October 16, 2017
Kent Hack Enough Winner, Greg Moten Jr and Team

Cleveland and Columbus Coding Bootcamp Students Win Tech Competitions

Cleveland and Columbus Coding Bootcamp Students Win Tech Competitions As a leader in software development training, We Can Code IT not only teaches students how to code, we empower students by helping them build the confidence they need to succeed in the growing tech industry. One way our students are finding their paths as innovative software professionals is by getting involved in community tech competitions. Most recently, We Can Code IT graduate Greg Moten Jr. and his team, won the “Most Commercially Viable” award at Kent Hack Enough. With over 325 participants, hackers at this event teamed up to create web applications and websites. Greg’s team, Hope 4 Ohio, created an app to assist opioid addicts and get them rapid clinical care. “I want to thank the wonderful staff at my recently graduated bootcamp, We Can Code IT, for teaching me the skills I needed to make projects like this. I am extremely excited to continue development of the project and would like to see what support can be obtained to make this app a reality and make a real impact on our communities.” – Greg Moten Jr. via LinkedIn Bootcamp alum, Emmanuel Mugogo’s team took 1st place at Nationwide’s hackathon in Columbus, OH. The competition had more than 300 innovative participants, 16 straight hours of hacking, and more than 60 teams building applications. The team’s project, MonitorNow, was an application to monitor other applications across Nationwide to identify servers and client-side errors before they happen. They were judged on business value, innovation, technical completeness, and user experience. Last spring, several We Can Code IT students participated in GiveBackHack Cleveland. At this weekend-long event, community members teamed up to create a technology-based solution to solve a social problem. Team Afrofest, which included We Can Code IT grad Iris Hicks, took 1st place. As the winning team, they received $1,000 from CoverMyMeds, a branding workshop from Prosper for Purpose, and 1 year of desk space at StartMart. GiveBackHack’s 2nd and 3rd place teams consisted of all We Can Code IT students: Team Samaritans – Lindsey Lowe, Leslie Kornes, and Lily Krichels Team Vet Alert – Chanel Williams, Ryan Sizer, and Jessica Cargill We’re very proud of all the amazing things We Can Code IT students and grads accomplish. If you are looking to change your life and career, apply for one of our coding bootcamps in Cleveland or Columbus. Interested in getting involved in a community tech event? Register for Cleveland Startup Weekend, October 20 – 22. Mel McGee, We Can Code IT CEO and founder, will be an event judge.
September 29, 2017
Chapter 33 GI Bill Post 911

Cleveland and Columbus Coding Bootcamp Now Accepts Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33

Cleveland and Columbus Coding Bootcamp Now Accepts Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33 The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers education and training benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families who served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability. Those who meet these criteria can apply their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to We Can Code IT’s full-stack coding bootcamps in Cleveland and Columbus. For approved programs, the bill not only provides education benefits, but also may cover additional costs, such as housing, books, and supplies. In some cases, Service members may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents. Three of the top five most in-demand occupations are in computer programming. We Can Code IT helps teaches adults software development, preparing them for lucrative careers in the tech industry. With a special focus on inclusion in IT, we connect employers with highly-skilled diverse software developers and engineers. If you are looking to change your life and career, apply for one of our coding bootcamps in Cleveland or Columbus. Our next daytime programs start on January 16, 2018, and evening programs start on January 29, 2018. We Can Code IT’s bootcamp programs are also approved for chapter 31 benefits. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.
September 13, 2017

We Can Code IT Expands to Help Employers Develop Long-Term Vision for Top Tech Talent

