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Build your Professional Web Developer Portfolio at Code Bootcamp of South Dakota

Building Your Portfolio

One of our three goals for Code Bootcamp is to provide students with an active portfolio of real-world work that they can use to demonstrate their skills to prospective employers upon graduation. Even though we don’t think anyone graduating is going to have a difficult time finding a job, we want to give them every advantage possible with which to impress their future employer and increase their negotiation power. Plus, our graduates will be in a better position to pick which company that they want to join!

Community Focused

Since Code Bootcamp is very community focused, we want to enlist multiple projects from our community for our students to develop during our 12 week course. We want real-world projects — not busywork — to build real skills. No one wants to spend weeks developing a project that will never be seen by anyone other than the instructor – that is demoralizing!

To have a broad selection of projects to choose from we ask our sponsors, local non-profits, and our students themselves for projects that we can develop during our Fall Session. Each student will have between two and three projects that they will work on. The projects will be completed mostly in small teams or individually. Throughout Bootcamp, we will evaluate new projects, divide into teams, and build projects.

Where do the projects come from?

For a nominal fee, businesses that are not Code Bootcamp Sponsors — such as a start-up company or local small business — can also submit a project for consideration. All projects are treated the same way any other consultant project would be: with a scope document, project plan, and budget prepared by our students.

Each team will work directly with the end-user on specifications, scope, design, and features using a SCRUM project management process, led initially by our instructors. Projects will be worked on in the afternoons and outside of class.

I would love to hear from you about Code Bootcamp or see you attend Fall Session in 2015. Please send me a Tweet at @wbushee, or drop me an email. After all, shouldn't we all keep learning?

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