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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions we receive most often from potential students.

What is a code school?

How do I apply?

What is the application process like? Should I be nervous?

How often do you have programs?

Can I enjoy holidays and time with my family during the program?

Will I be working over the weekends?

Can I still work when attending SDG?

Is this program right for everyone?

Where do I go to learn everyday?

What will I learn?

Why do we teach React?

Why do we teach Ruby?

Why do we teach .NET?

Who is teaching me?

Is there more to learn than just code?

Who hires SDG Alumni?

What expenses will I incur when going through the Academy?

Can a person with a felony get a job as a Developer?

What value does the $14,900 tuition fee bring with it?

Can you tell me the difference in education one would get through you all as opposed to through Saint Pete college?

What are the hours of academics?

Are students able to maintain a job while attending your curriculum?

3 months seems almost too quick/good to be true - can you elaborate on how you accomplish success stories in such a short amount of time?

The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild is an immersive code school. What that means is, in about three months (with the guidance and support of seasoned industry experts) you will gain the skills needed to become a junior developer. Over the course of the curriculum, you will learn the basics of web development and also how to be job-ready for the modern market. This immersive style of education is often called a "bootcamp" because of the fast pace of learning and the full-time commitment.

It's easy and free. There is no cost or obligation to attend if you apply. You'll meet with a member of our admissions and instructional teams where some of your questions or concerns will be answered.

We encourage you to bring anyone from your support group that you feel may want understand more about where you will be spending a large portion of your time for three months.

After that, we let you know if you are accepted and then you can start your prework and welcome aboard!

Check out the how do I apply above, but no, you should not be nervous. This is a time where we get to know each other and want to see if we are a good fit for each other. We want to set you up for success when going through our program. If we (you and SDG) decide now is not the right time, we will give you resources and support to get you ready to be successful going through the program.

We have new cohorts every three to four months.

Yes, although this program is extremely time consuming and challenging, this is the start to integrating your career - life balance. We will give you some exercises and homework to keep you coding, but we also want you to have time to yourself and with your loved ones on special days. That’s what life is all about anyways :)

Yes, you will be given homework assignments and projects. We always encourage you to have you time and give yourself a day or at least a few hours to recharge over the weekend so you can come in on Monday and be ready to learn. Our students spend 60 to 80 hours a week and part of the learning process is learning time management and how to balance your work and personal schedule. Although this program requires more than the typical 40-hour work week, this type of accelerated environment is proven successful to get you skilled up and ready to be a developer.

We believe in a learning style that is immersive, full-time and accelerated when learning to code. Our program is full-time and we strongly encourage students to be fully engaged during the program.

Yes and no. We believe that people with the passion to learn, have the needed time to dedicate, and want to make this integrated in their daily life as a career, company, and/or startup can do this. This program is hard but we have seen all types of people with all types of backgrounds be successful. That being said, we also know that you need to have some key factors in place to be successful in this program. Support system, willing to learn, willing to accept a challenge, working with a variety of learners, teachers, and personalities, time commitment, growth mindset

The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild operates from St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District. A thriving business and innovation district on its own, it has easy access to Downtown’s beautiful waterfront parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and entertainment. The city bus, trolley, and bikes are all within one block.

SDG teaches you to think like a web developer and how to learn in the ever changing, challenging, and rewarding technology industry. Due to the frequent changes in programming, we believe it is more important for you to learn how to learn.

The modern web runs on JavaScript. This is why the for the first few weeks we focus on the basics of JavaScript (and HTML and CSS). But to truly be job ready, our students need to learn a JavaScript framework. JavaScript frameworks tend to have a relatively short life span, what is taught to a student at the time of learning is relatively trivial, as long as the student receives exposure to using a framework.

React was chosen because it is a widely popular framework that has disrupted the JavaScript framework landscape and, for the most part, leverages mostly existing JavaScript knowledge. React has become the point of reference for many new, and even old, frameworks, and in learning React, it gives the students a scalable point of reference to learning what ever framework is next in there career. In addition to building a strong foundation with a growing framework, we have found that React is relatively easy for new developers to wrap their heads around and allows to easily create beautiful, dynamic sites while still learning the basics of front-end development. It's often said that React makes developers better JavaScript developers.

Ruby is powerful programing language that has a very loyal and vast ecosystem. Ruby was designed with a few key ideas in mind; an easy to use object oriented focused scripting language that maximizes developer happiness. These core principles lead to Ruby being a popular language to quickly create powerful and useful applications.

Using Ruby, this allows students to potentially not worry about the complexity that may come with other languages, and focus on learning concepts and building ideas. Not only does this provide a solid learning experience for the student, but at SDG and in the Tampa Bay Area, we have industry partners requesting that we continue teaching this much needed language to continue to support the local Ruby jobs market.

