What is the cost of the program?
The costs of our boot camps vary by course length, required materials, and content. This cost includes tuition, books, and any software costs you might incur.
What are my payment options?
Check out our tuition page to find more information about your specific options.
What is the daily schedule of classes?
All of our classes are designed with the working professional in mind! Classes will meet on a part-time schedule – mainly in the evenings. Questions about the daily schedule of a specific course? Give us a call at (501) 450-5276!
What is the length of the program?
Our courses vary in length. You can expect to complete one of our full-stack development courses in as little as six to nine months. Our crash courses typically last only four weeks. We’re here to help you jumpstart your IT career in a fraction of the time it would take otherwise!
What technology is necessary for classwork?
Students must provide their own laptops to complete assignments and must have access to a reliable internet connection outside of class. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our courses are currently offered virtually via Blackboard. Webcam capabilities are crucial to forming connections with your instructors and classmates!
What prerequisites and/or education background is required for the program?
Potential students must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- hold a high school diploma or GED
Outside of that, there are no special prerequisites or educational requirements for the program. Students must possess a desire and willingness to learn as well as a natural curiosity and passion for technology and development. Students must also complete ArCA’s admissions process no later than the Wednesday prior to the course’s start date.
Can students work during the session?
Our program is designed to suit the needs of a working professional – students have the freedom of working during the day and are able to attend classes at night.
Student success is our main priority, so applicants should strongly consider the rigors of class and homework assignments when making decisions to work while in the program. Postponing employment while the program is in session is not required.
What can a student expect upon completion of the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion, assistance with career services, and access to ArCA’s community network.
Is job placement available?
There is no formal job placement component to the program. Students bear the responsibility of applying and interviewing for jobs. However, ArCA’s network of community partners and knowledge of hiring practices will make that job search easier. Students will develop tools to search for jobs, interview well, and get hired.
We provide the following opportunities to assist our students in finding employment:
During Demo Days, students showcase their individual projects. We invite employers (and partners) from all across Arkansas to view our students’ projects for possible job placement and interviews.
ArCA students have access to Handshake – a portal designed to connect UCA students with employers. UCA career support services include résumé writing, portfolio design, connections to local community partners, and recommendations from the Program Director and instructors.
Our experienced instructors currently work in the IT industry. They are great points of contact and have insider information in the field.
We are launching a mentorship program with the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences in hopes of connecting our graduates with more employers.
We are currently forming partnerships with UCA’s Management Information Systems and Computer Science department to provide internships for UCA students.
We provide opportunities to help prepare our students for careers in IT. We offer mock interviews, résumé workshops, site visits, and networking opportunities to help our students land jobs.
Is college credit available for the program?
ArCA courses are noncredit, workplace competencies; therefore, the courses do not qualify for college credit.
What is the application process?
Check out the Apply page to find out what happens after you submit your online application.