Blog Category: Alumni

Making Learning Accessible: How a Loan-Financed Boot Camp Enabled Nathan Schmidt to Tap into His Creative Side

Nathan Schmidt’s professional experience is nothing if not diverse. He has worked in a warehouse for UPS, served the U.S. Army as a cryptologic linguist, and today, synthesizes his coding and military backgrounds as a software developer for defense contracts at Booz Allen Hamilton—a Fortune 500 company based in McLean, Virginia.  After graduating from college with…

From Sales Associate to Software Developer in Six Months: How to Quickly Change Careers Straight Out of College

Before Gulden “Rose” Memis graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a degree in finance, she hadn’t pictured herself working as a sales associate for a marble and granite company in Pennsylvania. Yet that’s where she found herself—and it wasn’t enough. “My job in sales just didn’t present any challenges,” said Rose. “There wasn’t any problem solving…

Meet The Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp TAs Who Won a 24-Hour Hackathon

Penn Coding Boot Camp Hackathon

We share stories every day about the amazing participants who move through the program and enter the workforce. But what about the TAs who coach students through the programs? Working with the Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp helped prepare Anh Lu, Isaiah Harrison, and Mitch Philmore to code their way to victory at the 2019 Philly Codefest, Philadelphia’s premiere social good-themed hackathon.…