Mission: We believe in making education and growth accessible to anyone – especially underrepresented groups in the tech industry. Whether it's a founder, student, or someone who wants to level up their career, we want Galvanize to be a welcoming, inclusive ...
We believe in making education and growth accessible to anyone – especially underrepresented groups in the tech industry. Whether you’re a founder, student, or just someone who wants to level up their career, we want Galvanize to be a welcoming, inclusive place where you can take the next step in your journey.
Traditionally, industry and education have existed in separate worlds. At Galvanize, we’re bridging this long-standing gap by bringing industry partners, ambitious students, world-class education, and passionate founders under one roof. This is the Galvanize community.
Our founders, Jim Deters, Lawrence Mandes, and Chris Onan, started Galvanize in 2012 with a bold vision: build a community to provide entrepreneurs and learners with life-changing opportunities for growth. Technology has made it possible for anyone with fortitude and resourcefulness to change the world for the better. Galvanize is the fuel to propel anyone to level up.
Web Development from the Ground-Up: Galvanize Full Stack is a 24-week program that teaches you how to make an impact as a contributing member of a development team. The program culminates in hiring day, where students meet potential employers, present projects, and show off everything they’ve learned.
A Day in a Life of a Full-Stack Instructor: Instructors spend the majority of their time in the classroom working with students. In general, organized direct instruction happens in the morning then students break out into individual and group work in the afternoon. During direct instruction, Instructors are either lecturing or leading discussions. While students are working independently, Instructors either float around the classroom helping students or work on a variety of other projects such as curriculum development/lesson preparation, or writing code for our LMS (learning management system.) During development weeks Instructors also spend time working on reviewing/developing curriculum.
Teaching Tomorrow’s Data Scientists: In just 12 weeks, you'll learn the tools, techniques, and fundamental concepts you need to know to make an impact as a data scientist. During the course of the program, you'll work through messy, real-world data sets to gain experience across the data science stack: data munging, exploration, modeling, validation, visualization, and communication.
A Day in a Life of a Data Science Instructor: Instructors are in charge of the classroom 2-4 days per week, where they will lead the lessons and answer student questions on the objectives of the day. On other days, Instructors spend time focusing on lecture prep, reviewing/developing curriculum, or conducting interviews. During the days in which instructors aren’t leading class, Instructors have the option to work from home, but we typically expect instructors to usually work from our campus. We have a development weeks on the 7th week of the course and at the end of each cohort. These weeks are devoted to working on reviewing/developing curriculum.
Galvanize campuses are home to an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, skilled programmers, expert data scientists, and men and women motivated to make an impact. As different and diverse as we all are, we’re united by common values.
Know your community & share your knowledge.
Don’t be afraid to push yourself & work hard.
Always ask questions. Always be learning.
Seek out & embrace diversity.
I worked at Galvanize full-time
Galvanize is working hard to make an impactful curriculum for students and a cool space for members. The small team I was a part of is like a family and supports and encourages you to reach your highest potential.
As the company grows, it doesn't seem to know how to reach it's employees in a meaningful way. The executive leadership team mostly disseminates information through lunch meetings that are televised for all campuses and are tedious, long, and very one sided. I assume this worked when the company was smaller, but now it feels like a waste of time and like there is little buy in from most employees at the meetings. Communication as a whole isn't great between different sections of the business.
Advice to Management
The leadership team should get to know people in all facets of the business instead of being so insular, and there also needs to be more communication between teams. Leverage the member-student engagement/relationship more.
I applied online. I interviewed at Galvanize (Denver, CO) in April 2017.
I heard from the Lead Membership Success Manager about a week after applying with a list of basic questions. Another week later I had an interview with the General Manager. He only asked me three questions and then let me drive the interview. Within in 48 hours he invited me to do a homework assignment with a 48 hour deadline. Then about ten days later I received an email from the Lead that they would not be moving me forward in the process but inviting me to apply to other positions in the future.
I don't think my experience was typical as the Lead was Out of Office and then the GM was going on leave. From what I gathered the process would a bit lengthier.