Tiffany Wagner, will share her story as a woman in tech and the journey from software developer to Executive Director at one of America’s leading corporations. Hear her highlights & challenges and learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to advancing women into leadership positions in technology. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Time: 4-5:30 p.m. Location: We Can Code IT, 2645 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202 Details: FREE Parking /Refreshments Provided This event is FREE and open to the public. Invite friends, colleagues and others who are interested in learning why now is the time for women in technology. RSVP https://wecancodeit.org/events/inclusion-in-tech
Mel McGee was doing tech before many of today’s tech-preneurs were even born. At 12, she hooked up her family’s very first modem — one of those early kinds with a cradle for the telephone’s handset — to help her Realtor parents enter properties into the multiple listing service. She wrote her first program at about 10, a scroll of her name running continuously across the screen. Today much of her energy goes into We Can Code IT, a company she founded last year that provides coding bootcamps and workshops designed to teach programming to women, girls and minority groups typically underrepresented in technology and engineering. “We Can Code IT started because people were asking for training,” McGee says. “You follow the market. Which way is the current going?” Read more at http://ibmag.com/Main/Archive/Mel_McGee_12891.aspx
Coding Bootcamp Teaches Computer Science Student Real Skills After earning an undergraduate degree in computer science, Dee felt like an impostor. She didn’t have the mentorship or support to pursue her dream job in software, so she took a lower-paying job tertiarily related to computers. After working for a couple years, she learned about We Can Code IT and attended our part-time coding bootcamp while working. Weeks after graduating, she landed her dream job at Dakota Software!
We Can Code IT’s coding bootcamp is changing the image of computer programmers! Our inclusive efforts have been noted by many local new sources, including this article in Crain’s Cleveland Business. By CHUCK SODER Like other coding bootcamps, We Can Code IT says it can teach you the basics of coding in three months. But unlike other coding bootcamps, We Can Code IT is actively seeking out students who don’t look much like the stereotypical coder (picture Mark Zuckerberg — or any other young, nerdy white guy). That’s how founder Mel McGee planned it. One of the company’s goals is to help diversify the information technology world. “It’s not a standard coding bootcamp. We’re doing something a little different,” said McGee, who has been a web developer for about 20 years. However, it is a standard bootcamp in another way: We Can Code IT aims to turn people with little-to-no development experience into professional programmers — and help them land entry-level jobs. The $10,000 price tag is pretty standard, too, though it drops to $9,000 for women, minorities and students from households that earn less than $47,500. Read More at http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150816/NEWS/308169991/bootcamp-hopes-to-diversify-tech-industry