As a high school student in Chicago, Melvin Hernandez was accepted into the engineering program at a prestigious local university. However, because he was an undocumented immigrant, he didn’t qualify for in-state tuition. Melvin is one of the DREAMers...
DreamTeamDesigns, a team of programmers consisting of Ben Harris, Geoff George, Edward Cheever, and Robert Hardin, took home the championship title at the Next Level Competition (NLC) in July. Their winning project was Fridge2Table, an application that lets users...
Cami La Porte’s career was the stuff most kids dream of. She got her start as a streaming gamer and freelance video producer and quickly moved on to work for top-tier gaming companies like Blizzard Entertainment. But despite working in...
If career growth begins at the end of your comfort zone, then Chilean native Cynthia Huallanca is on her way to great professional achievements. In 2016, she threw familiarity to the wayside, trading in her homeland’s snow-capped mountains for...
After graduating from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, Ezequiel Calderon Jr. moved to San Francisco to work as a software management consultant at PwC. After four years, though, he began thinking about what he wanted next....
It can be difficult to develop a “whatever-it-takes” mentality to make the impossible possible. But for Fernando Aguilar, who completed the Trilogy-powered University of Arizona Coding Boot Camp, this drive comes naturally.  Fernando’s path to the boot camp wasn’t exactly...
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...
Will Rackley is a former NFL athlete, a current professional artist, and a boot camp-educated coder. In other words, there isn’t much that he hasn’t tackled.  Born in Athens, Greece to a military family, Will moved around a lot growing...
A lifelong artist, Hillary Hardiman has always been a creative person. But at 18, she put her creative juices on the back burner. Instead of majoring in art, Hillary studied biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University—and continued there to...
The path to what you want isn’t always clear-cut—a fact Tony Phelps knows well. For Tony, the journey to his current role was multi-pronged. With his career and personal interests spanning ecology, music, technology, and sales, it’s as if...

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