Cohort Three Testimonials
Doug Roussin, Cohort Three Graduate
Careers in Code has opened up possibilities for my future. It has given me a solid foundation of full-stack coding skills, as well as an introduction to people in the Syracuse tech community. I’m excited to continue growing those skills and connections to the community.
Danielle D Floyd, Cohort Three Graduate
I just want to say there are not enough good things I can say about this program! I firmly believe that it is instrumental in really helping to accomplish its goals of meeting and providing a need for technology careers in the Syracuse area for marginalized communities. As a graduate of Cohort 3 I have successfully applied and was accepted as a Software Development Component Technician for Thales Group. There were many times that I wanted to give up, quit, or didn’t feel as if I would make it. However at the suggestion of Careers in Code they truly encouraged students to network, get involved and stay active in the Syracuse Technical community. Careers in Code not only gives you a foundational base of core concepts needed to become a Full Stack Developer but also gives you a support system to help you build your career. I am grateful for all of that and in addition the connection they made between learning, and continuing on in an apprenticeship role through Syracuse Surge. I now can truly attest to the program giving me the skill set, and the confidence to work, and learn besides other software developers on a day to day basis! I have nothing but gratitude to Careers and Code, its instructors, and affiliates have really changed my career path for the better. May it never stop its instrumental work in the Syracuse community bettering the economic livelihood of the marginalized bettering their future!
Tiffany Williams, Cohort Three Graduate
Being a student in CiC was beyond amazing, the staff and my fellow students were so supportive throughout the entire bootcamp. Getting this opportunity showed me that it's never too late to learn a new skill and there are definitely people willing to support you the entire way. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to begin a career in tech!
Larry Goodman, Cohort Three Graduate
Careers in Code(CiC) was a rigorous and amazing experience. Through CiC I was able to develop the skills to create an app that I thought about years ago. The staff and my classmates were super supportive! Through my connection with CiC I was able to participate in the Syracuse Surge Coding Apprenticeship program and land my first job in the Tech industry. They say it takes a village and CiC is definitely a part of my village now!
Cohort Two Testimonials
La'Tonia Mertica, Cohort Two Graduate
Where I'd be in life at this moment had I not joined Careers in Code is something I can't imagine. I started the program thinking I wouldn't finish. Some days it took all the strength I had to show up. I was always happy - relieved - I did. Those powering CiC always made me feel energized, inspiringly challenged, and ready to re-define (again and again) my self perceptions of what I can achieve. I appreciate their holistic approach. Constant encouragement. Vibrant support. These collective qualities allowed me to thrive. They equipped me with fundamentals, including a growth mindset, to be successful pursuing code/web dev. Now I have opportunities that were once surreal. I have options. I've been able to create possibilities. It feels wonderful. More importantly to me, it feels reliable. I have skills and sights for better days that can't be taken away from me. Those powering CiC put me in a mental place to help make this my reality. If you have a chance, at least try - you won't be alone. Those powering CiC will be there with you and if you put in the effort they won't disappoint in helping you through.
Dominique Wynn-Siver, Cohort Two Graduate
Careers in Code restored my confidence and strength, allowing me to re-enter the coding field. I've always wanted to combine technology and design, but I've been told my ideas are stupid and not worth pursuing. Now that I've narrowed my attention to UI and UX Engineering, I don't think I'll be stopped. I was able to rediscover my enthusiasm for technology because to Careers in Code. As a UI/UX Engineer and artist, I can now enjoy designing while also improving the environment and my community.
Brandy Mack, Cohort Two Graduate
Before Careers in Code, I had a hard time grasping basic concepts in code and development. I was learning alone aimlessly, CiC gave me structure and an amazing team of instructors and valuable resources. Not once was I left to learn alone, being assured that even after graduating I can still reach out is invaluable. I am only greatful for the experience and look forward to pursuing the opportunities afforded for me to continue in fullstack development.
Cohort One Testimonials
Kelly Corey, Cohort I Graduate
Karin Thorne, Cohort I Graduate
"I started the program knowing nothing about code, not even most of the terminology. After completing the 24 weeks, I can talk comfortably with seasoned developers because now I am a Full Stack Developer!"
Ana Aombe, Cohort I Graduate
"The program was amazing! I learned so much about coding and a lot about myself. I went from having zero experience in web development to having so much knowledge about the field and the expectations required to thrive in the industry. I was so insecure going in the program, but over time I learned to take risks and allow myself to explore different areas and different ways of doing things. And the people, the teachers, TAs and fellow students made the experience even better."
Dana McMullen, Cohort I Graduate
"Because of Careers In Code, I have a more realistic view of what it takes to become a coder/programmer. The skills that I have now were not given to me when I was studying in college and I feel like I'm so much further ahead in my journey to becoming employed in the tech field. My dedication to my studies is much more consistent and thorough. I know that my destiny as a mover and shaker in the tech world is at my doorstep. Thank you so much CIC."
Kaitlyn Warboy, Cohort I Graduate
"Careers in Code has been a game changer for my career, and has opened up so many amazing opportunities. I feel prepared and ready to grow my presence and career in the tech community in Syracuse."
Dakir Thompson, Cohort I Graduate
"I had taken some computer science classes in college but none of them prepared me for the industry, I spent 8 months looking for a job and finally got one through networking. But still I was ill prepared at my position as a software engineer. I can honestly say if it was not for this bootcamp I would not have a job, and I would not be as advanced as I am. What we learned in Careers in Code directly applied to my day to day work. I learned so much about web development that my employer split my time with the web development team. If you have a love for coding or never wrote a line of code and are just interested you have to give Careers in Code a try."
Tim Liles, Cohort I Graduate
"I think that the Careers in Code boot camp was an amazing experience. Not only did I learn a lot about writing code, I met a lot of great people with even greater stories about how they got to where they are now in their careers. Applying was one of the best decisions I made and I'm excited to see where it takes me in life."
Linda Kovacs, Honorary Cohort I Graduate
"I was given the opportunity to follow the class online and even though I knew things by learning on my own or working in the field prior to Careers in Code bootcamp, I learned a lot from the instructors and from helping the students with their projects. It was an amazing experience that made me grow as a developer overall by helping others to go over the bumps I went on my own years ago. I wish I had all this help myself at that time."
Instructor and Teaching Assistant Testimonials
Joey Buczek, Cohort I Instructor
"Being a part of this first cohort was definitely a rewarding experience! Not only did we help a group of wonderful people learn new skills to be able to advance their careers in a growing field, but we also learned a lot about how each of us could grow and contribute in more meaningful ways in the future of this program as well. There was a wealth of data collected that will positively influence future cohorts, allowing this program to evolve organically along with the wants and needs of both this area and in the technology field in general. I am so grateful to be a part of this endeavor, and am looking forward to seeing if this program will continue."
Gus Cost, Cohort I Instructor
"The Careers in Code program is a great project, and it's been a privilege to have participated in teaching the first cohort. The students selected to attend are motivated, kind, and a joy to work with. Most if not all are in situations where an education in computer programming has a chance to make a big positive impact on their careers and lives. While the first cohort was a small number of students, it's exciting to think that it could be an early step in a larger arc of change that results in a more prosperous CNY community. And despite the small class size it's exciting to think that even a few more people now have a chance to make an impact as successful working software developers."