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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Code to Success?
Code to Success is a free, five-week summer program that teaches 7th-12th grade students about web and application development as well as cybersecuirty. Code to Success is a program of the Success in Education Foundation, which is an organization that provides educational and career opportunities to Utah students.
Why is the Code to Success summer program free?
With a special thanks to Ken Garff, Mountain America Credit Union, Bottega, Skillstruck, Zions Bank, the Kahlert Foundation, and other sponsors, the summer program is free to all 7th-12th grade Utah students to provide equitable computer science opportunity.
When does Code to Success run?
Our five-week summer program runs June 13th-July 15th, Monday-Friday, with an option for On-Campus or Online. The On-Campus option is 8am-12pm where students attend onsite. Please note, our CyberPatriot course runs from July 5th-July 18th, Monday-Friday, for six hours a day.
What do the students learn in Code to Success?
Our program has three curriculum partners – Bottega, Skillstruck, and CyberPatriot – that provide courses for the summer. 1) Bottega provides Coding Foundations which is an introduction into web development where students learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Dissecting REACT JS for advanced JavaScript and the REACT framework. Please note, Bottega’s curriculum platform does not run on a Chromebook. This course is self-guided, but mentors are available for assistance. 2) Skillstruck is a Chromebook-friendly option where their content dives into HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. No downloads or extensions are necessary to run the Skillstruck curriculum platform. This course is self-guided, but mentors are available for assistance. 3) CyberPatriot offers a cybersecurity option for students. Please note, this course is limited to 50 students and preference will be given to students who have completed Code to Success programs in previous summer. The cybersecurity course runs from July 5th-July 18th, Monday-Friday, for six hours a day.
Code to Success has an On-Campus and Online option. What does that mean?
Is there an attendance policy for the On-Campus Program?
Yes. Due to limited seating and the popularity of the campuses, students cannot miss more than three days during the five-week program. Students do get weekends off and there is no class (in-person or online) on Monday, July 4th. If students know they would miss more than three days at a campus, we advise them to participate in the Online model.
Can students earn high school credit for completing Code to Success?
It depends on the school district. Some districts offer high school credit for Bottega’s Coding Foundations course and the Skillstruck option. However, we do not mandate school districts to offer credit for our program and it is up to their discretion if they do so. Currently, the following school districts provide high school credit (it ranges between .5 to 1.0 elective): Weber, Ogden, Davis, Tooele, Granite, Canyons, Jordan, Alpine, Nebo, San Juan, Sevier, and Wayne. If you do not see your district here, please connect with your counselor to see if the district would offer credit for Code to Success. Note, junior high or middle school students do not receive high school credit regardless if their district offers credit for Code to Success.
Is there a Code to Success program available during the school year?
No. To provide the best experience for students, our program is only available during the summer. However, we encourage students to explore the computer science courses available at their junior high or high school. Another option is exploring the courses available at the technical colleges – courses and certificates have their tuition waived for students still in high school.
Do students need to have coding experience to participate?
Not at all for the Bottega Coding Foundations or Skillstruck courses! We encourage those with no coding experience to register for the program. Due to our course options, we can accommodate those with no experience as well as those with advanced experience. However, if students do not have coding experience, they must complete a coding exercise before registratering for the summer program to see if they would like to commit to five weeks of coding in the summer. The coding exercise can be found here: https://codehs.com/hourofcode/webdesign
Where can students register?
Register at www.ctsutah.org. When filling out the registration, please make sure that the student email has no typos, is not a school email, and is not a parent email – we use the student’s email to create a curriculum profile and students need to make sure they have access to that email. Our team will email communications to parents and guardians, but the curriculum profile activation email is ONLY sent to the student email listed.

COMMUNITY QUESTIONS

Can schools or organizations have their students participate in Code to Success programs?
Yes! Code to Success is available to every 7th-12th grade students throughout Utah, whether in an On-Campus option or an Online one. Even if students attend private or charter schools, they can still participate in the summer program.
Can a school or organization host a Code to Success campus just for their students?
Are there jobs available with Code to Success?
Yes! We hire high school students who have completed one of our programs as well as college students to be mentors. We pay high school students and college mentors a stipend and they get access to that year’s curriculum. We provide internship credit if the school district or higher education institution will accept it.
Do you have jobs available for adults?
Currently, we do not have any jobs available for adults. Our focus is to provide students with mentorship experience to better their education and careers within computer science.
Are there volunteer opportunities for Code to Success programs and events?
Yes! Community and business leaders can volunteer to be a mentor at a campus where they visit their preferred campus once a week to chat with students about a variety of topics. Also, high school or college students can be a volunteer mentor if all of our paid mentor positions have been filled.

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