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May 23, 2018

Brian Lands New Career at the #1 Company on His Interview Bucket List

Brian first sparked interest in working at Progressive after they showcased their company to his cohort. Just a few weeks after graduating from We Can Code IT, Brian started a new career at Progressive!
May 10, 2018

Emmanuel Goes from Customer Service Representative to Systems Engineer

Before We Can Code IT, Emmanuel worked as a customer service representative. After attending We Can Code IT, Emmanuel landed a systems engineer position at Nationwide Insurance!
March 8, 2018

Jamie’s future is looking bright after attending We Can Code IT’s software development bootcamp

Before We Can Code IT, Jamie worked as a customer service representative, now she has a software development position at Chase!
March 5, 2018

Stay-at-home mom and graphic designer to UX developer

Before attending We Can Code IT, Meaghan was a stay-at-home mom and graphic designer. Now, she's in UX development, her dream job.
February 10, 2018

Kaitie Leaves the Financially Uncertain Field of Substitute Teaching to Begin her Tech Career

Before attending We Can Code IT, Kaitie was a substitute teacher and dance instructor. Now, she's a Software Developer at Splash Financial.
February 9, 2018
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Sharon Combines her Social Sciences and Art Background with Tech to Become a Front-end Developer

Coding Bootcamp Grad Combines Social Sciences and Art Background with Tech to Become a Front-end Developer Sharon was working several small jobs and in graduate school when she found out about We Can Code IT. With her passion for helping others, she wanted to learn to code so she could make an even stronger impact. Last June, we shared Sharon’s experience at the 4th Annual LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Summit + Fellowship at Google in Washington D.C. After working in consulting for a few months after graduation, Sharon landed a new job as a UX/Front-end Developer at Findaway!  
February 8, 2018
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Meaghan Goes from Stay at Home Mom to Senior UX Designer

Columbus Coding Bootcamp Grad Goes from Stay at Home Mom to Senior UX Designer Meaghan was burnt out on NYC and her job, so she moved to Columbus, OH to be closer to her family. With a graphic design background, she was always interested in software development but was often discouraged on how to begin. After attending an Admissions Open House and finding out she qualified for a grant, she decided to take the plunge and dive deep into learning to code at We Can Code IT. Find out about Meaghan’s journey through coding bootcamp, how she proved that a stay at home mom can learn to code in only a few months, and her new Senior UX Designer position at Assurex Health!  
November 20, 2017
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Evening Coding Bootcamp Carrie Ryan Alumni Spotlight Update

Evening Coding Bootcamp Carrie Ryan Alumni Spotlight Update We Can Code IT graduate, Carrie Ryan, was featured in an Alumni Spotlight interview with Course Report back in July 2017. Since then, she has been promoted from a Junior Developer Intern to a fully-fledged Web Developer at United Consumer Financial Services in Cleveland. We caught up with Carrie to see what her experience has been like working in the tech industry and how she worked towards her promotion.
November 9, 2017
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Veteran, Pete Fittante, reboots his career after the military

"When people come out of the military they are used to structure. Coding is all about structure. All about challenges. All about teamwork. Those 3 things are what you learn in the military."
November 8, 2017
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Jamie Starts New Career Earning 3x Her Previous Salary

Jamie Starts New Career Earning 3x Her Previous Salary After leaving college and being told she’d never make it, Jamie was hired before graduating We Can Code IT’s bootcamp. Jamie states that We Can Code IT’s program gave her the confidence boost she needed to succeed. She’s now a software developer at Chase!
June 2, 2017
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Coding Boot Camp: The Face of Success

In just three months, the change in my outlook and happiness is amazing. In college, I learned a lot of marketing theory but not practical skills. I got hired in sales and customer service for a large national bank and was miserable. My skills were underutilized and I kept applying for jobs where I needed tech skills. My dad is a software developer and I remember talking to him . . .
March 13, 2017
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Darín utilizes networking to land competing job offers

Darín Utilizes Networking to Land Competing Job Offers I graduated from Oberlin College as a Comparative American Studies major. I was a Bonner Scholar, for which I did a variety of volunteer service and set myself up to have a non-profit career. Throughout my service and work with non-profit organizations, I noticed a disconnect between the needs of the organizations and their databases.
March 10, 2017
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Jason lands a software engineer position

After a conversation with a friend about the benefits of coding bootcamps, Jason found We Can Code IT in Cleveland, OH. He now has a new career as a software engineer at AmTrust.
November 23, 2016
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Cierra Starts a New Career as a Mobile Developer

Cierra Starts a New Career as a Mobile Developer After a search of coding bootcamps across the country, Cierra decided to attend We Can Code IT in Cleveland, OH. A collaborative learning environment helped her in the classroom and then the supportive staff reassured her that she was capable of thriving after graduation. Shortly after graduating, she started her new career as a mobile developer at ABAS-USA close to home in Virginia.
November 14, 2016
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Olay Lands a Spot at Microsoft

