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She Used Tech to Design the Life She Always Wanted – Meet Bennett!

This Giving Tuesday, Adies share their journey to tech to inspire future coders to believe in themselves and get started! Bennett uncovers one of the best perks of a tech salary – finding time for yourself. Read more about Bennett’s experience in the tech industry and how she uses her skills to build the life she always wanted. Meet Bennett Currently at Slalom Consulting What motivated you to come to Ada and pursue a role in tech? Bluntly – money…

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From Software Dev to Tech Support Engineer – Meet Emma!

Adies share their journey to tech this Giving Tuesday season to inspire future Adies to believe in themselves and get started! Emma made the switch from Software Developer to Technical Support Engineer. Read more about Emma’s decision to stay in tech and how she made the industry work for her. Meet Emma Currently at GitHub What motivated you to come to Ada and pursue a role in tech? My path to Ada was the result of a number of things.…

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Where Passion and Coding Combine – Meet Our Volunteers!

The Ada Volunteer Community is made up of industry professionals, Ada Alums, and critical community members who bring their expertise to various roles that contribute directly to student success. Through the mantra “lift as they climb,” volunteers exude a passion for helping the next generation of tech leaders navigate the murky waters of code, team politics, and knowing “what’s what” when getting started. Many Adies can spend four to five hours outside of class understanding new concepts and finishing coursework.…

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2021 State of the Union

A Look Back Since the beginning of 2021, Ada has officially spun out and is building on the momentum of becoming an independent organization. Here is a state of the union covering the past 18 months and the next strategic direction of the organization.  In March 2020, the education team flipped the entire program from an in-person learning model to fully digital.  This team has continually adapted and adjusted to student feedback and has not lost a single student, even…

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Ada Developers Academy is A Recipient of the $10 million from the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

Ada Developers Academy Unanimously Chosen As A Recipient of the $10 million from the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge Seattle tech startup poised for national expansion as a recipient of a $10 million grant to bring economic justice to the tech sector.  Contact: Rakia Wells, press@adadevelopersacademy.org SEATTLE, WA — July 29, 2021 – Today, Ada Developers Academy, a cost-free coding school for women and gender expansive people, announces it was awarded $10 million through the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, to expand…

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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with Stories from Adies

This AAPI Heritage Month, we celebrate the voices and journeys of current students and alums who worked their way through adversity to find their place in tech. These powerful women, trans, and nonbinary folks recount their biggest challenges and aspirations in the industry while giving thanks and gratitude to the folks that came before them. In Asian culture, Filipinos are kind of lower on the totem pole of Asians. We’re called third culture kids, “you are of Filipino descent, but…

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Parenting and Programming

Learning how to code is a new venture for many Adies when they first join the Ada program. Whether leaving a full-time job to pursue software development, making a career shift, exploring a new avenue of problem-solving, the pathways to code are endless. One pathway we will explore today is taking on the journey to code while being a parent. Is it possible? What does it look like? A handful of Adie parents share their experience parenting while programming. “I’ve…

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Ada’s Updated Mission, Vision, and Values

Over the past year, Ada has faced some unique challenges that led to significant changes in how we think about our impact. We have reevaluated our guiding principles through a robust planning process and aligned them around a new set of vision, mission, and values. These guiding principles will drive us to have the biggest impact we can while staying true to our program quality and core beliefs.  In engaging our community, it was essential for us to: Gather and incorporate…

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AdieCon: A Behind the Scenes look with Co-Creators Jade Vance and Leah Petersen

Interview lead by Rakia Wells, Communication Specialist Cohort 5 Alum Jade Vance and Leah Petersen are the Co-Creators of AdieCon, an Alum driven conference meant to inspire, connect, and grow the Adie network. What started as an idea between friends blossomed into a renowned hub of inspiration and coveted industry talent.  Jade and Leah share their passion for implementing change in the tech industry and passing the torch to future Adies.  RW: Jade and Leah, thank you for joining me.…

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Stop Asian Hate

At Ada, we have spent the last week with our AAPI students and staff – holding space and taking care of each other.  Our hearts are broken, and our community is scared and grieving.  We are calling on our broader Ada community to do more than condemn these actions. We must acknowledge the longstanding history of anti-Asian sentiment in this country and the dramatic underrepresentation of Asian Americans across our institutions. These deep-seated biases and historic actions of our nation…

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