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Coding Student Stories

Eleven Fifty coding students come from a diverse background, bring all skill levels to the classroom, and are comprised of all ages. It’s our mission to help a coding student prepare for a career in coding. Through our SmartStart programs, a coding student gains the necessary skills they need to become coders. But, we go one step further through our career readiness skill up courses coding students learn to work with teams, develop portfolios, deploy applications, and even learn about intellectual property rights. We believe that a polished coding student offers more than just coding skills to their future employer. They offer versatile skills that employers need to grow their companies, improve their operations, and develop robust service offerings.

The stories below come from real coding students looking to launch their careers in software development. Some of them are former stay at home moms. Others are looking to move from the factory floor. Each story, though, is unique to the individual. Browse the stories. Connect with the coders. Discover how you could change your life.

Out of the Woods and Into the Classroom: Ransford Walker Student Story

Ransford Walker is a nature lover. The time he enjoys most is out in nature. He took this passion and …

From Nursing to Coding: Lawrence Wagner Student Spotlight

To say Lawrence is passionate about helping people would be an understatement. Prior to coming to Eleven Fifty for the …

Decoding the Language of Technology: Merideth Bush Student Spotlight

Merideth Bush has always been fascinated with language. Speaking, writing, learning new languages, and teaching language are all big parts …

Tech Skills Preferred: The Skills All Employers Are Looking For

‘Tech skills preferred.’ This simple sentence appears on more job listings today than many other skills. Employers are looking for …

Student Spotlight: Jon Jeffries – From Carpenter to Coder

Jon is no stranger to Eleven Fifty Academy. In a lot of ways, he’s been through the bootcamp experience before. …

Student Spotlight: Self-reliance and Resilience are the Keys to Coding

Iesha is the type of person who knows what she wants out of life. She takes on challenges and is …

Creativity in Coding: Student Spotlight Trace M.

Trace has been creative since he was a kid. He was fascinated by video games and the creativity behind the worlds created by minds like Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario and Zelda among others). Read his student spotlight and find out how he came to Eleven Fifty and how creativity plays a role in coding.

How the Military Prepared You for Coding School

Coding schools are called coding Bootcamps for a reason. They are intensive training programs designed to prepare people for tough …

Student Spotlight: Tracy D – Women in Tech Scholarship

Tracy’s path to coding actually started somewhat in her previous career. She spent years in nonprofit management and fundraising when she decided she was looking for more. Learn more about her path to Eleven Fifty and her career goals.

Achieving More than Coding Skills: Core Value Winners

Education is much more than a set of skills. The Eleven Fifty Academy Core Values highlight students who exhibited key values in their time at Eleven Fifty. These values help students reach for higher goals as they move into their professional careers after graduation.

Student Story: Family Support to New Career Path

At Eleven Fifty, we do our best to recognize the hard work and focus that our students put into enhancing …

Student Story: From Self-Teaching to Coding Bootcamp

Matt fell in love with coding, and more specifically JavaScript, while on the job. As an instructional designer, content tester/developer, …

Student Story: From Data to Code

Monica Marek’s love of coding stems from another passion: data. As someone with multiple degrees in education, experience as an …

Student Story: From Computer Science to Coding

Adenike Oriolowo is no stranger to computers. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Nigeria with a bachelor’s degree …

Student Story: Rediscovering Passion For Tech and Coding

Jeff was first introduced to coding in 1974 during a middle school career day, and was hooked right away. His …

Student Story: Discovering A New Passion

For Madyson Ward, grit isn’t just part of her pursuit in tech, it’s part of her DNA. In 2016, she …

Student Story: Search For Passion Leads to Coding

Working in higher education, Kaylea found herself doing a multitude of tasks, but she didn’t have any passion for what …

Student Story: From Nursing School To Coding School

Smita Hyde was in nursing school when she discovered Girls Develop IT, a nonprofit organization focused on helping women achieve …

