Shift_Up

 become a software developer

EXPERIENCE THE CHALLENGE AND REWARD OF LEARNING TO CODE.

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PICTURE YOURSELF

Web developer. Builder of ideas. Creator of code.

If you're ready, we'll help get you there—or rather, we'll help you get yourself there.

shhh, here's a secret

Most software developers don't have a computer science degree. Many teach themselves.

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. 

 

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TEACH YOURSELF TO CODE, TOGETHER

At Shift_Up highly-motivated learners come together and teach themselves to code using carefully-selected 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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Structure

Shift_Up is a JavaScript-based course. Students learn to build both front-end and back-end technologies using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, NodeJS, and ReactJS at your own pace via a curated library of rigorous and free online curriculum.

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.

Accountability

If you don't stick to your original commitment three or more times in a month (barring genuine emergencies), you lose your membership.

Coaching

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.

 

 

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Membership Application

Tier 1 membership: M/W/F evenings + Saturday required.

Tier 2 membership: M/W evenings + Saturday optional.

Memberships for the first cohort, launching January 22nd, 2018, are now closed

However, we encourage you to submit your application to be considered for future cohorts. You can also stay involved by joining us to code at 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.

Pricing will be updated soon for future cohorts.

There are three parts to the membership application:

  1. Attend a workshop

  2. Complete the brief application

  3. Final in-person or phone interview


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