Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for our frequently asked questions. Curriculum Advisors are available at 978.250.4983 to answer any questions you may have regarding the programs of interest to you.
Almost anyone can boost their career via one of the standard bootcamps or a customized curriculum. Whether you choose a program that focuses on computer administration or one that focuses on programming, the only real prerequisite for our bootcamps is that you need to have basic computer literacy. You need to know how to do things like operate a PC, browse the world wide web, send and receive email, write a memo using a program like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, and save and retrieve a file on the hard disk. For the coding bootcamps, programming experience is helpful, but it's not necessary, as we provide an optional Complete Introduction to Computer Programming at no charge to any student who needs or wants it.
The coding bootcamps, which consist of one to five courses, are also appropriate for more experienced programmers. Qualified programmers can opt out of introductory courses when, through interviews with our staff, they can show competence already attained via prior training and/or job experience.
Bootcamp programs consist of one to five courses, each of which covers about the same amount of material that is covered in a university semester. While experienced programmers will complete each bootcamp course in as little as 35 hours, including lab exercises, entry-level students will take longer. Our personal facilitators are assigned to assure successful completion by every student.
Whether you're a novice or an experienced programmer, you'll need to make the commitment and put in the necessary time to be successful. There is no magic bullet. We'll do everything we can to assure your success, and if you do your part, you'll get everything you need to gain competence and advance your career.
No one can guarantee specific job placement. With our training you will receive a hands-on experience focused on developing practical skills to advance your IT skillset and help prepare for a career. Our goal is to make sure you will be competent and productive.
We work closely with each student and provide contacts to assure placement after training. If you are not placed within 120 days of program completion, we will provide additional training at no cost to ensure your skills are marketable.
During training, students code solutions to task-oriented assignments after each module that illustrates the key concepts learned. The exercises are designed so that successful completion demonstrates to the instructor that students understand the information that's been covered.
Yes, you need a computer that:
- can connect to the world wide web
- can play audio and video
- has a keyboard (touch screens are too cumbersome for coding)
- has a mouse or other pointing device
- has an operating system such as Windows, macOS, Linux, or Chrome OS, that will run remote access software (which we will supply)
You do not need any special software, as all lab exercises are performed via remote control on one of our dedicated lab machines.