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Free? Say what? Yes, that’s not a typo. If you are starting on your journey or are seeking more resources to save money, Welcome! I put together a list of resources that I came across on my journey transitioning to tech and saved a total of $1,150 sticking to free!
If you have any questions send me an email, DM via IG or PM on FB, Tweet on Twitter- You get the point! I am reachable.
Free Online Courses Self Paced(Some offer a paid version if you want to get more out of the free version)
- Unlock Academy (black-owned online tech school) Thanks to Gianni Glatange for putting me on!
- Khan Academy
- Rithm School
- The Odin Project
- The Recurse Center-NYC– not a Bootcamp and does not offer courses. It’s a free retreat and entirely project-based and self-directed.
- Codesmith (NY & LA coding school that offers a free self- paced online platform with weekly workshops and a slack support channel)
- Sabio– (Free prep work & Latin Owned ) Fully Remote Coding Program
- Fullstackacademy (NY & CH coding school that offers a free self-paced online platform with built-in walkthrough videos. They offer a one week or one-month prep in-person at the time I took the one-month prep course they had a promotion code to enroll for free. Keep an eye out for their promotion! If you don’t want to wait, pay $100.)
- Grace Hopper part of Fullstack Academy, Risk-free coding boot camp for anyone who identifies as a woman (incl. non-binary folks). No upfront tuition costs. You are required to attend full-time day classes.
Scholarships & Fellowships
- The Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund– makes it possible for incoming LGBT women and non-binary techies to kickstart careers in technology. Half of your tuition will be covered that’s 50%.
- NYC Web Development Fellowship- available to NYC residents, full-ride scholarship to attend full time a coding boot camp partner. They have requirements you must meet. Please visit the website for more information.
- Pursuit Fellowship– available to NYC residents, a 10- or 12-month intensive training course to get your first tech job. Then, three years of one-on-one support to help you thrive in your career. This is not your average boot camp, you’ll need to commit fulltime, and during the day. Completely free!
- The Innovative Fellowship– available to NYC residents, a 12-month program that offers project-based training, work-based learning and includes an opportunity for real-world application at the end of the program for eligible students. In addition, as part of the fellowship, students will prepare for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Computing Certificate. You’ll need to commit full-time! Completely free!
Newsletters(I was awarded numerous scholarships for intro classes found within newsletters)
- For Colored Girls Who Tech – A weekly newsletter for Black and Brown women highlighting entrepreneurship and venture capital in the tech ecosystem
- Tech Ladies – A worldwide community with 100,000 members. Through a supportive online group, a free job board, and opportunities to learn, they help Tech Ladies grow their careers.
- People of Color in Tech(POCIT) & Podcast – A weekly newsletter about all things people of color in tech.
- Women Who Code – Women Who Code is a global non-profit with a set of programs for engineers to reach the careers they want.
- Latinas in Tech & FB group – is a non-profit organization with the mission to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech.
- Women in Web Development & FB Group– is a thriving community of over 2,500 female developers in various stages of their coding journeys.
- Elpha– is a platform of women in tech talk candidly online. You can find a mentor, job, and/or work reference.