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Apprentice Spotlight: Steven Richards

We love highlighting our students, graduates, and apprentices. Let’s take some time and get to know one of our newest Apprentices, Steven Richards! He is one of our most recent graduates from our Java cohort. Before coming to Eleven Fifty, he was a graphic designer, online trainer, and an associate pastor at a local church. He attended Indiana University as a Theater major.

Steven, 61, weighed out the various options of learning code such as online or other boot camps. He met several of the staff members and John Qualls, President. “John’s passion towards learning and Eleven Fifty Academy convinced me that Eleven Fifty was the best choice for me.”

“While working with a career planner, I took the DISC survey and he suggested coding as a possible career change option. I signed up for the Intro to Coding course, loved it, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Steven’s only experience in coding was with HyperCard in the 90s, where he created a music library directory available on CD-ROM for producers and radio/TV stations with Capitol Records.

After graduating from our Java Accelerated Learning Program with 300+ hour of hands-on training, he now knows Java, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. He is looking forward to learning more throughout the Apprenticeship and is interested in UX design, Agile, Scrum, and QA testing! He loves coding because of the problem solving it requires.

“Coding is not just important… it’s mandatory. All businesses are becoming tech companies. Coding, or at least an awareness, will become a required skill set. I would encourage anyone, regardless of age or experience, to give coding a serious consideration.”

Want to become a coder like Steven? Check out our course offerings here.

 

 

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