Student Testimonials & Reviews

Our students are incredible. From their long hours of hard work and dedication to their life-changing success stories, we could not be more proud of what they have achieved on their journey to becoming web developers, data analysts, and cybersecurity and fintech professionals. The curricula at Northwestern Boot Camps are rigorous and designed to help individuals reach their professional goals.

We know that choosing a boot camp is a big decision that can change the course of your life, so who better to get advice from than students who have been right where you are? Read the reviews and testimonials below to hear directly from a few alumni.

Review: “I would never have been able to be hired for this if I hadn't attended boot camp.”
Sarah Parkington
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2020
  • Course: Data Science and Visualization
I had been working in ad sales and knew sales was not what I wanted to do forever. I was working at a tech start up that had a lot to do with data science. I worked closely with the data analysts and found I gravitated towards learning what they were doing to manipulate the data on the back end and how. When the startup sold, I needed to make a quick decision and I chose to sign up for a data science boot camp to change my career to be in data. I chose Northwestern so that I’d have a big name school on my resume, which I knew would help me greatly in the job market after the program.

Graduating during a pandemic was not easy at all, and I was very appreciative to have Michelle Licata as my support while I was going through the very difficult job hunt in the peak of lockdown. I stumbled upon the opportunity to work in data science for the US Army and I’m very excited. I would never have been able to be hired for this if I hadn’t attended boot camp. My family is all military so I will fit in very well. I never considered this as a career before, but now I know this could be my career for a very long time.

Review: “I am very happy with the outcome of the program and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.”
Sabrina Rolz Sandoval
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2020
  • Course: Coding
My overall experience with the program was great. I decided to attend, since I wanted to further build upon my technical background in order to transition to a role in software engineering. The instructors, [TAs] and the rest of the staff was extremely supportive and very knowledgeable on the subjects covered. Even though I didn’t interact with career services, they constantly reached out to me for guidance, which shows how supportive they are to current and graduated students. The reason why I didn’t take advantage of career services is mainly because the company I currently work for, decided to sponsor my boot camp in order to transfer me to a role in technology.

I am very happy with the outcome of the program and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.

Review: “I've changed the trajectory of my career in less than a year.”
Ellen White
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2020
  • Course: Coding
I realized after working for a few years in well-paying, but rather plain customer service jobs, that I needed the challenge and pace that only a career in tech could give me, so I looked into Development. I chose Northwestern because it’s a renowned name to back up my education, and I’m lucky to live nearby. The price seemed on par or even a bit cheaper than many other comparable programs. It was a difficult 6 months, but I’ve never learned anything so rapidly in my life, and I wish I’d done it 4 years ago right out of college. Now, I’m still not where I want to be, but I feel like I’m well on my way to finally having the career I want, and I”m very grateful for the work I put in. I’ve changed the trajectory of my career in less than a year.
Review: “The class was outstanding!``
Javier Salinas
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2020
  • Course: Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity has been something I have really grown passionate about, I’ve known about the topic and what it does but did not know HOW to start. My original plan was enlist into the U.S Army as a 17C Cyber Operations Specialist after graduating high school two years ago, but after many decisions, I decided to go to Wright College as an alternative.

Personally, I felt like I was losing time that I could’ve used to get a head start on a career so, after doing [a lot] of research while sitting in the library at wright college, I found “Northwestern Cybersecurity Boot Camp” and placed my information and called, eventually enrolling!

The class was outstanding! I really did enjoy the class, it was very active and had various examples on what to do and not to do, the fact that it prepares one for the Security + exam is a huge plus! Although, some topics maybe could have been done in a better way such as running a student Kali yourself such as the Ubuntu machine.

I am now progressing towards my career in cybersecurity, starting as an IT Help Desk and then onward! This was something I really did not expect, but now I’m more motivated than ever!

Review: “It has given me so many new tech skills and this allowed me to land a new, more technical position.”
Mairead Lavery
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2019
  • Course: Data Science and Visualization
I took the boot camp to improve upon my technical skills and build my portfolio to show to potential employers. It has given me so many new tech skills and this allowed me to land a new, more technical position at a great company.
Review: “Hands-on training that was specific to what I am interested in was vital to my decision.”
Scott Hajduk
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2019
  • Course: Cybersecurity
I had previously attended a shorter, free boot camp that was part of a larger pilot program in the City of Chicago via City Colleges of Chicago.

After doing my own market research and trying to understand the overall layout of the Information Security world, I chose Northwestern and Trilogy based on their offerings. Hands-on training that was specific to what I am interested in was vital to my decision. There were other more common choices but with my prior knowledge, I felt Northwestern would be the best place to challenge myself and grow as an analyst and person.

Review: “it was pretty amazing going from not knowing how to code to building a real working project.”
Nora Byrd
  • Full-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2019
  • Course: Coding
I chose to attend because I was sick and tired of being in marketing and wanted to learn web development. The course gave me a fantastic foundation, taught me how to learn quickly, and gave me real practical experience – it was pretty amazing going from not knowing how to code to building a real working project.
Review: “It has impacted my life well as I have been able to jump to a new industry.”
Christine Trinh
  • Full-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2019
  • Course: Coding
The boot camp was an intense three months of my life, but I ultimately enjoyed the experience because there was so much to be learned. I chose to attend as I wanted more technical skills to further my career. It has impacted my life well as I have been able to jump to a new industry.
Review: “The boot camp gave my resume the sparkle it needed...”
Greg R.
  • Part-Time
  • Certificate Earned 2018
  • Course: Data Science and Visualization
I had been unemployed for almost 18 months when I decided to commit to a new career track. Enrolling was the final step of that commitment. The boot camp gave my resume the sparkle it needed to get me into the interview room, and taught me the skills I needed to pass the whiteboard test. I had an offer within five weeks of the program’s end.

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