantee, that accepted Tier 1 members will be ready for entry-level front-end development jobs after 6-9 months in our program, on average. Your speed is up to you — this is a self-paced program, and some will go faster or slower than others.