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We Can Code IT Chosen as Education Partner for Amazon’s Career Choice Program

May 24th, 2023|0 Comments

We Can Code IT, a tech education provider, has been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program for the third consecutive year. This program provides prepaid tuition for Amazon's hourly employees to learn new skills. We Can Code IT contributes its award-winning software and web development course to the initiative, supporting Amazon's commitment to employee empowerment and continuous learning.

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Congrats, Amazon Associates!

May 8th, 2023|0 Comments

Discover how Amazon Associates are transforming their careers with We Can Code IT's part-time Java coding bootcamp through the Amazon Career Choice program. Empower your employees or join our upcoming cohorts with free tuition. Boost your tech skills today!

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Kevin’s Story

April 25th, 2023|0 Comments

Discover how We Can Code IT's veteran-friendly coding bootcamp transformed Kevin's career, empowering him to transition from the Marine Corps to a thriving tech job as a software engineer.

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Zaylet’s Story

April 6th, 2023|0 Comments

Zaylet, a former accounting student in Puerto Rico, shares her journey of discovering her passion for software development. Through Amazon's Career Choice Program and attending We Can Code IT, she overcame imposter syndrome.

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Jack’s Story

February 9th, 2023|0 Comments

Jack recently started his professional career in sales after his college graduation. He enrolled in our coding bootcamp once he realized sales was not the career for him. Today, Jack works for Key Bank as a Credit Risk Analyst. Check out his story here!

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Jonelle’s Story

January 18th, 2023|0 Comments

Jonelle, one of the Graduate Speakers for our Friday Spotlights, was a cosmetology instructor when she realized it was time to switch up her career. Click here to learn how Jonelle matched her career to fit her interests.

Pedro’s Story

November 17th, 2022|0 Comments

Pedro was moving towards a medical trajectory while working as a Professional Opera Singer when he became sick with COVID. During isolation, he started coding. Because he enjoyed coding so much, he decided to change his career path and attend our coding bootcamp. Read his story here.

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Dallas’s Story

September 13th, 2022|0 Comments

Dallas Baldwin has always been fascinated by the way certain technologies work together. As a young boy, he would frequently frustrate his family members by taking apart the VCR. Little did they know, Dallas was in the works of developing a new lifelong passion. 

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Lyzz’s Story

August 3rd, 2022|0 Comments

Lyzz Hans isn’t your run-of-the-mill technophile. She has a master's degree in adult education, and she taught GED prep in a men’s correctional facility before attending We Can Code IT. She found the job extremely rewarding but always had an interest in technology. Read her story here!

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Emmanuel’s Story

July 18th, 2022|0 Comments

After taking advice from his military chief, Emmanuel decided to pursue his interest in computer science through attending a coding bootcamp. WCCI accepts GI Bills and Chapter 31 or 33 benefits. Read about how Emmanuel started out in military bootcamp then worked his way to coding bootcamp!

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Tyrique’s Story

June 24th, 2022|0 Comments

Tyrique was never fond of school. He discovered the concept of a coding bootcamp through a friend, but wanted to make sure he was in a suitable learning environment. He attended our PreSkill program for basic tech training, then realized his calling for coding. Read his story here!

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Dawna Natale’s Story

June 21st, 2022|0 Comments

After getting her Bachelors in Chemistry, Dawna decided she wanted to re-explore an education in tech despite losing touch with her passion after high school. Read how Dawna efficiently balanced bootcamp with daily life.

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Jennifer Jones’s Story

May 18th, 2022|0 Comments

Jennifer realized it was time for a career change after she returned from her study abroad experience in Africa. With the help of her friend's recommendation, she decided to attend We Can Code IT. Find out how Jennifer got the first job in tech that she interviewed for!

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Five Women To Watch

March 14th, 2022|0 Comments

Read about how five professional women found their footing and led their team to success during We Can Code IT's part-time coding bootcamp!

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Brandon Terry’s Story

February 9th, 2022|0 Comments

Brandon was a supervisor at the Cleveland Museum of Art when he started searching for ways to get involved in tech. Although he didn’t have any education in computers, he wanted to make a serious career change to the tech industry that would improve his quality of life. 

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Krystyna Ewing’s Story

January 21st, 2022|0 Comments

Krystyna had a job in creative design before bootcamp, but wanted to expand their tech knowledge in new ways. They attended a different coding bootcamp before We Can Code IT, but the program was not the right fit. However, the second time was a charm for Krystyna. 

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Jordan Easter’s Story

December 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

Jordan was a carpenter before he decided to attend our coding bootcamp. He was able to pursue a new career because of a grant from Ohio Means Jobs. Jordan was hired quickly after following instructions perfectly from our Career Advancement team. Read his story here!

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Nina Payne’s Story

December 21st, 2021|0 Comments

Nina Payne was a year into a bachelor's program for computer science when she discovered We Can Code IT's coding program. She quickly transitioned out of the bachelors program and into bootcamp. then landed a job before she graduated from her 14 week program.

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Richard Montgomery’s PreSkill Story

November 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

Richard Montgomery was a college dean taking around-the-clock care of his son and mother when he realized he needed to make a career switch that was more fitting to his busy schedule. Find out how Richard made the switch to a career in tech!

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Nana Yirenkyi’s Story

November 1st, 2021|0 Comments

Nana Yirenkyi had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in black studies. After completing his undergrad, he began to review the job market and realized that he wanted to change direction to align his skill set with a desire to land a high paying job in the exploding tech market. Read his story here!

