Q: I am a total novice. What class should I take?
For beginners, start with a Front End course.
Q: How long will it take for me to be earning money as a professional developer?
That depends. Getting paid work as a freelancer isn't terribly difficult, but does require hustle, salesmanship and diligence. Some StartFast Code students begin earning money as developers before they've finished their first 12-week cohort. Getting a regular job (full-time or part-time) will take longer. As a developer, you'll have opportunities locally and also as a remote employee or contractor working for companies headquartered far away from where you live. Each employer has specific criteria and a screening process for new hires. To start, some require that you intern with them at a reduced rate of pay for some time before they take you on as a regular employee. Most are looking for not just technical skills, but a good fit with their team and corporate culture. Landing a steady, full-time job can take several months. Recruiters can sometimes speed up the process, and usually charge the employer, not the job-seeker. You can earn money as a freelancer while you're looking for the right position.
Q: What are classes like?
StartFast Code uses the "flipped classroom" approach. You learn by working on projects. Instructors present material at each class and are there to mentor and encourage your progress, provide context and help you progress.
Q: What makes class at StartFast Code different from an online course?
Online courses are great for getting started, but aren’t meant to train developers for the workplace. Our project-based curriculum, enables you to create a portfolio of code. Our instructors immerse students in the developer community. You won’t just learn languages as standalone skills. You’ll grow as a well-rounded developer. Our focus is giving you the skills you need to earn money as an entry-level developer in the most efficient way possible.
Q: Can I join a StartFast Code cohort if I'm already a developer?
Absolutely. Perhaps you need to update your skills. Maybe you'd like to learn a new language. Perhaps you've got a desire to learn back-end or data visualization. You can begin anywhere in the entire curriculum. You can even jump around and pick and choose your topic. Experienced developers are welcome!
Q: Can I work on my own project in class?
Yes. If you prefer working on your own project to those that are presented in the curriculum itself, we'll do our best to accommodate you. Discuss the details during your post-application interview.
What You Need
Q: Do I need my own computer?
Yes, please bring your own laptop to class every time. For all of our classes, we encourage students to be running the latest version of Mac OS X or a Linux distribution. You may also use a netbook or a machine running Windows.
Q: Do I need to pay for any special software to get started?
We recommend our students use Google Chrome or Firefox, which are downloadable for free.
Q: What if I have to miss a class?
You can come to the next one. There is no penalty for missing a class, but no refund either. With only 12 weeks per cohort, you should make sure you schedule and prioritize your classes.
Q: How can I apply?
Interested students should apply online. Click here to do so now.
Q: How do I secure my spot in a cohort?
An interview is required. To secure your seat, a deposit of $500 is required. Your deposit can be paid online when you've been approved to enroll.
Q: Can I get help with financing?
We offer enrolled students a payment plan in three monthly installments. We accept payments via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Paypal. Loans may be available to you from Paypal Credit, your credit union, your credit card or other means.
Q: If my schedule changes or I decide the course isn’t for me, can I get a refund?
Yes. A student who withdraws for any reason prior to the course’s start date or up to one week into the program receives all monies returned, with the exception of the non-refundable enrollment deposit.
Refunds after the first week will be pro-rated based on the date of withdrawal in the following amounts:
- During Week 2: 75% of total cost less deposit credited.
- During Week 3: 50% of total cost less deposit credited.
- During Week 4: 25% of total cost less deposit credited.
- During Week 5 or any subsequent week: 0% credited.
No refunds or credits will be given after four weeks. Enrollment deposits ($500) are non-refundable.
Note Regarding Financing Options and Payment Plans: Refunds are calculated based on total cost, not amounts paid. For example, if a student withdraws in Week 2 and has only paid 25% of the total course tuition, the student is not entitled to a refund.
Q: Are any scholarships available?
From time to time, based on availability of funding. Preference is given to women, veterans, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Please note your interest when you apply.
Q: Can my employer contribute to my tuition?
Yes! StartFast Code love to work with employers. Please let us know if you'd like us to speak with yours when you apply. Additional information for employers can be found here.
Q: Can StartFast Code help me change careers?
We do our best to mentor you as an entry-level developer and get you ready for your new career. We'll impart the knowledge and skills you need, and give you every opportunity to find paying work. However, we're not an employment agency or service.
Q: Does StartFast Code offer assistance with career placement?While we cannot guarantee job placement for any student, we do provide students with the tools and networking opportunities they need to get hired.
Q: What kind of jobs are available to StartFast Code graduates?
From large corporations to small startups, developers are in demand. Some developers work for themselves. Students can expect to enter the tech industry as entry level web developers, junior front end developers, junior back end developers or freelance web developers, depending on their chosen track and level of dedication to code.
Q: What’s happening on the event calendar?
When we’re not in class, we’re still talking code. Whether it's Hackathons, developer meetups or conferences, there are many opportunities to meet others and network. Syracuse CoWorks and The Tech Garden host workshops, lectures, employer meet & greets, and more events through the year. Check out their pages for more information and to RSVP.
Q: If I’m not a student, can I still come to events ?
Absolutely! We want to give everyone in the Upstate community the chance to learn more about the technology industry. Most events are open to the general public.
Q: Are there any events that are exclusive to members of StartFast Code?
Yes. As members of StartFast Code, you get access to classes, office tours, career development and more.
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Q: Is parking available?
StartFast Code classes are located in downtown Syracuse. Ample paid garage and street parking is available nearby. Street parking becomes free after 6pm.
Q: Is housing available at StartFast Code?
Yes! StartFast Code is a proud supporter of CommonSpace. Live, work, learn and study all in one building. Contact CommonSpace for details.