Student Story: From TV News to Coder

Christian Ingram worked in television until her job was downsized due to automation technology. Now, Christian is learning how to …

Student Story: Artist Turns To Coding

Brandon Schaaf isn’t just an artist. He’s a creator. Everything he does is about the creative process. From the theater …

Student Story: From the Air Force to Coder

Andrew Davis may be new to coding, but he’s certainly not new to the technology field. Having spent 6 years …

Student Story: From traditional paths to coding dreams

Like many others, Jenny and Michelle Hoelzer were caught off guard by their love of coding. The sisters originally took …

Student Story: Looking for job security, finding passion

Mackenzie Hartman set out to find a career that provided her with more freedom and creativity. What she found was …

Student Story: From peer pressure to diving deep into code

After graduating from IUPUI with a degree in Psychology, Emiliya started to feel the pressure of her family, friends, and …

Student Story: From Tinkerer to Coder

Jeremy Wuestefeld was the type of kid who enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked. He can recall …

Student Story: From financial industry to coding academy

Ben Cook has always enjoyed bringing ideas to life. It’s that passion that led him to being a numbers guy. …

Student Story: From high school classroom to accelerated, immersive coding programs

When Craig Asher graduated high school at mid-term he knew what he wanted to do. He knew that jumping right …

Student Story: Sports Broadcaster to Coder

In 2013, Adam Demaree graduated from IU with a sports communication degree and a dream of becoming a sports broadcaster. …

From manufacturing to marrying experience with new skills

Daniel Schroeder has always had a passion for technology, but never had the right opportunity to pursue. After working in …

Student Story: Eleven Fifty Academy Discovery

Matthew Milstead is what most would consider a “jack of all trades.” He’s worked in a Bed and Breakfast helping …

Student Story: Pursuing hobbies leads to coding school

Devan Peetz has been searching for the right career path for a few years. He’s been in retail sales. He’s …

Student Story: From Retail Management to Coder

Charles Michael’s background in retail management might not point towards him becoming a coder, but once he started coding, he …

Student Story: Searching for An Alternative, Discovering Coding Bootcamp

While other 18 year olds were busy thinking about Prom, their last semester of high school, or what they were …

Coding: The Career That Was Meant to Be

After working in the marketing and advertising field for 16 some years, Nathan Randall started looking for an alternative option. …

Student Story: From music technology to coding bootcamp

Ben Peterson has two big loves in his life: music and technology. It was his love for those things that …

Student Story: Computer Engineering Student Turns to Eleven Fifty for Coding Skills

Jeremiah’s love of computing began when he enrolled in college. As a software engineering student, he was pursuing his dreams …

From Career Searching to Being Career Ready

Brieanna Murphy is on a mission to be career-ready. She’s got the drive and dedication to be a full-time coder. …

Student Story: Lifelong Learner Turns to Coding

By any and all definitions, Cameron is a lifelong learner. As a graduate of another intense educational program, Cameron developed …

Student Story: A Former Career Influencing the Coding Future

Until recently, Lisa was a stay at home mom. When the time came to find her way back into the …

Student Story: An Unique Path to Coding

Walker Hinkle is a man of many talents. He has the patience to work with kids at before and after …

Student Story: From Homeschool Roots to Intensive Coding Courses

As a recent homeschool graduate, Lindsay wanted an alternative path. She knew that a four year degree might eventually get …

Student Story: Entrepreneurial Spirit Drives Desire To Learn Coding

Chris has been paving his own path for years as a successful business owner. Having felt success and accomplishment in …

Student Story: From Manufacturing Floor To Coding Classroom

In September of 2016, ITT Tech, a higher education institution that existed for more than 50 years with facilities in …

Student Story: From Vet Tech To Coding Student

For Morgan Bosshardt, coding isn’t just about picking up a new skill or enhancing the ones she has. It’s about …

Student Story: Breaking Out of Comfort Zones With Code

When Julie started her accelerated learning program at Eleven Fifty a few weeks ago, she wasn’t completely unfamiliar with what …

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