Become a developer
Become a developer
A flexible and powerful way to improve your career

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CodeSquad?

CodeSquad is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that trains talented adults from Boston's urban core to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. Following the training, we work to place bootcamp graduates in internships and full-time technology roles at Boston-area companies.

What does it cost?

The training is free for admitted students

Do you have to apply?

Yes. You must have a high school diploma or GED, and be legal to work in the United States for at least a year after graduation. However, NO coding experience is required, and there is NO maximum age. Applicants are selected based on an assessment of their analytical abilities, enthusiasm for computer programming and their perseverance in attaining career goals. Interested? Please join us for a recruiting event.

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What will I learn?

Our curriculum includes hard skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Node, Express and database, as well as soft skills in effective communication, Agile methodology, and job readiness.

How long is the training?

Our training bootcamp lasts roughly 18 weeks, from early January to June. Classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, for 12.5 hours per week, plus homework (computer lab space is available for student use outside of class).

Don't you need a college degree to become a programmer?

No. Most programmers are self-taught, and did not learn their skills in college. A college degree is a major achievement and brings a wide variety of benefits, including greater employability and a quicker path to higher-paying jobs. That said, skilled programmers can find lucrative work even before or during college.

Will this help me get a job?

We think so! Software developers are in high demand in today's economy. By one estimate there are currently 17,000 open computing jobs in Massachusetts. Software developers can earn $40,000-$60,000 per year, or more, often without a college education.

Isn't computer programming really hard?

It depends on what you're building. But if you like puzzles and are willing to work hard, you can learn to build beautiful and dynamic websites and apps even if you've never programmed before.

Do I need a computer?

Yes. We recommend a basic Windows or Mac laptop (not a Chromebook). If you don't have access to a laptop, CodeSquad can help you find one. Students also have access to a free computer lab.

"I liked everything... hands on... great interaction with staff"

- Participant at a Coding & Career Event

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