What if I’m out of town on the start date?

It's totally fine if you're not available on the start date. You work through the online curriculum (lessons & projects) at your convenience throughout the duration of the course, and the only “scheduled” portion of the course are the mentor Skype sessions, which you'll arrange with your mentor for times that work best for both of you. We generally say that if you can start working on the material anytime within a week after the start date then you should be able to stay on track to finish by the end.