Have you ever noticed how time flies when you’re having fun? It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through our first cohort in Philadelphia! On behalf of our group of instructors, and our career services staff, we’d like to thank the Philadelphia’s tech community for such a warm welcome. . After a few visits and based on what I’ve been seeing in our Slack chat activity, the students we graduating from our inaugural course will be a welcomed and capable addition to our 500+ alumni. We’re grateful to them most of all, as they took a big leap with us to be pioneers in the Philadelphia tech community, and they're making the news already. Yesterday we were honored to be a feature story on CBS 3's Morning news:
They’re off to such a great start, and as we head into the creation of their small group projects and breakable toy portfolio projects, it’s an exciting time to catch a glimpse into what they can do, along with some insight on the Launch Academy experience.
It's been more than three years since the start of our first cohort in 2013. In those three years, we've empowered hundreds of graduates with the skills they need to take on a new career in programming. To date, we've placed well over 90% of our job-seekers in full-time positions. Now, we're bringing this jawn to Philly!
Here's Dan to tell you a bit more about it:
Want to be a trailblazing member of the very first cohort in Philly? We'll have lots of news in the next few weeks, so enter your email at the bottom of this page (in the "Get Updated" box) so you can stay up-to-date as the program develops. For now, here's what we can tell you:
The obvious reason is because the technology landscape in the Philadelphia area is exploding and there aren't many non-traditional educational options (read: bootcamps) to serve the growing need for knowledgable programmers in the area. But we picked Philadelphia for reasons that go beyond market demand. Philly is a natural fit for us. Like Boston, it's a big city with a neighborhood feel; a place that values substance over flash, where residents are proud of the things that make the city uniquely theirs.
1701 Walnut St, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Inside Benjamin's Desk.
For three years, we've been continuously refining the on-campus experience in Boston, and the Philly cohort will be the direct beneficiary of everything we've learned in the last three years. From a curricular standpoint, the course content, structure, and teaching philosophy will be exactly the same as it is in Boston. The student experience, however, will be a bit different. The cohort will be significantly smaller, meaning students will benefit from an absurd amount of individual interaction with our Experience Engineers (a fancy title for our instructors).
Most of the instructors will be veteran Experience Engineers from Boston, but we also plan on tapping into the talented pool of local senior developers to round out the Philly staff.
Our goal for the initial classes is 4:1, then scale to 7:1.
The admissions process will be exactly the same as it is for our Boston bootcamp. You'll submit an application, schedule an interview, and have an acceptance decision within a few days. The enrollment process will be the same as well.
Yes. We'll be offering financing plans through Skills Fund just as we do for our Boston program. We still need to dot a few i's and cross some t's with state regulators before we can accept financing applications, but financing will be available before Ignition starts.
We expect Philly graduates to be at least as successful as our Boston graduates (93% placement rate), and given that students in Philly will have a more favorable student:teacher ratio, we have every reason to believe that graduates from our first Philadelphia cohort will see our highest placement rate ever.