Nashville Software School more so than many other bootcamps is all about community. Not just the tech community, but the Nashville tech community. This bootcamp is actually a community funded non-profit. Prior to 2014, the bootcamp was only available to Nashville residents, so expect to see a lot of local flavor, from the students in attendance to their hiring partners.
The school currently operates two bootcamps: one for Web Development Foundations and one for Software Development Foundations (centered around Ruby on Rails). Both are open to beginners. They break up their teachings into three main categories. You will receive intensive training through online tutorials, videos, classroom lectures, pair programming, solo programing, group programming and seminar discussions. Throughout this intensive training you will also receive mentorship from their staff. Finally, you will also be set up with apprenticeships. They work with a number of partner companies to provide you with internships and projects to get hands on experience.
Applying is super straight forward. Fill out the application online, and if they are interested they will schedule a video or in-person interview. Expect to hear back about if you got an interview within a week and to have the actual interview 2-3 weeks after sending in your application. Also good to note is that they include a long list of qualification or things they want to see in their applicants on their apply page.
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Nashville Software School programs
|Program: Web Developer Bootcamp||Cities: Nashville||Duration: 24 weeks||Cost: $10,500|
Nashville Software School, a six-month program, prepares its graduates for careers as junior-level web developers. The program’s length is due to its apprenticeship component. At least 90% of Nashville Software School graduates have found jobs shortly after graduation.
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I first started thinking about a career change a few years ago, when it became clear to me that my career track options in Nashville were becoming more and more limited; with 13+ years experience as a Graphic Designer/Photography Retoucher in a town that pumps out Designers and Photographers from a multitude of local schools, I felt the options disappearing and that something had to be done. I found out about Nashville Software School from a friend who was planning on attending NSS a few months later. I went to one of their monthly "Information Sessions" and fell in love with the outlook and prospects. I applied that night! I am so happy I did. Make no mistake; this place is hard. Do the pre-work (I would suggest planning on spending about 80 hours on pre-work), read, watch videos, go down interesting rabbit-holes, and get to know your classmates. Use your time and resources wisely and ask a MILLION questions. It's all on you. Again, I couldn't suggest this school any higher and I would definitely suggest checking out one of their Information Sessions! Good luck!
This Thinkful page is where I first heard about Nashville Software School (NSS), and I chose it due to its proximity. NSS' curriculum material presentation was very good and saved much searching on my own. While one of the instructors was a superb gentleman, the behavior of some other staff members was less than professional, even rude. Subject matter experts, especially in a career field known for nerds, geeks, and dweebs, do not always possess the people and didactic skills of a good teacher. In the complicated process of learning web development, true teaching skills are absolutely essential for the instructors. NSS’ estimates of the time needed to take the pre-arrival study were grossly inaccurate; no one in my cohort had completed them on the first day of class. Also I would have spent much more time taking online courses before I arrived, if I had known that the students were expected to arrive more than half trained. For students and instructors to bring their canines to class was less than appropriate in a professional environment. The touted "mentorship" was nonexistent; the mentors were almost never at the school, and some were most resentful to be contacted by a student. NSS was not a total wash, but I would have reconsidered my training options, time, and money, if I had known exactly what the NSS experience was going to be.
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