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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…

Introduction to User Experience

Introduction to User Experience

Pulling Back The Curtain On Our UX Process We’re living in the Technology Revolution, and as we experience the change in the job market, every other industry is trying to find their place. As demand for tech jobs increases, there is an increase in the need for related jobs in design and User Experience (UX).…

Student Q & A: Channon

Student Q & A: Channon

Meet a Student Can you tell us a bit about your background? I recently graduated from high school. I’ve had four years of classical music training with piano, but 11 years of practice. Music led me to be good at math, and I believe math led me to be good at art. I have also…

Mentor Interview: CoderGirl Helena

Mentor Interview: CoderGirl Helena

Meet a Mentor We couldn’t carry out our mission to educate and employ eager, driven tech talent without the help of our amazing mentors. Helena has been a CoderGirl mentor for two years, where she imparts her wisdom and pro tips from years of experience as a professional developer. How did you come to LaunchCode? While studying Pre-Med, I…

Empowerment Through Mentorship

Empowerment Through Mentorship

One-On-One Teaching Techniques So you want to help someone learn to be a software developer. What exactly do you do to help them succeed? Many people have built great careers without formal study but even more have washed out. (Check out this talk from Jeff Cohen at RubyConf 2016 about it.) How can you focus your efforts…

The Agile Process

The Agile Process

The Agile Process at LaunchCode Building a successful project takes work and some serious perseverance. However, many people don’t realize that their success or failure in building a project depends on more than pure grit. The most successful individuals and teams create their projects systematically. They keep things simple and only work on what is…

LaunchCoder Q & A with Louis

LaunchCoder Q & A with Louis

How did you hear about LaunchCode? I saw a large poster in a window inside a St. Louis mall. After looking into LaunchCode.org, I found out more and went to the intro lecture given by Chris and a recent graduate who was interviewing for a job. Then I filled out the application process and was…

LaunchCoder Q & A with Kevin

LaunchCoder Q & A with Kevin

How did you hear about LaunchCode? I heard about LaunchCode from June Mercer, a Computer Science professor at the St. Louis Community College — Meramec Campus. Tell us about your background. I have 7 years of experience providing customer service in a variety of settings and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science, Database Management,…

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jeff & Jane

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jeff & Jane

Jane, from Kansas City, and Jeff, from St. Louis, met in the middle of their two hometowns during college at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A few years and many adventures later, Jeff saw an online posting for LaunchCode Kansas City’s free CS50x course in the Spring of 2016. The course was free and only six…

LaunchCoder Q & A: Sean

LaunchCoder Q & A: Sean

Meet A Student Tell us a little bit about your background. Despite having worked in the web for almost 20 years, as a designer, interactive art director and UX designer, I remained largely ignorant of what was happening “under the hood”. This class has really helped me understand the bigger, or more accurately, the smaller,…

LaunchCoder Student Q & A With Luke

LaunchCoder Student Q & A With Luke

Making A Better Life — No Terrifying Debt Required What motivated you to sign up for class with LaunchCode? I have been searching for a way to start making a better life for myself, preferably without driving myself into terrifying debt. I was looking into Centriq, but could not acquire the money to attend. I have…

LaunchCoder Q & A With Kyle

LaunchCoder Q & A With Kyle

Meet a Student What motivated you to sign up? Working in IT networking and troubleshooting has taught me how things work. I signed up for CS50x to find out why things work. I’m always looking to be the very best at what I do, and I’m always looking to improve my skill set for future…

Oliver’s Story

Oliver’s Story

LaunchCoder Interview What motivated you to sign up? I was looking for a better way to learn coding. I had done a several online tutorials and courses on my own but wanted something a bit more structured. I went to a meetup and Matt Mawhinney took a few minutes to introduce us to LaunchCode. When…

LaunchCoder Q & A: Greame

LaunchCoder Q & A: Greame

Meet A Student What motivated you to sign up for CS50x? Honestly, I just thought programming could be cool. I remember taking a computer class in high school where we played around with HTML and thought it was fun. My friend told me there was a free class where you learn how to program so…

Kathleen’s Story

Kathleen’s Story

Rhode Island Student Interview What motivated you to sign up for CS50x? A few months before the class started, I had made the decision to change careers and devote myself full time to studying computer programming. I read that Harvard’s CS50 class was available free online and that, according to many, it was the best…

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jamin

LaunchCoder Q&A With Jamin

Meet a Student Tell us a little bit about your background. I originally got my B.S. in Exercise Science to become a physical therapist. However, like many applicants who are denied acceptance year after year, I was tired of my life sitting in limbo while I applied over and over. I began working at an online mortgage…

Brian’s Story

Brian’s Story

A LaunchCode Story How was I going to convince an employer to take a chance on a guy who doesn’t have a CS degree or professional experience? When I started learning how to code, I knew the biggest challenge would be transitioning those skills to the workplace. How was I going to convince an employer…

Padmini’s Story

Padmini’s Story

LaunchCode is like GPS for career seekers For Padmini, coding is like creating her own logic. “When you write your own code, it feels like you are discovering something new – it’s so pretty, and easy for my mind to settle into it,” she says. Although coding came easy for Padmini, finding a job in…

Felipe’s Story

Felipe’s Story

Meet a LaunchCode Apprentice Years ago Felipe saw an ad in which Bill Gates and Chris Bosh, amongst others, explained the importance of learning how to code. Inspired, but with zero experience or education in coding, Felipe had no idea he could actually achieve a career as a programmer. Felipe is originally from Ecuador. He…

Khalil’s Story

Khalil’s Story

I decided to become a programmer because of an ATM. I decided to become a programmer because of an ATM. I had a pretty standard management job for a large international hotel corporation with great benefits, good pay, and crazy hours. One summer, I decided to take advantage of one of the fringe benefits of…

Josh’s Story

Josh’s Story

I had no previous experience in coding. I was able to become a developer in less than one year. The first thing I want to say is LAUNCHCODE WORKS. When I first looked at the LaunchCode website a year ago, I was skeptical. I wanted to know – is it actually possible to go from…