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. Students receive intensive training in web development... and in soft skills like effective communication and entrepreneurship. After completing their training, students are placed in apprenticeships in greater Boston.

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. 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?

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, job readiness and QA.

How long is the training?

Our Spring 2018 cohort will last 15 weeks, from March to June. Classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, for approximately 15 hours per week, plus homework to be completed outside class (computer lab space is available for student use).

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, 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.

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

- Participant at a Coding & Career Event

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