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Meet Christopher: Code Fellows Graduate, CTO, and Apple Keynote Speaker

By Mitchell Robertson on

Christopher Cohen has always been one step ahead of technology. As a Code Fellows graduate and chief technology officer of FiLMiC Inc., Christopher is not only pushing the boundaries of what smartphones can do (and presenting his groundbreaking innovations to Apple developers at Apple Special Event Keynotes)—he’s pushing the boundaries of what he can do, too.

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Learn to Code From the Cayman Islands

By Mitchell Robertson on

How our Powered by Code Fellows program helps local economies through providing professional software development skills through live-remote learning.

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Forging Partnerships: Alchemy Code Lab

By Mitchell Robertson on

Founded in 2015, Alchemy Code Lab is located in the heart of downtown Portland. Through our local connections and our App Lab tech consultancy, Alchemy grads have a place in cultivating our city’s vibrant and inclusive software development culture. We believe in the power of coding and software development to advance our economy and our community.

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In Celebration of Juneteenth

By Jeff Malek on

It is not a “day off” for me or our staff, it’s definitely a “day on”. Meaning, if we’ve learned anything in the last few weeks of 2020, it’s that 155 years later, collectively as a nation we haven’t said enough in support of anti-racism, we haven’t done enough in support of anti-racism, and we need to persist going forward, reminding each other that we have a lot of work ahead of us.

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Anti-racism: Being Non-Racist Is Not Enough

By Jeff Malek on

We remain committed to breaking down systemic barriers and ensuring all people are treated with respect and dignity. Privilege exists. Systemic racism exists. We are united with our staff, students, alumni, and partners in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.

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Five Things I’ve Learned as a Person of Color in Tech

By Dezireé Teague on

Hear some of the lessons Code Fellows graduate and current software developer Dezireé Teague has learned as a person of color working in the tech industry.!

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Leading the Way: How Code Fellows is Innovating Cyber Education

By David Lee on

How does Code Fellows all-new Ops sequence—that culminates in a certificate of Cybersecurity Engineering—set itself apart from other cyber education offerings? Let’s take a look!

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6 Keys to Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

By Mitchell Robertson on

Let’s stop with the generic cover letters! A great cover letter should help you stand out. When written poorly, a cover letter can make a promising candidate seem like an uncreative, uninteresting boiler-plate copy.

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COVID-19: How to Thrive in This Time of Uncertainty

By Mitchell Robertson on

At Code Fellows, we are passionate about helping individuals transform their lives through education. We believe that it is critical to learn the skills that allow you to pursue your passion while also providing for you financially. Being able to work remote, means you not only have the ability to endure tough times like the ones we are facing now but also live where you want, work where you want, and live the life that you want.

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Defining Impostor Syndrome: How to Own Your Success

By Mitchell Robertson on

Late last year, life coach Micha Goebig gave a presentation on overcoming impostor syndrome at a Code Fellows Partner Power Hour. You’ve probably heard of the phrase, but you might not know exactly what it means. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Here, we’re detailing what impostor syndrome is and breaking down Micha’s tips for overcoming it and learning to feel confident about your success. Everyone lacks confidence sometimes, but with these tips, we hope to help you learn where that’s healthy—as opposed to limiting and destructive—so you can believe in yourself as much as we believe in you.

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Meet Teri: Military Program Manager

By Mitchell Robertson on

Teri is a big part of what makes Code Fellows so special. In an effort to connect with the veteran community and sharing what an amazing resource she is, we’re writing this peice on her so that current and potential students can get to know her and realize the wealth of support and passion she brings.

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It's For You!

By Jeff Malek on

I sent the response below to an email we received from someone who objected to one of our ads, which contained the message “coding is not just for the white, the male, the privileged, the wealthy or the college educated”. Hopefully this post will help others who may have been offended to understand the intent behind this message.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 4

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here, October’s blog on “The College Route” here, and November’s blog on “The Code School Route” here.

