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What is Dev-Island's Mission?

Our mission is to grow the next generation of Kaua'i software engineers. We set up Dev Island Inc. a 501(c)3 to develop technical talent to provide software development coding education.

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How long is the course?

The course will be 9 months part time.

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What equipment will I need?

At this time computers have been donated for our students to use.

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What days will the class be held?

Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 PM HST.

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What are the prerequisites for the course(s)?

Students do not need to have any prior coding experience. With that being said, each person should have the ability to use a computer (i.e. searching the web, creating a PowerPoint presentation etc.). During the selection process, students may be asked to complete entry level coding assignments as a way of gauging aptitude and interest level.

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What will I learn?

Dev-Island is a pattern proven in technical talent growth models and developer boot camps. The developer boot camp model can rapidly grow software developers and cloud engineers in as little as five months full-time or nine months part-time, depending on the entry-level student. This program helps individuals learn the basics of HTML, CSS, web design, react development, and API development in Node.js. During the Bootcamp, students learn the step-by-step skills of a full-stack software step by step engineer. Our project-based learning (PBL) model engages students to support their learning each week, building up to the final project and job placement.

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What jobs will I qualify for?

Students who complete the course will be able to qualify for entry level or junior software engineering jobs, that are looking for proficiency in JavaScript.

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Where will classes be held?

At this time we are exploring in person options and locations. There may be elements of hybrid class options, but this is yet to be determined. Students will be expected to attend class twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each class will be approx. 3 hours long and will include classroom instruction where individuals can ask questions and work with other members of the respective cohort.

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How much is tuition?

At this time there is no tuition fee, but students will be asked to sign a contract pledging their commitment to complete the course and also agreeing to complete a case study at the end of the program.

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What is a cohort?

In this context a cohort is a group of students selected for the bootcamp. Our first cohort will include 5 students and we hope to have as many as 25 students in subsequent cohorts.

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Is there any age limit?

We welcome any age of adult learner.

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How long does the course last?

The course will be part-time and last for 9 months. It will begin with a kick-off meeting and conclude with a graduation ceremony at the end of 9 months.

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How does Dev-island support the native Hawaiian culture?

Our program focuses on culture preservation of Natice Hawaiian culture. Each student will complete a capstone project that includes elements of culture preservation and growing small businesses on Kaua'i.

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What makes your program unique?

This is a Kaua'i focused bootcamp aiming at engaging and developing the next generation of software developers locally. We deeply care about individuals and families and want this to benefit all aspects of the community. We focus on mentorship, career development and readiness, along with personal and professional growth. It's more than just a bootcamp, its investment in people and our belief that knowledge can change the world. Our mission is to use technology to aid individuals looking for a fresh start, and we enable families and individuals to stay on the island and preserve their cultural heritage. We believe each student has enormous potential to become a software engineer and be at the forefront of innovation for their future employers. As individuals raise their knowledge and skills, individuals, families, and the Kaua'i community will benefit.

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How can I sponsor a student?

Send an email to info@dev-island.org to learn more about sponsoring a student.

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How is your program funded?

At this time the program is self funded by the leadership team. We also are applying for local grants. Donations are welcomed. Please email info@dev-island.org to find more about donating.

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How can I volunteer?

We would love for community members to volunteer. Please email danielle@dev-island.org.

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What does it take to be a mentor?

Mentors and coaches are needed. We seek one external mentor and coach for our students that will spend up to 5 hours a month with our candidates as they progress on their journey. We anticipate these mentoring relationships to last well beyond the students' enrollment. These coaches and mentors must be Kaua'i residents working on island or in a remote job and have a proven history of work in a technology field. The ideal mentor will be employed at one of the businesses we would target for our graduates that can be an advocate for the student as they complete the program. As candidates progress through the program they will become mentors of other students who are on a similar journey. This will help build a skillset and strengthen the technology community on Kaua'i. If you are interested in being a mentor please contact Danielle Steed at danielle@dev-island.org for mentor opportunities.