Frequently Asked Questions
What is Geekwise?
Geekwise is an educational academy, offering a variety of coding courses open to everyone. Our affordably priced, six-week evening classes make it easy for anyone to sign up and take a course. Geekwise is more than just 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 Geekwise 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.
How is Geekwise 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 Geekwise 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 Geekwise help me get a job?
Geekwise Academy is not a placement agency. We don’t get you the job, but we will help guide you to it and help you network and offer resume, professional branding and interview workshops. Ultimately, you’re going to have to get that job of your merit by putting in the work. However, being in our classes and our network creates greater opportunity, and our alumni are proof of that!
Where do Geekwise students come from?
Anywhere and everywhere! But more specifically, most of our students find their way into classes after attending a Geekwise community event, or hearing about us from a friend, family member, or social media.
What types of students are in Geekwise courses?
People from all types of 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! A core value is that anyone can learn how to code, and if you’re willing to learn, our doors are open.
What types of courses does Geekwise offer?
Who teaches Geekwise courses?
Our Geekwise Academy 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 Geekwise 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 also some of the most supportive, patient, and inspiring individuals you’ll ever meet.
Where and when are the Geekwise courses taught?
Geekwise courses are currently taught from 6p-9p twice a week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, depending on the class. Classrooms are located in Bitwise buildings in downtown Fresno, CA. Geekwise will be coming to our Bitwise Bakersfield, Bitwise Merced, and Bitwise Oakland 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 Geekwise course?
When registration is open for new courses, you can sign up here!
Do I need to have any technology to take a Geekwise course?
Students will need a laptop computer.
What happens after a Geekwise course?
Our students explore a variety of options after finishing Geekwise 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 cohorts, others may continue exploring more Geekwise courses. Along the way, they’ll stay connected with our Geekwise 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 Geekwise course.
What is the Geekwise Cohort program?
The Geekwise Cohort program is a paid internship experience built to bridge the gap between learning and working in the technology industry. It allows Cohort members 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 Geekwise Cohort program here.
How is a Geekwise Cohort different than just taking Geekwise classes?
The Geekwise Cohort is a hands-on experience that shows students what it’s like to work in the technology industry. While Geekwise classes teach you coding skills and give you opportunities to build sample projects, Cohort participants are paid to work on client projects under the supervision and mentorship of a technical lead. Cohorts last anywhere from a few months to a year. Participants will also have opportunities to engage with the Geekwise community and beyond by teaching courses, holding workshops, and mentoring students.
How do I get into a Geekwise Cohort?
Individuals are invited to our Cohort program.
What does it take to get invited to join a Geekwise Cohort?
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 continuing to learn and refine your craft along the way.