Chicago Codes is a tuition free, paid training program launched by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and powered by Coding Dojo. The program begins with an 11-week coding bootcamp offered tuition free with training stipends and additional support available. Afterwards, graduates are placed into paid internships before moving on to full-time employment.
This immersive approach to learning provides students with the necessary skills to pursue a career in software development, learning to program Python within the Django framework.
Anyone can take this program, irrespective of gender, age, occupation, or how tech savvy you are currently. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Individuals must be:
At least 18 years of age
Proficient in English
Have passed their GED or High School Diploma
Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 11 weeks, we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient software developer, with the critical skills to get a career in tech.
Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient developer. In 11 weeks, you’ll learn Python, one of the most in demand stacks in the industry and have a portfolio to show prospective employers.
Expect to dedicate 40 hours/week on campus and an additional 20 hours working remotely on projects and course material. This will be the most rewarding, yet difficult thing you’ve ever done.
After graduation, you’ll start a paid internship with a local firm to gain experience before jumping into the job hunt with our career services support.
Prepare for the job hunt with our career service team.
In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity or a combination of all 3.
You’ll have access to our custom-built online learning platform, which includes volumes of video tutorials, readings and quizzes for independent studying.
Your ability to pick up new technologies and frameworks doesn’t stop after class. The platform provides 24/7 access to your bootcamp curriculum.
Starting from day 1, you’ll have full access to your Python bootcamp curriculum, which includes course content, video walkthroughs, projects, assignments, and more.
Python is one of the most in-demand programming languages in the industry. It is favored by companies such as Groupon, Uber and Uptake. Python is easy to learn, write and read. It’s a great starting programming language for beginners, and is easy to pick up for experienced developers. Despite its simplicity, Python’s growing job demand and technical versatility are everything but ordinary.
Whether you’re applying for your first job or you’re transitioning industries, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, and comprehensive job-hunting workshops.
The goal of admissions is to make sure you’re ready for the challenges of the program, and that Chicago Codes is the right fit for you. We look for motivation, how well you work with others, and perseverance.
Once you complete your application, we’ll do a Skills Assessment to understand your level of tech knowledge, and determine the amount of prep work you might need to do before class starts. This assessment will be factored into our admissions decision.
This is followed by an interview with one of our community managers, before we make the final admissions decision.
optional, but highly recommended
Our sponsors are two of the world’s leading tech companies, an illustrious nonprofit, and Chicago government organizations.