Exploring A Career Change | The Benefits and Pitfalls of Self-Study
Jul 25, 2019
Can you teach yourself to code for less than the cost of bootcamp? Sure. But if you’re planning to make a career transition to a software developer, data analyst, or data scientist, you’ll most likely discover that there’s more to learn than just how to code. We recently spoke with several of our web development alumni who gave self-study a try before attending bootcamp and they had a lot of great advice. In fact, they had so much to say we’ve decided to start a short series of posts about the benefits of self-study and where it falls short when changing your career. Read More

Topics: Alumni, Student Stories, Web Development

Building Teams That Learn
Jul 23, 2019
There are many subtle things that go into being an instructor on our team. If you look at our courses on Github (which are open source), you only get the what of the entire experience. It's simply a listing of what we teach and the order in which we do it. That's about 20% of the entire experience. A critical part of our course that isn't recorded anywhere is the group project experience. These projects are the forging fire of student knowledge and understanding. It doesn't come from the instruction staff. We just light the fire, and the students make the steel. Read More

Topics: Learning

The Difference Between C# and .NET Through The Lens Of JavaScript
Jul 18, 2019
There’s one question that all students wonder about that we don’t always have time to discuss in class: What’s the difference between C# and .NET? Students hear instructors use the terms seemingly interchangeably and plenty of them probably write the two off as being the same. But they’re not. So how do you explain the difference to a new programmer whose only experience is a few months of writing JavaScript?  Read More

Topics: Learning, Technology Insights

Mission Transition | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 16, 2019
Trevan has worked as a cybersecurity contractor and IT support for Microsoft Software Engineers since he left the Army. After working alongside software engineers and hearing friends who are developers share their experiences, he decided to transition his career in tech to development. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development

The Move Is On | New Address Beginning July 22, 2019
Jul 11, 2019
The great move of 2019 is almost here! Final touches are being made and our operations team is busy coordinating all the important things, like moving all of our furniture, ensuring we have WiFi on day one, and maybe most important, installing the coffee maker! It's going to be a rush to the finish line, but we can't wait to start in the new space.  Read More

Topics: News

Comfort Zone Redefined | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 9, 2019
Brian Neal had spent ten years in retail, most recently as store manager, and knew it was time to move on. He had been interested in pursuing a career in development for years but was afraid to step out of his comfort zone and pursue it. While at NSS, he redefined his comfort zone and is looking forward to his first job as a developer. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Transitioning From A Military To Civilian Career | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 2, 2019
Janet N. Woods has spent most of her adult life with the Army and Army National Guard. As she considered what direction to take when she retired from service, Janet focused on what she enjoyed about her job. Learn about her journey at NSS. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Are Bootcamps Disrupting Traditional Higher Ed?
Jun 26, 2019
A fascinating discussion that has evolved since our founding and the launch of coding bootcamps in 2012 involves the role(s) of bootcamp-style programs in reshaping, disrupting, and/or complementing traditional higher education. There have been opinions on all sides of these issues over the last seven years. As time has passed, we now have a small bit of track record and evolution of bootcamps to assess, and as traditional colleges and universities have started to co-opt the bootcamp model in various ways, the discussions have started to get a bit more consequential.  Read More

Topics: Learning, News

What If They Find Me out? Facing Imposter Syndrome
Jun 25, 2019
Our programs are hard. Seriously hard. For many of our students going through, NSS is the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Students often question whether they’re cut out for all this. Maybe they’re not learning enough? Maybe they’re too slow? Maybe they’re not smart enough? Maybe they don’t feel the passion for technology that they hear they’re supposed to feel? Whether you’ve been a student at NSS or not, if you do anything related to technology, I suspect these doubts will sound familiar. Read More

Topics: Learning

Another Year Older...
Jun 19, 2019
It seems barely yesterday that we celebrated our fifth anniversary and set a goal to graduate 500 graduates by the end of that year. But two more years have gone by and we not only reached 500 graduates but we have exceeded 800 graduates! Hard to believe so much has happened in two years... Read More

Topics: News, 500 In 5