The hack_app team had the pleasure of interviewing Ty and Nhi, Co-Founders of DevPoint Labs, for an in-depth look at the functionality of their premier Salt Lake City code school. We covered a variety of topics, including the story behind DevPoint Labs and their success, the logistics and benefit of a DevPoint Lab’s education, and how DevPoint Labs is equipping and aiding their students for the job market.
We are so thankful for the DevPoint Lab’s team giving us their time to allow prospective students to gain insight into the code school experience; these are great people who run an innovative and effective code school.
Please view the accompanying YouTube video for the complete interview with more information, in-depth interaction with the DevPoint Lab’s and hack_app team, and increased insight into the code school industry
DevPoint Labs Story
Co-Founders, Ty and Nhi, have been friends since high school and have since founded multiple startups, DevPoint Labs being one.
Ty is a graduate of the coding bootcamp Starter League that is based out of Chicago; Nhi earned his Masters degree in information systems management from the University of Utah. Nhi found that his education did not offer him experience in alternate coding languages, aside from the common PHP or Java.
Their varying experiences with education led Nhi and Ty to open their own school in Utah to meet the huge coding education need in the Las Vegas/Salt Lake City area. Ty earned his coding education via flying to Chicago and attending the Starter League coding bootcamp; this caused him to ask the question,why should someone have to fly out of state to get a quality coding education in the language they desire? From this concept, DevPoint Labs was born. DevPoint Labs specifically addresses the need for coding education in the less-popular languages, such as Ruby on Rails.
DevPoint Labs has graduated one class from their Las Vegas with a second in progress. Additionally they have their first class in progress at their Salt Lake City location.
DevPoint Labs Experience
- DevPoint Labs is the first coding school in the Salt Lake City/Las Vegas area.
- They specialize in educating students on ruby on rails to become a full-spec developer.
- DevPoint Labs is a full time coding immersion school.
- The average students gains 440 hours of coding education and experience over three months.
- The average student graduates at the level of a two-year full time developer.
- DevPoint Labs offers a plethora of outside activities, including a hackathon, as well as private, one-on-one mentorship time with students.
- DevPoint Labs is based on a hybrid curriculum that was conceived from the Co-Founder’s experience as coding bootcamp students, secondary education students, and plenty of industry experience.
- DevPoint Labs not only teaches the necessary coding skills, but trains students in the foundations of coding that every developer needs to be effective in such an innovative industry.
Cost is $8,500 for a student to attend DevPoint Lab’s 3-month course.
DevPoint Lab’s Ideal Student
DevPoint Lab’s Co-Founders look specifically for a passion to learn code when accepting potential students. That is, prospective students must have the hunger and drive to learn code, they cannot be lukewarm about the subject.
Ty and Nhi like to see students who have tried and failed - committed students that simply need some structure to learn to code. They are looking for people who have tried to learn code on their own and cannot get past a few hiccups here and there; the DevPoint Labs experience is built for people like this.
An interesting point of conversation that became relevant was the number of women currently in the coding industry. Ty and Nhi saw the need to increase the female awareness in the coding industry and acted. DevPoint Labs is currently offering a $2,000 scholarship for females wanting to attend DevPoint Labs. The Co-Founders want it to be known that anyone can learn to code via DevPoint Lab’s educational environment and immersive structure.
The DevPoint Labs team is not currently releasing job placement numbers but did confirm that they are seeing the expected, high success rate of graduates being placed in the workforce.
The Co-Founders did share a job placement story of one student with us:
“One guy came in with a tiny bit of SEO experience and now he is a ruby on rails developer that specializes in search engine optimization for a company called Master Connect. Four companies offered him positions before he graduated and he ended up doubling his salary from prior to the program.” - Nhi, DevPoint Labs Co-Founder
Thanks again for the wonderful insight and information from Ty and Nhi, Founders of DevPoint Labs!