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About Techtonica

Techtonica is a nonprofit that provides free tech training, living and childcare stipends, laptops, and job placement and job search support to women and non-binary adults with low incomes in the U.S.

Techtonica's full-time software engineering program is made up of six months of virtual training and six months of placement or job search support. Participants are assigned mentors and work with many experienced volunteers. The training focuses on full-stack web development using JavaScript and consists of hands-on projects built with other participants. The last month of training is customized to prepare participants for placement in jobs with Techtonica partners.

Entry to the Techtonica program is competitive — applicants should be self-motivated, resilient, logical, hardworking, and collaborative, and they should have a growth mindset. Applicants must be a woman or non-binary adult, digitally literate, and earn less than the amount specified in your location and situation on the MIT Living Wage Calculator in annual household income. For more info about the program and how to apply, see https://techtonica.org/full-time-program/

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Is Techtonica legit? According to the 10 Techtonica reviews on Career Karma, the school holds a rating of 4.3 out of five. 0

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claribel mendez graduated Techtonica
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Created 15 days ago
This apprenticeship is truly life changing, I have heard others say it, but experiencing it was something else. One of the best experiences of my life. In 6 months I was able to build full stack apps, I feel I left there with a great foundation to keep learning and growing. For 6 months you will eat, sleep and breathe code and you need all of the support you can get. Techtonica is extremely supportive from giving me a mentor to work with, 1-1 meetings, feedbacks, plenty of soft skills like...
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Internship waiting afterwards Paid - Living stipend Personal self-development Multiple projects completed
Cons
None I can think of

Life changing experience

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claribel mendez graduated Techtonica
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Created 15 days ago
This apprenticeship is truly life changing, I have heard others say it, but experiencing it was something else. One of the best experiences of my life. In 6 months I was able to build full stack apps, I feel I left there with a great foundation to keep learning and growing. For 6 months you will eat, sleep and breathe code and you need all of the support you can get. Techtonica is extremely supportive from giving me a mentor to work with, 1-1 meetings, feedbacks, plenty of soft skills like...
Pros
Paid living stipend Internship afterwards Personal self-development
Cons
None I can think of

Get your "foot in the door"

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Natalie Bencomo graduated Techtonica
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Created 7 months ago
My overall message to people about Techtonica (women, non-binary, femme identity) is that this is a great way to get your foot in the door in tech! It is well known there are many coding bootcamps, many of which charge *a lot* of money for training, usually with little to no job connections. This does not describe Techtonica, in my experience. Techtonica is not your average academic course/bootcamp, there are no instructors...although there is an engineering manager guiding the process (so you...
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PROS Free of charge. Yes, you do not pay a dime...and they even offer monthly stipends/equipment for those who qualify. -Internship. Every member of my cohort all got 6 month internships! I believe the previous cohort all received...
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CONS The curriculum. Too many curriculum materials were old, broken links, poor in quality, or presented in a non-sequential way (this was very frustrating when trying to learn for the first time). HOWEVER, they hired someone to fix this...

Techtonica is Life Changing

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Tara Larsen graduated Techtonica
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Created 7 months ago
If you are a motivated woman or a non-binary adult trying to break into tech, this is the program for you! Techtonica is a free remote program that may offer a small stipend for living expenses and a computer to borrow. The program is a full-stack software engineering program consisting of 6 months of very intense self-taught learning with lots of mentor support and collaboration. Then another 6 months working as an apprentice/intern software engineer at a sponsor company. There is a...
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PROS: A FREE complete learning experience with lots of support, "family friendly", speaker series( tech workers with different roles speak about their careers), and you can connect with the speakers directly on LinkedIn, amazing...
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None that I can think of.

One of the best leaps of faith and decision I made that paid off at the end!

