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On Demo Night, Hackbright Academy students present the capstone projects that they’ve been building for 12 weeks to their cohort, instructors, and potential employers. We caught up with Julie Pitman and Marissa Aguilera, two Hackbright Academy alumnae, to learn more about their Demo Night projects, what inspired them to build each app, and the programming languages they used to bring their idea to life. Plus, Julie & Marissa share their tips and what they wish they had known before enrolling at Hackbright Academy!
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Julie Pitman had two decades of business experience in the medical field, but when her company made staff cut-backs, she took it as an opportunity to make a career change. Julie shares how Hackbright Academy’s online prep course and online software engineering immersive bootcamp gave her the skill set and confidence she needed to land software engineering roles at two startups. Plus, we ask Julie if Hackbright Academy’s inclusive, all-women community has proven to be as supportive in an online setting – read her answer.
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In an effort to close the employment gap for women in tech, Perficient has partnered with Hackbright Academy to offer a new full-time software engineering program called Bright Paths. We caught up with Tom Hogan, Perficient’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and Andrea Lampert, Perficient’s Vice President of People, to hear how the Bright Paths program gives aspiring women coders the foundational skills needed to become a software engineer. This is a fantastic opportunity for motivated women and the inaugural cohort for the Bright Paths program kicked off in March 2021 in Detroit! Find out how the Bright Paths program nurtures its students and graduates with supportive career services and job placement. And apply here!
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The technology behind electronic music inspired classically-trained pianist Alisa Kolot to explore a career in coding. Alisa was drawn to the all-women environment at Hackbright Academy and the community support they needed to learn software engineering in 12 weeks. Read Alisa’s advice about laying the Python foundations before applying to a bootcamp, the similarities between music and coding, and how to get the most support out of a remote bootcamp experience.
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What kinds of Python projects can bootcamp students actually build? Because coding bootcamps are largely project-based, students at Python bootcamps like Hackbright Academy, Metis, and Coding Dojo graduate with a full portfolio of web applications and mobile apps. After spotlighting many bootcamp alumni who have built innovative applications using Python and Django, we’re rounding up our favorite Python projects built by bootcampers!Continue Reading →
After years in nursing and IT healthcare consulting across the US, Beverly Ukandu wanted to upskill again. She considered a CS degree, but Beverly ultimately decided to enroll in Hackbright Academy’s full-time Software Engineering Course in San Francisco. After graduation, she was accepted to Microsoft LEAP Apprenticeship Program and now Beverley has a full-time Software Engineer role at Microsoft! Find out how Beverly navigated her journey into tech, why an apprenticeship is a fantastic pathway into larger tech companies, and her advice for women of color who want to break into the tech industry now.Continue Reading →
Schools and universities may be scrambling to figure out remote learning, but coding bootcamps have essentially been preparing for this since 2013. Online coding bootcamps already use Zoom video, Slack, GitHub, and VS Code Live Share for pair programming, online lectures, and to connect mentors and instructors with students. Of course, you can learn to code online – but it doesn’t stop there! Maybe you’ve needed to learn SQL for a while, or sharpen your data science skills, or wrap your head around UX Design. All of these digital skills are being taught online (not to mention, these are jobs that can be done remotely). Online bootcamps have been perfecting the online learning experience for years – and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person bootcamps are launching remote options. If you’re dreaming of a career change while stuck indoors, working from home, or quarantined, then start here – we've rounded up all of the scholarships for anyone impacted by COVID-19, updates from bootcamps regarding classroom closures (and reopenings), and our best tips for job searching online:
At Course Report, we have been keeping tabs on how coding bootcamps are responding to and meeting the needs of their current and upcoming cohorts. We’ve seen in-person coding bootcamps transition to delivering live remote instruction, and also a lot of new hardship scholarships and initiatives to support students breaking into tech now.Continue Reading →