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Source - Software Development
Learn how to build interactive web apps in ReactJS.
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1) Course Overview
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2) Meet Your Instructor
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3) Extra Perks
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4) All the Details
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Course Overview
Strengthen your coding and web building skills
In Source, you'll quickly learn the ropes of the ReactJS framework so you can dive into building complex web applications. You'll learn both front-end and back-end programming, enabling you to work with external data passed in through APIs. This course is designed for students who have had at least an introduction to coding (intro to CS/Source Lite experience or higher) — if you do not have prior coding experience, check out Source Lite.

Source begins with a hands-on overview of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, but quickly moves into building web applications with ReactJS. From building an interactive map of Charlottesville's local restaurants to creating a social platform where users can connect, you'll practice building functional web applications that people could use every day.
Skills You'll Learn
React
React is an open-source, front end, JavaScript library for building user interfaces or UI components.
JavaScript
Text-based programming language used both on the client-side and server-side that allows you to make web pages interactive.
HTML + CSS
Languages that give structure and style to web pages.
Npm + GitHub
Npm provides hosting for software development and version control with the usage of Git.
Real world is what we're about.
Complex software building skills are in high demand in all industries. Through our course, you'll strengthen your engineering abilities through the application of your background in coding and the new skills we teach, leaving with enhanced problem solving abilities and useful projects to share with the world.

Source was a great intro to React and front end programming as a whole.
Brenna Courtney
SOURCE COURSE GRADUATE
Source gave me the opportunity to learn highly-valued software development skills. While it could be fast paced at times, the course utilized a variety of languages, and improved my abilities to adapt to new programming environments.
Avery Burton
SOURCE COURSE GRADUATE
Meet Your Instructor
Arjun Kumar and Connor Noble
Arjun and Connor will be your guides in learning software development this fall. Arjun is a Forge member and took Source himself two years ago. Since then, he's participated in programs at Forge including Deploy and Launch where he has expanded his knowledge of software development.

Our student teaching model means our courses are constantly changing and improving, enabling you to learn skills that are more up-to-date than what you might learn in a typical classroom.

It also means we can be better mentors and guides for you. We know where you might get stuck and how to guide you through those challenges because we've been in your shoes before. And we know what makes a lesson fun (or extremely boring), so we always design programs that we'd want to participate in ourselves.
Joining the Forge Community
At Forge, we give our people the skills they need to realize their big ideas and a community they can call home. Our courses are a great place to get to know our community, make new friends, and prepare for your future. All of our students get access to exclusive perks and opportunities beyond whatever course they're taking:
Free access to all of our member events
Exclusive networking opportunities with our alumni community
Opportunities for (sometimes paid!) projects to practice your new skills
Priority applications for Launch summer internship program
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Dates, Deadlines, and Tuition
Fall 2021 Workshop Schedule
Source has two sections, online and in-person:
- Meet in-person from our clubhouse on Sunday's, 7-9pm
- Attend from anywhere online, Tuesday's 5-7pm EST

Course content is identical between sections and each will be equally as awesome. This course starts the week of September 12th and continue for 10 weeks.
Time Commitment
Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in workshop, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly to get additional support (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.
Application Process and Deadlines
Fall 2021 applications have closed. Applicants will be notified of their status by September 9th.

Get notified when Spring 2022 applications open.
$135 Course Fee
This is less than a twelfth of the average cost of a college course*. We also offer reduced payment options on a needs-basis, no questions asked. See below for more information on our financial aid.

*EducationData.org
Do you offer financial aid?
We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the Forge community. This is made possible by $20,000 in generous donations from our alumni network each year.

15% of students receive financial aid from Forge. 54% of aid goes to first-generation college students, and 80% of aid goes to people of color.
What's your refund policy?
We think you'll love Forge, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course's first workshop meeting time. You'll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.
What are your online courses like?
We know how to do online teaching right. Teaching online is not new for us - we know how to make our courses fun, engaging, and interactive. Our Skills Courses went fully online in March of 2020 to protect the health of our students and instructors. In Fall 2021, our clubhouse will reopen to the public, but we will continue to offer programming for our online community. It is important that Forge remains open and accessible to students everywhere.

Since we've moved our courses online, our student satisfaction ratings haven't changed -- 95% of students would still recommend their course to a friend.
Do I need to have any background experience to apply?
No, you don't! This course is designed for people with little-to-no background experience.
What's your climate impact?
We donate 1% of all course tuition to carbon removal initiatives around the world. We also power our clubhouse with 100% clean wind and solar power. Learn more.
I have a question that wasn't answered here.
No problem! Reach out to hello@joinforge.co, and/or come to our online Open House to talk to our team and learn more.
"It's electric being at Forge. Surrounded by my people and given all the tools I need for success, I feel like I can do absolutely anything. The relentless creative energy of our students is what makes Forge unlike anything I've ever been a part of.

There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner."

- Rachel, Forge alumna
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