Some things really get IT folks riled up. One of them is a recent article in Wired claiming that coding is the next big blue collar job. While it sounds like a sign of hope and opportunity, it’s created a backlash amongst IT professionals -- one that uncovers the “belly of the beast.” As an industry insider, I've heard this blue collar job idea unleash fears, assumptions and what sounds like territorial sandbox whining amongst software developers, as in "Here comes more crappy code" or "These guys won't be experienced enough to do what I do."
White House Welcomes Cleveland’s “We Can Code IT” at Tech Industry Event CLEVELAND, OH (January 5, 2017) Indira Samuels was a recent college graduate and a single mom earning $15,000 a year working for Teach for America in Cleveland. While teaching her students how to do computer coding, she decided to become a coder herself. After a 22-week coding bootcamp with Cleveland’s We Can Code IT, Samuels was offered a role as software engineer and a starting salary of $60,000. This is the kind of success story celebrated at the White House TechHire event in December. […]
“Hidden Figures” Film Inspires Cleveland’s Next Generation of Women & Minorities in Tech Fields Most of us know about John Glenn and Neil Armstrong – but few know that a group of brilliant African-American women mathematicians working at NASA helped Glenn become the first American to orbit the earth in the historic 1962 launch in the space race against Russia. That’s the untold story behind the new 21st Century Fox film Hidden Figures, released nationwide on January 6. Here in Cleveland, the film shines a light on the growing need to include women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math – particularly [...]
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Tiffany Wagner, will share her story as a woman in tech and the journey from software developer to Executive Director at one of America's leading corporations. Hear her highlights & challenges and learn more about JPMorgan Chase's commitment to advancing women into leadership positions in technology. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Time: 4-5:30 p.m. Location: We Can Code IT, 2645 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202 Details: FREE Parking /Refreshments Provided This event is FREE and open to the public. Invite friends, colleagues and others who are interested in learning why now is the time for women in technology. RSVP https://wecancodeit.org/events/inclusion-in-tech
Join Mel and other women leaders at the International Economic Development Conference on Sunday, September 25th. Mel will be speaking on Navigating a Male-Dominated Workforce.
Stop by for a tour and coding bootcamp info! Are you interested in finding out more about We Can Code IT Coding Bootcamp? Or did you apply to the bootcamp, and now you need to complete the in-person interview portion of the application process? We Can Code IT now has two upcoming dates for a tour of StartMart, a bootcamp informational session, and a group interview. Wednesday, August 17th, 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m Wednesday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. These events are free and open to the public, but all attendees are required to register. Please meet a [...]
Tech Expert Inspires Cleveland Coding Bootcamp Students We Can Code IT's Summer 2016 full-time coding bootcamp had the incredible opportunity to hear Kathy Golden, CTO of Original Equipment Connection (OEC), speak about her pathway to becoming a successful woman in technology. Golden spoke to the class during We Can Code IT's Lunch and Learn on August 3rd, 2016. During Lunch and Learns, employer partners and other experts speak to bootcamp students career-oriented topics, specifically challenges that people who are underrepresented in tech face. Golden's story began with her parents encouraging her work ethic. "Hard work has been the cornerstone of my success," [...]
We Can Code IT instructor, Lauren Holloway, speaks on The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science Education Cleveland's own We Can Code IT speaks at The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science education. The panel, consisting of We Can Code IT instructor Lauren Holloway, Microsoft Executive Vice President Peggy Johnson, and STEM Coalition Executive Director James Brown, will discuss America's long-term global competitiveness as it relates to STEM and Computer Science. Given that 2/3 of jobs in STEM will soon be in the field of Computer Science, our workforce needs to be [...]
She's been a techie since she was a kid, writing her own programs and helping her real estate agent parents incorporate the latest technology into their business. At about 10 years old, she hooked up the family's first modem and was uploading real estate properties to the multiple listing service (MLS). “I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” she said, adding, “Yes, I am a geek.” Now McGee is a serial tech entrepreneur and educator who's on a mission to abolish that nerdy stigma and make careers for girls in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) more accessible. [...]