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Created 7 months ago
I chose Techtonica because it met my needs and goals. It is a boot camp that puts women and nonbinary people at the forefront and supports diversity in the tech place and the fact that this boot camp is free and offers almost a guarantee for an internship at the end was a no-brainer for me to join. But do not think that the competition or the chance to get in is that easy either. You really do have to put in the work: fill in a short application, long application, complete some code curriculum,...
Pros
- Full Stack Engineer Training - Behavioral Skills and Soft Skill Training - Technical Mentor with you for the whole boot camp - Mock Interviews and 1 on 1 with the technical manager - Internship Opportunity at the end of the boot camp
Cons
- Because the boot camp is remote, you have to really make it an effort to try to connect with the other members - Most of the curriculum will involve you learning solo, if you are not a big independent learner, be aware of how that can...

One of the best leaps of faith and decision I made that paid off at the end!

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Jen Huynh graduated Techtonica
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Created 7 months ago
I chose Techtonica because it met my needs and goals. It is a boot camp that puts women and nonbinary people at the forefront and supports diversity in the tech place and the fact that this boot camp is free and offers almost a guarantee for an internship at the end was a no-brainer for me to join. But do not think that the competition or the chance to get in is that easy either. You really do have to put in the work: fill in a short application, long application, complete some code...
Pros
- Technical Mentorship - Potential to match and have an internship with a sponsor company at the end - Full Stack Curriculum - Behavior and Soft Skill Training alongside Coding Skills
Cons
- Sometimes the curriculum does not match the instructions are given directly to cohort mates - Since it is all remote, you may not feel as connected to your cohort mates unless you really put in the effort

Thrive Together

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Created 1 year ago
There was a major overhaul and lots of improvements this spring. If I had to say one thing about the program, its that you can see your feedback make a difference. Even though we're in the virtual form, Techtonica feels like a very people/team culture. You can't be a loner in the program. In general, the program is incredibly supportive, on many levels, and to many kinds of people. You're gifted with so many opportunities and space to just learn and explore, to grow and thrive. You choose...
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- You do weekly mock interviews (technical + behavioral) as a practical way to track your progress and get quick feedback. There used to be monthly assessments, but that was scrapped. - Even in the virtual setting (due to COVID), there's a...
Cons
- Often the material is fairly straightforward, but you have to be proactive when something isn't clear. Now is the time to practice asking good questions, during daily stand-up or wrap-up or other meetings. - You do still have to do a...

You can be a part of the bridge, #bridgeTheTechGap

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Jennifer Le graduated Techtonica
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Created 1 year ago
Here is the formula: 
Put in the work + Maintain your growth mindset + Give it 6 months 
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You will be gain the confidence and skills to be a software engineer. 

Before Techtonica, I was independently learning to program, applying to jobs with no ends in sight and found lots of rejection. This organization afforded me the opportunity of a stipend (to support myself), gave me a curriculum, gave me structure, introduced me to people in the field, and helped me prepare for my role as a...
Pros
Assigned mentors while attending Techtonica, 6 months of stipend, camaraderie with fellow women and nonbinary people, community, job placement, emotional support, post-placement support, and a new lease on life.
Cons
1.) Depends on who you ask, "gating exams" were stated in the contracts but not something my cohort openly addressed and it caught a few folks off guard. You are asked to leave if you cannot pass the exams, so work hard! Nothing is free. I...

You can be a part of the bridge, #bridgeTheTechGap

Techtonica Review: starstarstarstarstar
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Created 1 year ago
Here is the formula: 
 Put in the work + Maintain your growth mindset + Give it 6 months 
=== 
You will be gain the confidence and skills to be a software engineer. 

 Before Techtonica, I was independently learning to program, applying to jobs with no ends in sight and found lots of rejection. This organization afforded me the opportunity of a stipend (to support myself), gave me a curriculum, gave me structure, introduced me to people in the field, and helped me prepare for my role as a...
Pros
Assigned mentors while attending Techtonica, 6 months of stipend, camaraderie with fellow women and nonbinary people, community, job placement, emotional support, post-placement support, and a new lease on life.

Cons
1.) Depends on who you ask, "gating exams" were stated in the contracts but not something my cohort openly addressed and it caught a few folks off guard. You are asked to leave if you cannot pass the exams, so work hard! Nothing is free. I...