Apart from being a strong, versatile, and extremely popular language, .NET is a somewhat unusual choice for a boot camp to teach. Its a vast language that can go from sweet and simple to deep and complex very quickly. We have chosen for a few key reasons. Not only is a strong market need for .NET developers, but the syntax and basic concepts of the language offers a strong springboard to learn other languages.

In teaching .NET, this not only gives students a solid resume upon leaving, but it gives them a solid point a references when they learn they next couple of languages. Also, .NET is currently experiencing a renaissance with .NET Core, helping our students gain valuable experience in a rapidly growing culture and learn a bleeding edge technology that also applies to more classic web apps.

We have some of the most skilled developers teaching our courses. They are passionate about coding, learning, and most importantly you! Seriously though, we have identified developers who are industry practitioners but also leading and organizing community events for over a decade to share their knowledge and love for the craft. Our instructors are teachers and mentors first and foremost. They are also seriously bad ass developers.

You bet ya! We know you came here to code, but there is more to learn for you to be successful as a developer. This is a marathon not a sprint, and we teach you healthy habits in the workplace, work-life balance, stress-management, project management, teamwork, networking, and branding yourself as the developer you will be!

Raymond James, Clarity Services, Amazon, Malwarebytes, Gooee, PROforma, Mad Mobile, Spatial Networks, GitLab, Bank of the Ozarks, Healthesytems, Haneke Design, Symphonic Distribution, Hivelocity and Script are just a few.

We have an Advisory Board and Hiring Partners that range from startups, agencies, mid-size, and enterprise size companies that hire our graduates but also give guest lectures, host field trips, and are actively involved in the curriculum builds that are ever changing so we can deliver the education that will make you successful as a web developer in Tampa Bay and across the world.

The tuition is $14,900, but you will not incur any other costs from SDG. A computer is required, you can find out more in our admission requirements. You may find yourself with other cost of living expenses as well.

While we cannot guarantee job placement, some companies may be willing to overlook a person's past history depending on the conviction. When working with recruiters/companies, we advise folks to do their research before applying and to be transparent up front if you still wish to move forward with putting in an application. Here is a link to an article that may help address further concerns around this topic,

The value from our program comes from the full-time immersive, hands-on development experience that our students receive through one on one lab and classroom instruction time with established senior developers. Students learn what takes most people an average of 18 months on their own in 12 weeks allowing them to enter the workforce ready to continue to learn and grow as part of an organization. In addition to access to our instructors, students also have access to our growing alumni group which about 150 developers at this time to help build their network and receive additional support when they run into an issue while developing.

Along with teaching our students to think like a developer, we provide a career support program during and after the 12 weeks. Career Support helps students with everything from time management, dealing with imposter syndrome, building portfolios, resumes and writing cover letters, and mock interviews. In addition to this information, we also provide letters of recommendation to assist graduates and alumni whether they are looking for their first or next position.

Last but not least our students get introduced to the Tampa Bay tech community through our Advisory Board which holds over 20 different companies from startups to large corporations. Meetups that we host on campus, free crash courses, and other community events that we take part in throughout the Tampa Bay area.

We believe in all types of education. Whatever works for that person. The difference between us and traditional educational degrees is that they’re teaching the stuff that we don’t teach here. They’re teaching the theory and concept, which is great if you want to understand the true inner workings behind programming, and this is typical with a CS degree. Here, we teach them how to program. Week one – if not day one – our students are making an impact on a project’s code base because they’re able to program.

The reason that traditional educational institutions are having such a hard time teaching this is because of the accreditation system. It’s a very lengthy process. It can take 2 or 3 years to have textbooks, curriculums, and professors approved. Well, that’s just null and void in the tech industry.

Rather than going through a 4-year degree and saying ‘oh it’s not any good’ (which isn’t necessarily the case) what we would like to see in Tampa Bay is working more with the universities and having this as an add-on. So whether it be between their junior and senior year, or maybe right after their senior year, or during their senior year, they’d go through the program in three months. So they’d have the theory and concept behind programming, but now they’d also have the skill set to code.

Our academic hours are broken down as Clock Hours. Clock Hours are defined as a period of 60 minutes with a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction in the presence of an instructor. The breakdown of clock hours for the full program is as follows: 180 Theory Hours + 216 Lab Hours = 396 Total Clock Hours.

We believe in a learning style that is immersive, full-time and accelerated when learning to code. Our program is full-time and we strongly encourage students to be fully engaged during the program.

We are more than happy to connect you with some of our alumni so you can get their experience and why the program was successful for them. The reason we have so many success stories is that we teach them practical, high demand skillsets that employers need right now. Going back to your other question about traditional education versus what we teach at SDG; there are not enough educators and education facilities that can keep up and teach the ever-changing technology companies are building with. That is why we teach the craft of code and work similar to a trade school, it allows us to keep up with technology as it changes in the workforce.

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