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Discussion on: There's More Than One Way to Become a Developer

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MJ Lokes

There's a 4th and HUGE option... attend a Career Tech/VoTech High School that offers Software Dev(or some variation) as a career pathway.

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Tamino

Thank you, I was going to mention this. I currently attend a Technical College and they give you hands on coding experience, and not only that, they usually often talk with employers to see what they would like you to know and tailor the programs around that. Also, they cost a fraction of what Universities cost and a full time student is done in 2 years. For working people they offer night classes and certificates (1 year). In addition, they help you with job placement like the Universities.

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Brian Rinaldi Author

Great to hear. I had not considered that option. It'd be great if you or @mj Lokes posted about your experiences. I have never encountered anyone who got into the career this way or heard much about the programs and I suspect I am not alone, so it'd be great to hear from folks who have been through it to make people more aware of the option.

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KC ⚡️

Yes! I was looking for this. I took an 11-month Web Development program. This included a web development certification. Our teacher helped us build up our portfolio with plenty of real-world projects for charity/non-profits (which is more important than the certificate, imo), and she networked within the community to find jobs for her students. I worked as a waitress during this time, and I was able to complete the program with no debt and a career in the field.