Frequently Asked Questions
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Nope! Our courses are beginner-focused. Know where your files live? How to get on the internet and share a GIF? Quick on the keyboard? You’re basically good to go! We start with coding basics and go from there. No previous experience or expertise required. We would recommend that you are familiar with your computer and operating system’s navigation however. Also, leading up to your program start date, take the pre-course work seriously to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running!
At Tech Talent South, we aren’t concerned with extensive resumes, where you went to school, or if you even went at all. We want students who are passionate, persistent, and ready to work hard to do something awesome with technology. With the right attitude, anyone can learn to code!
Absolutely. We welcome students from all over the country and even all over the world. Our code immersion courses last 8 weeks, and while we don’t provide housing, we are happy to help accepted students find short-term housing in the area.
Also, be sure to check out our remote tutoring options, available to anyone, no matter the location!
We recognize that our program is a big investment for your future, and we certainly want to help all of our accepted applicants reach their goals. We have three payment options:
- Pay off your balance prior to the start of class and receive a discount of $675 (full-time), $475 (part-time), or an equivalent amount for all other courses (10%).*
- Pay off your balance over three months and receive a discount of $340 (full-time), $240 (part-time), or an equivalent amount for all other courses (5%).*
- Pay off your balance in 12 scheduled installments at cost (1 invoice due each month for 12 months, starting the month your class begins).
We also have a limited number of partial scholarships available for our Code Immersion program. Drop us a line or reach out to the community organizer in your respective TTS campus for more information on the available partial scholarships, or apply for a partial scholarship here!
* Scholarship recipients must acquire approval from TTS admissions to enter into payment plans that offer discounted rates.
Yes! We do have partial scholarships available for women looking to join our program. As a code school with a female co-founder, we are passionate about bringing women into the tech workforce! You can apply for our partial Women in Tech Scholarships here.
Yes, you do need a fully functioning, reliable computer! You will be creating applications that would best live on your own personal computer. There are also nightly homework assignments that you’ll need a computer to complete.
Though we are PC friendly, we encourage students to bring Mac laptops. Chromebooks can be combined with Cloud9 (an online environment) to perform all class functions, but tablets are not recommended. If your laptop is on the older side or has questionable functionality, please check with us and we’ll make sure you’re good to go!
There are no age requirements for our programs. No one is too young or too old to code. Some of the greatest tech success stories in the past decade have come from folks in their teens. For those 13 and younger however, we would recommend our Kids Code programs!
A typical day at Tech Talent South is broken up in to three parts:
- Class Time: In class you’ll be taught by an instructor, who will lead you through our curriculum in a workshop like manner. As a student you will be following along with the instructor, who will be walking you through code on a particular project, answering questions, and actively engaging in the creation of the project you are working on. In addition you’ll also participate in different classroom challenges and paired programming activities. At the end of each class you will be assigned homework that compliments the topics you covered in the day’s class.
- Office Hours: This time is used for students to do homework together/collaborate on class projects, have one-on-one time with the instructor, etc. While this time is optional students are encouraged to attend!
- Breakout Sessions: Outside of class and office hours you’ll have the opportunity to attend one of our breakout sessions, which can include, but are not limited to: company tours, guest speakers, networking events, meetups, and labs.
Information on our full-time Code Immersion:
- Classroom Hours: 8am-11am.
- Office hours are from 11am-12:30pm.
Information on our part-time Code Immersion:
- Classroom Hours: 6pm-9pm.
- Office hours are from 5pm-6pm.
On top of our core curriculum, we offer guest speakers, company tours, and various networking events. We’ve designed these breakout sessions to immerse you in the local community, introduce you to the amazing people in your city, and help build the tech communities in each of our southern tech hubs. We want you shaking hands with knowledgeable and successful people.
We bring in guest speakers who could speak about anything from additional topics like PhoneGap that may not always be discussed at length during classroom hours, their experience as a developer or in the tech scene, or any advice on how to venture forth with your new skills.