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Making the Most of Your GI Bill®: Five Things Veterans Need to Know

By Teri Pfeffer on

As a veteran, you already have most of what it takes to become a great coder: you have grit, determination, motivation, and are a great problem-solver. Thanks to our certification by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you can put those skills to use with a career in the tech industry when you use your GI Bill® to fund your Code Fellows education. Our military program manager Teri Pfeffer explains the five most important things you need to know about the GI Bill® and how it can help kickstart your career in coding.

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7 Ways Veterans Can Optimize Their LinkedIn Profile for Jobs in Tech

By Teri Pfeffer on

When it comes to professional networking sites, LinkedIn is the way to go. For veterans specifically, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool when transitioning into the workforce outside of the military. Here, our very own military program manager and military spouse of 24 years, Teri Pfeffer, shares her top LinkedIn tips for veterans.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 3

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here and October’s blog on “The College Route” here.

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Meet Ada Lovelace (and Other Women Who Shaped Technology)

By Mitchell Robertson on

Without women, technology would be nowhere near where it is today, but that’s a narrative that many people don’t yet know. Today, we’re introducing (or reintroducing) you to some of tech’s finest female trailblazers so we can all celebrate the women who pioneered the industry—and paved the way for generations to come.

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VET TEC: What Is It, and How Can It Help Fund Your Coding Curriculum?

By Teri Pfeffer on

Transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce can be difficult, so it’s helpful to know all of the resources available to help you succeed in a new career path. One resource available to you: the VET TEC program. Learn from our military program manager, Teri Pfeffer, about what the VET TEC program is and how it can help fund your coding courses.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 2

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here.

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Meet Amber: Code Fellows Graduate

By Mitchell Robertson on

When Amber Kim started Code Fellows, she wasn’t afraid to fail. In fact, she wanted to: “The faster you learn, the faster you know where the holes in your logic are, and the faster you can either pivot or work on your weak links.”

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Forging Partnerships: The Cayman Code Academy

By Mitchell Robertson on

How our Powered by Code Fellows program helps local economies, from the Cayman Islands to the Middle East.

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Meet Jen: Code Fellows Graduate

By Mitchell Robertson on

When Jen Carrigan enrolled at Code Fellows, she dove in headfirst: she quit her job, dropped out of her computer science degree program, and devoted herself completely to the Code Fellows program instead. It may have been a risk, but it paid off royally—today, Jen is a Code Fellows graduate and software development engineer. Jen’s journey to Code Fellows may have been full of some twists and turns, but she reached her destination by taking it one step at a time.

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Meet Hector: Code Fellows Graduate

By Mitchell Robertson on

When Hector Norzagaray enrolled in Code Fellows, he expected to learn how to code. What he didn’t expect was to find a community of people who rallied together to help him believe in himself—and make it through.

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Meet Ivette! Here's How She's Impacting Her Community after Code 201

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet Ivette Cortez! Knowing the importance of STEM education for young students, she wanted to add programming to her skill set and to her curriculum as a middle school language instructor. After finishing Code 201, she integrated more technology into her classroom, organized after-school coding classes, and started working with ChickTech. Learn more about her journey and how she’s using her education to benefit her community!

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Meet James: From Elementary School Teacher to UI Developer

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet James Billard! He realized he needed a change after seven years as an elementary school instructor. He studied in our nights & weekends track, and now works as a UI Developer at Indigo Slate. Read his advice, struggles, and ultimate triumph as he made a massive career change to pursue his goals.

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From Seattle to Cedar Rapids: Meet the School Bringing Tech Education to Iowa

By Mitchell Robertson on

Did you know that 12 schools license our curriculum to train software developers in their cities?

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Meet Gregory: From Army Electrician to Software Developer

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet Gregory Dukes! His career path lacked direction until he decided to learn to code at Code Fellows. Find out how he made the decision to study ASP.NET, what his job search looked like, and how he went from new hire to lead dev in just three weeks on the job!

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Meet Caleb: From Tech Management to Software Design Engineer

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet Caleb Wells! He wanted a career in tech but wasn’t sure if coding was for him. After pursuing his education at Code Fellows, he was hired as a Software Design Engineer at Alaska Airlines. Read how he changed his career potential in just five months!

