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Fernando Aguilar Made the Impossible Possible—with a Little Help from a Coding Boot Camp and a Loan to Pay for It

It can be difficult to develop a “whatever-it-takes” mentality to make the impossible possible. But for Fernando Aguilar, who completed the University of Arizona Coding Boot Camp, this drive comes naturally.  Fernando’s path to the boot camp wasn’t exactly linear. He worked as a pharmacy technician and was known by his colleagues as the go-to IT…

Failing Forward: Jesse Forte’s Journey to Coding

Failing Forward: Jesse Forte’s Journey to Coding

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 works as an application analyst at Kubra, a crisis management company. From journalism to coding—with a little…

Student Spotlight: Abby Thoresen Pursues a Dream

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Jobs that require coding skills are growing at a much faster rate than the national average for other jobs, and Burning Glass reports that there are already 7 million job openings that require coding skills. But not everyone is benefiting equally from this opportunity for career growth. According to a report from Accenture and Girls Who Code, the…