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LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode:
Cohort 5

 

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 Barack Obama called TechHire.

The goals of LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode are to provide high-quality tech training to young adults (17 – 29 years old) as well as to provide employers with the skilled tech workers they need to grow their teams.

Graduates of LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode represent an extremely talented and diverse group of candidates who now work at companies like Google (as a Cloud Partner Engineer), Viacom (as a QA Analyst), Infosys (as a Software Engineer), Intersection (as a Software Engineer), Capgemini (as a Programmer for GE), and more.

 


 

Meet the Candidates of Cohort 5

 

Damian Nieves – Full-Stack Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript (jQuery, Knockout, jQuery UI, JSON, p5.js), HTML5, CSS

Also knows:

  • WCF Services, ASP.NET MVC (Razor), SQL Server (T-SQL, SSIS, SSRS), Unit Testing/TDD, Spring, Spring Boot, NetBeans, Git, Bitbucket, Apache Tomcat, mySQL, MATLAB SolidWorks

Little-known facts:

  • Prior to Open Code, Damian attended the University of Vermont’s College of Engineering, studying Mechanical Engineering and acting as Lead Researcher for the DEEP project.
  • Performs magic in spare time

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

Daniel Duany – Back-End Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | My Tech Journey

Strongest with:

  • Java, Javascript, SQL, HTML, CSS

Also knows:

  • Spring Framework, Bitbucket, Atlassian Tools, MySQL, jQuery, Bootstrap, Apache Tomcat, and Netbeans

Little-known facts:

  • “I had a poem I wrote published in a book when I was in the 5th grade.”
  • Learning Python and Android app development on the side.

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

David Dalton – Full-Stack Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website | Blog | My Tech Journey

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, JSTL

Also knows:

  • Spring MVC, Apache Maven, Bootstrap, MySQL, NetBeans IDE, Data/Class Modeling, Test-driven Development, Git, Bitbucket, JIRA, Debugging, Spring JDBC

Little-known facts:

  • Most significant non-professional accomplishment so far? “The birth of my first child.”
  • “One of my most notable professional accomplishments so far was at a time where I was transferred to another location within the company which was failing. During my time there I implemented policies and rebuilt the team’s morale which ultimately led to a $200,000 increase in sales within the first year.”

Open to relocation? No (NYC & surrounding areas)

 


 

Jonathan Xikis – Designer & Full-Stack Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Fastermind Games

Strongest with:

  • HTML, CSS, Java

Also knows:

  • Apache Maven, MySQL, Netbeans, Spring Framework, Bootstrap, Git, JIRA, Crucible, FishEye

Little-known facts:

  • Graduated from Fordham University in 2012 and started Fastermind Games. Since then, Jonathan has worked on 24 video games as a developer and designer.
  • “I released my own video game on Steam!”

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

OFFER ACCEPTED

Jun Chen – Full-Stack Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website

Strongest with:

  • Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Also knows:

  • Git, JIRA, Java Spring Framework, Salesforce, MySQL, mongoDB, Node.js

Little-known facts:

  • “I am the first in my family to graduate!”
  • “I’m a volunteer community organizer with Codebar.io! I enjoy learning about new technology through tech events/meetups and hands-on experience!”

Open to relocation? No (NYC & surrounding areas), but open to remote work and work-related travel

 


 

Kamrun Nahar – Full-Stack Software Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub

Strongest with:

  • Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Also knows:

  • NetBeans IDE, MySQL, Spring Framework, Bootstrap, Apache Maven, REST, AJAX

Little-known facts:

  • “I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college.”
  • “My most significant accomplishment as a behavioral therapist was when a patient of mine finally spoke after years of being selectively mute. It was one of my most challenging and rewarding cases. But it showed me that through hard work, consistency, training, and collaboration with an awesome team, we were able to accomplish our goal.”

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

OFFER ACCEPTED

Marica Molder – Full-Stack Software Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, MySQL, Apache Maven, Linux Command Line, Spring Core, Spring Framework, JSPs, HTML/SCSS

Also knows:

  • Spring Forms, Bootstrap, Spring Security, JDBC, JSTL, jQuery, REST APIs, CLI, Apache Tomcat, Netbeans IDE, Aspect-Oriented Programming, Version Control (Git), Bitbucket, JIRA, Crucible, BASH, PuTTY, Spring Dependency Injections, Visual Studio

Little-known facts:

  • “A few years ago, I completed a 75km (46mi) bike ride that crossed three islands, with routes going uphill, through narrow streets, and across super long bridges.”
  • “I teach students how to program in HTML, JavaScript, and Scratch.”

Open to relocation? No (NYC & surrounding areas)

 


 

OFFER ACCEPTED

Nateyana Blake – Full-Stack Software Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML, CSS

Also knows:

  • Spring Framework, Apache Tomcat, jQuery, Bootstrap, Netbeans IDE, Version Control (Git/GitHub), Bitbucket, MySQL Workbench

Little-known facts:

  • “I have a pretty extensive collection of books and vinyl records.”
  • “I feel a strong sense of accomplishment having completed the Open Code program. There was so much that I didn’t know or understand when I initially began teaching myself to code, and now I can create a full web application from start to finish.”

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

Vishnu Dawah – Full-Stack Game Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website

Strongest with:

  • C#, Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Also knows:

  • Unity, MongoDB, MySQL Workbench, React, Redux, Express, Node, Netbeans, Visual Studio Code, REST, AJAX

Little-known facts:

  • Tutors students interested in computer programming
  • “Whenever the power would go out in my family’s house, I’d make up board games or modify the ones we had so my siblings and I wouldn’t be bored. Now, I want to make video games for everyone to enjoy.”

Open to relocation? Yes

 


 

Zeinah Issah – Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website

Strongest with:

  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Git, MySQL

Also knows:

  • Bootstrap, React, Typescript.js, Spring

Little-known facts:

  • “I am the first in my family to graduate college. I also believe I inspired many of my younger cousins and my sisters to enroll in college and consider life outside of NYC.”
  • “I am a mentor to a few girls who are in college at this time. I also volunteer as a reading specialist, where I read to preschool children and help teach them reading, writing and phonics.”

Open to relocation? Yes