FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Code to Success?
Code to Success offers various coding programs for junior high and high school students, collegiate students, and teachers. Our mission is to provide a tangible pathway for students into computer science from education to industry. Code to Success is a part of the Success in Education Foundation – a Utah-based non-profit that provides educational programs.
What are programs offered by Code to Success?
Code to Success offers coding courses within various fields. We have programs that offer web and application development, cybersecurity, game development, QA testing, and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Do participants need to have prior coding experience?
No! We encourage those who have never coded before to participate in the program.
Are the programs On-Site or Online?
It depends on the program. Code to Success offers On-Campus programs for junior and high school students as well as an online option. For collegiate participants, we offer only online programs.
Are the Code to Success programs free?
For our junior high and high school summer programs, they are free. Both the Online and On-Campus Programs for junior high and high school students during the summer are always free.
 
Our collegiate program has a $99 fee to cover the mentor infrastructure, a teacher of record, and overall program. Also, junior high and high school programs offered during the school year (August-May) are also $99 per participant.
After completing the program, is there a certificate or credit participants can earn?
After completing 100% of the program and we verify the completion, junior high and high school students will receive a digital certificate of completion for the program and can receive high school credit (dependent on the school district).
 
Utah State University offers 3.0 college credits that articulates to BCIS 1300 -Web Design. Snow College offers 3.0 credit that articulates to GCT 1030. As for other colleges and universities, our foundation is still articulating agreements to provide college credit. However, after completion of our program and if you are attending a higher education institution, talk with your advisor at your institution and show them what you accomplished within the course to see if credit can be offered.
Which program is right for me?
Please look at the programs available within our site – they are broken up by age demographics. Each program has a description and who is eligible to participate within said program. If you have further questions or need clarification, please email codetosuccess@sieutah.org.

STUDENT QUESTIONS

What is Code to Success & Idaho Codes?
Code to Success and Idaho Codes offer a variety of computer science courses for junior high and high school students with focus on computational thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. These in-demand skills create a clear technology pathway into higher education and industry.
What do students learn in the program?
Depending on the course, students participate in Coding Foundations which teaches HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. After completing the Foundations course students will be able to create a static website, access and navigate coding repositories with database applications. The Skillstruck course can be accessed on a Chromebook and teaches HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We also have courses in Software engineering: QA (Quality and Automation), Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Foundations course, and a Cybersecurity option.
Are the courses Code to Success offers free?
With donations from our fantastic sponsors and partners, our summer programs whether on-campus or online are free for 7th-12th grade students. The summer program includes Coding Foundations, Dissecting REACT JS, Skillstruck Chromebook course, and AWS Cloud Foundations.
 
However, if students want access to our courses outside of the summer break, there is a $99 fee for Coding Foundations, Dissecting REACT JS, and AWS Cloud Foundations. We have a Cybersecurity course available, but no matter when it is taken, the cost is $250. Please note that Cybersecurity is not free during the summer break. These costs are used to compensate educators, mentor infrastructure, and overall program experience.
Why is there a fee for courses not taken during the summer break?
Our foundation will always offer free programs for students during the summer break to increase access and equity. For programs outside of the summer model, we maintain educators, mentors, and overall program experience with curriculum providers that require a fee to maintain the programs outside of the summer.
Do students need to have prior coding experience?
No! We encourage students who have never coded before to participate in the program, especially the Coding Foundations course.
What grade do students need to be in to participate?
We encourage current 7th through 12th grade students to register. Every student in Utah has a free summer option to participate in the program either On-Campus or Online.
What is the difference between the On-Campus Program and the Online Program?
Depending on where the student lives, our program hosts On-Campus options where students can attend a lab within their school district to complete the course.
 
Typically, campuses are hosted at high schools within the school district. Students in the On-Campus Program will attend their campus for six weeks, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm. The campus will have a facilitator to handle any questions and students will have access to online mentor support as well.
 
Students can also participate in the Online option from home or anywhere with computer and internet access. Online students will receive instructions on setting up their computer with curriculum as well as accessing the platform.
After completing the program, is there a certificate or credit students can earn?
If students complete 100% of the Coding Foundations course and we verify the completion, students will receive a digital certificate of completion for the program. Students can receive up to 1.0 full high school credit and up to three college credits. The number of credits is dependent on the school district and higher education institution.
 
Although we do not yet offer high school or college credit for the Software Engineering: QA, AWS, or Cybersecurity. We have aligned Coding Foundations with the State of Utah’s Strands and Standards for Computer Science and Information Technology courses. Our team has not completed the alignment for QA, AWS, or Cybersecurity. Upon completion of the courses, we will distribute “Certificates of Completion” to the students.
 
If students choose to continue a certification pathway in Full-Stack Development (after completing the Coding Foundations course) a sponsored tuition rate will apply. In partnership, Bottega, Code to Success, and Idaho Codes offer a Full-Stack Development Certificate for $2,500. This program is normally $12,000 for Bottega students; however, we have secured a discounted tuition for students who register through our programs.
Where can students register?
Utah and Idaho students can register here. PLEASE make sure you pick the right course you wish to participate in – there are a couple different courses listed as options on the registration form.

COLLEGIATE QUESTIONS

What is the Code to Success program for higher education institutions?
Code to Success has partnered with Utah State University, Weber State University, and Snow College to provide, undergraduates, graduates, and alumni access to our Coding Foundations course.
What do participants learn in the program?
Participants will take a course learning the foundations of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. There are built in quizzes, projects, and exams where students can apply their coding skills. Students also gain experience in project management, digital literacy, and quality assurance to name a few. By the end of the course, participants will know how to build a static website, access and navigate a repository, and wireframe a basic application.
Do participants need to have prior coding experience?
No! We encourage those who have never coded before to participate in the program.
Who can participate in the collegiate Code to Success programs?
We encourage undergraduate, graduate, and alumni of the partnered colleges and universities to participate in the program. grade students to register.
Is it an Online Program?
Yes. The curriculum platform used is called DevCamp and is provided by an accredited software development school – Bottega. Their platform can be access from anywhere on a PC or Mac. However, their platform cannot run on Chromebooks.
Is there a fee for the program?
We have fantastic partners who are sponsoring the program to bring down the cost of the course for participants. For a $99 fee, participants will get access to 60+ hours of professional-grade curriculum as well as online mentor support, quizzes, and projects.
After completing the program, is there a certificate or credit participants can earn?
After completing 100% of the program and we verify the completion, students will receive a digital certificate of completion for the program. Utah State University offers 3.0 college credits that articulates to BCIS 1300 -Web Design. Snow College offers 1.0 credit that articulates to GCT 1030. As for other colleges and universities, our foundation is still articulating agreements to provide college credit. However, after completion of our program, talk with your advisor at your institution and show them what you accomplished within the program to see if credit can be offered.
Where can students register?
Participants can register here and select Utah State University Codes, Weber State Codes, or Snow College Codes. If your institution is not listed as a partner, please fill out our Higher Education registration form.

COMMUNITY QUESTIONS

Can schools or organizations have their students participate in Code to Success programs?
Yes! We are in every school district in Utah and Idaho for junior high and high school students to participate. However, we realize that charter schools, private schools, after-school programs, and alternative schools may not realize they can have their students participate as well!
Can a school or organization host a Code to Success program just for their students?
Yes! Please email codetosuccess@sieutah.org if you interested in hosting a program just for your students. We have manuals on starting a Code to Success program for companies, schools, and other organizations.
Are there jobs available within 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?
As of now, no. Our focus 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! 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.

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