Job opportunities: Grand Circus to provide free software development training

Job opportunities: Grand Circus to provide free software development training
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If you want to learn the ins and outs of social media and turn those skills into a great job, here’s your chance.

Grand Circus, a professional tech training institute with campuses in Detroit and Grand Rapids, is ready for its second wave of bootcamps supported by Facebook. Under this partnership, residents of Michigan are eligible to receive full scholarships for Grand Circus bootcamps.

Damien Rocchi, CEO of Grand Circus says students will receive crucial digital skills training necessary for filling today’s open technology jobs.

“The scholarships provided by this partnership allow us to make tech training more readily available to the broader community,” says Damien Rocchi, CEO of Grand Circus. “Graduates of this program will receive crucial digital skills training necessary for filling today’s open technology roles.”

Students accepted into the program will receive full scholarships – valued at nearly $10,000 – and receive training in Java in Detroit. Those going through the bootcamp will also be provided with job assistance training through the Grand Circus career assistance program, which includes soft skill sessions, career 1-on-1s and mock interviews.

A total of 25 students will be accepted across the Grand Circus Detroit and Grand Rapids campuses. Applicants must apply at grandcircus.co/facebook and be able to commit to eight weeks of full-time schooling from July 16 through September 21.

Rolling applications are now open. Qualified students will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Rolling applications opened on May 6 and close on June 15.

Eligible students must:

  • Be a Michigan resident
  • Be at least 18 year’s old
  • Be available for the full length of the bootcamp
  • Have an individual annual income of $50,000 or less
  • Consider themselves unemployed or underemployed

Ideal students will have:

  • A college degree or some completed college coursework
  • At least three years of professional experience, preferably with some exposure to diverse team-based environments
  • Experience in a back-end programming language (self-taught, formal education or professional experience)
  • Examples to demonstrate resourcefulness and a tenacity to overcome obstacles
  • An openness to receiving and giving feedback
  • A growth mindset, a great attitude and eagerness to learn at lightning speed
Graduates from the first Bootcamp have been placed at 15 companies throughout Michigan.

This second bootcamp is a part of Facebook’s mission to train 3,000 Michiganders in coding and social media business marketing over the next two years. The first bootcamp, which included 25 students, kicked off in October 2017. These graduates have since been placed at 15 companies throughout Michigan.

Allie Stehney and Christopher Namyst are two of these graduates.

Prior to Grand Circus, Stehney was a University of Michigan graduate struggling to launch a dynamic career in tech. She is now a front-end developer at Detroit-startup, Quikly.

“The curriculum for this bootcamp prepared me well to work with new technology and frameworks within the world of development,” she says. “Now I’m a developer at Quikly, a startup in Detroit. I absolutely love my job and loved my time at Grand Circus.”

Namyst now works as an associate technical consultant at Perficient.

“Grand Circus gave me the foundation I needed to get my foot in the door with an exceptional company,” he says. “In addition to the content and curriculum, Grand Circus does a great job in supporting their students while also teaching them the importance of soft skills. I was prepared and ready for my career change thanks to their dedicated team. I am forever grateful for how they have impacted and changed my future for the better.”

To read about other alumni please click here.

For additional information on Grand Circus please click here.

For additional information on the Facebook Bootcamp, or to apply, please click here.

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