WE CAN CODE IT EXPANDS TO HELP EMPLOYERS DEVELOP LONG-TERM VISION FOR TOP TECH TALENT CLEVELAND, OH  – In the ever-changing tech landscape, employers are struggling to find and retain software developers trained in current languages and capable of creative problem-solving and collaboration. We Can Code IT recently expanded their staff to provide a sharper focus on helping employers in the Cleveland and Columbus area meet this growing demand for top tech talent. Patrick Antos has taken on the newly created role of Business Development Manager for We Can Code IT, the accelerated coding boot camp with a unique focus on training a diverse tech workforce, particularly women and people of color. Antos plans to build relationships with employers to help them create long-term strategic plans for their tech needs and grow their business with skilled, diverse talent. “To have the best brand, build the right culture and keep current employees, you need to not only train your tech talent but develop a succession plan for the next steps,” says Antos. “We Can Code IT helps employers reduce costs by developing and retaining their tech employees. Businesses can upscale with our on-site training for specific software and also engage with our cohorts of fresh talent.” Antos was raised in Cleveland and earned a degree in Journalism and Communications from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He brings more than a decade of work experience spanning business development, customer support and strategic relationships in the tech community. Antos has helped numerous organizations strengthen long-term growth plans and develop strong tech education and leadership, including ITT Technical Institute, OEConnection and the OHTec program with Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE. In an industry where in-demand software developers often switch jobs, hiring a new developer at a $60K salary can cost an employer up to $90K more in recruiting, training and benefit costs. Antos wants to help employers avoid this expense with a long-term view of developing and advancing current tech employees and also providing a pipeline of new, diverse talent. “We Can Code IT grads are ready to be hands-on with the latest software languages — and they have the soft skills and maturity that recent college grads often don’t have,” says Antos. “Many of these folks are changing industries and capable of entering new business environments and cultures.” Kendra Kornatowski also joined the team at We Can Code IT as Marketing Coordinator. A graduate of Oakland University in Michigan, she has experience in social media, graphic design and marketing. Kornatowski will help We Can Code IT increase community awareness and focus on outreach to employers in the Cleveland and Columbus regions. “It’s an honor to be part of a company truly making a difference in the community,” says Kornatowski. “We Can Code IT is changing a lot of lives and businesses for the better.” Lauren Holloway, a talented graduate of We Can Code IT’s very first cohort, was hired as the organization’s Director of Education and Culture, and became a lead instructor focused on raising the bar for each cohort and pushing students to reach their potential. She is now moving into the role of Student Success Coach at We Can Code IT’s Columbus campus. Besides supporting admissions and career services, Holloway will build and strengthen relationships with employer partners and involve them throughout each coding boot camp cohort. “Employers will get a snapshot of our students even before the hiring process,” explains Holloway. “They’ll get to know students during the process in order to see who is a good fit technically but also socially and culturally for their organization. It’s another step that shows the We Can Code IT commitment to our mission, our students, and our employer partners. We educate students for the roles currently out there – and provide employers with a constant pipeline of diverse, qualified people.” Cynthia Trotta, We Can Code IT’s Chief Career Strategist, says Holloway will bring a keen eye for identifying high-potential students for admission and help them resolve any challenges in the classroom. “Creating this new role of Student Success Coach says a lot about We Can Code IT. We support and coach our students in ways most schools just wouldn’t do. Each student works one-on-one with a coach every week, and Career Services is becoming a mandatory class in our curriculum. This not only helps the students launch their career quickly, it also helps employers who want to invest in the kind of software developers who will help their business grow long-term.” We Can Code IT grads are working for employers that include JPMorgan Chase and Co, Progressive, Hyland Software, Foundation Software, American Greetings, Microsoft and IBM. Employers and students can get more information at WeCanCodeIT.org.   We Can Code IT is located in Cleveland and Columbus and teaches coding skills needed to enter the software development field. With a unique focus on diversity and inclusion, We Can Code IT reaches out to women and minorities underrepresented in the growing tech industry. Interested students can take a free online assessment and register for daytime or evening courses at WeCanCodeIT.org
July 13, 2016
Coding Bootcamp

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..."
December 8, 2015
Coding bootcamp student

Dear Future Coding Bootcamp Student: Reflection from Brittany

Brittany shares her reflections on her coding bootcamp experience at We Can Code IT. "This bootcamp is amazing and I am very grateful for the opportunity. Just enjoy it and take in as much knowledge as you can. SET YOUR MIND TO IT AND BE GREAT!!!"
December 7, 2015
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Dear Future Coding Bootcamp Student: Reflection from Lucas

Lucas shares his reflections on his coding bootcamp experience at We Can Code IT. "It can be intense, but if you’ve never learned this way before, be prepared to find every other education environment totally inadequate. It would take you at least two years to learn all this material in college. I’m writing this on my last day of class, so I can say from experience that the biggest downside to this is that it ends so quickly. I totally envy you because you’re just starting."