Choose your "Ticket Into Tech"...right here in SLO!

Average starting wages
after OJT
Phase 1
Pre-apprenticeship
Phase 2
Apprenticeship
Phase 3
Paid On-the-job training (OJT)
Become a software developer $50,000 to $75,000/year Bootcamp Prep
New online session
CLASS STARTED AUG 15
Coding Bootcamp @
Fullstack Academy in SLO
Sept 21- Feb 15
FINANCING AVAILABLE
including cost of living
1 year
(starting in February 2019)
Become a software test technician $18 to $22/hour Bootcamp Prep
New online session
CLASS STARTED AUG 15
Software Testing Bootcamp
8 weeks
Bootcamp is FREE
(Sep 24 - Nov 21)
1 year
(starting in December 2018)
Become an IT technician $18 to $22/hour IT Technician Prep
4 weeks
(July 10 - Aug 3)
SOLD OUT!
IT Technician
Bootcamp
4 weeks
(Aug 6 - Aug 31)SOLD OUT!
1 year
(starting in September 2018)
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WANT TO BECOME A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER?

Program Overview

Why was this program created?
In 7 years, the major private employer that contributes nearly a billion dollars to the county’s economy, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, will be closing. We must start today to create a more skilled workforce to enable economic growth in higher paying jobs in San Luis Obispo county. The purpose of the SLO Partners apprenticeship program is to create a career path and not just a job. We “screen for attitude and train for the aptitude”.

What type of students are you looking for?
Our primary focus is students with a great attitude and an openness to learn tech skills. We don’t require existing tech skills. Targeted students range from recent high school graduates, Community College students, Cal Poly graduates wanting to stay in SLO but needing a different career path to land a job here to mom’s wanting to re-enter the workforce to veterans.

 

What are the three phases of the Ticket Into Tech program?

Phase 1 is “pre-apprenticeship”.  In this phase a large number of people are exposed to the key curriculum (IT technology or coding skills) and from the group taking part in the pre-appenticeship classes a smaller group will be chosen to proceed to phase 2,

 

Phase 2 is the “apprenticeship” coursework. In this phase additional coursework is provided that enable the apprentice to have the core skills required to proceed to phase 3 and begin their work experience.

 

Phase 3 is the 1 year of paid “on-the-job training” with a local employer.

 

What local companies currently have apprentices?

 

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Phase 1: Pre-Apprenticeship

What classes are provided for the pre-apprenticeship?

The focus for the first phase, “Pre-Apprenticeship”, is exposing the student to basic software development and determine if the student likes software development and is good at it.

Two approaches are provided to teach the basic software development principles.

(1) An 8 week course taught by CodeSLO on Monday through Thursday evenings beginning July 16 is now sold out.  Details on the class can be found here.

(2) We recommend the Fullstack Academy “Bootcamp Prep” program for everyone not able to get in to the CodeSLO 8 week program.  It starts with a 10 hour self paced intro to JavaScript concepts and an assessment at the end.  If the student passes the assessment they will be invited to take part in the “Bootcamp Prep In a Month” class that is a remote class over 3.5 weeks.  The 3.5 week classes start on August 15th.

Both the CodeSLO and the Fullstack Academy “Bootcamp Prep” sequence are designed to prepare the student be accepted to the Immersive program in SLO.

 

Where will the class take place?
The 8 week CodeSLO course takes place at the SLO County Office Education offices (across the street from Cuesta College)

The Fullstack Academy “Bootcamp Prep” sequence is a live online course.

What are the hours for the class?

The CodeSLO class is Monday through Thursday, 5:30pm till 7:30pm.

The Fullstack Academy Bootcamp Prep class is Monday through Thursday, 6:45pm till 9:45pm.

We want to enable our students to continue their day job over the summer.

 

Are there any prerequisites for the initial class?

None for the CodeSLO class.  For the Fullstack Academy Bootcamp Prep class a 10-hour pre-work is required.