You can be a part of the bridge, #bridgeTheTechGap

Techtonica Review: starstarstarstarstar
more
Created 1 year ago
Here is the formula: 
Put in the work + Maintain your growth mindset + Give it 6 months 
=== 
You will be gain the confidence and skills to be a software engineer. 

Before Techtonica, I was independently learning to program, applying to jobs with no ends in sight and found lots of rejection. This organization afforded me the opportunity of a stipend (to support myself), gave me a curriculum, gave me structure, introduced me to people in the field, and helped me prepare for my role as a...
Pros
Assigned mentors while attending Techtonica, 6 months of stipend, camaraderie with fellow women and nonbinary people, community, job placement, emotional support, post-placement support, and a new lease on life.
Cons
1.) Depends on who you ask, "gating exams" were stated in the contracts but not something my cohort openly addressed and it caught a few folks off guard. You are asked to leave if you cannot pass the exams, so work hard! Nothing is free. I...

Techtonica Courses

Techtonica offers a wide range of excellent courses to choose from. If you want to study full-time, you can choose from Full-Time Software Engineering Program.

No matter which course you choose, the Techtonica curriculum has been crafted and tested to ensure you leave the program with the skills you need to launch a rewarding new career.

How much does Techtonica cost? As for Techtonica tuition, all Techtonica courses cost $0.. But the cost of Techtonica courses shouldn’t be the only thing you consider. There are a variety of financing options available to help you pay for Techtonica's cost.

Full-Time Software Engineering Program

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Six months of training at Techtonica, followed by six months of job placement with one of our partner companies or job search support.
Cost:$0
Duration:52 weeks
Cities:San Francisco
Format:In Person
Pace:Full Time
Schedule:40 Hours/week
Deposit:N/A
Payment Options:N/A
Deferred tuition:N/A
Scholarship:N/A
Refund policy:N/A
Placement test:N/A
Admissions interview:N/A
Acceptance rate:N/A
Prep course:https://www.freecodecamp.org/learn/javascript-algorithms-and-data-structures/
Minimum skill level:N/A

Techtonica Outcomes

Is Techtonica worth it? Let’s look at the Techtonica outcomes numbers. 272 Techtonica graduates have found rewarding careers at high-profile companies like City College of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University.

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Who started Career Karma?

Created 2 years ago

So Career Karma was started by Artur, Ruben and myself out of our own struggles career transitioning into Tech. Our journey took place in 2014-2015 and if it wasn't for the three of us doing it together we wouldn't be here today. Once we got our high paying jobs in tech and I was working as a Software Engineer ... I say an incredible opportunity for others like me who were trying to learn how to code on their own but failing to complete their transition. Three years into us...

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How much can I make if I become a software engineer?

Created 2 years ago

I recommend checking out our article about Full Stack developer salaries: https://careerkarma.com/blog/entry-level-full-stack-developer-salary/

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How do you successfully pass the technical interviews for Flatiron and Hack Reactor (Software Engineering and Cyber Analytics) ?

Created 2 years ago

Good question. They are very different so I would recommend doing prep courses for both to try it out. However, then decide which specialty you're most interested in and go for those technical interviews. In preparation, definitely complete the prep course. The next steps for you should be to ask the admissions officer about the type of questions that are going to be on the technical interviews. What resources do they recommend you review to get accepted? What they think will...

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Which companies hire Techtonica graduates?

There are graduates from Techtonica working at a number of tech companies. This list includes companies like City College of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University

How many students does this school have?

Techtonica has over 272 students and graduates as of 2022. This number will only continue to grow as more and more students take advantage of the courses offered here.

What courses are offered at Techtonica?

Techtonica offers several courses in different tech subjects, including: Full-Time Software Engineering Program.

What types of programs are available at Techtonica?

Techtonica currently has Full-time types of programs available to new students.

What financing options are offered by Techtonica?

This school offers a variety of different financing options, including: Tuition Free, Employer Sponsored. With these payment methods, nearly anyone can attend Techtonica.

Where is Techtonica available?

Techtonica has multiple campuses in . If you live in or near any of these cities, consider visiting to get an idea of the school's style and staff. A visit can help any potential student figure out...

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