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CoderGirl Story: Amy

CoderGirl Story: Amy

From Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck to Landing a Rewarding Career in Tech When scrolling Facebook, I don’t generally expect to come across something that is going to alter the course of my life. Memes, cat videos, and Instant Pot recipes, sure. But life changing? Not so much. And yet, one otherwise ordinary evening in 2016, life-changing is…

Success Story: Josh in KC

Success Story: Josh in KC

A Q&A with Josh on His Transition into Tech Josh learned to code so he could build a website to self-publish his creative writing. With a website underneath his belt and CSS, HTML and JavaScript in his toolbox, Josh began exploring careers in web development.  He then turned his coding skills and interests into a full-time…

Becoming A Microsoft Programmer

Becoming A Microsoft Programmer

How a Curious Coder Made the Transition to Programming at a Major Technology Company The Beginning: Building My Coding Skills My journey with LaunchCode began with their online skills test and ended with a job as a web developer at Microsoft. I had spent the better part of my twenties teaching English abroad in China,…

Writer to Coder: Jeff in Kansas City

Writer to Coder: Jeff in Kansas City

After getting a BA in English Lit, Jeff supplemented his writing career with various middle-man business jobs, but he grew tired of a job in which he wasn’t a creator. The draw of a career in which he was able to build and create brought Jeff to LaunchCode. Now, Jeff is a writer again, but this time he writes code.

Mentorship Always Mattered

Mentorship Always Mattered

Mentorship has always been a cornerstone of technical teams. LaunchCode’s apprenticeships are one way to create those opportunities. Let these five experienced engineers tell you about how mentorship played out in their early careers and how they seek to foster it on their teams today.

Cashier to Coder: Gail in St. Louis

Cashier to Coder: Gail in St. Louis

Moving Out of a Job and Into a Career A year ago, I was a supermarket cashier with a bachelor’s degree in English. Today I’m a programmer for Express Scripts — a Fortune 22 company.   An educational nonprofit called LaunchCode changed my life. LaunchCode provides learning resources and job opportunities in technology, all at…

Learning Something New: Carly in St. Louis

Learning Something New: Carly in St. Louis

A Simple Challenge Turned into a Career You often hear that programmers are drawn to coding because it comes naturally to them. LaunchCoder Carly smashes that mold: she began coding to push herself intellectually because the logic didn’t come naturally to her. Now, Carly’s a software developer at Boundless. How did you first hear about…

The Melody of Code

The Melody of Code

The Sound of Code is Music to Their Ears At first glance, it may be hard to find the relationship between coding and art — but the connections are certainly there! We talked about the relationship between art and code with three musicians from LaunchCode – Kansas City, here is what they had to say:…

Launched & Landed: Shaun in Miami

Launched & Landed: Shaun in Miami

From Vet & Journalist to Student to Apprentice to HIRED! Tell us a little bit about your background. I’m an Air Force veteran with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and prior to finding LaunchCode, I was working as a business journalist for a local newspaper. I heard about LaunchCode while reading and writing for the…

Coding As … Art?

Coding As … Art?

Make All. The. Things. At first glance, it may be hard to find the relationship between coding and art — the dominant tech culture and perceived mathiness don’t necessarily scream “creatives apply here”. But talking with LaunchCoders who are also artists in Kansas City, known for its booming arts community, we found the connections are…

Apprentice to Developer: Mamata in KC

Apprentice to Developer: Mamata in KC

Making It In America    Mamata, LaunchCoder & Software Developer Tell us a little bit about how you got here. I love to play with code. I do Java, Groovy, Android coding and also love different mathematical algorithm implementation. I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from India. I worked as a…

Apprentice Interview: Chris in Miami

Apprentice Interview: Chris in Miami

Always Working Towards A Career in Tech Tell us a little bit about your background. I worked in retail beginning in 2012 when I was 17 (very happy to be out of the retail industry now!). I heard of LaunchCode while in Wyncode in 2016. I also go to Broward College part-time working on my associates…

Employer Partner: Sherpa

Employer Partner: Sherpa

There’s A Dollop Of LaunchCode In Sherpa’s Secret Sauce David Smith and Alexandra Fisher, co-founders of Sherpa, a senior living CRM platform that helps providers follow an empathetic process, tell us about their company and how LaunchCode has become an integral partner in making their company and mission successful.       LaunchCode: Tell us…

Student-Teacher-Apprentice, Ryan

Student-Teacher-Apprentice, Ryan

All-Around Perspective Ryan began his journey with LaunchCode in early 2016 as a student. After graduation he joined our team of Teaching Fellows for the next cohort of students in LC101 St. Louis, and has since begun an apprenticeship placement. Having spent time in all the main facets of LaunchCode, Ryan gives us his perspective on how everything went. Tell…

CoderGirl Story: Lilly

CoderGirl Story: Lilly

What a Difference a Year Makes Here at LaunchCode, we get inspired by all the amazing stories of our students, apprentices, mentors and teaching fellows every day. They’re the reason each of us comes to work every morning. This is Lilly’s story, with a little foreword from one of her biggest fans: “Lilly has been with…

Meet Cody (You’re Going To Love Him)

Meet Cody (You’re Going To Love Him)

Portland Apprenticeship Candidate How did you hear about LaunchCode? I heard about LaunchCode through Udacity. It was suggested by the career advisors as a great opportunity to break into the industry. I felt that if there was even a slim chance I would be accepted that I should apply. What motivated you to sign up?…

Interview With Shane

Interview With Shane

Student-Turned-Teaching Fellow Shane Tells Us All About His LaunchCode Experience Tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to LaunchCode. I received a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in 2012 but was unable to find anything that really used my degree. I worked as an Electronics Bench Technician…