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Marcelo RiciglianoOk, someone has to be a non-coder. Although technology is his passion (and Juve, of course), Marcelo is not a software developer (he actually graduated as a Lawyer). He has been founding Tech-startups since 2010, and, now, together with Alejandro, they are introducing a new framework to the world of coding education: 4Geeks Academy.5 min, 28 sec read

The truth behind our Part-time education

At 4Geeks we take very seriously the whole deal about how to become a software developer.  There are plenty of options, I know, and there are plenty of opinions, I know. But we have found a lack of argument when talking about the schedule and the methodology brought by the coding program.

Having a coding program that is either part-time or full time, or even online, is not an easy discussion.  The whole product is built around that decision.  It is not – at least it should not be – a marketing approach, but a career approach.   We do not choose Part-time because we know most people have work/things to do; we choose Part-time because we are sure that we are able to build software developers out of our students if we took care of the methodology.

We believe in part-time education, but only if the methodology and the product are designed towards enabling students to become developers without taking their life away for 4-6 months.  Some people say that if you want to become a professional developer, your only choice is a Full-time program [1].  Sorry, but that’s not true.

Wyncode Full- TimeWyncode Part-TimeIronHack Full-TimeWyncode Part-TimeThinkful4Geeks Academy
10 weeks>12 weeks><9 weeks><24 weeks><24 weeks><16 weeks>
Hours of Coding300 hours (6 hours per class day. 5 days a week. 10 weeks: 6*5*10=300)110 up to 150 hours (3 hours per class day, 3times a week + 3 additional hours of work per week: 3*4*12= 144)270 up to 300 hours.

(6 hours per class day. 5 days a week. 9 weeks: 6*5*9=270)

300 hours approx.400 hours; 20-30 hours per week350+ hours; 22 hours per week.
TitleFull Stack Web DeveloperFront-end developerFull Stack Web DeveloperFull Stack Web DeveloperFull Stack Web DeveloperFull Stack Developer
Cost$11,500$4,000$12,000$12,000$8,500$6,000
Immersive?YesNoYesYesYesYes

 

If you are likely to spend your time (every day for several weeks) in a Coding Bootcamp, we are delighted with that decision.  You should do it.  But please, stop saying that the only way to become a software developer (or a web developer at least) is by taking a full-time program.  It’s like saying that Thinkful has been wrong with their online program.  You don’t become a chef just because you eat all day, but, because you cook every day: at 4Geeks you have to write code every day.

Click here to download our syllabus and program details.

The program schedule makes the difference.  Of course, Part-time could not imply only 100 hours of practice.  If so, you are not becoming a developer.  But Part-time, at least in our case, does not refer to that.  Taking a program with a blended education, focusing on a flipped around classroom, with a Mentor/student ratio of 1:7, and based on a Mastery learning process, will enable you to achieve the skills you need to get a job in Tech or to launch your startup.  And that is a Part-time program – our program.

In order to become a developer, you need to commit to – at least – 300 hours of hard work. And, as previously stated, a part-time program does not equate to delivering less or poor content (you are still committing to more than 300 hours of work).  It actually requires a strong product, a well-designed methodology, and the support of technology (Build your own academic platform -LMS-) to achieve the quality expected from the student.

While I write this post, I realize that the conversation shall not be addressed as Part-time vs. Full time programs (Online programs by the way, could be either part-time or full-time as well).  The conversation needs to stop there.  Students should start to ask: Do you need me all day every day?  Or can I actually have a life and also become a developer?  Only after you answer that question, you can choose if you want to have an online program or an in-person program.

[1] https://lighthouselabs.ca/blog/full-time-versus-part-time-which-program-is-for-me

 

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