Olay Lands a Spot at Microsoft Olay attended We Can Code IT coding bootcamp after initially earning a computer science degree in New Jersey. While researching different coding bootcamps, he found that We Can Code IT could provide not only exceptional curriculum and instruction, but a welcoming atmosphere that could help him achieve his dreams. Shortly after graduating, We Can Code IT helped him gain a highly competitive and handsomely paid spot at Microsoft through their LEAP program.
November 7, 2016

Juan Starts New Career at Progressive and Achieves Work-Life Balance

Juan Starts New Career at Progressive and Achieves Work-Life Balance Juan came to the United States to pursue an education in music. While working two jobs in the music field he realized he wanted to find a way to spend more time with his family while still supporting them well financially. He initially tried the self-taught approach to learning to code but ultimately decided that attending We Can Code IT’s coding bootcamp would have a greater outcome. His strategy paid off. He landed a well-paying and balanced career as a software developer at Progressive days before graduating.
October 3, 2016
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Kyle Makes the Switch from Politics to Programming

After working in politics in Washington DC, Kyle returned to Ohio.  He began to research coding bootcamps after reading about their rising popularity. He found We Can Code IT and attended the full-time cohort in Cleveland.  Kyle quickly began his new career after meeting with one of WCCI’s employer partners, Foundation Software.
August 26, 2016
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Mary’s Path to We Can Code IT is Paved with Diverse Interests

Mary has studied everything from Illustration and Printmaking to Math and Art History. While earning her degree in Philosophy, she took a class in Database Systems and was surprised by how much she enjoyed it.  When Mary found We Can Code IT and their commitment to creating a welcoming environment for everyone she knew it was the right path for her.  After attending the part-time coding bootcamp, she was able to find a job where she can utilize all of her skills.
August 16, 2016
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Rachel Gets Back in the Game!

Rachel found herself in a dead-end tech career and knew it was time to re-skill herself in order to keep pace with great job prospects. She found We Can Code IT and attended our full-time coding bootcamp. In the end, she landed a great new career as a software developer earning more than ever before!
July 13, 2016
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Dear Future Coding Bootcamp Student: Reflection from Tori

Tori shares her reflections on her coding bootcamp experience at We Can Code IT. "You will probably feel incredibly unprepared and as though you have no idea what is going on. This is a completely normal state for any human being at any given time, and it is a totally valid emotion to feel when attempting something new. Try not to let it get to you. Take a deep breath and throw yourself into it..."
July 3, 2016
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Lexus lands job at JP Morgan Chase During Coding Bootcamp!

Lexus Davis studied engineering management at Ohio University, but found out after graduating that getting a job without having coding skills is very difficult. Employers wanted her to have real skills to bring to the table. That’s when she found We Can Code IT’s coding bootcamp and her dreams took off! During bootcamp, she got a very lucrative job offer from JP Morgan Chase where she is now working as a Technology Analyst.
July 3, 2016
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Ashley Shows Them What She’s Made Of!

Ashley hated her college experience, not because she wasn’t bright, but because it dragged on and became difficult to manage. After a bad marriage, and an unfulfilling job, Ashley felt hopeless. That’s when her friend, Krista, told her about We Can Code IT. She found the atmosphere perfect for her. She picked her self up, and joined We Can Code IT’s part-time coding bootcamp. In the end, she triumphed over her naysayers, those who didn’t believe she could succeed in her career, and landed a great job that she loves before she even graduated!
July 3, 2016
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Katherine Lands Her Dream Job at Hyland!

When Katherine graduated from college, her business administration degree helped her land a job as a content marketing specialist, but she aspired to much more. After attending a coding school in Miami, she decided she needed more. She found We Can Code IT, learned skills that high-paying employers were seeking, and landed her dream job at Hyland software!
July 3, 2016
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Coding Bootcamp Finally Teaches Computer Science Student Real Skills

After earning an undergraduate degree in computer science, Dee felt like an impostor. She didn’t have the mentorship or support to pursue her dream job in software, so she took a lower-paying job tertiarily related to computers. After working for a couple years, she learned about We Can Code IT and attended our part-time coding bootcamp while working. Weeks after graduating, she landed her dream job at Dakota Software! “At the end of the day, my experience in college was nice and I am grateful for my degree. But I owe a lot to We Can Code It for not only refreshing my mind in programming, but for also re-teaching me in such a positive and engaging way!”
July 1, 2016
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Dear Future Coding Bootcamp Student: Reflection from Marilee

This is an excellent course. Mel is readily available to every student to share her knowledge. The instructors at We Can Code IT know the industry and are able to help students find their individual strength and niches within IT. (From what I have gathered, this is not the case for many other boot camps, that are taught primarily by boot camp alumni and CS students.)
June 29, 2016
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Indira’s Story

Indira Samuels attended We Can Code IT’s part-time bootcamp, allowing her to rapidly gain skills in software development in just months. After graduating from the coding bootcamp, Indira landed her dream job as a software engineer with TMW, and more than quadrupled her pre-bootcamp earnings!
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