Rockit – Phoenix
**Note: It is unclear whether Rockit will continue to offer bootcamps or courses. Its parent company, Apollo Education Group, which owns University of Phoenix, which offers the Rockit bootcamp, announced in June that it was experiencing financial difficulties. The Rockit website blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account show no new entries beyond July of 2015 (last checked was Nov. 2015).
Rockit’s fall 2015 bootcamps are graduating as planned, and Demo Day and Career Fairs are scheduled. Rockit will have graduated five or six cohorts (each a group of up to 20) by the end of 2015, with very good reviews (see below). **
Each bootcamp group will have no more than 20 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of approximately 6:1.
The course is a a non-credit program of University of Phoenix, and is approved as a “vocational offering by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education”.
The website states: “We believe that bootcamps – intense, focused and cost effective – are the future of education. We are industry professionals passionate about teaching. Our mission is to help people begin, change or upgrade their career.
“Our pilot bootcamp focused on full-stack web development. With the help of our Partner Employers, we developed a curriculum around the technical and soft skills that they wanted. We offered resume-building, mock interviews and a job fair.”
Full-Time Web Development
Rockit’s Full-Time Web Development bootcamp runs for 12 weeks, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The focus is hands-on, using actual company examples and projects. The website shows the lessons week by week. Along with the many code languages and systems, there are “soft skills” lessons built in to the program, including “Think like a Developer”, “Work in a Dev Team”, “Job Search Tactics” and mock interviews for various roles. The bootcamp teaches skills needed to be an entry level web developer.
There is an application process and acceptance is dependent on an interview and completion of a some introductory projects.
Part-Time Front-End Web Development
A newer offering, first planned for July of 2015, the Part-Time Front-End Web Development course runs for 10 weeks and meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Like the full-time course, this one is hands-on and project-based. The website description indicates this course is perfect for beginners, and anyone who wants to know how to build an interactive website.
The part-time course also has an application, interview, and introductory projects completion requirements for acceptance.
The minimum age for enrolling in any bootcamp or course is 15.
See the Events page for upcoming full-time bootcamps and part-time courses.
Tuition for the full-time bootcamp is $8,000. The part-time course’s tuition is $3,200.
There is a payment plan offered for those enrolled in a full-time bootcamp, with $3,000 paid prior to the start, $1,000 due on the 1st of the 6th month after the start of the bootcamp, $2,000 due on the 1st day of the 8th month after the start of the bootcamp, and the $2000 Final payment due on the 1st day of the 10th month after the start of the bootcamp.
In June of 2015, after being a sponsor of the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, Rockit offered a full scholarship to cover the tuition for the September, 2015 bootcamp. The announcement didn’t specifically indicate that the scholarship was for women only, but any applicant must be a member of one of the following associations: Girls in Tech, Girl Develop It, or Women Who Code.
Kristin Dragos‘ April 21, 2015 post on her website Journey Through Code, describes her satisfaction with the Rockit curriculum, and states that within a couple weeks of graduating, many in her cohort had already received job offers, and she had received two, with additional requests for interviews from employers. She had previously done some work on Code Academy and Code School, but credits her hands-on work at Rockit with the official launch of her coding career.
Rockit received excellent reviews on Course Report.
A March 10, 2015 article by Tami Hoey on azfamily.com includes a quote from Keith Konetzni of the Apollo Group, “We’ve had 26 graduates come through the program, of which 23 got jobs right away,” says Konetzni. “On average, they’re getting paid $15,000 more in their new career.”
An April 29, 2015 post on Girls in Tech mentions two additional female Rockit students who landed work shortly after graduating.
@ROCKIT_BOOTCAMP Twitter statement reads: “Learn to Code – Launch Your Career”
Rockit Insights blog
Rockit Bootcamp Facebook page reads: “Rockit is an immersive, 12‐week bootcamp in web development. The full‐time program focuses on building hands‐on skills using real world examples & projects”
Two+ minute video posted to Facebook highlighting instructors and students. High percentage of women shown in attendance.