This ain’t your momma’s online college course. We focus on your personal results and success instead of catering to cohorts.
Full-time. Part-time. Somewhere in between? You choose. We’ll be here for you, because what works for one doesn’t work for everyone.
You’ll learn the same tools and techniques that are used in software jobs today. Not used-to-use tech from 20 years ago.
From lab reviews to 1:1 sessions, our Catalyst student-to-instructor relationship is unmatched. Enroll in a course, find a lifelong coach.
Average? Anything but.
Let's both agree to not settle for average anymore.
Our Catalyst program specializes in training software developers with a niche focus in modern websites and web applications. As a Catalyst student, you’ll receive the absolute best that we have to offer as an educational provider – from personalized coaching and mentoring (during and after the program) to a full suite of comprehensive curriculum and supportive services.
The Catalyst Experience
This program is one-of-a-kind. It’s more than a curriculum and better than your run-of-the-mill bootcamp or college course.
Here’s what you won’t experience:
You won’t find yourself starting with 10, 20, or 30 other students all competing for the same instructor’s or TA’s time (that graduated one month before you started), and you don’t have to be in any particular location (we’re fully remote). You won’t be quizzed on arbitrary knowledge you can Google. You won’t be graded on technicalities that you’re still learning. You won’t “fail” out if you fall behind. You won’t find yourself struggling alone.
Here’s what you will experience:
You’ll pick your start date, and wherever you may be, whenever you’ve finished our super-simple admissions process, you’ll start. As a student, you’ll join daily office hours with your instructor, and you’ll see who else is currently in the same section of the curriculum as you (study buddies!). You’ll be able to schedule 1:1 coaching sessions with your instructor, and you’ll receive personalized, private code reviews for each major lab assignment from your instructor. You’ll be pushed, challenged, and (sometimes) frustrated as you inevitably struggle, but we’ll still be here to help – from start to finish (which is a job, not a certificate).
We expect a lot from our students. We treat you like an adult, not a child. We’re not going to coddle you. You don’t get points for showing up and doing the bare minimum – you have to do the work. You also don’t “get good grades” for perfection. Instead, you’ll get real experience as a budding software developer. Build your portfolio. Showcase your creativity, your work ethic, and your interests. Let us (and future employers) know who you are through what you do. If you’re signing up for our Catalyst program, you’re signing up for what will likely be the most rigorous educational experience of your life. It can be overwhelming at times, but that’s why we’re here – to help you through it.
It’s our job to make sure you land your next one. If you’re up for it, let’s catalyze your career change, together.
Lectures. Labs. Repeat.
You’ll have several activities and labs to complete in order to prove your mastery of this material. It’s challenging but fun – get ready to work!
Foundations, not frameworks.
Modern web development changes daily. No one can keep up with everything, but we can build up your foundational knowledge base so you’re prepared for anything.
Novice? No matter.
We curate our curriculum with beginners in mind. Everything builds on top of previous topics, so you can go from module one to done.
Loitered around long enough until he got this job. Does a bit of everything as the resident Jack of all Trades.
Coffee connoisseur, D&D enthusiast, and SSBM expert. Consistently achieves 16 frames GALINT.
Cat dad to Lunatic (no, really) & Co., The One With Ubuntu, and the “Always Green!” Lab Review Queue.
Learn about all the necessary onboarding info you’ll need to quickly set up all the programs and processes we use while you’re enrolled at Covalence. As you're getting started, we’ll also give you some insight into how you can get help when you need it, and what resources are available to you as a Catalyst student.
Intro to Bootstrap, the Document Object Model (DOM), and jQuery
Building with the Fundamentals of React
Building your own server & API with Node.js and Express
All of the above ... now with TypeScript
Add a relational database, 3rd-party APIs, & user authentication
A front-end and back-end is only as good as the data that it's showing – or retrieving from other services – so we'll teach you how to set up and manage your own relational databases with MySQL, along with some basic ETL protocols and stored procedure techniques to make your life a little easier. Our speciality isn't in database management, so this introduction is intended for web developers that need to set up Full Stack applications – or work in a team that manages their own. You'll also learn how to send transactional emails with Mailgun, process payments with Stripe, and control access to your applications with user authentication protocols.
Don't take our word for it. Take theirs:
Starting Covalence was something I was nervous about at first. I had no coding experience whatsoever before Covalence and was somewhat blindly jumping in. The pre-work had me hooked from the beginning. Tic tac toe was a huge challenge early on, but learning how to find solutions and think critically really gave me a rewarding feeling. After that, things with the program got harder on paper, but easier on the mind. Once you have the confidence in yourself, and the team at Covalence behind your back, it is hard to not succeed. The job hunting process was made much easier by the final project at Covalence. Having a full stack application to show off made landing interviews easy work.
