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Frequently Asked Questions


Financial:

How much do classes cost?

  • Part-time class: (Full Stack JavaScript Evening)
    • $4995 Tuition*:
    • *We encourage early registration for classes! If you complete your application process and are accepted into the program no later than April 17 or May 29, you may qualify for early bird discounts.

      We are excited to offer financing through our partnership with Climb Credit. Climb offers financing for your tuition over a 3.5 year period, although you can pay off your loan early without any penalties. When you are accepted into our program, you can apply for approval. Most applicants find out if they qualify the same day they apply.

  • Full-time class: (Full Stack JavaScript Immersion)
    • $7995 Tuition*:
    • *We encourage early registration for classes! If you complete your application process and are accepted into the program no later than February 27 or April 3, you may qualify for early bird discounts.

      We are excited to offer financing through our partnership with Climb Credit. Climb offers financing for your tuition over a 3.5 year period, although you can pay off your loan early without any penalties. When you are accepted into our program, you can apply for approval. Most applicants find out if they qualify the same day they apply.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, check, or PayPal for all classes.

Do you have scholarships and/or financing available for your classes?

YES!

Scholarships – If you are seeking financial assistance, scholarships might be available to assist you in your class completion and job search efforts after completion through our community partner WorkSource. Contact Amy Pontius, Career Specialist (apontius@pcc.edu). For more information, download this informational overview. There is an application process to determine eligibility, so if you're interested, contact Amy right away to see if you qualify!

Financing Options – We are excited to offer financing through our partnership with Climb Credit. Climb offers financing for your tuition over a 3.5 year period, although you can pay off your loan early without any penalties. When you are accepted into our program, you can apply for approval. Most applicants find out if they qualify the same day they apply.

JavaScript Immersion Class financing information.

JavaScript Evening Class financing information.

Can I use Stafford Loans, VA benefits, or GI Bill to pay for classes?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept federal financial aid at this time.

Job Placement:

Am I guaranteed a job at end of the program?

No. However, students who attend Portland Code School for the purpose of getting their first development job have a high degree of success.

Our classes emphasize job-readiness and teach you skills professional developers use every day.

In addition, we work with several placement agencies to get you employed. Portland Code School and its partners help students with interview coaching, resumé building, and networking within Portland’s tech community.

What percentage of your immersion students get jobs?

With the exception of the cohort that had their showcase event in late December 2014, our immersion students are 100% placed (out of those seeking dev jobs).

In addition to providing our own job-readiness activites (company tours, mock technical interviews, etc.), we work with several staffing agencies to help get you employed.

General:

There are so many ways to learn programming online. Why should I go to Portland Code School?

It's true that there are many resources online to help you learn to program, many of which are free! So why should you attend Portland Code School?

At Portland Code School, we provide you with a classroom experience that can't be duplicated by online or remote learning. We emphasize project-based learning, pair programming, and provide one-on-one access to instructors. Many of our students have tried to learn online, and found that having experienced developers to ask questions, and a cohort of learners they can rely on, are essential to making the leap from programming hobbyist to professional developer.

For more information about the experience we provide, see our student benefits, or contact us.

Who are your instructors and support staff?

Portland Code School is committed to providing our students with faculty and staff who can help you achieve your goals. Our instructors are working tech professionals and educators. Meet the team!

What if I have never coded before?

That’s perfectly fine. Our Web Foundations Series is designed to get you the technical skills needed to be accepted into any of our advanced classes. Those skills include HTML, CSS, version control (specifically git), collaborative workflows using GitHub, how to use the Chrome Developer Tools, and Sublime Text. If you do not yet possess those skills, we recommend enrolling in our Web Foundations Series class.

Which class is best for me?

This is a great question, and is highly dependent on your personal learning and career goals. We recommend checking our course descriptions and contacting us to help you get a better idea of what skills you’ll get out of each class, and which class will best meet your needs.

What is the difference between Full-Stack JavaScript Evening vs. Immersion?

In a word, scheduling! We want to accommodate the varying schedules and learning styles of our students.

For students who are self-directed, work a day job, or who prefer evening classes for personal reasons, we offer the Full-Stack JavaScript Evening Class. The evening class meets two nights each week for three hours a night, as well as one Saturday per month. Students are expected to study for about 3 hours outside of class for every hour in class (about 18 hours per week outside of class). Instructors and TAs hold office hours (open labs) every day of the week that class is not held (except Fridays). Furthermore, students are provided full access to Portland Code School facilities during school hours (M-F, 9am - 9pm + most Saturdays). This class runs for a full 18 weeks.

We offer the Full-Stack JavaScript Immersion Class for students who want more dedicated instruction time during regular daytime hours. The class meets from 9 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday for 13 weeks. This class provides over 500 hours of dedicated instruction time, weekly tours of tech companies, job readiness training with professional recruiters, and a project showcase event shortly after graduation.

What happens if I can't keep up, or if I find that programming is not for me?

We highly recommend taking our Web Development Primer class if you would like a low-risk introduction to programming.

Our classes provide an accelerated learning program, so you should be prepared to treat your time at Portland Code School like a professional job. If you do find that our classes are too much for you, or that programming is simply not your thing, then we will pro-rate any remaining tuition.

When do classes start?

Please check our calendar for the start dates for each class, or the class descriptions for the next time each class is offered.

Still Have Questions?

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