Does attending Bootcamp Prep for the pre-apprenticeship guarantee admission into the apprenticeship and the immersive program?

No.  Both of the pre-apprenticeship course ready you for the technical portion of the apprenticeship admissions process (administered by Fullstack Academy), but completion of either course does not guarantee acceptance to our Software Engineering Immersive apprenticeship in SLO.

 

What is the refund policy for the CodeSLO 8 week class?

A $399 deposit is required from students attending this course. Everyone who completes all eight weeks with at least 90% attendance and takes the FullStack admissions assessment will get this deposit back in full through the Eventbrite refund request. Attendees will pay the fees associated with the processing to hold the deposit which is 1% of the ticket price + $0.99 per paid ticket. Forfeited deposits will be considered donations to SLO Partners and used to support scholarships for Apprenticeship programs.
Refunds may be requested up to September 7, 2018. You can expect to receive the funds within 5-7 business days, depending on your bank. The Eventbrite default refund policies do not fit well with 8 week events. Please ignore the sidebar refund policy statement which states “Refunds up to 7 days before event”.

For more on requesting refunds https://www.eventbrite.com/support/articles/en_US/How_To/can-i-get-a-refund?lg=en_US

 

What is the refund policy for the Fullstack Academy Bootcamp Prep 3.5 week class? 

A $250 deposit is required from students attending this course. Everyone who completes the course with at least 90% attendance and takes the Fullstack Academy admissions assessment will will get this deposit back in full. You’ll pay the deposit when you register for Bootcamp Prep.

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Phase 2: Apprenticeship

After completion of either the CodeSLO or Fullstack Academy pre-apprenticeship classwork students interested in proceeding with the 18 week Immersive programthey must complete the application process.  The Immersive class will begin with the 4 week “Foundations” coursework on September 21st.

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Where will the class take place?
At the SLO County Office Education offices (across the street from Cuesta College)

What are the hours for the class?

Stage 1 is “Foundations” which is online.  Foundations starts on Sept 21st.  Foundations is a 20-30 hour per week prep course that you will take remotely for the first 5 weeks. You will work through the Foundations material on your own pace, to get ready for the live portion of the immersive that starts in week 6.

Stage 2 is the immersive in-person program.  The program has a Monday-Friday schedule each week (5 days per week) during the live portion.  The in-person classes take place from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday from October 29th to February 15th.

Are there any prerequisites for the class?

Yes.  You must be invited to attend based on your coding skills gained in the pre-apprenticeship phase.

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Phase 3: On-The-Job Training

Will I get paid in the during the on-the-job training?

Yes!  Every three months your pay will increase during the year of training as you gain practical skill to build on the phase 1 and phase 2 coursework.

 

What type of company could I be working for?

In our first round of apprenticeship we partnered with 18 local companies and are adding additional companies.

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Tuition, Financing and Scholarships

Financing options, lending partners for coding school tuition

For financing options, we partner with Skills Fund a student lending companies that offer loans for coding school tuition.  Skills Fund has the highest loan approval ratings and the best interest rates. If you go to this link: https://fullstackacademyslo.skills.fund/ you’ll find all the information you need to know about procuring financial assistance, as well as a useful calculator where you can see what your monthly payment would be based on how much you borrow and the loan term.

Financing available through Skills Fund. Full tuition can be as low as $398.11 /mo. Up to $6,500 for cost of living coverage above and beyond tuition loans are available.

Fullstack Academy & Skills Fund from Skills Fund on Vimeo.

 

We also have just under $90,000 of scholarships available.

Two full- and two half-tuition scholarships to our immersive program.

The scholarships are for recent graduates (two years or less) from San Luis Obispo County public high schools. Details here.

 

One full- and two half-tuition scholarships to our Immersive Program.

Softec – Women In Tech Scholarship. We’ve partnered with this amazing organization to provide more opportunities to increase the number of women in tech. One full tuition scholarship and two 50% tuition scholarships.  Details here.

