Meet our Alumni

Curious about life as a Zip Code Wilmington student? The videos below are designed to give you you an inside look at what its like to be a Zip Coder. You’ll learn about their backgrounds, their interests, how they persevered through challenges, and ultimately, how they wound up becoming professional software engineers in just 12 weeks. Take a look at their unique and inspiring stories below!

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Meet Chris - Social Worker turned Software Engineer

“Whatever you are coming in, I was a social worker, you will be a software developer when you leave. That’s a reality…That’s Zip Code.”

After 12 intense weeks at Zip Code Wilmington, Chris went from being a social worker to a software developer at a Fortune 500 companyBe like Chris, apply today!

Meet Min - Aerospace Engineering grad turned Software Developer

“I can finally actually harness my own imagination, which I’ve never been able to do.”

Min, a former aerospace engineering grad, realized that the hardware side of things just wasn’t for him and decided that his passion for learning was yet to be fulfilled. He wanted to pursue a new challenge, a career in software development, and applied to Zip Code Wilmington. Be like Min, apply today!

Meet Veronica - She changed her career in just 3 months

“If it weren’t for my fellow classmates, I definitely don’t think I would have made it through the program.”

Veronica was looking to change occupations and had an interest in software development. She thought perhaps it might be too difficult to learn a new skill and transition her career. Veronica admittedly struggled in the beginning, but with the help of her classmates, alumni, and instructors she was able to put it all together. Proud to be an application developer for JP Morgan Chase, Veronica is off and running in her new career.

Meet Mike and Bobby - brothers, and professional Software Developers

“Anybody can apply to Zip Code. It’s really about the attitude you take going in…”

Meet brothers Mike and Bobby. Mike got a degree in Information Systems but regretted not getting into computer science. His younger brother Bobby always loved computers and technology and started studying coding on his own, but struggled to get into development without a college degree. After hearing a story about Zip Code on NPR, Mike and Bobby applied to Zip Code Wilmington.

They joined Zip Code together and spent 12 intense weeks learning #Java, #JavaScript, and all the skills they needed to land developer jobs at at JPMorgan Chase.

Meet Tyrell - Warehouse worker turned Software Developer

“I went from a warehouse worker, to a software developer for a Fortune 500 company. You can’t get much better than that.”

Meet Tyrell. He started out, as many of our students do, stuck in a job without much opportunity, and he wanted to make a change to pursue a career. Tyrell realized that as a software developer his options would be endless and his talents would always be in demand. He took a chance, bet on himself, applied to Zip Code Wilmington, and is now a successful software developer for a Fortune 500 company. Be like Tyrell, take a chance on yourself and apply today.

Meet Tenny - Software Engineer at Marlette Funding

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Tenny graduated with a degree in Psychology from Temple University and worked as an  office manager in an auto finance office before joining Zip Code. Now, after 12 challenging weeks, Tenny is writing code for Marlette Funding as a professional software engineer.

What helped get Tenny through our rigorous program? She’s a fast learner,creative thinker, and always rises to a challenge. Passionate about seeing more minorities in the tech field, Tenny decided that, rather than waiting around to see change happen, she’d become part of the solution.

Meet Marzuwq - Software Engineer at Bank of America

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Marzuwq is an entrepreneur at heart. Prior to joining Zip Code, he developed a strong understanding of hardware by running a freelance computer repair service. Marzuwq also managed a hip-hop/jazz fusion band call Native Arcade, where he discovered an interest in software after developing a promotional video game for one its shows.

Like many technologists, Marzuwq was inspired by computer software when he was really young, but never pursued an opportunity to get into the field. After 12 weeks of learning, building and debugging at Zip Code, Marzuwq transformed that initial inspiration into a professional job as a software engineer of Bank of America. 

Meet Katie - Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase

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Katie studied computer and network security at Wilmington University while working as a pharmacist. When she developed a fascination with software,Katie wanted a program that could quickly and efficiently give her the skills she needed to become a developer. She found Zip Code Wilmington, and joined us as a student developer.

Now, after 12 weeks of lectures, labs and code commits, Katie is a professional software engineer at JPMorgan Chase.

Meet Joe - Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase

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Joe is a natural problem solver. Joe graduated with a degree in sustainability. After taking an intro level computer science class, a light switched in his brain. Joe realized he wanted to pursue software engineering, but it was too late to switch majors.

He joined Zip Code Wilmington, and after 12 hard weeks of learning new coding concepts and sharpening his skill set, Joe is now a professional software engineer at JPMorgan Chase.

Meet Jocelyn - Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase

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Jocelyn had minimal programming experience prior to joining Zip Code, but possessed the logic and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed as a developer.

After working as a receptionist, Jocelyn wanted a new job that would challenge her and force her to learn new skills each day. She joined Zip Code Wilmington, where her grit and determination carried her through an intense 12-week coding curriculum. Jocelyn is now a software engineer at JPMorgan Chase.

Meet Gabe - Software Engineer at Chatham Financial

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Gabe’s father inspired him to try coding, and Gabe quickly discovered how much he enjoyed solving complex problems.

He was drawn to Zip Code Wilmington’s 12-week program, where he learned the skills needed to become a software engineer. After collaborating with peers, building his portfolio, and interviewing with top-tier organizations,Gabe landed a job as a software engineer with Chatham Financial.

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