TechSF Training Tracks

Overview

TechSF is a workforce development program that offers a variety of services to eligible job seekers. Acceptance into the program may include: career assessment, career coaching, job readiness workshops, and enrollment in one advanced technical training track. This page outlines current training opportunities available to you through TechSF, which you may qualify for depending on your income and employment status.
 
Enrollment in training is highly competitive and decided based on an applicant's assets in the following areas: definition of goals, job search strategy, and technical skill set. It is highly recommended that applicants take advantage of TechSF workshops and services through Gig Union to sharpen your job readiness materials. 
 
Got questions? Please visit our bavc.org/techsf-faq for more information on the TechSF program. 

 

TechSF Bootcamps

 
TechSF Bootcamps take six to nine weeks to complete. They are cohort-based, meaning you will be with the same class and instructor throughout the entire course. Intensive and fast-paced, these trainings are oriented towards professionals with prior experience relevant to the training. 
 
Web Dev: Ruby on Rails 
 
Feb 2nd- April 23rd 2015
(Mon-Thurs, 6pm-9pm + three Friday labs)
 
Location: AcademyX (601 Montgomery Street, Suite 409, San Francisco)
Prerequisites: demonstratable literacy in at least one programming language 
 
Description:    A modern web developer requires more tools and techniques than ever before.  In this bootcamp we will learn tools of the trade and compare the tradeoffs.  We will compare the Ruby on Rails and MEAN technology stacks.  Taking a systematic approach to learning the protocols, design patterns, and workflows to understanding how to best use these technologies.  During this process we will construct interesting websites and web-services.  Using a devops style process, you will be exposed to a style of development used in today's tech groups.  A fast pace and iterative system, you will learn various aspects of devops including continuous integration and continuous deployment.  At various points in the program, we will study related concepts and technologies including mobile development.
 
 Motion Graphics
 
March 2nd - April 9th 2015
(Mon-Thurs 10am-2pm)  
 
Location: Bay Area Video Coalition (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco) 
Prerequisites: Proficiency in Photoshop; demonstrable editing experience using Final Cut Pro or Premeire Pro a plus; portfolio review.
 
Description:  A motion graphics artist uses conceptual skills and technical expertise to transform moving images for video or web, a game platform, mobile device or an interactive kiosk. You might be building demos, compositing backgrounds, creating effects, making banner ads, adding credits to a movie or animating avatars. Develop your aesthetic skills along with learning how to add interactive elements, manipulate typography, and sequence keyframes in a timeline to visually tell a story.

 Project Management 

March 2nd - April 22nd 2015
(Mon/Wed 6pm-9pm) 
 
Location: AcademyX (601 Montgomery Street, Suite 409, San Francisco)
Prerequisites: a secondary or four-year degree; demonstrable project management experience 
 
Description:  Project Managers tie project results to business goals. This training prepares students for the industry standard “Project Management Professional” (PMP) certification exam from the Project Management Institute. The majority of the training will focus on project management theory: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects. Additional topics include overviews of current methodologies and intros to alternatives to traditional project management: Agile project management, online tools such as Workday, and cross-platform software such as Fasttrack Schedule 10. Students will be offered additional elective classes in using Excel, Outlook, and Microsoft Project software to fill any gaps in their knowledge. Training for students lacking the 4500 hours of project management experience required for the PMP exam will target the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) exam. Also included are career assessments, workshops, and counseling. 
 
 

BAVC Certificate Programs

Fast Tracks Certificates

Fast Track certificates take one-two months to complete. They are composed of BAVC classes, and potentially customizable. Enrollment is rolling, you pick the start date. Great for targeting specific skill sets, but short and fast-paced. No hand holding. All BAVC certificates require you to have a portfolio. Find more information by visting bavc.org/certificates/fast-tracks
 
Experiential Design 
  • 16 hrs Elements of Experience Design
  • 8 hrs Responsive Design
  • 8 hrs Wireframing and Diagramming 
  • 8 hrs Principles of Human Centered Design 
  • Portfolio Development Series (4 classes)
 
Motion Graphic Design 
  • 16 hrs Adobe After Effects: Introduction
  • 16 hrs Adobe After Effects: Intermediate
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Introduction
  • Portfolio Development Series (4 classes)
 
Advanced Motion Graphic Design 
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Workflow
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Intermediate
  • 2 8-hr sections of advanced After Effects
  • Portfolio Development Series (4 classes)
 
Web Design 
  • 16 hrs Graphic & Web Design: Introduction
  • 16 hrs HTML/CSS: Introduction OR Intermediate
  • 16 hrs Web Design: Workflow
  • Portfolio Development Series (4 classes)
 
Coding For Non-Coders 

Fuse Certificates

 
Composed of BAVC classes, Fuse Certificates are approximately 148 hours of training and require four-six months to complete. Enrollment is rolling, your schedule is customizable, and you pick the start date of your training. All BAVC certificates require you to have a portfolioFind more information by visting bavc.org/certificates
 
Web Design: Experiential Design (UX) Certificate 
  • Description: Integral to the work of every visual or web designer job position, learn how to design for the user's experience. Emphasis includes classes in responsive design, wireframing, prototyping and personas, web design workflow, creating a UX portfolio and whole lot more.
 
Web & Graphic Design Certificate 
  • Description: Develop a solid understanding of Adobe's Creative Suite design tools, basic open-source coding, HTML, CCS, and troubleshooting cross-browser issues. Includes customizable elective courses and portfolio development classes.
Web Development Certificate
  • This curriculum focuses more on how a web site works, not the graphic elements. It's typically referred to as Front End Web Development. Choose this Certificate if the left half of your brain is typically your best side. You'll need less design chops but you'll need a never-ending love for details. We recommend this Certificate to people who have some basic design skills but who will be even more marketable because they enjoy the coding side, as well.
 
Motion Graphics Certificate
  • Description: A motion graphics artist uses conceptual skills and technical expertise to transform moving images for video or web, a game platform, mobile device or an interactive kiosk. Sometimes referred to as animation.