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More Info On Coding Bootcamps and Fullstack Academy

Why was Fullstack Academy chosen to run the coding bootcamp in SLO?

Fullstack tops the rankings in student experience and career success.  Course Report has a large number of student reviews.

Another key factor is Fullstack has been in business for 5 years.  They’ve trained more than a thousand developers, and have grown from just the co-founders in a classroom to a staff of nearly 50.  The co-founders of Fullstack are huge supporters of pairing their coding bootcamp with one year of on-the-job training. Our Ticket Into Tech program will pilot this pairing.

 

What are employers’ attitudes on coding bootcamps?

Take a look at “What Do Employers Think Of Coding Bootcamp Grads”.

 

What will your salary be after coding bootcamp? 

Take a look at “Data Dive: Salary After Coding Bootcamp“.

 

What type of jobs do Fullstack grads get?

Take a look at “Recent Alumni Employers

 

Why is the Fullstack curriculum based on JavaScript?

Take a look at “Why JavaScript is THE language for developers“.

 

What makes an immersive coding school best in class?

Take a look at “Fullstack’s Recipe For Success: Quality Over Quantity“.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCING TO BECOME A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER?

Financing available (tuition and cost of living)

What financing is available?

Skills.Fund is the financing partner.  Check out their Ticket Into Tech page here.

 

Can I get cost of living financing with Skills.Fund in addition to tuition?

Yes. Borrow for tuition and up to $6,500 for cost of living.  Check out their Ticket Into Tech page here.

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Three scholarships available

What scholarships are available?

  1. Recent High School Graduates
  2. Softec – More Women in Tech
  3. Ada Lovelace (Needs Based Women in Tech)

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What the steps to apply for the scholarship?

Application Process

Along with completing the online application forms, you are required to submit a themed portfolio of creative work that showcases your hobbies and interests, along with a brief written submission explaining why you aspire to become a coder. You may use any media of choice for your themed portfolio submission (e.g. an illustration, short film, animation, storyboard, comic book, app, photography, creative writing, etc). The theme for your portfolio submission will be “My life as a Coder”.

 

Selection

The scholarship program winners will be judged on criteria including:

  • Creativity
  • Personality
  • Engagement with tech space

Applicant will need to go through (at least) 2 interviews:

  • General admissions interview with the Fullstack Admissions Officer based on your online application form
  • Scholarship interview with a panel based on scholarship submission
  • Tiebreaker interview (if necessary)

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What are the Terms and Conditions for the Scholarships?

  • All scholarship applications must be original works and created entirely by the scholarship applicant.
  • The scholarship is not transferable to other people or other educational institutions.
  • The scholarship is not exchangeable for cash, and the scholarship winner is not entitled to any monetary refund under any circumstances.
  • SLO Partners will retain full discretion over the scholarship assessment and awarding process, and no appeal process may be entered into
  • This scholarship does not cover the cost of software, consumables, stationery, accommodation, or other costs that may be necessary to undertake Fullstack Academy courses.
  • SLO Partners accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected entries.
  • All portfolio submissions submitted become the property of SLO Partners.
  • Each scholarship applicant guarantees the right to transfer these works to SLO Partners. SLO Partners may use application materials submitted in any way and medium.
  • SLO Partners reserves the right not to award the scholarship if no entry meets its judging criteria.

WANT TO BECOME A SOFTWARE TEST TECHNICIAN?

Program Overview

Program Overview

Why was this program created?
In 7 years, the major private employer that contributes nearly a billion dollars to the county’s economy, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, will be closing. We must start today to create a more skilled workforce to enable economic growth in higher paying jobs in San Luis Obispo county. The purpose of the SLO Partners apprenticeship program is to create a career path and not just a job. We “screen for attitude and train for the aptitude”.

