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Meet Stephanie! An Ada Supporter

How long have you been an Ada Supporter?I moved to Seattle earlier this year to start Binomial with my business partner Rich, and we started actively supporting Ada then! I love the Ada Developers Academy’s program and commitment to their community. What inspires you about Ada?I think getting more women into programming careers is so important. As a woman in an especially male dominated field within computer science, I see the need for this first-hand. I like that Ada accepts…

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Preparing for the Years Ahead

Today, we continue to process the outcome of our election. We feel anger, pain, despair, and sadness. We see a divided nation. We are ashamed. We see people voting out of fear and anger. We see people who feel unheard, ignored; people who want change. We feel scared of what the future brings. We need to take some time to honor and process these feelings – individually and together. This week in our office we grieve and support one another.…

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Meet Lila! C3 Graduate

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?  I worked at UW as a program administrator – I’d worked in various higher education administration positions on and off since finishing undergrad at CU-Boulder. I moved to Seattle in 2012 for graduate school in geography and I heard about Ada through a colleague there. I waited until I finished my master’s and then applied to Ada. I’d been unhappy with my career trajectory and I was ready to…

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Coding Amidst Injustice

Once again, we are moved to speak on the incidents of racial violence that have occurred these last few weeks. Many of us in the Ada community – particularly those among us whose communities are directly affected by police shootings – are coding and grieving, listening to lecture and grieving, eating lunch and grieving. While our academic program continues as usual, we know that there is an exhausting dissonance for our Adies in trying to stay focused at school and…

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Meet Shanna! C[2] Adie

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer? I graduated college with an Economics degree and a lot of student loan debt.  I took a job as an Executive Assistant at a merchandising company in Los Angeles to focus on paying off my debt. The company produced merchandise for various music artists that were sold at retailers, online, or at concerts. It was interesting being involved in the entertainment industry, but I knew I didn’t want to…

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Meet Sarah, our student counselor!

Hi! I’m Sarah, the brand new student counselor. I arrived at Ada in late July after spending several years as a case manager and counselor for formerly homeless women. I had the privilege of working with clients right as they moved into their own apartment and began all sorts of amazing transitions in their lives. I grew up in Seattle and briefly left to go to school in Iowa, where I studied gender and history. When I’m not at Ada,…

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Meet Davida!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?   Immediately before I became a Software Engineer, I was literally making ice cream for a living – I was the Production Manager at Bluebird Microcreamery, where I made ice cream, managed the retail and wholesale distribution of said ice cream, and also managed their Capitol Hill location. Previous to that, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor, a project manager at a telecom company, a research assistant, a tutor, a barista at…

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Our reflection on recent events

Last week our 5th Cohort of students completed seven interviews over four days. Students have been deeply immersed in learning for the past 6 months and these four days are incredible intense for our students as they push through nerves and anxiety to showcase their skills as a developer. As a school, we understand the need for students to silo their emotions so that they can concentrate on this critical part of their career change, but as humans, we understand…

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Interning at Moz as an Adie

1. Why do you believe the Ada program is good for your company?   Working with the Ada program has made Moz better in several ways: 1.  As Moz engineers work with more Ada interns or graduates, our own engineering culture improves through empathy and recognizing that people come into software and tech from a lot of different backgrounds, and they can learn and contribute and make a difference.  We as engineers get to learn how to encourage and grow…

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Meet Bri!

(Bri winning the “flossy” award at work! “The floss is a award my team hands out once a week to a person who looks particularly ‘flossy’ (the definition of ‘flossy’ is based on the whims of the person who currently holds the floss.)”) 1. What were you doing before you were a software engineer?   This is my third career!  I moved to Seattle to get my M.S. in Atmospheric Science.  I worked for the National Weather Service (offices in both Phoenix,…

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