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Meet Yana: Substitute Teacher Turned Web Developer Apprentice

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet Yana Radenska! She was accepted into an apprenticeship program through WTIA’s Apprenti and completed her technical training at Code Fellows before starting her apprenticeship at Avvo.

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Meet Nathan: Coder, Entrepreneur, and Founder of pennypost

By Sarah Fischer on

Nathan Maas wanted to use his knack for innovation to help people stay connected, regardless of their location. After learning to code at Code Fellows, he went on to start pennypost as a way to help people stay in touch around the world.

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Meet Rae: Yogi Turned Software Developer

By Sarah Fischer on

Rae Helsel is a yoga instructor who decided to make a career switch to mobile development. She shares how her background made her the perfect fit for a New York startup, what she loved most about her learning experience, and her advice for anyone considering a similar transition.

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Meet Kaylyn: Nurse Turned Software Developer

By Sarah Fischer on

Meet Kaylyn Yuh! She graduated from Code Fellows as a full-stack JavaScript developer and now works as a software engineer at CBRE. She shares more about her time in class and what has surprised her most about her new role in tech.

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Meet Lee: Project Manager Turned UX Engineer

By Sarah Fischer on

Lee Broxson used a systematic schedule to apply for jobs and start a new career as a UX Engineer. Read on to learn the gameplan that leads to job offers from three different companies, plus his insight on how to land the right job after a coding bootcamp.

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Meet Victor: From Military Intelligence to Booz Allen Hamilton

By Sarah Fischer on

What do military veterans have to say about their time at Code Fellows?

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Meet David: Navy Veteran Turned Data Developer

By Sarah Fischer on

When Navy veteran David Fazio starting looking for long-term career paths that built on the technical training he’d received in the Navy, all signs pointed to software development. He shares how his military experience prepared him for a coding bootcamp, and his advice on acing the job search after graduation.

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Meet Stefanie: From Psychology to Microsoft's LEAP Program

By Sarah Fischer on

Stefanie Hansen was struggling to find a career path that was creative, intellectual, meaningful, and collaborative—until she started learning to code. Read along as she shares about her journey, getting accepted to Microsoft’s LEAP program, advice for aspiring developers, and more.

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Best Coding Bootcamp Award for 5th Consecutive Year

By Mitchell Robertson on

Code Fellows awarded SwitchUp’s 2020 Best Bootcamp Award! Thank you to the dedicated instructors, staff and students for helping us acheive our 5th consecutive year of acheiving this distiguished honor!

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Meet Kate: A Conservationist Who Found New Passion In Code

By Mitchell Robertson on

Kate Zurlo-Cuva moved to Seattle for family, only to discover her love for front-end development, and a new career as a Technical Project Manager.

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Meet Tara: Developer at Jaguar Land Rover

By Jordana Gustafson on

If you met Tara Kreft last fall and then ran into her again today, you’d notice two major differences.

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Meet Clare: Scientist, Yeast Engineer, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Lauren Sauser on

Clare Monahan spent half a decade as a protein engineer. As she neared her financial limitations as a scientist without a PhD, she turned her attention to writing code. Clare shares with us about her transition from the lab to the classroom, and then to a new career as a software developer.

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Meet Alexandra: Experienced Software Developer and Code Fellows Graduate

By Sarah Fischer on

Alexandra Norcross had 15 years of software development experience behind her when she opted for a change. After hearing about Code Fellows from a recent graduate, she decided to switch from developing for desktop and the web to programming iOS apps. She shares her experience during her course and what surprised her most about the program.

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Meet Monica: Journalism Major, Front-End Developer, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Sarah Fischer on

Monica Davidson is a seasoned Code Fellows alumni and software developer who studied front-end development in a Bootcamp (now Code 201) and Development Accelerator (now Code 401). She shares how she used her training at Code Fellows to achieve a life-long dream and how her training as a journalist helped her become a better software developer.

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Meet Kasim: Material Engineer, Software Developer, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Lauren Sauser on

Kasim Siddiqui spoke with us about his return to Seattle, his search for a more purposeful career, and the importance of a supportive spouse. Siddiqui received a scholarship to attend Code Fellows in 2015, and studied full-stack JavaScript.

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