Dalton Ricker was originally set to enroll at Georgia Tech for college. In a last-minute pivot, he decided to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Little did he know that after earning a degree in marine engineering systems and...
As a freelance media producer, Andrew Stockus was always tenacious—he’s passionate about learning, self-growth, and new ways to expand his skill set. One day, motivated by curiosity, he googled online coding programs and noticed UCF Coding Boot Camp, powered by...
Redemption (launching this July) is a book about achieving a better life, through struggle and hardship. That title could also sum up author Jesse Forte’s life thus far. Having reported overseas and even spent a stint homeless, Jesse now...
Kids are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And while Suzanne Paylor certainly asked herself that question in elementary school, it wasn’t until she was 40 that she took the question seriously—and acted...
Alexa Oswald remembers her first day at boot camp vividly. Feelings of uncertainty and inadequacy clouded her head. Her experience as a taekwondo instructor hadn’t prepared her for this. As she entered the classroom for the first time, her class...
Many people enroll in an accelerated coding or data analytics boot camp to learn how to work with advanced software and cutting-edge technical tools at a professional level. Data enthusiast Kenneth Wong was certainly one of these individuals: He wanted...
After 20 years working at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Bill Nash suddenly learned he was out of a job. The funding for the department was diminished, and the bioinformatics professional...
Matthew Carpenter’s journey to becoming a web developer didn’t happen overnight. In fact, to get there, it took an almost eight-year stint in the Army, 12 years working in electronics at Verizon, and a great deal of motivation.  A born...
Before embarking on her career transition, Kaylah Malillos worked at Wish of a Lifetime—a nonprofit that grants life-enriching wishes to senior citizens. It was a small organization, and Kaylah had moved up the ranks in no time. She had...
Traveling around was nothing new for Beau Batchelor. Raised in a military family, he grew up all over the world—moving from his birthplace of Redondo Beach to Japan, Spain, Rhode Island, and then back to California, all before high...

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