Rivers Agile Code School

Our Code School is offered as a 12-week boot camp and provides hands-on, in-person, collaborative learning after business hours, allowing you to take an alternative path for education.

As Pittsburgh continues to develop into a major national tech hub, the need for qualified tech professionals has increased as the pool of qualified candidates continues to shrink. That’s why we decided to offer our own unique solution by providing a code school to train and grow the next generation of qualified Pittsburgh techies.

We’ll immerse you into a curriculum including real world projects to help you gain work experience with job placement, whether with Rivers Agile or another Pittsburgh-based company. Students have the opportunity to choose from two different learning paths, detailed below. Each boot camp is taught by one of our experienced consultants over a 12-week period.

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“It’s really hard to find good web developers or QA analysts in Pittsburgh, so we decided to train them ourselves,” said Ben Wilson, Founder and CEO at Rivers Agile. “Code Schools are a growing trend; as 16,000 Americans graduated from one of the 68 schools across the country in 2015 – but Rivers Agile Code School is the only Pittsburgh-based option.” 

Course Offerings

Core QA

Breaking things is fun and that’s how we got our start. We continue to raise expectations of how proper Quality Assurance can benefit organizations. This bootcamp is broken down into three parts to help you learn the foundational skills needed to create a proactive QA presence. They include Core QA Fundamentals, Learning Databases with SQL and Browser Automation with Selenium. You’ll leave with the knowledge to be a driving force in producing high-quality, ready-for-market software products.

Next Class Starting Mid-July

Cost: $6,000

Level: Beginner

Details: Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 pm

Web Development

So you want to be a web developer? This class is for you. We’ll cover the basics of commonly-used, current web development languages such as JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, CSS, HTML, SQL and more. This course can be intense at times requiring you to think abstractly and write a lot of code. You’ll leave with the ability to express your creativity through code and the understanding that with the right technical skills, pretty much anything is possible!

Next Class Starting Mid-July

Cost: $6,000

Level: Beginner

Details: Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 pm

Is Code School Right for You?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Code School

What do I get out of this course?

While each course is different in subject matter, they are all designed to prepare you for an entry level position in that discipline. Additionally you will get the chance to work on real-world projects with Senior level consultants who are passionate about learning.

What is expected from you?

The willingness to fully engage in a proven bootcamp model to make the most of your investment. This will not be easy…but you’ll love every minute of it.

How long is a bootcamp?

Most courses are a multi-day, 12-week course. Depending on the course/schedule some are only offered during the day.

Who can apply?

Anyone with a desire to learn new skills in technology.

Rivers Agile shall not discriminate and shall admit applicants and students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at Rivers Agile. Rivers Agile does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Will everyone get in?

No, not everyone will get in. We will review each applicant to determine appropriate fit to the curriculum and class size.

Am I guaranteed a job after a course?

Our role is to teach you the skills and help you prepare for your new career. We use a proven model of curriculum that is designed to make you valuable in today’s marketplace. We will also provide assistance in finding a job appropriate to your skills. As a custom software development organization, we are always searching for talented individuals to join our team. There are many opportunities for innovative developers and QA engineers and we are one of several here in Pittsburgh with openings, including partnerships with other employers.

How much does it cost?

The evening courses for Core QA and Web Development are $6,000 and require a $500 down payment.

How do I pay for this?

Loans are available through the school at a modest interest rate. Partial tuition forgiveness is available if you work for Rivers Agile Solutions for 1 year post graduation. Employment with Rivers Agile is not a given, but is possible. You can also secure your own financing or sponsorship from an existing employer.

Do I need my own computer/equipment?

Yes, students are required to provide a laptop. Additional specs/software requirements are available based on the bootcamp you are interested in.

Are there other bootcamps available?

We’re working on more offerings, stay tuned. We’re open to suggestions. Email us at info@riversagile.com


Do you offer custom classes for large teams?

Sure, contact us and we’ll figure out the right solution. Email us at info@riversagile.com


Can I use this as a professional development option for my staff?

Absolutely. Let’s talk about how we can meet your unique needs. Email us at info@riversagile.com

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