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Meet James: From Elementary School Teacher to UI Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on October 18, 2018

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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Meet Kevin: From Commercial Photographer to Software Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on August 22, 2018

Meet Kevin Miller! He started his career as a commercial photographer, and as tech advancements started to influence his work, he was intrigued by the possibilities for a creator who knew how to code. Here’s how he went from photography to code, what he loved about his learning experience, and what his work looks like as a developer at Nordstrom.

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Meet Rob: From Math Teacher to Software Design Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on July 27, 2018

Meet Rob Reed! He started learning to code as a math teacher to make lessons more visual for his students, and realized he loved the challenge coding presented. Read how he made the most of his time on campus, what he loves about the tech industry, and how he became a Software Design Engineer at Concur.

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Meet Amber: From Front-End to Full-Stack with help from the GI Bill

By Sarah June Fischer on July 19, 2018

Meet Amber Kim! She was running her own web design and marketing firm while her husband was in the military. When they settled in Seattle, she was able to use his GI Bill funds to expand her skill set at Code Fellows. She shares about her learning journey and her advice for other military spouses who are thinking about a career in tech.

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Meet Jeremiah: From Bartender to Azure Customer Support Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on May 31, 2018

Meet Jeremiah Walters! He met software developers while bartending in Seattle, and was inspired to check out jobs in the tech industry. After five months studying at Code Fellows, he now helps Microsoft customers get the most out of Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Read his motivation for learning JavaScript, and his advice for other people of color joining the tech industry.

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Meet Gregory: From Army Electrician to Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on May 15, 2018

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 Amanda: From Visual Content Developer to Software Development Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on May 10, 2018

Meet Amanda Koster! She was ready for new challenges in her career and fascinated by coding. After realizing the need for a hybrid of creative and code, and that teams of diverse developers can build better products for more people, she decided to pursue a new career in programming. Read about her career transition, and her advice for others who are considering the same path.

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Meet Morgan: From Technical Program Manager to Software Development Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on April 11, 2018

Meet Morgan Nomura! During her time as a TPM at Nordstrom, she got a front row seat to the work that software developers do every day. She studied at Code Fellows to quickly learn modern Python programming, and now works with the very developers who inspired her to try coding over a year ago.

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Meet Erik: From Puzzle Master to Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on March 29, 2018

Meet Erik Enderlein! With his love of puzzles, an escape room seemed like the perfect place to work. But his job there presented him with a different kind of puzzle: creating software for timers and other features that would make the experience better for customers.

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Meet Caleb: From Tech Management to Software Design Engineer

By Sarah June Fischer on March 9, 2018

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 David: From Sworn Peace Officer to Software Development Engineer Apprentice

By Sarah June Fischer on February 22, 2018

Meet David Lim! He spent 13 years in military and public service and realized he wanted the more predictable and stable schedule provided by a job in tech. He shares how he used his GI Bill benefits to study at Code Fellows and land a role as a software development apprentice at Amazon.

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Meet Yana: Substitute Teacher Turned Web Developer Apprentice

By Sarah June Fischer on December 14, 2017

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 Ted: Mechanical Engineer Turned Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on November 10, 2017

Meet Ted Callahan! His six-year career as a mechanical engineer was moving slow, and he decided he needed a change. He shares what he loves about the tech industry, why Code Fellows’ program was the right fit for him, and what he would say to anyone else considering the same path.

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Meet Evan: From the U.S. Army to Porch's Dev Team

By Sarah June Fischer on August 24, 2017

When a family member stumbled upon Code Fellows from a Google search, it seemed like a great opportunity for Evan Paige to fast track his learning. He shares how his background in the military aided his learning, how he got the job at Porch, and more.

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Meet Nathan: Coder, Entrepreneur, and Founder of pennypost

By Sarah June Fischer on August 11, 2017

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 June Fischer on July 21, 2017

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 Eve: Social Worker Turned Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on June 21, 2017

Eve’s unique background in art and social work may seem unrelated to a software development career, but those skills are exactly why she had an offer in hand before she’d even graduated.

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Meet Kaylyn: Nurse Turned Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on May 24, 2017

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 June Fischer on March 13, 2017

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 June Fischer on March 4, 2017

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 June Fischer on February 24, 2017

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 Selena & Disa: The Mother-Daughter Pair Learning to Code Together

By Sarah June Fischer on February 14, 2017

Many of our students come to Code Fellows because of testimonials from friends who excelled in the program. It’s more rare that parents see the success their children experience and decide to enroll themselves—but that’s exactly what happened when Disa saw her daughter, Selena, successfully learn to code.

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Meet David: Fleet Manager Turned Software Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on December 16, 2016

When David Porter was accepted to Code Fellows, the help of a Diversity Scholarship meant he could pursue his dream of becoming an iOS developer. He shares what he’s liked most about the program and his advice for other students who are breaking into the tech industry.

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Meet Kate: A Conservationist Who Found New Passion In Code

By Dave Parker on August 25, 2016

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 Branton: Microsoft Veteran Turned iOS Developer

By Dave Parker on August 18, 2016

After more than 12 years at Microsoft, Branton Boehm was ready to take on a new challenge.

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Meet Tara: Developer at Jaguar Land Rover

By Jordana Gustafson on August 5, 2016

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 Keri: Marketer Turned Front-End Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on July 21, 2016

Keri Brady was pursuing a career in marketing when she realized she wanted to expand her technical skill set—and career potential—as she continued to work with fast-growing startups. She shares why she chose Code Fellows and what helped her be successful during and after the program.

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Meet Mark: Financial Analyst Turned Front-End Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on June 10, 2016

Mark Palfreeman realized he could combine both his creative and analytical side in a career in front-end development after working with data-centric and creative departments early in his career. He shares about the ups and downs during the course and what he’s doing now at Deloitte Digital.

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Meet Mike: Starbucks Shift Supervisor Turned Full-Stack Developer

By Sarah June Fischer on June 3, 2016

Mike Elliott was teaching himself to code and taking on freelance development projects while working at Starbucks. When he decided he wanted to pursue web development full time, he came to Seattle and enrolled at Code Fellows to put the final polish on his skill set. He shares about his experience and some pro tips for incoming students.

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Meet Alexandra: Experienced Software Developer and Code Fellows Graduate

By Sarah June Fischer on May 20, 2016

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 June Fischer on May 5, 2016

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 April 29, 2016

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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Meet Ron: Navy Mechanic, Flight Instructor, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Lauren Sauser on April 19, 2016

Ron Floyd, veteran and graduate of Code Fellows Portland, gave us feedback on how he made the career switch, his first year employed as a Web Developer, and how he made the most of his time at Code Fellows.

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Meet Emily: JavaScript Developer, Rabbi, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Lauren Sauser on March 22, 2016

Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater earned a certificate in Full-Stack JavaScript Development from Code Fellows in August 2015. She now works as a full-stack developer in Seattle, and enjoys building software that facilitates simple, practical, and socially-positive experiences for users.

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