Coding bootcamps are a life changing educational experience. However, let’s face it, they’re expensive. Many people can’t afford them. If you research coding bootcamps around the country, you’ll find that the average cost is about $12,000. The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps are an affordable option by comparison, so much so that we often get students attending our bootcamp who are from other states, but it still costs more than the average Albuquerque resident can afford. How is it then that at least half of Deep Dive Coding students are from low income households? It’s all about providing ACCESS.
Thanks to a strong partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Deep Dive Coding has the ability to provide access to Bernalillo County residents, especially those from low income households, persons of color, parents of young children, particularly if they live in the Albuquerque South Valley. To learn more about how to qualify, please visit the Financial Assistance page on our website.
For those who apply and are accepted into the program and identified as being eligible for Kellogg resources, access means multiple things. The first step in obtaining access is covering the tuition. The Kellogg Access Funds committee will determine whether each applicant is eligible for Access Funds. Approved applicants will be granted full or partial tuition assistance to attend one of three Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps.
Tuition access is not enough. Many students face other struggles while attending the bootcamps. Two of our bootcamps are fulltime, so students can’t work. Part of the reason that applicants meet with the committee is to talk about how the student can afford to do this. How can someone from a low income household who isn’t working afford to focus on coding for 10–12 weeks? One way we can help is with child care costs. With resources from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we can pay child care costs. Don’t have a laptop? We have resources to buy you one. Can’t pay the electric bill this month? We have resources to help with that. Struggling to keep up with course assignments? We can hire a technical coach to work with you. Not every student qualifies for every resource, but the potential is there to make sure that life’s distractions don’t prevent you from being successful.
What about after the bootcamp? Our Kellogg eligible participants can get some assistance there as well. We have funding to pay an employer half of $2000 per month for three months as an internship salary. Many of the students who have had this opportunity so far were hired by the company they worked with after their three-month internship. Interested in starting your own business? Deep Dive Coding and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation strongly encourage entrepreneurship. We can subsidize the cost of your first contract, so that a client gets a break on the cost and is more willing to take a chance on you.
The resources provided by the W.K. Kellogg foundation have changed the lives of many of our students who never thought they could have an opportunity like this. If you or someone you know are interested in learning in-demand job skills, but don’t think you can afford it, you might be in luck. Apply today at deepdivecoding.com. We’re changing lives and diversifying the landscape of computer programmers and web developers in Albuquerque, and there are more opportunities to be had.