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Introducing Alexandra- Sponsorship and Engagement Manager

Hello All! I’m Alexandra Holien and I am the Sponsorship and Engagement Manager here at Ada.   I grew up between Tacoma, Washington and the small town of Independence, Louisiana.  My dad was a truck driver whose business allowed for us to have a little bit of both worlds; the family filled small town atmosphere in Louisiana, and the city life of Tacoma, Wa.  It was an interesting and fun childhood that I think has given me a great appreciation…

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Introducing Korica-Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Korica and I’m Ada’s Program Coordinator. I’ve been at Ada full time now for 4 months and been involved with Ada for 9 months. I graduated from Auburn University not too long ago in December 2014 with a degree in Political Science. While in college, I thought law school might be the path for me but I quickly changed my mind after interning in the legal field. When I finished college, I felt pretty lost not…

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Meet Kat!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?  I was living in New York, New York. My background pre-Ada is in journalism: I was the editor-in-chief for my college newspaper, and worked at The Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping while I was in grad school at NYU for a master’s in journalism, which was where I had my first brush with basic tech concepts. After graduation I ended up working at NYU for 1.5 years in one…

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Ada Welcomes Cohort 5

Ada Developers Academy is proud to announce our new 5th cohort, starting class February 16th ! Congratulations everyone! Adriana Cannon Alysia Brown Ania Gonzalez Ramirez Anna Wilson Cristal Tay Deirdre Storck Jade Vance Jessica Weeber Jillian Boshart Justine Winnie Leah Petersen Lisa Rolczynski Melissa Jimison Mindy Carson Nadine Curry Nicole Iwasaki Risha Allen Rowan Cota Sarah Kane Sarah Nahmias Sophia Baldonado Suzanne Harrison Valerie Conklin Yordanos Dirar

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Meet Tammy!

Hi! I’m Tammy and I’m a student in Ada Developers Academy’s fourth cohort. I have two wonderful young daughters and I’m writing this post to share with you my experience of being a full-time student and mom. My decision to apply to Ada wasn’t easy. Though it has been my dream to become a software developer, I had many reasons not to do it. It’s not easy to be a mom to two toddlers, go through seven months of intensive…

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Ada Next Steps

Here at Ada, we are dedicated to changing the diversity of Tech. We are a learning organization and we understand that the path to social justice is a continual journey where we will make strides as well as missteps in our pursuit for equality. Our goal is to learn and grow so that we can better serve our students and better address our mission. Given feedback from students and our own learnings from running Ada over the past year, we…

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Meet Asha!

Asha was an Assistant Project Manager before she joined Ada’s first cohort. Asha will be kicking off our first blog post as a part of the “Where are the Adies Now” blog series by telling us what she’s been up to since graduating.  What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer? I got my bachelor’s in Accounting. After college I did some accounting work, then eventually did some project management for a lighting manufacturing company. Where are you…

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Meet Jennie, current C[3] student!

Jennie moved to Seattle with her daughter, Holiday, from Virginia this year for the Ada program. Prior to Ada, she was a teacher in Spain for 5 years when she decided she wanted to change careers. We wanted to sit down with Jennie to learn how her path led her here. How did you discover programming? I started teaching technology classes for high school and middle school students. Back then, there was a big push for more coding. I wrote…

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Diversity Matters

Ada has a commitment to changing diversity in the Tech industry. With that comes a set of challenges because everyone comes from various starting places and brings a unique story, background, and skill set to the table. As an organization, we are committed to getting better at addressing our students’ broad set of needs, supporting women of color through our program, and successfully training those with little to no programming experience. We are extremely proud of our 37 graduates, over…

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Getting To Know Cohort 4!

This week Ada Developer Academy’s 4th cohort started class! The class of 24 women have spent their first week settling into their new classroom space, getting to know one another, running around Seattle for a team-building scavenger hunt with Ada staff, and beginning to learn about bash and Ruby. A year from now, this group of women will join the 37 Ada graduates already working at Seattle tech companies (a 95%+ placement rate into dev jobs). And it’s clear that…

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