I really enjoyed my time at Covalence. The videos were very well done, and the labs did a good job of assessing my knowledge of the material. I can’t say enough good things about the instructors. They let me know (literally every day) they were available for any questions I had. They made sure I knew the fundamentals and were positive and encouraging when I was having difficulty with some concept. They were instrumental in helping me set expectations for implementing features in projects, completing projects, and all throughout the job search experience. I felt I was well prepared for searching for jobs, and was hired within a few months.
Becoming a developer was something I had wanted to do for quite some time, but was unsure of how to get there. Having already gotten a degree in accounting, I didn't feel like going back to college was the right choice for me at this time, both for financial reasons and the time investment required. Luckily, a friend recommended Covalence to me and it sounded like the right option. Overall, I would definitely recommend the program to someone who is looking for a way to transition into the software engineering world, especially if they already have a passion for it. I'm not sure I would have ever gotten to this point on my own and for that I am very grateful for Covalence.
Covalence was, in a word: Awesome. It was the most empowering feeling to look back on what I had a accomplished over the past 3 months. Coding is hard, it just is. It takes work, especially if you’re like me and had never read a line of code before. I was constantly at the edge of my abilities. But, now that I’ve been through it, I have a much stronger mental resolve. My long-term goal is to be an iOS engineer and, thanks to everyone at Covalence, I know that what I want isn’t out of reach.
Covalence has been an invaluable and well-rounded learning experience for me. I consider myself tech-savvy, but not a gadget geek by any means, and Covalence had a great mix of easy-to-follow video lectures and labs, while also challenging me to find my own answers as I progressed through the curriculum. It became evident that this was their intention: you can’t always have the answers provided to you, so you as the developer need to go out and find them sometimes. I felt like I wasn’t simply being taught to be a developer, I was learning on my own how to be a developer.
Covalence's Catalyst program is one of the best investments I've made in my education and career. That may be a bold statement, but I'll explain why in just a moment. As someone who spent over 6 years in the mechanical engineering industry followed by a season in entrepreneurship, Covalence made the most sense for me after a post-pandemic career change.
If you do not have software experience and you want to learn how to code, this is the program for you! If you have experience and want to continue your learning, this program is for you. The full time program is a lot of work...you have to put in the time and the effort to learn. The content and course work builds upon itself seamlessly, and the instructors are there for you every step of the way.
Joining Covalence to learn how to code is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was in retail/food service for 10+ years before deciding to learn how to code, and Covalence was exactly what I needed. The way they have their courses set up build perfectly to teach you what you need to know. The people they have teaching and meeting up with you are super helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend Covalence to anyone interested in coding!
Covalence was one of the best choices I've made for my career. They provided training and insight into cutting edge tools for web-based software development. The instruction was excellent, and I could tell they really care about their students. They also have a vibrant online community on Discord, where instructors, fellow students, and alumni can help each other solve problems and learn, or even just chat. I was very impressed, and their Catalyst course was critical in helping me land my first job in web development. I can't recommend Covalence highly enough.
Currently, the total tuition for our Catalyst program is $9,600.
Our goal with tuition is to make it substantially cheaper than a traditional 4-year college degree while delivering an even more transformative learning experience.
We have two ways for you to pay your tuition: upfront or with a traditional loan. We partner with Ascent to provide 36-month and 60-month fixed-rate financing options for our Catalyst students with the option to finance up to an additional $3,000 for living expenses while enrolled. These loans offer immediate, interest-only, and deferred repayments while you're enrolled in Catalyst, and there are no prepayment penalties. Monthly payments may be as low as $208. (Financing subject to credit approval and not available to all prospects.)
Scholarships may be available through Covalence or Ascent.
Yes, after successfully passing your final assessment, we issue your “Antidegree" Certificate of Completion. It means basically nothing, like most degrees, but we issue it anyway because recruiters, employers, institutions, and governing bodies often require it so that they can verify you actually completed our program. Your skills post-graduation are far more important than this certificate.
Hell no, and this is why – and why you should be wary of any guarantee. You’re the only one that can “guarantee” your success. We can help prepare you to the best of our ability – and we have a great track record at doing that – but we can’t guarantee it, nor will we ever try to sell you that smokescreen.
If you ask, we'll probably tell you if we know it. However, most people only care about time-to-job and starting pay. Since 2015, our alumni start earning around $60k/year after graduation, and it takes most of them around 3 to 4 months to land their first job after graduation (and that’s predominantly in the southeast United States). Obviously, each student has a unique experience; your mileage may vary, but we'll do our best to well-equip you for that journey.
It’s up to you – it’s the same curriculum, service, payment options, and certificate. The only real difference is how much time you’re willing to commit to your education. For full-timers, we expect 40 hours/week at a minimum. That puts you on pace to finish within 3 or 4 months. If you work at half that pace, it should take you twice as long, so if you have other stuff going on (job, family, etc.), part-time may be a better choice.
A stable internet connection, a decent computer, a great attitude, a sunny disposition, and an unwavering work ethic.
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