BECOME A SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Change careers with North Carolina's most competitive coding education
Computer Science + Industry Curriculum
With the best of both worlds, our students learn the stuff that coding bootcamps don’t teach and can do what CS grads can’t.
1:5 Student-Instructor Ratio
From code reviews to career coaching, we’re all about staying small and investing in mentorship.
Our Program Syllabus
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"I liked that Project Shift was competitive to get into and that wouldn't just accept anyone. It exceeded my expectations. The curriculum was really well thought out and the lessons were easy to learn from. Sean and Aaron have been super supportive and have put all of us in touch with people in their large network, many of whom have job openings. I found a part-time position two weeks out, which is really the best case scenario for me as I was looking for something flexible that works with my schedule."
Ashley Hardin, Project Shift Graduate
Software Engineer at InHerSight
"I had a job interview on the last day of the cohort with one of Sean's connections. After a follow up interview and a code challenge, I was hired.
My experience with Project Shift has turned out better than I could have ever expected. If you are passionate about programming, and you are willing to work your butt off, you will not regret this investment in your future."
Wes Jourdan, Project Shift Graduate
Software Engineer at Fugitive Labs
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike many other programs in our area, Project Shift is designed exclusively for serious candidates who are ready to transition their careers into software engineering upon completing the program. We go to extensive lengths to ensure that we’re only accepting students who we believe will be successful (get jobs). We believe so much in what we’re doing, and that we can get our students jobs when they graduate, that we’ve joined CIRR to hold ourselves to that high standard.
As of now, we only accept a maximum of 10 students per quarter (cohort) to ensure that all our students receive devoted mentorship from our instructors. Primarily we’re interested in three things:
- Technical Competency
If you’re unsure if this program is for you or if you’re curious to know if you have what it takes to get in, we encourage you to apply and meet with our team. In any case, we want to help you meet your goals whether that’s as a student in our program or not.
So far we’ve never had to turn away a qualified, hungry candidate due to finances. We have a variety of financing and scholarship opportunities available to those who qualify. Apply first to see if the program is right for you and we can help guide you when it comes to finances should you be accepted.
As you can see, we have deep roots in the local job market and have a variety of mentors, partners and industry advisors in the highest ranking positions in some of the Triangle’s top companies.
Each student is matched 1:1 with a mentor who is an experienced local software engineer and throughout the program can advise them in all areas of their new career.
In addition to mentorship, students will meet a variety of industry leaders during our invite-only Project Shift networking events and throughout the course as our partners come to speak and teach electives.
Since we’re laser-focused on getting our students jobs when they graduate, and since we realize that “getting-a-job” is often times a different skill than coding, we have developed a robust career-develop training program.
Sarah, our industry expert, meets with our students one-on-one for coaching sessions through the entire course to help them identify their values, vision, goals and help them create a profile for the kinds of companies they might want to work for.
Additionally, as we host networking events, students receive training on how to make lasting impressions and connections that will ultimately leave them with a robust network of potential employers upon graduation.
Lastly, we go to lengths to help students crafting winning resumes, take them through mock interviews with local engineering managers and help them cultivate a plan for applying and interviewing toward the end of the course.
For the last few years Aaron has worked with some of the country's top immersive coding programs and even started "The Startup Nation's" (Israel) first immersive coding program. Aaron brings his experience to Project Shift with a vision to reform education and build the country's leading software education experience through staying small, prioritizing students, and focusing on mentor relationships. Aaron lives in downtown Durham with his wife and 2 sons and has his frist daughter on the way.
Sean has both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science with a focus on AI and a certificate in university teaching. Since deciding to not become a Computer Science professor, Sean has had 10+ years building and architecting apps for companies from start-ups to Fortune 50 brands. His passion for teaching software has expressed itself in the many developers he's hired and mentored as well as his frequent guest lectures and advisory board position at The Iron Yard. Sean lives in Durham with his wife and 5 kids.
Mentors, Partners and Advisors
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