TechSF Training Tracks

TechSF 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. Please apply online at www.bavc.org/register-techsf.

Got questions? Please visit our bavc.org/techsf-faq for more information on the TechSF program.

 

TechSF Bootcamps

TechSF Bootcamps take six-twelve weeks to complete, depending on the training. 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. 

A+ Tech Support

Upcoming Dates: July 13th - September 4th 2015 (Mon/Wed/Fri 6pm-9pm)
Location AcademyX (601 Montgomery Street, Suite 409, San Francisco)
Prerequisites: Familiarity with troubleshooting computer hardware and software, some customer service experience
Description: This course will teach you the in's and out's of troubleshooting computer hardware and software. It will prepare you to take the CompTIA A+ Certification exam. This course also includes a two-day training in Zendesk customer service software. 

Project Management

Upcoming Dates: August 11th - October 1st 2015 (Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm, occasional Saturday labs)
March 1st - April 26th 2016 (Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm, occasional Saturday labs)
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. 

Back-end Web Development

Upcoming Dates: July 27th - October 5th 2015 (Mon/Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm)
Location General Assembly (225 Bush Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Demonstrable literacy in at least one programming language, laptop required
Description:   Learn the fundamentals of an object-oriented programming language (Ruby) as well as compliment front-end skills by building functional web applications using Rails. Implement web applications using database solutions. See more information here: https://generalassemb.ly/education/back-end-web-development

Front-end Web Development 

Upcoming Dates: September 14th - December 11th 2015 (Mon-Fri, 6pm-9pm) 
Location:  AcademyX (601 Montgomery Street, Suite 409, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Demonstrable literacy in at least one programming language
Description:  Webpages have features processed soley in the browser window: chat windows, fade-outs, drag-and-drops, self-populating fields, as well as integration with Google Maps and social media sites. These features are implemented with Javascript and its libraries. In this 12-week course you will learn how to use JavaScript with HTML5/CSS3 and data stores like JSON. You'll learn dynamic web apps using AJAX. Once you've mastered the foundations, you'll learn how to use JavaScript to manipulate CSS using the jQuery library. We also cover how to make single-page web applications using the various libraries and frameworks: Ember, Angular, and backbone. Finally, learn how to use Bootstrap.js to make a website that is responsive to different screen sizes.
Note: Seats in this bootcamp are only open to persons who identify as female. 

Digital Marketing 

Upcoming Dates: February 1 - April 11th 2016 (Mon/Wed/Fri, 6pm-9pm) 
Location:  AcademyX (601 Montgomery Street, Suite 409, San Francisco)
Prerequisites: HTML familiarity
Description:  Master the techniques used to make web pages rank higher on Google and other search engines! The class will be broken down into three sections: keyword research, on-site SEO techniques, and off-site SEO techniques. Along the way we’ll expose you to industry-standard tools and resources where you can learn more. We’ll show you how to find the right keywords for any company and how to evaluate the competitive landscape. “On-site” techniques involve site structure, html tags, keyword density, sitemaps and rich snippets – as well as techniques for developing fresh, authoritative, and high-quality content. Off-site techniques involve link-building campaigns, social sharing, press releases and citations. We’ll also show you how to use Webmaster Tools and the SEO-related aspects of Google Adwords and Analytics. Consultants in the field will be invited as guest speakers to discuss their SEO marketing strategies and how they’ve implemented them for their individual clients. This course is ideal for an internet-savvy student with strong pattern-recognition skills and an analytical mindset; experience in marketing, advertising, e-commerce, web design, or programming is helpful but not required.

 

BAVC Fast Tracks Certificates

Fast Track certificates take one-two months to complete and are composed of approximately 48-60 hours of BAVC classes. Enrollment is rolling, your schedule is customizable, and 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 www.bavc.org/certificates/fast-tracks

Experiential Design 

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Experience with wireframing and developing user profiles; creative portfolio
Description: 
  • 16 hrs Elements of Experience Design
  • 8 hrs Responsive Design
  • 8 hrs Wireframing and Diagramming 
  • 8 hrs Principles of Human Centered Design 
  • 16 hrs Portfolio Development 

Motion Graphic Design 

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Photoshop familiarity; creative portfolio
Description: 
  • 16 hrs Adobe After Effects: Introduction
  • 16 hrs Adobe After Effects: Intermediate
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Introduction
  • 16 hrs Portfolio Development

Advanced Motion Graphic Design 

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Photoshop familiarity; creative portfolio
Description: 
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Workflow
  • 16 hrs Motion Graphic Design: Intermediate
  • 16 hrs Advanced After Effects
  • 16 hrs Portfolio Development

Web Design 

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Photoshop familiarity; creative portfolio
Description:
  • 16 hrs Graphic & Web Design: Introduction
  • 16 hrs HTML/CSS: Introduction OR Intermediate
  • 16 hrs Web Design: Workflow
  • 16 hrs Portfolio Development

Coding For Non-Coders 

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites HTML/CSS familiarity; creative portfolio
Description: 
  • 16 hrs Javascript: Introduction
  • 16 hrs PHP: Introduction
  • 8 hrs HTML5/CSS3
  • 8 hrs JQuery
  • 16 hrs Portfolio Development

 

BAVC 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. Find more information by visiting www.bavc.org/certificates

Web Design: Experiential Design (UX) Certificate

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Experience with wireframing and developing user profiles; creative portfolio
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.

Graphic and Web Design Certificate

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Photoshop familiarity; creative portfolio
Description:  Develop a solid understanding of Adobe's Creative Suite design tools, basic open-source coding, HTML, CSS, and troubleshooting cross-browser issues. Includes customizable elective courses and portfolio development classes.

Web Development Certificate

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites HTML familiarity; creative portfolio
Description:  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

Upcoming Dates: Rolling Admission, start anytime  
Location:  BAVC (2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 201, San Francisco)
Prerequisites Photoshop familiarity; creative portfolio
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.