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A few quick answers about Geekwise

I’ve been asked by three friends in the last 24 hours about my experience so far with Geekwise Academy.  At the risk of sounding like a paid infomercial (which I’m not- I’m the one paying for this!) I’m gonna elaborate on my previous post to help other people decide whether Geekwise is right for them.  (Spoiler alert: it totally is.)

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When I learned how to make circles using CSS I lost it. There was a full on gigglefest as I made bubbles with haikus in them.

Who should take Geekwise Academy Bootcamp 1?

Aspiring tech nerds, graphic designers, office managers, bloggers, stay at home moms, high school students, college students, grad students, people with a useless AA in anthropology, people who like the internet, dog lovers, cat lovers, misanthropes, poets, craft beer enthusiasts, sports fans, vegetarians, libertarians, downtowners and anyone else who might be looking to better themselves through new skills and potentially jump into a brand new career.

Who shouldn’t take Geekwise Academy Bootcamp 1?

I’d say know-it-alls and jerks, but even they can benefit from it I’m sure. Just know that even if you know everything, it might rock your world and shake your foundation to the core when you learn something new for the first time ever.

Why should I take a class from Geekwise?

Because it feels really good to master something new.  Even if you’re not looking to train for a new career, it is still incredibly helpful to know the basics of web programming- not to mention fun to figure out why things are the way they are.  If you are looking for a change you’ll discover within a few class sessions that one in technology is actually really attainable- our TA in our class is actually a product of Geekwise and she now works at Bitwise.  If you already know how to build a rad website but want to increase your value and pad your portfolio the classes include advanced concepts like Javascript and Ruby on Rails.  Whatever the heck that means.

Seriously, what are they?  And what do web developers even do?

Hell if I know.  Well, I kind of know now.  The great thing about the bootcamp is that you don’t actually have to know anything going in to Bootcamp 1.  Everything builds upon that foundation and then you can choose which directions to go in from there.

Is 6 weeks really enough time to learn anything?

Yes!  Geekwise doesn’t waste any time and you’ll begin learning code within your first hour of instruction.  Don’t worry though, the class only goes as fast as the class is able to go- the point of the pace isn’t to cram a billion concepts and move  on fast.  Instead, only once the instructor is satisfied that every question is answered and ever student is caught up will he or she move on.  The TA will also circle the room and make sure that you’re grasping the concepts, too.  By the end of your course you will have created a working website- ideally something you can use as your portfolio to show off to prospective employers!

But it’s 3 hours a night. Twice a week. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I know, right? I work full time and have just enough time to hork down a sandwich and skedaddle over to class after work.  Instead of dreading sitting in a classroom for a chunk of my otherwise free time I really look forward to class nights.  Most nights time moves so quickly that I can’t actually believe that we’ve arrived at the break mid-way through class.  Even though it cuts down on my time to watch Big Bang Theory in my pajamas while drinking wine from a mason jar and knitting, I haven’t felt like it wasn’t well spent once.  Plus, it helps me really appreciate when I do get to stay home and geek out on how great a perfect MCN feels as it slips off my needles and muse on how I once wasn’t able to knit either.

Okay, so how do I sign up?

Do it here– but enroll fast.  I found out last night that there was such demand for Bootcamp 1 that the first course was at capacity and they’ve had to add another, which is also filling up.  Classes are $250 for 36 hours of instruction.

I’m sure there are questions I haven’t covered here but I’m so excited to talk about this great program that I’m glad to talk it out.  Now get geeky, Fresno!

Geekwise is part of Bitwise Industries, the brilliant shining star of the technology boom in Downtown Fresno.  With over twenty different tech companies housed within its muraled walls it has become a hub for the industry in Fresno, attracting companies locally and from out of state to relocate to be part of this rad new space. 

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