Juneteenth, observed on June 19th, is a national holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved Americans. Today, we take the time to reflect upon and educate ourselves on previous events in American history. By doing so, we can work towards doing our part in creating a more tolerant and inclusive society. In honor of Juneteenth, our staff at We Can Code IT will be having a silent reflection between 2:15 and 3:15 PM, to focus on inclusion and diversity in our own way while educating ourselves on the holiday. We invite you to join us in our reflection. During this [...]
Bootcamp Graduate Volunteers His Coding Skills to Help Combat COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has left lasting impacts on many communities and individuals. However, as a result, people are rallying together and finding creative solutions to unfortunate circumstances. Among those, are We Can Code IT Columbus graduate Anthony DeMeglio and the Can’t Stop Columbus organization. DeMeglio volunteered his coding skills to the organization in order to create projects that aid in relief during COVID-19. Together he and other volunteers have made promising efforts in their projects to move forward the mission of Can’t Stop Columbus. […]
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. […]
Some things really get IT folks riled up. One of them is a recent article in Wired claiming that coding is the next big blue collar job. While it sounds like a sign of hope and opportunity, it’s created a backlash amongst IT professionals -- one that uncovers the “belly of the beast.” As an industry insider, I've heard this blue collar job idea unleash fears, assumptions and what sounds like territorial sandbox whining amongst software developers, as in "Here comes more crappy code" or "These guys won't be experienced enough to do what I do."
“Hidden Figures” Film Inspires Cleveland’s Next Generation of Women & Minorities in Tech Fields Most of us know about John Glenn and Neil Armstrong – but few know that a group of brilliant African-American women mathematicians working at NASA helped Glenn become the first American to orbit the earth in the historic 1962 launch in the space race against Russia. That’s the untold story behind the new 21st Century Fox film Hidden Figures, released nationwide on January 6. Here in Cleveland, the film shines a light on the growing need to include women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math – particularly [...]
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.
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. [...]
Before taking vacation, I caught up with Mel McGee during a coding bootcamp she runs in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She was explaining to a handful of preteens how to use red stone dust to make an electrical wire. "We try to drop some engineering stuff, real-world concepts in there and how it relates to what they're building in Minecraft," she says. So, if you're using it for good, does it count as screen time? I asked Dr. Victor Strasburger, who helped write the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations 15 years ago. "We're not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies sitting around trying [...]
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 [...]
By Amanda Bates | Photo by John Goldy By 2020 there will be one million unfilled jobs in the United States in the technology field alone, according to veteran software engineer and entrepreneur Mel McGee. McGee is the CEO and lead instructor of We Can Code IT, an adult education program striving to diversify the technology and engineering fields in Northeast Ohio. The idea to begin We Can Code IT gradually formed in McGee’s mind as she spoke with women after presenting at tech conferences. Very often women would ask if she would teach them to code. “It became clear that [...]