Frequently asked questions:
What is Alchemy about?
Alchemy is a fully immersive program designed to train you like you’re already on the job. It was created as an alternative to typical bootcamps that graze the surface. Instead Alchemy dives deep into a full tech stack so students acquire both the technical skills and professional competencies of experienced developers prior to graduation. We skip the need for internships and provide companies with talent who are truly industry ready!
How is Alchemy’s live-online format different from other remote training programs?
All discussion is interactive in real-time using the same screen sharing tools that developers use everyday in the world. Since everything is live, you won’t rely upon pre-recorded videos or infrequent appointments. Daily work time is shared with peers, teaching assistants (TAs) and your senior developer instructor. You’ll work in a combination of solo, paired, and groups on assignments and projects building apps. You will train like you’re already on the job, working on a team with expert guidance focused on proficiency. Your access to the instructional team is all day and everyday, so training is deeper while building a faster momentum to go farther!
Do you offer any free learning resources?
We do! Developer 101 and the required pre-work provide prospective students 70+ hours of preparation practice and real-time learning and feedback with our senior instructional team.
Is Alchemy an accredited institution?
Alchemy is a licensed vocational trade school and is not eligible to participate in the federal student financial assistance program. By remaining a vocational program we are best able to update our technology curriculum as the industry's tools evolve at a rapid pace. This equips graduates with the most in-demand languages and frameworks for best leverage in hiring.
Does Alchemy help me find a job? Does my career support continue after I graduate?
Our grads bypass the "get your foot in the door" narrative and instead apply for positions that require 1-5 years of experience. Alchemy grads are really valuable assets because they can contribute immediately without a training role or internship. Alchemy opens doors to partner companies and provides professional introductions into our vast hiring network. Prior to graduation, we coach students on their job search strategy, and set students up for individual mock interviews at real companies using resumes and personal assets they create with us during the program. After graduation, graduates receive weekly check-ins with their career coach and open invitations to weekly tech talks, monthly mentor hours, and more. As part of the Alchemy alumni community, our team is always available to help you negotiate salary and benefits, from the first job offer and long into your career.
What are your academic and student policies?
The training at Alchemy, including our grading policy, is designed to benefit you in your work as a professional and valued software development team member. Students must pass each course with a minimum of 90% graded coursework and attendance. Assignments are graded with feedback, and most assignments can be resubmitted for additional credit so long as you demonstrate meaningful effort during the allotted assignment time. We also hold a strict Code of Conduct to ensure a mutually productive and safe learning environment.
What kind of computer setup do I need?
A laptop or desktop computer with reliable high-speed internet access and video capability. This must also include a webcam with microphone and speakers. Your machine should have a 64-bit Operating System, be fully up-to-date, with the latest version of the operating system and all security updates installed. You will need at least 50GB of free space on the hard drive with a minimum of 8GB RAM (16 is preferable, 32 is excellent). Free of viruses, and in general working order. Developers prefer an additional monitor as well. We will provide more information on space setup during your admissions phase.
What support do we offer in the program?
Alchemy offers a strong support system with direct access to your senior developer instructor and teaching assistants. You receive a 7:1 ratio of student to instructional support on a daily basis. In addition to that, you'll have weekly time with a dedicated career development professional.
How long is the program? Is it full time or part time?
25 weeks, full time: Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm PST. We do not offer a part-time program.
Who joins Alchemy?
People from all backgrounds, ages and stages in their professional careers make up Alchemy. Our students want to improve their lives with financial stability, meaningful work, and a community to build together throughout their careers. The program is intentionally designed for career changers who work experience and a solid work ethic coming from any prior industry. Employers appreciate the maturity and transferable skill sets that career changers bring to the table.
Do I need prior coding experience?
Beginners are welcome! After you apply and meet with our admissions team, we require you to complete tutorial prework, which is graded by our instructional team prior to beginning the program. For beginners and those with some coding experience, we also highly recommend taking our free Developer 101 course before starting the program to prepare. Extra practice never hurts!
If I am self-taught, have attended another program, or have graduated with a computer science degree, can I test into a later portion of the program?
Familiarity with languages and frameworks alone is not enough. Our training starts with industry Best Practices, making sure you’re ready to join a development team with the right habits and optimal form required. Being industry ready for a mid-level position requires more than getting code to work or theoretical study.