Learners Guild - Program Details

Our Program

Learn by working on real world problems in an optimal learning environment
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Learn by doing

No tests, no grades, no cookie-cutter curriculum

Collective Learning.

Learners Guild is a supportive, collective, environment that is designed around cognitive apprenticeship. We help people do whatever it takes to become ready for a career in web development. This includes learning at least one formal programming language (JavaScript), and a host of other tools and technologies.

We stagger our sessions so you learn new skills from others who are a few months ahead, and you master your technique by mentoring those just a few months behind. In this type of collaborative environment, you will not only build world-class learning aptitude and skills, but also make new friends for life.


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be admitted to Learners Guild, applicants must meet the requirements listed.

Beyond a common desire to become a premium software engineer, all of our learners share a drive to learn and grow in a mutually supportive environment, not just intellectually, but socially and emotionally as well. We expect a minimum level of personal development and maturity.

We look for a baseline proficiency in both technical and social-emotional aptitude. It is important to understand that Learners Guild is not designed to support persons who are exploring programming for the first time. We are a learning collective that works best for advanced beginners.

If you are just starting to explore programming, you should take advantage of the many freely available resources for beginners so that you can be best prepared. We recommend Shay Howe’s HTML & CSS lessons, the Intro to JS course on Khan Academy, and the Make a Website and Make an Interactive Website tracks on Codecademy.

  • Commited to pursuing a career as a software engineer.
  • Willing to aid others in their learning.
  • Age 21 or older
  • Oral and written proficiency in English
  • Has several years' employment and/or community service experience
  • Willing and able to participate full-time for 40 weeks in person.
  • Can type at least 30 words per minute
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident

Learners Guild vs.
College or Bootcamp.

What sets us apart


  • Traditional CS degree
  • Holistic education, predominantly not skills-based
  • For top-tier high school students
  • 4 years long
  • Schedule depends on class availability
  • $153K
  • Student responsibility (loans) – pays regardless of job outcome
  • Not job-focused
  • No stipend

Learners Guild

  • Degree alternative
  • Holistic, skills-based education for software development
  • For anyone
  • 10 months long
  • Weekdays 8:30am - 6:00pm
    (or 7am - 10pm if you want to work longer)
  • 12% to 20% of first three years' salary
  • Financed upfront through outside investors – repayment hinges on successful student employment
  • Job-focused
  • Upto $1500/month stipend


  • Skills augmentation
  • Quick 'finishing school'
  • Has a degree, looking to brush up
  • 10-12 weeks long
  • Work around the clock
  • $13K
  • Student responsibility (loans) – pays regardless of job outcome
  • Job-focused
  • No stipend
The upshot: unlike college or bootcamp students, as a Learners Guild learner you'll never be in a position where you can't repay a loan.
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