As for company tours, we feel it’s important our students get to walk through different work environments, processes, and cultures. The companies we tour can range in smaller startups to much more established companies so students can start to gauge where they could see themselves after the program.
Our two options for our Code Immersion program generally cover the same core topics. Where the two sessions differ is the amount of time dedicated to those topics, and in-class activities.
The part-time program is exactly half the classroom hours of the full-time program, and is held at night, two days a week. Because of the time constraint, topics are not covered as deeply as they would be in full-time. Likewise, part-time students are expected to complete more work outside of class. If you are looking to expand your skill set for a current job, or speak more effectively with your technology team, then part-time is for you.
If you are all in and are really looking to fully immerse yourself in the world of code, we recommend our full-time session. The full-time course is held in the mornings, four days a week. The greater flexibility in time allows for deeper exploration of concepts and allows students more time to work on hands-on, collaborative projects in class. The part-time class is more limited in this regard. Although apps are built in class, classroom time is more strictly devoted to completing the curriculum.
If you are brand new to coding and development we highly recommend you start with either our Code Immersion program or our Pop Up Code program.
The Code Immersion course offers a great foundation in programming and web development using core languages like HTML, CSS, and Ruby. The core concepts you’ll learn with these languages act as a springboard to take your development skills in many different directions. It’s a great base for any route you want to take with code.
Likewise, our Pop Up Code is a condensed version of our Code Immersion, and is a perfect diving in point. If you’re not entirely sure you want to get into development, or just want to see what a bootcamp is like, Pop Up Code is a great choice for you. Plus, we offer refunds if you decide you want more! Refunds are based on one of the following options:
- A full refund of the Pop Up Code Program tuition if you attend Tech Talent South's Full Time Code Immersion Program in one of the offering locations.
- A refund of half the Pop Up Code Program tuition if you attend Tech Talent South's Part Time Code Immersion Program in one of the offering locations.
- A $600 refund if you attend another Tech Talent South verified coding bootcamp.
For people considering a more traditional Computer Science degree, either undergraduate or graduate, that’s great! We understand Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion program is different on many levels from those CS programs and encourage you to do your research in determining the right track for you! However, if you go through our Code Immersion program, catch the programming bug, and decide to go on to an undergraduate or graduate program afterwards, we’ll refund $1,000! If you’re interested, ask us for more details to see if you apply.
Tech Talent South's Dallas Campus is located at the following address:
311 N Market St #200
Dallas, TX 75202
San Antonio Location
Tech Talent South's San Antonio Campus is located at the following address:
18911 Hardy Oak Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78258
Code of Conduct
Students must conduct themselves in a manner that does not impair the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the TTS community. Students must respect the rights, the privileges, and the dignity of others and refrain from actions that interfere with normal TTS functions. TTS may, at its sole discretion, dismiss any student if the student:
- Fails to adhere to the attendance requirements as stated in the Catalog.
- Steals, destroys, or damages any property of the institution. (The student will also be liable for repair and/or replacement of the damaged property.)
- Engages in unlawful or improper conduct including without limitation, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; weapons, or offensive threatening toys on TTS property; or conduct contrary to the best interest of TTS; or any conduct that reflects discredit upon TTS or its reputation as determined by TTS at its sole discretion. No weapons of any kind are allowed on school property. Students with a permit to carry are not exempt.
- Disrupts activities in the classroom that is beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content.
- Makes threats in any manner, provokes, or otherwise engages in any activities that may lead to violent behavior directed toward TTS employees, students, or the public. Security threats that may have serious local, regional, or national implications will be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities.
Students must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Basic computer skills are required. Tech Talent South requires students to have basic, but not advanced computer skills.
Prospective students can find all enrollment information online. Individuals interested in attending Tech Talent South are required to complete an online application to enroll. No previous coding experience is necessary.
Students may enroll in TTS seminars any time until the start time of the first class session.
