Kelly Chess

If you’re looking for a challenge and you want your career to be a creative outlet, this bootcamp is a good jumpstart into the inventive world of computer programming. LEARN academy will introduce you to the popular technologies used by many companies (Git, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, SQL, RSpec, Ruby, and Rails) and give you the space to create webpages and web applications with motivated peers. A big plus with LEARN is that they’re well connected in the programming industry so you’re exposed to meeting a lot of developers from around the world. Also, you’re given real world coding experience by being placing into an internship at the end of the program. I was apart of LEARN academy’s third cohort. As many of my classmates and instructors would say, we looked forward to (almost) every day ????

Debbie Espino

LEARN was the best decision I’ve made EVER! Quitting my full time job was the hardest part, but once I realized how much there is to learn, and grow, it was literally the best decision I’ve made. I had a career in a non-technical background and tried to learn something totally new. It was my turn to take my career into my hands and physically change it for the better. You can go to code school for many reasons, but at the end of the day, you are learning invaluable skills to put in your tool box. The best part is that those tools can be used in so many different capacities, that it’s really up to you to run with it in any which way you want. Example: Software engineer, Web Developer, Email Developer, Marketing, Technical Support, Technical Evangelist…and the list goes on. Skies the limit. LEARN teaches you how to learn new skills on top of learning HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, and much more. I appreciate the staff being so supportive, and the other students who make the whole journey a lot of fun. The plus side is the LEARN community of alumni, students, mentors, and companies. It’s a win win.

Steven McFarlane

I had been programming as a hobby and to help in my profession as an internet marketer for several years and wanted to switch to programming as my career. After a lot of searching for a bootcamp to help with this change in career I found LEARN in San Diego. It appealed to me for a few reasons. I wanted to move back to the San Diego area where I grew up, the bootcamp focused on full stack development which was what I wanted to do, and it was less expensive than the other bootcamps I was looking at and applying to.

Mina Chuong

What mattered to me the most were the people. I found out about LEARN from attending an SD Ruby Meetup. One of the people, Rob Kaufman (co-founder of LEARN) was giving a talk that broke things down in a way that made it easy for me understand how parts of Rails functioned. That was huge because at that time, I did not have a clear idea of what Rails was. I think it also says a lot about how LEARN is so heavily involved in the San Diego Tech scene. The lead instructor of my cohort was influential with his style of instruction. It was not so much the learning of languages and how to use a framework but the building of good programming habits (both technical and with concern to general programmer happiness). Instruction had more to do with learning to think and communicate like a programmer. Without the insights of Lisa (the outreach coordinator) and Chelsea (CEO), the transition to becoming a software developer personally would have been stifling. I’ve been working as a junior software developer now for about five months and to this day, I find myself with so much gratitude for this community of great people.

LeaAnn Bradford

I attended LEARN academy from July 2016 to November 2016. I looked into the various bootcamps here in San Diego and the internship that is part of the curriculum set LEARN apart from other bootcamps. I can’t say enough about how awesome my experience was. It was very challenging, but at the same time it was manageable.

Bob Dennett

At a time in my life where I was ready for a big change, I came to LEARN, and it was the best decision I have ever made! Everyone from the staff to my classmates were nothing short of top notch thank you all so much!

Jeff Olen

As part of the first Learn cohort I was uncertain of what to expect, in retrospect it was the best decision I could have made. Quite aside from the great curriculum, the experience was awesome. The sense of belonging and camaraderie made all the difference. Many thanks to Chelsea and Rob!

Greg Foreman

Through a concrete curriculum, extremely strong network, public speaking opportunities, and intensive job prep LEARN helped me land my first job as a developer within a week after my internship. Even after graduation, LEARN continues to provide me with tools to get out of my head and get into the world and make an impact through extended education opportunities at meetups and various networking events.

Joshua Cumpian

Attending LEARN Academy was one of the best, most satisfying decisions I’ve ever made for the growth of my career. I spent a few months researching the coding bootcamp I wanted to attend. I remember scouring the internet for reviews on every possible bootcamp. Some seemed too focused on just shoving people through the curriculum or not being worth the money in one way or another. Online bootcamps seemed way too shady and disconnected from the student when this is something where a student NEEDS a mentor to help them get unstuck. Learning on your own can be done, but can take two years when a person could attend a good bootcamp and get it done in 3 months and pay it off before those ‘would of been two years’ are over, and now you have a job and experience already before you would of gotten your first job. Every day I attended LEARN I was completely satisfied with my experience. The instructors and owners care about the success that you want to get out of it and will do their best to help you reach your short term and long term goals. If you request additional help, the instructors will without hesitation help you during lunch or after class. They truly care about the student – especially the student who takes their choice to attend seriously. It’s hard to help someone who doesn’t pay attention in the first place, or who doesn’t put any effort in. There is a lot of hard working successful students that come out of LEARN that land in awesome jobs that wouldn’t be possible if they hadn’t attended LEARN. If a person does the suggested pre-course work, attends LEARN, works hard to understand the material everyday, asks questions about what they don’t understand, there’s no doubt that they will land an awesome job and career. A person should go into the school humble, willing to constantly learn (because that’s what a developers life will be), and to take it serious. You will get out of it what you put into it. I would gladly answer any questions about my experience and recommend it to anyone who wants to be a developer. A coding bootcamp won’t hold your hand as they magically transfer skills into your brain. But they give you the network of people you need, the environment you need, the mentors you need, the internship you need to get some experience, the encouragement you need, and the right direction you need to be successful.

Christina Buster

The community at Learn! is extremely supportive and helpful throughout the bootcamp as well as you enter the job force. It is an amazing environment!

David Donahue

Even after finishing LEARN Academy’s web development boot camp, the owners, instructors and staff welcome us alumni back with open arms. They have an open door policy when it comes to using the space and resources to work on freelance or personal projects as well as career services to help with resumé writing, employment searches and interview prep. This is a place run by people who truly care about your success!

Bryan Oster

I made the decision to pay the tuition and get through the 16-week JavaScript Web Developer Coding Bootcamp at LEARN, and see what’s what. Why? Because I knew that it was something that I wanted to do before I left this Earth. I’m not (too) old, and I’m not sick, but if not now then when? When I’m 70? Sure, maybe, but stars had aligned and it was time. So I pay, and I go, and I graduate and now it’s late on a Sunday night and I’m typing into my laptop when I should be doing a million other things, but I wanted to write this review so others could know…..that I loved it, and though I am still on my journey to become a software developer, I know in my brain and in my heart that it was the right decision for me.