What type of students are you looking for?
Our primary focus is students with a great attitude and an openness to learn tech skills. We don’t require existing tech skills. Targeted students range from recent high school graduates, Community College students, Cal Poly graduates wanting to stay in SLO but needing a different career path to land a job here to mom’s wanting to re-enter the workforce to veterans.

 

What are the three phases of the Ticket Into Tech program?

Phase 1 is “pre-apprenticeship”.  In this phase a large number of people are exposed to the key curriculum (IT technology or coding skills) and from the group taking part in the pre-appenticeship classes a smaller group will be chosen to proceed to phase 2,

 

Phase 2 is the “apprenticeship” coursework. In this phase additional coursework is provided that enable the apprentice to have the core skills required to proceed to phase 3 and begin their work experience.

 

Phase 3 is the 1 year of paid “on-the-job training” with a local employer.

 

What local companies currently have apprentices?

Phase 1: Pre-Apprenticeship

What classes are provided for the pre-apprenticeship?

The focus for the first phase, “Pre-Apprenticeship”, is exposing the student to basic software development and determine if the student likes software development and is good at it.

Two approaches are provided to teach the basic software development principles.

(1) For beginners to software development we recommend they take the 8 week course taught by CodeSLO on Monday through Thursday evenings beginning July 16.  Details on the class can be found here.

(2) For those with intermediate or higher software development skills we recommend the Fullstack Academy “Bootcamp Prep” program.  It starts with a 10 hour self paced intro to JavaScript concepts and and assessment at the end.  If the student passes the assessment they will be invited to take part in the “Bootcamp Prep In a Month” class that is a remote class over 3.5 weeks.  If the student does not pass the assessment at the end of the 10 hour self paced course we recommend they signup for the slower paced, 8 week CodeSLO course.

Both the CodeSLO and the Fullstack Academy “Bootcamp Prep” sequence are designed to prepare the student be accepted to the Immersive program in SLO.

 

Where will the class take place?
The 8 week CodeSLO course takes place at the SLO County Office Education offices (across the street from Cuesta College)

The Fullstack Academeny “Bootcamp Prep” sequence is online

What are the hours for the class?

Monday through Thursday, 6:30pm till 8:30pm.  We want to enable our students to continue their day job over the summer.

Are there any prerequisites for the initial class?

None

Phase 2: Apprenticeship

How can I sign up for interest in the Software Testing Apprenticeship?

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interest-in-the-software-testing-apprenticeship-tickets-49476851595

What certifications are included in the automated software testing path?

ISTQB Foundation Level Certification, ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester, ASTQB Mobile Testing Certification

Are there any paid stipends for passing the certifications?

Yes.  $250 per certification passed during the apprenticeship.

When does the class take place and for how long?

The class runs during the day from 5:30pm till 7:3:0pm Monday, Wednesday and,Thursday evenings from October 8 through December 14, 2018. No class Wednesday October 10 or Thursday October 11.

What are examples of the typical duties a journeyman software tester can complete after the classwork and the one year of on-the-job training?

Test Planning: Follow the seven steps below to create a test plan as per IEEE 829. Analyze the product,  Design the Test Strategy, Define Test Criteria, Define the Test Objectives, Resource Planning, Plan Test Environment, Schedule & Estimation and Determine Test Deliverables.

Test Creation and Automation: Create regression suites using common test automation software such as Selenium, Screenster or PhantomJS

Defect Discovery and Documentation: Using test ideas including the seven typical techniques below discover new defects in the software under test:  Quick Attacks, Equivalence and Boundary Conditions, Common Failure Modes, State-Transition Diagrams, Use Cases and Soap Opera Tests, Code-Based Coverage Models & Regression and High-Volume Test Techniques

Defect Tracking:  Check on the close rate of the highest impact software defects and for defects that are fixed, verify the fixes

General Practice – Demonstrating Learned Competencies: Create automated mobile device performance test scripts using the Kobiton mobile device cloud platform that provides access to real devices for running manual and automated tests on native, web and hybrid Android/iOS apps

Phase 3: On-The-Job Training

 

What type of company could I be working for?