There are no scheduled vacation periods except for the following federal holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans’ Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- Refund computations will be based on the period of enrollment computed on basis of course time (contact hours).
- The effective date of termination for refund purposes will be the earliest of the following:
- the last date of attendance; or
- the date of receipt of written notice from the student.
- If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance, and the student does not enter school, not more than $100 shall be retained by the school.
- If the student fails to enter the seminar, withdraws, or is discontinued at any time before completion of the seminar, the student will be refunded the pro rata portion of tuition, fees, and other charges that the number of class hours remaining in the seminar after the effective date of termination bears to the total number of class hours in the seminar.
- A full refund of all tuition and fees is due in each of the following cases:
- an enrollee is not accepted by the school;
- if the seminar of instruction is discontinued by the school and thus prevents the student from completing the seminar; or
- if the student's enrollment was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in advertising, promotional materials of the school, or misrepresentations by the owner or representatives of the school.
Refund Policy for Students Called to Active Military Service
- A student of the school or college who withdraws from the school or college as a result of the student being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or the Texas National Guard may elect one of the following options for each program in which the student is enrolled:
- if tuition and fees are collected in advance of the withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition, fees, or other charges paid by the student for the program and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition, fees, or other charges owed by the student for the portion of the program the student does not complete following withdrawal;
- a grade of incomplete with the designation 'withdrawn-military' for the courses in the program, other than courses for which the student has previously received a grade on the student's transcript, and the right to re-enroll in the program, or a substantially equivalent program if that program is no longer available, not later than the first anniversary of the date the student is discharged from active military duty without payment of additional tuition, fees, or other charges for the program other than any previously unpaid balance of the original tuition, fees, and charges for books for the program; or
- the assignment of an appropriate final grade or credit for the courses in the program, but only if the instructor or instructors of the program determine that the student has:
- satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the required coursework for the program; and
- demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program material to receive credit for completing the program.
- Refunds will be totally consummated within 60 days after the effective date of termination.
If a student is absent for 10 consecutive school days or more than 25% of the scheduled seminar time for the seminar, whichever is less, the student's enrollment in the seminar will be terminated. Students attending TTS on scholarship will have their scholarship revoked if they miss 2 days of classes.
A student whose enrollment was terminated for violation of the attendance policy may not re- enroll before the start of the next seminar. This provision does not circumvent the approved refund policy.
This school has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commision (TWC).
The TWC-assigned school number for Dallas is: S5090.
The TWC-assigned school number for San Antonio is: S5045.
The school’s programs are approved by TWC.
Students must address their concerns about this school or any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog.
Students dissatisfied with this school’s response to their complaint or who are not able to file a complaint with the school, can file a formal complaint with TWC, as well as with other relevant agencies or accreditors, if applicable.
Information on filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s Career Schools and Colleges Website at http://csc.twc.state.tx.us/.
Yes. We prefer students to bring their own laptops to class. If you do not have a computer available for use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to arrange a loaner. We work off of a cloud-based development platform for the kids’ camps and will not need to install any new software. We do not recommend tablets as a substitute for a computer.
The goal of Kids Code is to expose children to what is possible with technology and to the web's most fundamental tools and programming languages. You should expect your child to leave with some basic coding skills, a new way of looking at the world and more importantly a sense of excitement and a hunger to learn more!
Because the world is changing, and technology is playing an increasingly important role in almost every organization or business out there. Whether you intend for your child to build out a new skill set in tech or not, early exposure to these skills and a fundamental understanding of how computers and the web work can make a world of difference. Additionally, the truth is most educational institutions simply aren't teaching these fun and practical skills. Computer programming makes you think in a whole new way about how to solve problems and how to build businesses. Many of today's most successful tech entrepreneurs cite early exposure and access to computer programming as a major reason for their success later in life.
We hold our free Kids Code at each of our locations in coworking spaces, local makerspaces, and awesome tech companies in the area! We want to make sure that we surround our students with not only awesome new skills but also awesome new people, companies, and ideas.