September 17, 2015

Coding Bootcamp Student Spotlight: Shalamar

Today, I am half way through my cohort and have the confidence and skills to already interview for jobs and internships. Yes, in three months I am ready to go out there and show these companies what I've got! Sure, I don't know everything, but the instructors at We Can Code IT are teaching me exactly what I need to know to be a valuable asset right now. I've shadowed four Software Engineers in the past month and everything they did was right in line with my training. It's just perfect . . .
September 16, 2015

Coding Bootcamp Student Spotlight: Dee

Dee was a Computer Science major in college, but got her real world education at We Can Code IT. Read her story!
August 28, 2015

Scrum Essentials: Exercise in Estimating Relative Effort (Team)

Estimating Relative Effort: A Scrum Team Exercise Thanks to Tomasz de Jastrzebiec Wykowski for this idea. Estimating relative effort can be more complex than it looks. In this exercise, you will work with your teammates to explore estimating the effort it would take to throw different objects. Gather a Scrum team (6 +/- 3 people), and get ready to play planning poker in order to estimate based on the following: “Given a series of objects, each object must be thrown and must fly at least 3 feet.”
July 8, 2015

Mel McGee Discusses Tech and Entrepreneurship with Inside Business Magazine

Mel McGee, We Can Code IT's CEO, talks about the importance of advancing underrepresented groups in technology, which includes women and diverse populations, with Cleveland's Inside Business Magazine.
June 12, 2015

We Can Code IT Finds New Headquarters at Shaker LaunchHouse

  WE CAN CODE IT FINDS NEW HEADQUARTERS AT SHAKER LAUNCHHOUSE The coworking space will be home to offices, classroom and event space Cleveland, OH — June 8, 2015 — We Can Code IT, a Cleveland-based social good organization empowering women and diverse populations in technology, has relocated to Shaker LaunchHouse, a coworking space and entrepreneurial community based in Shaker Heights. The 23,000 square foot space will act as company offices and classroom space for the coding bootcamp. We Can Code IT offers various programs including all women and co-ed bootcamps as well as youth and teen camps. Courses range from one-week long for youth to three and five month sessions for adults. With their target market being underserved populations, the organization aims to increase diversity in tech as well as help alleviate poverty through education and employer partnerships. The part-time coding bootcamp, which begins June 20, teaches high-demand tech skills and programming languages. Because of the unique accelerated learning style and ultra-collaborative environment the program boasts higher student engagement, faster learning, and dramatically increased retention rates of information. We Can Code IT launched its inaugural program this past spring with its first class graduating at the end of May. Since the culmination of the program, students have interviewed with several employers, including Hyland Software, OEConnection, and a variety of other companies in the area. Recent graduates have said that “I learned more than I had ever imagined,” and “attending the We Can Code IT boot camp was the best decision of my life.” Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code IT, recognizes a need in the community to get underserved populations the tech skills they need for new lucrative IT careers. “I believe nearly everyone can learn how to code.” she says. “If you have the dedication, if you’re willing to work, we’re here to teach you. Not only do you learn the most in-demand skills, we train you how to think like a developer in a welcoming, collaborative environment.” The move to Shaker LaunchHouse is a perfect fit for numerous reasons. Its open, collaborative atmosphere is a perfect place for students to learn, share and work with entrepreneurs at LaunchHouse. Since the program is project-based learning, students can look forward to working with the entrepreneurs at LaunchHouse to solve real-world problems. Additionally, the affordable entrepreneurial housing, located on the street behind LaunchHouse, allows for We Can Code IT to attract students from outside the area. “Having We Can Code IT as a member of LaunchHouse is a huge win for Shaker Heights and the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Todd Goldstein, managing partner and CEO of LaunchHouse. “This allows us to expand our educational offerings to the community that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. We’re looking forward to getting more involved with them and being a resource to their students.” Goldstein goes on to state how inspiring it is to see an organization like We Can Code IT help people utilize coding to reinvent themselves and explore career possibilities that they otherwise would not. We Can Code IT also offers summer camps for kids beginning June 15. Students learn logic, electrical engineering concepts and computer science principals with Minecraft Amusement Park and Game Programming camps. More information on these and other programs can be found at
June 1, 2015

Coding Bootcamp Graduate, Jasmine Gheith, Tells her Story about Learning to Code

Before coming to We Can Code IT's coding bootcamp, Jasmine heard "You're not smart enough to finish." Jasmine proved them all wrong!

“After the We Can Code IT on-site training at University Hospitals, we embraced Agile software development methodology with tremendous success. On a project that was not going well, we were able to develop 1-week iterations where we did a mini-planning session on Monday, committed to stories for the week and then completely tested them by the end of the week. Our teams have really enjoyed moving to a more structured Agile environment with much more collaboration.”

– Andy Laytin, Manager, IT Development, SQL DBAs Architecture, University Hospitals

It takes 6 to 9 months to bring a new developer up to speed. In IT, recruiting top talent is super competitive. So it makes sense to train your internal talent pool, right? A great idea, but most companies find cross-training employees is time-consuming and demands training expertise they don’t always have.  We can help you with this process by applying our assessment tools.  These will help you find out which employees would be best for cross-training as well as which canidates are most adept to join your company.

When growth or turnover hits your IT team, research shows it costs a business about 20% of an employee’s salary to hire and train new talent. If a developer is paid in the neighborhood of $80–$120K —the hiring and training process costs your business up to $24K.*