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Welcome Liz Rush!

We’re excited to welcome two new Alums as Advisory Board Members!  We caught up with Liz Rush from Cohort 1 to get an inside look on how Ada impacted her and her vision for board involvement.   Liz Rush, C1 Ada Alum [she/her] Anti-Trafficking Technology Director, Seattle Against Slavery How did you feel when you were admitted into Ada?   I didn’t love my job so I felt a ton of relief that I’d get to go do an accelerated program like…

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We’d love to let you in on the Ada SECRETS!

As the Ada team plans for the year ahead, we made the decision to start fresh with a clean build. We wanted to invest the time to more clearly define who we are as a team, what we expect of one another and what our Adies and community partners can expect from us. The entire Ada staff worked together to come up with the foundation for what has become our “Ada SECRETS” A small cross functional team from student services…

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Interview with Rachel Klein, Ada’s new advisory board member

Welcome to the Ada Developers Community! Tell us what drew you to serve on the Ada advisory board? I am passionate about providing education for young people, especially underrepresented students. My first job out of college was in software development, but while I liked the work and was good at it, it didn’t feel like I fit in or belonged, and I certainly wasn’t supported by my managers. I was able to use my computer programmer skills — data management…

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Ada Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Lisa Chin

Ada Developers Academy Interview featuring new advisory board member  Dr. Lisa Chin Welcome to the Ada Developers Community! What was it about Ada that drew you to the board? I am pleased to say that I have known about Ada from even before the program launched.  Scott Case, one of Ada’s founders, reached out for guidance and advice when I was serving as the  Founding Executive Director at Year Up Puget Sound. We talked about career training and professional development programs…

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Teaching Inheritance

by Dan Roberts, Lead Instructor Not one of them is like another. Don’t ask us why. Go ask your mother. – Dr. Seuss Think back to when you were learning your first object-oriented programming language. If you learned to program in the last 15 years, there’s a good chance that was your first language, period. You probably started off with simple concepts like conditionals and loops, moved on to methods, and then to classes. And then at some point your…

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Meet Kaida!

By Kaida Masaki (she/her), Instructional Assistant Hi! I’m Kaida and I am a new instructional assistant here at Ada for Cohort 11! Before coming to Ada I worked most recently at Computing Kids teaching children to program after school. Before that I was at Socrata for about 3 years working on various parts of their Open Data stack.   I’m a Seattle native and went to UW for Computer Science.  I live with my wife and our two rabbits in…

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Cohort 11 Craft3 Applications Window Opens Monday

Cohort 11 Craft3 Loan Applications Window Craft3 will begin accepting loan applications for Ada Cohort 11, starting December 17, 2018. The funds, which are provided by Ada, are limited and not yet sufficient to fund all loans for every person in the Cohort. To address this in an equitable way, Craft3 will make reasonable efforts to review loan applications in the order in which they are received.  Eligible applications that are not processed before the available funds have been committed,…

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How Donating to the Ada Loan Fund Makes a Difference

What drove me to Ada My therapist. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, and after I sought help, my therapist gave me phenomenal life and career advice. After getting to know me and my strengths over a couple years, and seeing my dissatisfaction with my experience and compensation working in the nonprofit sector, my therapist suggested looking into Ada Developers Academy. At first, I thought that I could never be a software engineer. I…

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