Here at Cal Poly Extended Education, we want you to grow personally as well as professionally--and that means helping you find a genuinely supportive community of individuals who will be there to encourage you when you’re struggling, and to share in the celebration when you’re not.
So as part of the Cal Poly Extended Education Coding Bootcamp, you’ll find support on all sides--and with a Slack group exclusively for your cohort, dedicated Zoom classrooms for lectures, and a live help forum via our learning management system, you’ll always have a way to access that support.
Our instructors have both experience and training in web development--but more importantly, they’re passionate teachers who want to see their students succeed. They lecture, provide hands-on help during class and in regular office hours, keep the curriculum up to date, and always push students to challenge themselves. Their motto? Trust the process.
Our team of career counselors will join you in the Project Phase of the program, your final ten weeks at Cal Poly Extended Education. Now that you’ve had 20 weeks to concentrate on learning the materials, you’ll begin to prepare for the job search process.
The career development team will help you build your resume, optimize your LinkedIn, learn to pitch yourself, get the hang of networking, and much more. Their work includes both group workshops and one-on-one coaching prior to your finishing the program, and lots of email and Slack check-ins, not to mention one-on-one meetings, once you’re on the job hunt.
Teaching fellows augment the instruction provided by teaching staff. They’re available during class hours to answer technical questions and they also monitor your academic progress, reaching out with encouragement and offering extra help as you move through the program.
Fellows are web developers who have recently completed a coding bootcamp themselves, and who stay on to mentor others, so they can share their own experiences to help you make the most of yours. You couldn’t ask for better role models.
Juggling your current job, school, family relationships, and social obligations can be tough. You have to be disciplined and dedicated, and even then, you’re going to feel overwhelmed at times.
That’s why our Program Leads are here. They’ll check in regularly via Slack and Zoom to see how you’re doing personally and academically, and will be available on class days for scheduled one-on-one meetings. They’ll also arrange community events like guest speakers and online game nights, so you and your classmates can get to know each other better and take much-needed breaks from class.
It’s easy to take this group for granted, but getting to know your Cal Poly Extended Education classmates will be the most rewarding part of your entire experience. That’s why we have such high standards of conduct--because we want to create an environment that welcomes and uplifts everyone. And, as someone learning within that environment, you are the person who’ll benefit most of all.
Remember: Once you finish your coursework, your classmates will be your first industry connections. They’ll be looking for and getting work, just as you will, and you’ll be able to alert each other to job openings, pass on interview process intel, and refer each other for positions both now and when you’re ready for the next opportunity--and the next.