Like so many among us, COVID-19 turned Muriel Saroufim’s life upside down.  She was laid off from her job as a senior visual and UI designer at tech company Dell earlier this year, with over 10 years of experience in...
Margie Churchill was undeniably stuck. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2017, she’d planned on pursuing a Master’s and PhD in psychology. Over the course of two years, she was accepted to multiple different master’s programs —...
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion, Helen Kim started her career in healthcare. Soon after, she furthered her study by completing an ophthalmic technician program. But after seeing her husband, a Java developer, work from home...
Nancy Hinojos traces the beginning of her tech journey back to consulting. While working at Deloitte, she started using data visualization tools like Tableau and Power BI to help leaders make data-informed decisions. Convinced of the power of data...
James Zimmermann had a suspicion that learning to code would be similar to learning a musical instrument. Both involve dedication, intense practice, and technique — three things he was well-acquainted with after a decade-long clarinet career in the Nashville...
Remodeling. Insurance sales. Production analysis. After graduating from college, Clayton Seastrand tried numerous careers on for size — but nothing totally clicked. While working at a manufacturing plant in 2018, he started collaborating with IT engineers on the floor —...
When Nickolas Strong was six years old, his father left the picture. As his mother worked three jobs to provide for their family, Nickolas was brought up by his grandmother, a strong woman who had been involved in the...
Reginald Jones always wanted to work in cybersecurity, but he wasn’t sure where to start.  “I looked at bachelor’s degrees and certifications,” he said. “But I really wanted something that was going to give me that hands-on experience.” Then, COVID-19 hit....
TJ Leis found a rewarding career as a REACT front end developer thanks to the skills he learned at Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp. The career benefits were immediately clear — but he wasn’t expecting his new coding skills...
Melanie Ponce , Abigail Limpioso, and Robert Torres didn’t know each other prior to enrolling in UCF Coding Boot Camp, but they became fast friends when they were assigned to the same group project team. The trio were taking...

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