Am I a good fit for the class?
This class requires no prior programming experience, but you will need to be comfortable with computer use (using the internet, downloading software, etc). This program is intended to teach skills needed to be employable as a programmer and is for individuals who are interested in a career in tech. We have also found that students who succeed in the class have a solid foundation in basic math and problem-solving. That is why we have developed a short Problem-Solving Assessment as a part of the application process.
How much time will I need to spend on the class?
Throughout the course, students should expect to spend 40 hours a week in class. While the course is designed to be completable without work outside of class, some students may find that additional work outside of the 40-hour class week may be necessary for their success.
What is the SkillBridge Program?
The SkillBridge program gives active duty service members an opportunity to gain valuable work and training experience during their last 180 days of service. You can read more HERE
How are applicants selected for the course?
When assessing applicants for our learning programs, a number of factors are considered, including passion, drive, application questions, essay questions, aptitude for problem-solving, interest in landing a job in tech, applicant need, and spaces available in the class. As part of the process, we also conduct one-on-one interviews with eligible applicants.
Can I be admitted to the class if I don't do well on the problem-solving assessment?
Yes, though it is less likely. The Problem-Solving Assessment is important because it shows us how applicants approach problems that require logical thinking, which directly relates to a student’s ability to master the material presented in the class.
Can I retake the problem-solving assessment?
Unfortunately, we are unable to allow applicants to retake the Assessment unless they can demonstrate that they experienced technical difficulties that prohibited them from completing it.
I will have to miss several classes throughout the course. Is that ok?
Regular class attendance is required. However, occasional absences are allowed as long as you keep up with the lessons and homework set out in the schedule. Remember, you will need to make up any class time you miss on your own time, and you won’t have the benefit of having your classmates and instructors available to answer your questions. As prior students have found, once you fall behind in class, the fast pace of the curriculum means it quickly becomes very difficult to catch up again.
Are there grades in this class? How do I pass/fail?
This class is graded on a pass/fail basis, with regular assignments and assessments. Enrollment for individual students is reassessed on a rolling basis, and students who have fallen several assignments behind in the course without making significant progress to catch up with the rest of the class may be dropped from the class. Expectations will be clearly explained to students on the first day of class.
Are the jobs I am eligible for after graduation from this program remote?
Most roles sourced by LaunchCode require in-person or hybrid office schedules. You may still be able to find a fully-remote role with your skills but it is less likely through LaunchCode's apprenticeship program.