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LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode:
Cohort 6

 

LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode is a partnership between LaGuardia Community College, The Software Guild, Udacity, General Assembly, and Uncubed. It is funded by a highly selective grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and the result of a White House initiative under President Obama called TechHire.

The goal of TechHire – OpenCode is to increase the diversity and scale of tech talent pipelines for employers by providing industry-informed training to young adults (17 – 29 years old) who are otherwise under-represented within the tech industry.

Graduates of TechHire – OpenCode now work as engineers and analysts at Google, Viacom, Infosys, Intersection, BounceX, Adobe, Capgemini, and more.

 


 

Meet the Candidates of Cohort 6

 

Alex Cepeda – Full-Stack Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 5 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Hunter College in 2014 with a BA in Computer Science

Strongest with:

  • Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery

Also knows:

  • C++, Netbeans IDE, Visual Studio Code

Open to relocation?

  • No (currently only NYC)

About Alex:

  • “I ran the New York City Challenge Race with minimal training.”
  • “I am currently working on a personal project: an application that will serve as a tournament organizer and manager for gaming events. The end goal for this project is to convert it to a mobile application.”
  • “I worked with John Jay College to organize a book event with Richard Branson.”

 


 

Angela Chang – Full-Stack Web Developer / Front-End Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 5 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Binghamton University in 2018 with a BS in Computer Engineering

Strongest with:

  • Java, HTML, CSS, Javascript

Also knows:

  • Ruby, Unity, Angular, RESTful web applications & services, Spring MVC, Spring Boot, Agile & Scrum methodologies

Open to relocation?

  • Yes (Los Angeles, CA preferred)

About Angela:

  • “My team placed 3rd in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship in Pittsburgh. We blueprinted an app that would track exercise machines at the Pete Gym, which is usually inundated by students and faculty. We followed the business model canvas, outlining the app which would help compile and analyze data such as optimal times, but also create alerts to account for walking or public transportation distance. This project is what introduced me to entrepreneurship and coming up with new ideas and creative solutions to problems.”
  • “My target industry is Virtual and Augmented Reality with a primary focus on Media and Entertainment.”
  • “I enjoy long-distance running, and I especially like to run in thunderstorms because it’s thrilling and unpredictable.”

 


 

Anna Uspenskaya – Front-End Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 9 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Kostanay State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics

Strongest with:

  • SQL, Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Also knows:

  • Bootstrap, jQuery, Spring

Open to relocation?

  • No (currently only NYC)

About Anna:

  • “The most significant non-professional accomplishment for me was giving birth to my first child while attending and graduating a full-stack web development program. It was a big challenge for me, but I was able to overcome it.”
  • “My most significant professional accomplishments so far have been pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, completing my CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCNA certifications, and building my first web application.”
  • “I’m currently working on my personal website, and I’m planning to write a blog about coding so that I can help people who recently started their coding journeys like me.”

 


 

Christy Troplia – Full-Stack Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 12 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Monroe Community College in 2013 with an AAS in Health Science

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, CSS/HTML, SQL

Also knows:

  • NetBeans, Version Control (Bitbucket, GitHub), JUnit testing

Open to relocation?

  • No (currently only NYC)

About Christy:

  • “The most significant accomplishment in my life has been creating a non-profit organization in honor of my mother, which was able to raise over $4,000 for a family in need after an unexpected diagnosis of cancer put them in a financial crisis.”
  • “My most significant professional accomplishment would be my consistent month-to-month ranking for the highest sales on my team. I have also received multiple recognitions for my dedication and passion in customer service.”
  • “I am currently enrolled in courses on Udemy and Codecademy to learn C++ and improve my Java and JavaScript expertise.”

 


 

Jason Chan – Full-Stack Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 7 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Baruch College in 2015 with a BBA in Computer Information Systems

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Also knows:

  • jQuery, MySQL, Postman, Bootstrap, Spring Boot, Spring MVC, Spring Security

Open to relocation?

  • Yes (New York City, New Jersey, San Francisco, Chicago)

About Jason:

  • “I’ve completed Tough Mudder’s 12-mile run with obstacles.”
  • “To further enhance my skill set, I am taking courses with Udemy and Codecademy, as well as working on individual web app projects.”
  • “I’ve participated in Google Code Jam and hackathons.”

 


 

Kevin Yeung – Full-Stack Java Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 5 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a BA in Political Science (Concentration: Law/Public Policy)

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL

Also knows:

  • Spring MVC, AJAX, JSON, jQuery, Jira, Maven, Bootstrap, Apache Tomcat

Open to relocation?

  • Yes

About Kevin:

  • “My most significant non-professional accomplishment so far was increasing my flat bench press weight by 75 pounds in a period of 7 months to reach my target of 315lbs! I gave myself 1 year to reach this goal, but after I consistently spent 5-6 days per week at the gym, I accomplished my personal goal in far less time.”
  • “Completing a grueling 9-month Java apprenticeship is probably one of my proudest professional accomplishments. It was extremely scary to fully commit to something that I was so unfamiliar with. However, there has been nothing else that has felt as rewarding.”
  • “I love coding because it is a never-ending adventure of learning. After Software Guild, I signed up for Udemy courses to learn Python and brush up on my Javascript.”

 


 

Sean King – Full-Stack Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • 5 years of full-time, professional experience
  • Graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a BA in American Studies

Strongest with:

  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, Java, jQuery, JSON, AJAX, MySQL, SQL

Also knows:

  • Spring Boot Framework, Postman, Maven, JIRA, Bitbucket, Crucible, p5.js

Open to relocation?

  • Yes

About Sean:

  • “My most significant non-professional accomplishment was joining a boxing gym at 23 and learning how to fight competitively. I did not participate in sports as a child, so to be able to compete in one of the most physically demanding sports showed me that anything is possible if I put in the effort and time.”
  • “My most significant professional accomplishment was entering the foreclosure world as a novice, then helping countless individuals and families save their homes over my two-year tenure as a foreclosure paralegal.”
  • “I have been attending Hacker Hours meetups weekly since the program began. I am also building my badge collection on HackerRank and contributing to my GitHub regularly.”