September 18, 2016
Women in economic development

Mel McGee speaks at the International Economic Development Conference (IEDC)

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. Learn more and register here: http://www.iedcevents.org/AnnualConference/Special_Events.html
August 15, 2016
Corporate Coding Bootcamp

Don’t Miss Upcoming We Can Code IT Coding Bootcamp Information Sessions and Interviews!

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 We Can Code IT team member (wearing a We Can Code IT T-shirt) at the Terminal Tower Security Desk. Bring a photo ID with you. Security might ask for it. You can find the security desk in the lobby of Terminal Tower when you enter from Public Square. If entering from Tower City, look for the Starbucks and the Victoria’s Secret. The security desk is on the same level as those stores. If standing outside of Starbucks, it’s on the other side of the elevators. After touring StartMart, we’ll tell you a little bit about We Can Code IT and we’ll have a Q and A session. Those who are interested in enrolling in the coding bootcamp will then be asked to solve a problem or two, will be interviewed, and may be asked to join the bootcamp. Our team will then help you through the enrollment process. Want to find out more or register for one of these sessions?            
August 5, 2016

OEC CTO Kathy Golden Speaks to Coding Bootcamp Students

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,” she said. Golden started her career working in a casino in her home country of Canada, and was encouraged to work in technology when others noticed her work ethic and problem solving skills. She went to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, then moved to Northeast Ohio to work on tech teams. After she gained several years of experience she moved out to Seattle to work for an organization owned by Bill Gates. It was an amazing opportunity, but she missed her friends, family, and the tech community here in Northeast Ohio. “They say the grass is greener on the other side. I saw the grass. It wasn’t greener!” She moved back for the CTO position at OEC. Kathy addressed the challenges she encountered when it came to asking for opportunities.  She acknowledged her desire to help others and encouraged coding bootcamp students to recognize that others are willing to help. She attributed much of her success to asking for opportunities. At one point, she wanted to lead others on a team, and that was the first time she sat down with her manager and asked for the chance to lead. “My hand was shaking so much that I was spilling my water,” she said. “But I got my first chance to lead by asking for it. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.” She also advised the class to participate in company culture initiatives, and to help others around them succeed. Students in the bootcamp asked questions regarding company culture, diversity in technology, and other topics imperative to them. To find out more about joining our bootcamp and having the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers like Kathy Golden, apply for our coding bootcamp today.      
July 21, 2016
Computer Science Education Policy Microsoft The Hill

We Can Code IT represents at The Hill & Microsoft’s Policy Discussion on Computer Science Education

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 trained. The event takes place at Hodge’s Restaurant in Cleveland on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 10 am and will stream live at http://thehill.com/video/events/288219-the-workforce-of-the-future-a-policy-discussion-on-stem-and-computer-science
July 8, 2016
Women in Technology

Mel McGee is a woman who’s made her way in the male-dominated world of technology.

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. “Females are way under-represented in STEM fields, and it’s absolutely not because of any kind of innate ability,” she said. “It’s a cultural issue. (People think) it’s not feminine, that it’s geeky.” From kindergarten to 12th grade, girls’ participation in math and science nationally just about matches that of boys, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project. But in college, the disparity develops quickly, with women making up only 18.2% of computer science graduates nationally. Read more at www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140713/AWARDS01/307139989/mel-mcgee
July 8, 2016
Coding Academy

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

Before taking vacation, I caught up with Mel McGee during a coding camp she runs in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She was explaining to a handful of preteens how to use red stone dust to make an electrical wire. “We try to drop some engineering stuff, real-world concepts in there and how it relates to what they’re building in Minecraft,” she says. So, if you’re using it for good, does it count as screen time? I asked Dr. Victor Strasburger, who helped write the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations 15 years ago. “We’re not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies sitting around trying to figure out how we can poke a hole in kids’ entertainment options,” he says. Research has established that kids who sit in front of TV or video for hours have higher rates of obesity and possibly other health problems. But Strasburger says it’s more complicated than just setting strict time limits. The academy has no set recommendations on educational screen time or even the use of different types of screens. Read more at http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/20/423884493/sometimes-a-little-more-minecraft-may-be-quite-all-right
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