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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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