July 8, 2016
Women in Technology

Mel McGee: Passion for equality, software & changing the world

Mel McGee is the CEO of We Can Code IT and the feature for this month’s Female Entrepreneur Interview. Below she shares how entrepreneurship gives her confidence and how she is empowering other women and girls through her passions for equality, software innovations and changing the world. Tigress Effect: How has being an entrepreneur given you confidence? Mel McGee: Innovating gives me confidence and entrepreneurship certainly includes innovation. The thought that I can take something that I envision and create a new reality for myself that impacts others is powerful. To hear someone say “it can’t be done,” then to go out and do it allows you to prove to yourself that you are capable. After doing that time after time, confidence grows. Sure, failure is always part of the equation, but when you learn from that failure and respond to it in order to make change, you understand that you can stand on your own two feet; you can make a difference in the world. TE: What impact have you made in other people’s lives through your business? MM: We’ve taught many adults and children how to use computational thinking to help solve problems and innovate at We Can Code IT, and the impact is palpable. The most obvious impact can be seen through our coding bootcamp students. The coding bootcamp transforms people’s lives in just a few months. I see students coming in desperate to better themselves, maybe they aren’t happy at their current job, many don’t even have a job. We help them not only learn how to program, learn skills that will help them get great careers, but more importantly we work on giving them the confidence they need to see themselves successful in life. It’s great to see them getting interview requests and job offers before the bootcamp has even finished! Read more at tigresseffect.org/tag/mel-mcgee/
June 25, 2016
We Can Code IT Cleveland at StartMart in the Terminal Tower

Cleveland Coding Bootcamp Joins StartMart in The Terminal Tower

We Can Code IT Launches StartMart Location for Adult Coding Bootcamps FlashStart’s 2015 startup team We Can Code IT, which was featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business this past weekend, announced a formal partnership with Cleveland entrepreneurial hub StartMart. We Can Code IT, which provides IT education and job placement to women and minorities, will be launching a second location for its adult coding bootcamps in StartMart. The partnership will match graduates of the coding bootcamp with StartMart startups in need of development talent. More details of the partnership are in the press release below.     We Can Code IT Launches StartMart Location for Adult Coding Bootcamps StartMart and We Can Code IT Partner to Connect Program Graduates with StartMart Members CLEVELAND, Aug. 18, 2015 – We Can Code IT announced today the opening of a second location for its adult coding bootcamps at StartMart, an entrepreneurship hub in downtown Cleveland. The partnership will connect graduates of the We Can Code IT program with startups at StartMart that are in need of software developers. Founded by CEO Mel McGee in 2013, We Can Code IT provides education, mentoring and job placement to people who are underrepresented in computer science and engineering, including women, African Americans and Hispanic Americans. “Women and people of color are severely underrepresented in computer science, yet they earn 30% more in the field than their counterparts in other industries,” said McGee. “We offer these students the opportunity to not only learn computer programming and web development, but to do so in an unintimidating, collaborative atmosphere.” We Can Code IT offers adult coding bootcamps and computer and engineering workshops for children and teenagers at the Shaker LaunchHouse. The startup will maintain its current curriculum at LaunchHouse, but will move its corporate headquarters to StartMart. “Part of our success is that we offer job placement after the coding bootcamp,” said McGee. “Many of our students happen to be un- or underemployed, so opening this second location at StartMart gives us the most unique opportunity to offer our graduates challenging and rewarding jobs at startups.” Read More at http://www.flashstarts.com/we-can-code-it-launches-startmart-location-for-adult-coding-bootcamps/