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Dasmine Wright’s Story

October 29th, 2021|0 Comments

Dasmine Wright spent around three years in IT until she decided she wanted to advance her tech knowledge. By attending We Can Code IT, she made valuable connections, studied various interview tactics, and learned how to program. Read her story here!

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Kendyl and Sam’s Story

October 15th, 2021|0 Comments

Couples That Code Together Stay Together:! Engaged We Can Code IT Bootcamp Alumni Become Software Developers. Read their story here!

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Ricardo Gutierrez’s Story

October 4th, 2021|0 Comments

Ricardo Gutierrez was working as a project manager with a bachelor’s degree in business administration until COVID-19 hit and forced him into unemployment. He started working as an Amazon delivery driver. However, Ricardo knew he would not want to deliver for Amazon forever, so he decided to go back to school and further his education.  Read his story here!

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Linda Martinez Davis’s Story

September 29th, 2021|0 Comments

Linda Martinez-Davis had a devastating 2020. She had lost both of her parents and was furloughed from her job during Covid-19. However, after attending We Can Code IT, Linda felt that the tides had turned in her favor. Read her story here!

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Alex Gochenour’s Student Story

September 21st, 2021|0 Comments

After getting his undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and moving to China for 10 years to pursue a career as a linguist, Alex Gorchenour woke up one day and realized that coding may be the right career for him.  Read his story here!

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Full-Time Coding Bootcamp Graduate Sees the Big Picture in “How Things Work”

April 26th, 2021|0 Comments

Stella Law entered We Can Code IT from an unusual trajectory. With her master’s degree in Art Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, she had been working in nonprofit fundraising for 12 years. Stella was certified at the professional level in Raiser’s Edge fundraising software and always interested in understanding it on a deeper level. Losing her job due to COVID-19 cutbacks, she took the leap and enrolled in the 14-week Full Stack Java course.

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Cleveland Coding Bootcamp Graduate Happy to Break into Tech Field

March 25th, 2021|0 Comments

Rhonda Smith had previous education in web and digital media skills but had never received the support she needed to launch a new career. Attracted to the We Can Code IT focus on welcoming and encouraging women and people of color in the tech field, she signed on for the 16-week full-stack Java development course. Even before finishing, she was hired by one of Cleveland’s leading software development companies. 

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Cleveland Coding Bootcamp Graduate Starts New Career at The Cleveland Orchestra

November 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Coding bootcamp graduate Kelli Valverde was determined to evolve in her career and manifest the success she wanted. She had a budding interest in software development and web design after a ten-year career as a graphic designer. Kelli decided We Can Code IT was the place to find the support she needed in taking her career to the next level. Her decision would pay off when just months after graduating, she would achieve her goal by landing a full-time UX/QA Designer position with The Cleveland Orchestra. Learn more about her journey to achievement, and how our program helped prepare her for her new role.

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Cleveland Bootcamp Graduate Finds His Niche in Software Development

October 26th, 2020|0 Comments

We Can Code IT graduate Josh Yang was working his first adult job as a Client Services Representative when his boss pointed out his capabilities in software development. After attending our coding bootcamp Josh has gained confidence in his coding and interpersonal skills. Using the networking strategies he learned at our bootcamp, Josh was able to secure a fulfilling role. Learn more about Josh’s journey from an apprehensive student to a confident software developer.

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Cleveland Coding Bootcamp Graduate Starts New Career at Progressive

February 5th, 2020|1 Comment

Unsatisfied with her previous work experience, the recommendation of an associate would lead her to seek a start in software development at We Can Code IT.  With support from Mayor Frank G. Jackon's Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, Angel was able to fund half of her tuition cost through their grant. The risk she took would prove to pay off as just months after graduating Angel would achieve her goal in landing a full-time software development position at Progressive.

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Bootcamp Graduate Takes A Leap to Change His Career

January 24th, 2020|1 Comment

Coding bootcamp graduate, Brian Bross was seeking a career change that would provide him with the opportunity to spend more time with his family. He had secured a degree in culinary arts but was tired of spending nights and holidays away from his two young girls. With the encouragement of a good friend and after hearing rave reviews about our program he had decided to give We Can Code IT a shot.

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Coding Was the Answer for this Bootcamp Grad

January 10th, 2020|1 Comment

Former student, Isaac Canonico had worked several different jobs in many different industries, yet still couldn't find his niche. After using his initiative to seek out the right career path for himself, Issac made the decision to take a risk in software development and he chose We Can Code IT as a starting point.

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Student Becomes First Woman Developer at Scriptdrop

October 28th, 2019|1 Comment

After attending an Admissions Open House and meeting the We Can Code IT staff, Izzy decided that We Can Code IT would the perfect place to provide her with what she needed to take the leap into learning code. Learn more about Izzy's journey and how the learning environment impacted her experience by preparing her to become the FIRST woman developer at her new job with Scriptdrop. 

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Coding Boot Camp: The Face of Success

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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 . . .

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Rachel Gets Back in the Game!

August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

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Dear Future Coding Bootcamp Student: Reflection from Tori

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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..."

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Ashley Shows Them What She’s Made Of!

July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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, [...]

Katherine Lands Her Dream Job at Hyland!

July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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. [...]

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Coding Bootcamp Alumni Spotlight: Indira Quadrupled her Salary in only 6 months

February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Indira Samuels attended We Can Code IT’s part-time coding bootcamp. After graduating from the coding bootcamp, Indira landed a software engineering job with TMW, and more than tripled her pre-bootcamp earnings. In this interview, we’ll ask Indira about her coding journey and how attending We Can Code IT Coding Bootcamp changed her life.