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Alumni Spotlight: Albert Collazo

Before Zip Code Wilmington, Albert Collazo’s work experience included being a Non-Destructive Testing Technician in the oil and energy industry and an Intel Analyst for the U.S. Army. Both jobs paid the bills but neither were fulfilling, according to Collazo. Collazo is a creative at heart. In 2004, after high school, he attended Delaware College of Art and Design to study animation. But that didn’t work out as planned. “I didn’t come from a wealthy or even middle-class family,” Collazo...

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Alumni Spotlight: Latasha Watson

MERGING A LOVE OF ART AND DESIGN WITH A PASSION FOR CODING In April, Latasha Watson joined the Bank of America team as an Applications Programmer – a job offer that came in just weeks after completing the 12-week immersive bootcamp, Zip Code Wilmington. She says those three months changed her and her daughter’s life for the better. In her new role, Watson writes code to generate web pages, accesses databases and business logic servers, modifies and debugs software for web sites, just to name a...

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Which Language Are You Speaking: Java

For newbies to the tech industry, it can seem as if coders speak a different language. In fact, they do. There are more than 600 notable coding languages to choose for projects – and more to be added in our fast-paced digital world. Although the list of programming languages continues to grow, there are a few popular coding languages that power nearly every digital device you own and website you visit. Java, Python, C, C++, JavaScript, C#, Ruby, PHP, and Objective-C are among the most popular...

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“We’ve All Dedicated Ourselves to Tech and Learning”

Delaware native Leon Hunter is an instructor at Zip Code Wilmington. He’s served in this role since April, but his history with the school goes back further. A friend of his attended the bootcamp and was struggling with an assignment. The friend reached out to Leon, a professional software developer, for help. Leon was glad to assist. What Leon remembered most from that experience, however, was the feeling inside Zip Code Wilmington. Leon recalls, “I really liked the environment. Even though my...

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How Changing Technology Drives the Need for Coders and Software Developers

In our last post, we talked about why coding has become the new go-to professional skill. http://www.zipcodewilmington.com/blog/myth-you-need-a-compsci-degree-to-succeed-as-a-developer  Significant numbers of employers now assume new hires will arrive with at least basic coding skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job growth for software developers is expected to grow by 17% from now until 2024, which is much faster than average compared to other occupations. What drives that...

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Myth: You Need a CompSci Degree to Succeed as a Developer

You don’t need a CompSci, math, technology, or in fact, any degree to succeed as a developer. This profession is roomy enough to accommodate many education levels and backgrounds. Let’s back that up with some stats. The StackOverflow 2016 Developer Survey received responses from 50,000 developers. They found that 56% of respondents did not have a degree in CompSci or a related field. Don’t most job postings specify degree requirements? Even if a developer doesn’t have a degree in math, science,...

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What You Need to Know Before Arriving at a Coding Boot Camp

Intense. Rigorous. Immersive. Those are some of the words we use to describe the Zip Code Wilmington Software Development Boot Camp. Many Zip Code Wilmington students are new to coding and have never attended a boot camp. In our information sessions, we set the expectation to prospective students that this is a full time, immersive program that requires a lot of hard work and commitment. But being at Zip Code gives our students the best of both worlds: they’re being trained by industry...

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Myth: Coding Skills Will Only Get You A Job In the Tech Sector

A few weeks ago, one of our Zip Code Wilmington alums, Kelsey, made an insightful statement: “Learning coding is a door to a million other doors.” Kelsey also described her point of view before attending our Java Boot Camp: “I didn’t understand there were so many different fields you could go into. I never knew there were so many options out there, so many different places you could work, and so many different specialties. During the boot camp, I realized, ‘Oh wow, I could go anywhere with...

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Women’s History Month Roundup: Women Who Code Edition

We’re in the last week of National Women’s History Month. So far, we’ve celebrated the month by following a few of the women who have graduated from the Zip Code Wilmington Java Boot Camp. Kelsey who came to realize that learning coding was like opening a door to a million other doors. Sujatha who says coding is like solving puzzles. Jocelyn who now sees you have to take risks for your own happiness and career growth. We also celebrated the place in history of other women coders and...

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“You have to take risks for your own happiness and career growth”

Jocelyn graduated from Zip Code Wilmington in spring of 2016. She say, "Coding challenged me to a whole new level of solving problems." This month, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, we’ve been sharing Q&A sessions with some of our recent female graduates of the Zip Code Wilmington boot camp. So far, Kelsey and Sujatha have recounted their experience. This week, we share Jocelyn’s story. She attended the boot camp in the spring of 2016. Q: What motivated you to apply for the...

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