Full Stack Developer Frequently Asked Questions
Full Stack Developer Frequently Asked Questions
Full Stack Development – Student FAQs
Q. What does a Full Stack Developer do?
A. A full-stack software developer writes code not only for the user’s front-end web applications or mobile applications, but they’re also writing API code that sits in the middle, they’re writing server code that sits in the back, and they’re also connecting and communicating with databases. Essentially a full-stack developer does both front-end and back-end development. But that’s not all. They also understand how those pieces work together, and they’re able to create the communication and integration that exists between those two sides.
Q. Why do I need a High School Diploma/GED to be considered for the program?
Q. What is the Analytical Skills test and why is it a requirement to get admitted to the program?
Q. Do I need prior coding experience to take this class?
A. Prior coding experience is not an absolute requirement, although it helps if you have been exposed to some programming in the past. To help those who have not done any programming before as well as to level set all program applicants, we have put in place a mandatory free 48 hour class on Python Programming. All students have to pass this class in order to continue further in the program.
Q. I already know programming. Why do I need to take the Python Programming module?
A. First of all, there is no cost for the 48 hour Python Programming module. The government funding agency that is paying for your education wants to ensure that you are serious about attending the class, finishing it and finding employment. They base their decision to fund your education on your performance in the Python module. Furthermore, it helps us set a baseline of programming expertise for all students. If you already know programming, it is a good refresher for you!
Q. Am I guaranteed funding if I do well in the Python Programming module?
A. Although we have trained thousands of students under government funded programs since 2003, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the funding because the funding office has their own criteria for awarding the grant. We will work closely with you to assist you with the application process at the funding office. Of course you have to be responsive and diligent to the request for information from the government office to increase your chances of getting funded. We are motivated to see you get the funding because it is in our interest too, to train you, place you in a job and earn your tuition fee.
Q. What happens if I do not do well in the Python Programming module?
Q. What if I discover that I don't like computer programming?
A. That’s fine! Our free Python Programming module is the best way to find out if coding and software development is the right choice for you. It will help you make an educated and confident decision about your future.
Q. Is the course syllabus up to date per industry requirements?
Q. How is your program different from the rest?
Q. Will I receive a certificate after completing the Full Stack Developer program?
Q. Since the class is online, can I do it whenever I want to?
Q. How can I make up if I miss a class lecture?
A. We can provide a link for the recorded class session. However, you need to present to us a genuine reason for your absence. Since bulk of the learning happens when you actively code during the class, it is important to attend the class live. If you repeatedly miss class, that is grounds for dismissal from the class.
Q. What do I need to attend the class online?
Q. I live outside California. Can I get government funding to take the class for free?
A. Unfortunately, at the present time, the government funded Full Stack Development program is open only to California residents. Please fill out this form and we can discuss other options with you.
Q. Do you accept International Students?
A. Since the class is conducted online, yes, you may enroll in it. Please note that International students are not eligible for government funded free tuition and you will have to pay for the class out of pocket. Furthermore, your ability to work in the US is determined by your citizenship/immigration status and we cannot assist you in any way with that.
Q. How long does your Full Stack Developer program take?
A. The 400 hour long program typically takes 18 weeks to finish.
Q. How soon can I get a job?
A. Our Career Services staff will assist you with resume preparation, job search and mock technical interviews during the second half of the class. We are highly motivtaed to get you working soon after you finish the class because our job placement performance determines future participation in the government funded program. Due to State regulations, we cannot guarantee that you will get a job.
Q. Who is going to be my employer?
Q. Which documents do I need to submit to avail the government funding?
A. The documents we need to see before we can refer you to the funding agency are:
– State issued Drivers License/ID (required for proof of age and residency),
– Copy of your Social Security card (required for proof of US work authorization. For your privacy, you must blank out the first five digits of your SSN. We need to be able to see everything else on the card, including the last 4 digits of your SSN)
– Copy of your 4 year Degree Certificate from an accredited US University. If it is a foreign degree, you must submit a signed credential evaluation letter from an approved credential service.
Do not submit these documents till we ask you for them. We will ask you for these when you pass the Analytical skills test and are cleared to proceed to the next step.
Q. I am interested. When can I enroll in the program?
Q. How can the course be free? Is there a catch?
A. The Full stack Developer course is funded under the WIOA program by the State of California for eligible participants. The WIOA program haas existed for several decades now.
Q. Why is the State of California funding the tuition fee for software developers?
Q. What is the source of tuition assistance for Full Stack Developer students?
A. The School has access to State Grants, funded under the WIOA program, by the CA EDD, that allow qualified students to receive tuition-free education, in return for working as a software developer for one year. These grants are very popular and are given on a first-come first-served basis.
Q. If I get my tuition funded under the State grant, will I have to pay it back from my salary after I get a job?
Your salary is yours to keep.
Q. How long does it take to receive grant-funded tuition assistance?
Q. Will obtaining this grant-funded tuition for the Full Stack class affect my college Financial Aid in any way?
Q. What documentation will I have to provide after I start working if I am a recipient of this grant-funded tuition?
Q. What if I cannot commit to the one year work requirement?
Q. I am a student and I cannot work full time for a year. Can I still get free training?
Q. I am already working a full time job. Can I still get free training?
Q. Does your school accept funding for Veterans under the GI Bill?
Q: So is Procareer Academy a headhunter or an IT Services company disguised as a Training company?
A: No. As you are aware, headhunters are contractors hired to search for qualified candidates on their client’s behalf. They usually poach from one company to place at another, with no value added in the process. Our mission is to up-skill current unemployed/underemployed graduates to increase the total pool of software workers. Our goal is to benefit both the employers and the workers.
Q: How can we get an idea of their skill level as programmers?
A: As part of their coursework, our graduates prepare GIT portfolios of real-world projects made with HTML, CSS, React and node.js on MERN Stack and take the HackerRank challenge to showcase their skills.