What is Bitwise Workforce Training?
Bitwise Workforce Training is an educational academy, offering a variety of coding courses open to everyone. Our six-week evening classes are affordably priced and make it easy for anyone to sign up and take a course. Workforce is more than your typical night school. Our active and diverse community of staff, instructors, and alumni create a built-in network full of resources and connections just waiting to happen.
Why does Bitwise Workforce Training teach coding?
Code is the system of rules and information every website, application, and other digital technology is built on. Knowing how to code is a necessary skill for many technology jobs, and the building blocks for more advanced tech careers. The technology industry is growing fast, and having coding skills in your back pocket is a great way to enter this dynamic and rewarding field. We teach you skills that help you get real jobs, fast.
Where do Bitwise Workforce Training Students come from?
Anywhere and everywhere! But more specifically, most of our students find their way into classes after attending a Bitwise Workforce Training community event, or hearing about us from a friend, family member, or social media.
What types of students are in Bitwise Workforce Training courses?
People from all backgrounds and experiences take our courses! We’ve had young students and older adults, folks with GEDs, PhDs, and everything in between. We even had a class with a 7 year old, and a 72 year old learning at the same time! We believe anyone can learn how to code, and if you’re willing to learn, our doors are open.
How is Bitwise Workforce Training different from other coding courses or bootcamps?
We’re dedicated to removing barriers to the technology industry by offering accessible and affordable classes to anyone and everyone willing to learn. Our classes are individualized and project-based, meaning you’ll get to put what you learn to work right away on individual and group projects. And best of all, taking a Bitwise Workforce Training course also invites you into our diverse network of staff, students, and alumni – your new tech community full of resources, connections, opportunity, and more.
Will Workforce help me get a job?
Bitwise Workforce Training is not a placement agency. We don’t get you the job, but we will help guide you to it and help you network your skills. Additionally, we offer resume, professional branding and interview workshops to all our students. Ultimately, you have to go get that job off of your merit by putting in the work. However, being in our classes and our network creates greater opportunities, and our alumni are proof of that!
What types of courses does Bitwise Workforce Training offer?
Who teaches Bitwise Workforce Training courses?
Our Bitwise Workforce Training instructors are experts in their fields, which means you’ll get to learn from some of the best! Many of our instructors began as students in our Workforce courses. They’ve gone on to work in the industry and come back to help the next generation of technologists. Their coding skills are top-notch, and they’re some of the most supportive, patient, and inspiring individuals you’ll ever meet.
Where and when are the Workforce Training courses taught?
Bitwise Workforce Training courses are currently taught twice a week from 6p-9p, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, depending on the class. Classrooms are located in Bitwise buildings in downtown Fresno, CA, but are currently held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Workforce will be coming to our Bitwise Bakersfield, Bitwise Merced, Bitwise Oakland and Bitwise Toledo locations soon!
How often are courses taught?
Courses are taught for six weeks, and repeated throughout the year as they are completed. You can view our current course schedule here.
Where can I sign up for a Workforce course?
When registration is open for new courses. You can sign up here!
Do I need any technology to take a Workforce course?
Students will need a laptop computer. Don’t have one? Don’t let that stop you. Recommended computer specs: Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 500 GB internal storage drive. Send an email to [email protected] to inquire about our laptop lending program (based on availability).
What happens after a Workforce course?
Our students explore a variety of options after finishing Bitwise Workforce Training courses! Often they are equipped with the skills and experience to explore entry-level technology jobs, whether with our partner organizations or beyond. Some students apply to Tech Apprenticeships, others may continue exploring more Workforce courses. Along the way, they’ll stay connected with our Workforce community of staff, alumni, and future students, for resources and networking opportunities. What happens next is really up to you! All of our students are empowered to define what “success” looks like to them after finishing a Workforce course.
What is the Bitwise Workforce Training Tech Apprenticeship program?
The Bitwise Workforce Training Tech Apprenticeship program is a paid internship experience built to bridge the gap between learning and working in the technology industry. It allows Apprentices the opportunity to earn a stipend by putting the skills they learn to work on real projects, while under the supervision and leadership of an expert. Learn more about the Workforce Tech Apprenticeship program here.
How is a Workforce Tech Apprenticeship different from just taking Workforce classes?
The Bitwise Workforce Training Tech Apprenticeship is a hands-on experience that shows students what it’s like to work in the technology industry. While Workforce classes teach you coding skills and give you opportunities to build sample projects, Apprentices are paid to work on client projects under the supervision and mentorship of a technical lead. Apprenticeships last anywhere from a few months to a year. Participants will also have opportunities to engage with the Bitwise Workforce community and beyond by teaching courses, holding workshops, and mentoring students.
How do I get into a Workforce Tech Apprenticeship?
Individuals are invited to our Tech Apprenticeship program.
What does it take to get invited to join a Workforce Tech Apprenticeship?
We’re looking for students with grit and self-determination. Someone who is a team player, who is ready to learn, and doesn’t give up easily. You should be actively seeking a career, and committed to learning and refining your craft along the way.
How can my business or organization partner with Bitwise Workforce Training?
There are a variety of partnership opportunities with Bitwise Workforce Training, from providing wrap-around services to developing custom courses. Click here to learn more about Bitwise Workforce partnerships.