Some people start their tech careers in the lecture halls of a college computer science course. Others have the appeal, but require a less conventional approach.
If you dream of a career in tech, but prefer crash courses to ivy-covered walls — or if your interests have changed since graduating, or traditional schooling is too expensive — then a bootcamp coding might be what you’re looking for.
Whether virtual, in-person, or somewhere in between, these Pittsburgh coding bootcamps could be the start of a new career. You don’t need experience to join most programs, and for some programs you don’t even have to pay – you just need to be willing to learn.
This list is in development, following our 2021 edition. Did we miss any currently active Pittsburgh coding bootcamps? Email [email protected]
- Duration — 12 weeks
- Cost – Pay $10,000 upfront or 10% of a graduate’s income for 24 months
- Applications — Fall semesters begin September 19
The Pittsburgh branch of this national organization, headquartered at 901 Pennsylvania Ave., offers distance and in-person courses in Java, C#, HTML, CSS, and SQL. He is also committed to finding employment after graduation and hosts Pittsburgh’s #learntocode meetup, which offers free events and workshops for coders of all skill levels.
- Duration — Between 14 and 30 weeks depending on whether the student is in a part-time or full-time program
- Cost – $15,950 with scholarships, grants, and revenue-sharing agreements available
- Applications – Due dates vary depending on the time of year, with the next cohort starting September 12
This local branch of a national program based in New York currently offers courses in cybersecurity, computer support, and software engineering. It expanded to Pittsburgh in 2021 in partnership with TEKsystemsa technology services provider that has declared its intention to hire Per Scholars classes to work in Pittsburgh’s growing technology industry.
- Duration — 15 weeks
- No cost
- Applications – August 15 for Cybersecurity and September 12 for Information Technology and Software Engineering
- Duration — 20 weeks
- No cost
- Applications — The next open cycle begins in October 2023
General Assembly is a national program with a virtual Pittsburgh option that offers courses in data science, UX design, software engineering, and digital marketing. Currently, bootcamp courses are online with a part-time or full-time option.
- Duration — 12 weeks
- Cost – $15,950 for full tuition or payment through a revenue-sharing agreement with monthly installments after graduation
- Applications – Fall courses start August 22 and September 6
This national program aims to close the gender gap in technology with free classes for students in grades 3-12 that help them learn coding skills. Pittsburgh Technical College hosts a year-round virtual club open to students in grades 6-12. During the school year, public and private schools can create clubs for interested students, and during the summer, high school students can hone their coding skills while exploring possible careers in technology. Additionally, women and non-binary college and graduate students are eligible to create chapters on their campuses, which can offer internship assistance, interview and career preparation programs, and career pipelines. direct hiring.
- Duration — Club durations are based on the school calendar. Four-week sessions in the fall and nine-week sessions in the winter.
- Applications – Some clubs and camps require registration, and chapters require funding applications, which are submitted between August 2 and October 17.
- Cost — Clubs are free; summer camps charge tuition but could offer scholarships to participants who need them; and college and young professional programs are free
The STEM Coding Lab is a Pittsburgh nonprofit that seeks to help children from low-income backgrounds learn computer skills in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. In after-school programs, online, or during school hours, K-12 students can learn computer science, robotics, and website design and development.
- Duration — After-school programs and in-class courses are based on the school calendar. During the summer, three two-week summer camp sessions are offered.
- Cost — Free or low cost
- Nominations — None
If any of these local options aren’t for you, consider these national and virtual programs:
Atiya Irvin-Mitchell is a 2022-2023 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by Heinz endowments. -30-