We've been talking to a number of potential students over the past few weeks, and have had some great conversations with students from a variety of backgrounds. As we've been having these conversations, though, a challenge has emerged. With so many resources available for people who want to learn on their own, and with the emergence of short courses like First Step Coding aimed at people who are on the fence about a career change into web development, people are coming to us from different backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. So how can we try to level that playing field, and assess who would be a good fit for our program as objectively as possible?
We don't care about how much you know when you apply, but we do care about how you (1) think about solving problems, and (2) persevere in the face of challenging questions. By offering this course prep, every potential student can begin the application process with the same learning materials. And finishing those materials will help set students up for success.