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
June 27, 2017

Cleveland Dad Transforms Life and Career with Breakthrough Schools & We Can Code IT Partnership

Cleveland Dad Transforms Life and Career with Breakthrough Schools & We Can Code IT Partnership CLEVELAND, Ohio – June 26, 2017 – Matthew Fothergill sends his 13-year-old son to Breakthrough School’s E-Prep charter school to give him more opportunities to succeed in life. Now he wants the same kind of success for himself. At age 36 with a high school diploma and a full-time job in building maintenance, Fothergill started taking courses to learn computer coding and software development. It all came about because of a partnership between the Breakthrough School network of high-performing free, public charter schools and Cleveland’s We Can Code IT coding bootcamp.
November 22, 2016
coding bootcamp

Coding Bootcamp Lead Instructor (Cleveland, Part-time / M-Th Evenings)

This position is perfect for a consultant who also wants a steady stream of income while helping mentor new, diverse, developers learn about real-world software and web development. It is a Mon-Thurs evening, part-time / contract position.
October 3, 2016
Code Academy

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
Code Academy

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.
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..."
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