August 15, 2016
Corporate Coding Bootcamp

Don’t Miss Upcoming We Can Code IT Coding Bootcamp Information Sessions and Interviews!

Stop by for a tour and coding bootcamp info! Are you interested in finding out more about We Can Code IT Coding Bootcamp? Or did you apply to the bootcamp, and now you need to complete the in-person interview portion of the application process? We Can Code IT now has two upcoming dates for a tour of StartMart, a bootcamp informational session, and a group interview. Wednesday, August 17th, 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m Wednesday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  These events are free and open to the public, but all attendees are required to register. Please meet a We Can Code IT team member (wearing a We Can Code IT T-shirt) at the Terminal Tower Security Desk. Bring a photo ID with you. Security might ask for it. You can find the security desk in the lobby of Terminal Tower when you enter from Public Square. If entering from Tower City, look for the Starbucks and the Victoria’s Secret. The security desk is on the same level as those stores. If standing outside of Starbucks, it’s on the other side of the elevators. After touring StartMart, we’ll tell you a little bit about We Can Code IT and we’ll have a Q and A session. Those who are interested in enrolling in the coding bootcamp will then be asked to solve a problem or two, will be interviewed, and may be asked to join the bootcamp. Our team will then help you through the enrollment process. Want to find out more or register for one of these sessions?            
June 27, 2016
diversity and inclusion in technology

We Can Code IT: Diversity in Tech

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
June 27, 2016
Coding Bootcamp

The Value of Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code IT, recognizes a need in the community to get underserved populations the tech skills they need for new lucrative IT careers. “Engineering software and teaching technology for nearly 20 years has given me perspective. I believe nearly everyone can learn how to code.” she says. “If you have the dedication, if you’re willing to work, we’re here to teach you. Not only do you learn the most in-demand skills, we train you how to think like a developer in a welcoming, collaborative environment.” Great companies know that multiple perspectives help their teams perform better, yet less than 18% of IT teams are comprised of women, African American, and Hispanic populations. We Can Code IT bootcamps address the needs of employers who can’t find enough computer programmers along with needs of those unemployed and underemployed who need tech skills for career changes. Three of the top five most in-demand occupations are in computer programming, and there will be more than 1 million unfilled tech jobs in IT by 2020. First year software developer salaries in Cleveland average around $50,000. The average experienced software engineer nationwide earns over $90,000 a year. “It’s a no brainer,” says McGee. “Clevelanders need careers that offer financial security. Employers need software developers. The most successful companies understand the financial gain they experience when employing diverse teams.” We Can Code IT hopes to have a significant socioeconomic impact on Cleveland, a city whose poverty rate is nearly 50%. Read More at
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