Springboard is a San Francisco-based career bootcamp offering a total of eight career-track and career-track prep courses, six of which come with a job guarantee. Springboard’s technology-focused bootcamp courses include data science, machine learning, deep learning, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, data analytics, and digital marketing. This online bootcamp takes a flexible approach to curriculum, allowing students to complete their classwork remotely and on their own schedule. In addition to the flexible schedule, students have access to a student advisor, personal mentor, the Springboard community, and a career advisor, all included with the program. Students can connect with their mentors via messaging and video calling throughout the program. Mentors are intended to provide technical advice, guidance, and problem-solving assistance during the course.
The course curriculum at Springboard varies widely between subtopics, but subjects such as data science (which have multiple bootcamp options) have many common elements. For example, data science students learn Python, databases, statistics, analysis, and more. Students can also opt to study machine learning or deep learning and cover many of the same foundational topics. Students interested in a data-related career path can choose the data analytics program, which covers Python, SQL, Tableau, and more. Some of the curriculum offered by Springboard, such as data analytics, was developed in partnership with Microsoft. The design programs at Springboard allow students to choose between user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design, or to specialize in UX design alone. Students can take a quiz on the website to help narrow down their course options and find the best fit.
Course schedules also vary between course type. The part-time programs offered by Springboard last for six months. Students enrolled in a six-month data science program at Springboard are expected to spend between 15 to 20 hours per week to complete the course. Digital marketing students spend less time on coursework and generally devote between eight and ten hours per week to complete the course in six months. The program does not run on a rigid schedule, so individual time spent will vary. The prep courses last four to six weeks and students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on classwork. During those weeks, students spend 30 minutes per day, six days per week, talking to their mentor.
Springboard offers six courses with job guarantees. These include UX design, UX and UI design, data science, machine learning engineering, deep learning, and data analytics. According to the student outcome statistics published on Springboard’s website, 1,450 students had an average salary increase of $26,000 after graduation, without a single job guarantee refund requested (May 2019) since the inception of the program.
Tuition varies between courses, but students have multiple ways to pay. The least expensive option is to pay tuition in full upfront. Students can also opt for a month-to-month financing plan if they qualify. Additionally, Springboard offers a deferred tuition plan that goes into effect only after students land a job. Students begin paying when they’re hired and pay off the class for a total of one year. Students can also apply for a Climb Credit loan. Payments begin while the student attends classes, but monthly prices are reduced (interest only) until after graduation. Students must apply for all financing plans to determine their individual eligibility and interest rates. Scholarships are also available to some people.
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