In our first round of apprenticeship we partnered with 18 local companies and are adding additional companies.

Phase 3: On-The-Job Training

What type of company could I be working for?

In our first round of apprenticeship we partnered with 18 local companies and are adding additional companies.

Why are there no tuition costs for Software Test Technician role when there are for the Software Developer role?

The apprenticeship training costs and the stipends for the Software Test Technician role are funded by a grant the SLO County Office of Education received.  No grant funding is available for the Software Developer role which required tuition to fund the classroom time.

Are there any paid stipends for passing the certifications?

Yes.  $250 per certification passed during the apprenticeship.

WANT TO BECOME AN IT TECHNICIAN?

Program Overview

Why was this program created?
In 7 years, the major private employer that contributes nearly a billion dollars to the county’s economy, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, will be closing. We must start today to create a more skilled workforce to enable economic growth in higher paying jobs in San Luis Obispo county. The purpose of the SLO Partners apprenticeship program is to create a career path and not just a job. We “screen for attitude and train for the aptitude”.

What type of students are you looking for?
Our primary focus is students with a great attitude and an openness to learn tech skills. We don’t require existing tech skills. Targeted students range from recent high school graduates, Community College students, Cal Poly graduates wanting to stay in SLO but needing a different career path to land a job here to mom’s wanting to re-enter the workforce to veterans.

 

What are the three phases of the Ticket Into Tech program?

Phase 1 is “pre-apprenticeship”.  In this phase a large number of people are exposed to the key curriculum (IT technology or coding skills) and from the group taking part in the pre-appenticeship classes a smaller group will be chosen to proceed to phase 2,

 

Phase 2 is the “apprenticeship” coursework. In this phase additional coursework is provided that enable the apprentice to have the core skills required to proceed to phase 3 and begin their work experience.

 

Phase 3 is the 1 year of paid “on-the-job training” with a local employer.

 

What local companies currently have apprentices?

Phase 1: Pre-Apprenticeship

What class is provided for the pre-apprenticeship?

Passing the CompTIA A+ 901 test is the focus for pre-apprenticeship.

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair.

  • Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.
  • A+ supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used.

Where will the class take place?
The 4 week IT Bootcamp course takes place at the SLO County Office Education offices (across the street from Cuesta College)

What are the hours for the class?

Monday through Friday, 9:00am till 4:30pm.

Are there any prerequisites for the initial class?

None

Are there any paid stipends for the pre-apprenticeship?

No

Does the program cover the cost of the CompTIA A+ 901 test voucher?

Yes.  One voucher will be provided for each student ($211 value).

Phase 2: Apprenticeship

What happens after the pre-apprenticeship class?

For each of the apprenticeship paths a subset of the students completing the pre-apprenticeship coursework will be selected to move on to apprenticeship.

Passing the CompTIA A+ 902 test is the focus for apprenticeship.

How long does the apprenticeship phase last?

4 weeks

Are there any paid stipends for the apprenticeship?

Yes, $500 if you pass the CompTIA 902 test.

Where will the class take place?
At the SLO County Office Education offices (across the street from Cuesta College)

What are the hours for the class?

Monday through Friday, 9:00am till 4:30pm.

Are there any prerequisites for the class?

Yes.  You must be invited to attend based on your success in the pre-apprenticeship phase.

Does the program cover the cost of the CompTIA A+ 902 test voucher?

Yes.  One voucher will be provided for each student ($211 value).

Phase 3: On-The-Job Training

Will I get paid in the during the on-the-job training?

Yes!  Every six months your pay will increase during the year of training as you gain practical skill to build on the phase 1 and phase 2 coursework.  Initial pay is $15/hour and after 6 months the pay increases to $18/hour.

 

What type of company could I be working for?

In our first round of apprenticeship we partnered with 18 local companies and are adding additional companies.

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