What Are We Looking For? A Pastry Chef

Allie was not supposed to be good at programming. Her parents didn't go to college, so she never did. She worked at restaurants to pay the bills. "I was never attached to the idea of college", she says now. She found computers interesting, but never gave them a try. For her, those were things that her brother used for playing games. She was a good student. Still, she found school boring and full of busy work. After graduating from high school, she moved out of Rockford, Illinois. Rockford —she knew— was not a great place to live. She arrived to Colorado a couple of...

The Pivot - EmployMe

We're starting a new experiment on the Turing blog: students retrospecting and explaining some of the projects they complete. The first posts will be from our 1406 cohort reflecting on their The Pivot projects. The Pivot was a three-week project comprising the first half of our third class (weeks 15-18) of the program. Teams of four were tasked with adopting a codebase from a different team of developers built for the Dinner Dash project in class two. Over the three weeks the teams had to bend and push the codebase into a multi-tenant platform with a totally different business model...

7 Questions Part 1: How Intense Is It?

There have been several articles about developer training programs over the past few months in everything from small online tech papers to the Wall Street Journal . Two years ago, the vibe of articles about our little industry were "wow, this new thing is so exciting!" Lately they're a lot more skeptical, focusing on whether programs deliver on the promises they make and how programs stack up against one another. Erin Carson wrote an article for TechRepublic titled "How to pick a coding camp: 7 questions to ask" . The questions and commentary are interesting, and I...

On Mansplaining

Last night we hosted our third Community Night at Turing . Community Nights are a way for us to create a safe space for people interested in or totally new to programming. Anyone from the community is welcome to come. Each meeting one of our instructors teaches a workshop that shows off some of the fun in programming. Our first class I taught an intro to Ruby, the second Josh helped attendees get started with Arduinos, and last night Rachel taught an intro to jQuery. But last night didn't go to plan. When you open your doors to anyone you risk having people that don't know how we...

How Posses Work

In our past programs we've used a 1-to-1 mentoring program where each student was matched with an outside professional developer who volunteers their time. When 1-to-1 works, it's amazing . We've had several students form such great relationships with their mentor that they go to work with them after the program. Our mentors are amazing and give students so much of their time and expertise. But 1-to-1 breaks down too easily. A student gets bogged down in their work and they lose touch. A mentor goes to a conference or has deadlines, and the student feels abandoned. That sucks for...

1406 Student Profiles - Jonmichael Chambers

We’re talking with our students to learn a little bit more about how and why they came to Turing, and why they want to be developers. We’d love for you to get to know them, too. Meet Jonmichael Chambers. Susannah : Tell us why you wanted to become a developer. Jonmichael : It goes way back to when I was 8 or 9 years old. I was on AOL and someone had a little webpage they made with HTML that they were hosting and I thought, I want to make something like that, so I started learning. I’ve always been interested in programming. Susannah : What were you doing before Turing?...

1406 Student Profiles - Chad Brading

We’re talking with our students to learn a little bit more about how and why they came to Turing, and why they want to be developers. We’d love for you to get to know them, too. Meet Chad Brading. Susannah : Tell me a little bit about yourself, Chad, and what you were doing before you came to Turing. Chad : Well, right before I came to Turing I was in a physics studies program in Germany for about seven months. Before that I was working in Charlotte for an investment banking company for about a year. That was my first job out of college. Susannah : What motivated you to leave your...

1406 Student Profiles - Corey Davis

We’re talking with our students to learn a little bit more about how and why they came to Turing, and why they want to be developers. We’d love for you to get to know them, too. Meet Corey Davis. Susannah : Corey, you were in the area already prior to coming to Turing, right? Tell us a little more about why you wanted to become a developer and what you were up to before coming to Turing. Corey : Well before Turing I was a teacher. I taught eighth-grade science. I’ve been teaching middle school for about six years, and honestly I’ve been searching for something else...

Alan Turing and Diversity

People have asked why we chose the name "Turing". Yes, it's after Alan Turing, but why? He's of course an important figure in the history of computer science and the world. His team at Bletchley Park played a critical role in cracking Germany's "Enigma" machine during WWII which helped turned the tide in the Allies favor. But the second and just-as-important reason is his death. In 1952, Turing was convicted of "gross indecency" for his relationship with another man. While there are some alternative theories, it's generally accepted that the...

Turing Community Nights

TL;DR: Join our new Turing Community series on Meetup We believe that becoming a developer is about more than writing code -- we need to build community while we build software. When I started Jumpstart Lab I committed to being aggressively open . Since the beginning all Jumpstart Lab tutorials have been open source . Without the thousands of contributors who've put hours into the open source tools and technologies we rely on, there would never have been a Jumpstart Lab in the first place. With Turing we're excited to continue that tradition. We run an in-person training program...
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