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LaGuardia TechHire – OpenCode:
Cohort 8

 

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 8

 

Afsana Miji – Full-Stack/Back-End Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • “My most significant accomplishment professionally is when I took on insurance underwriting and sales. I began the job with different responsibilities but when the company needed me to take on more responsibility in a crisis I rose to the challenge. There was no room for doubt or hesitation. It became second nature and I really molded myself to what the company needed at the time. My supervisors took notice and permanently raised my position. It was a surprising but a rewarding turn of events.”

Strongest with:

  • “Java is where my passion lies. As I move forward, I am excited to learn more stacks and dip my toes in a multitude of languages but the language I feel my best in when I am writing in Java.”

Also knows:

  • “I am proficient in SQL and Database Infrastructures, Javascript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, Spring Framework and Spring Boot, Spring MVC and Security, JDBC Template as well as Thymeleaf.”

Open to relocation?

  • “NYC is my home but I would not mind moving to another state or even a country for a job opportunity. Always ready for an adventure.”

About Afsana:

  • “I love seeing how the puzzle pieces fit together and make a working machine and I love adding things to the puzzle and seeing it all come together.”
  • “I am constantly learning something new. New skill sets shouldn’t just be for the work place but should enrich your life.”
  • “I read literature and non-fiction and absorb countless years of information and wisdom and I love to develop new habits such as gardening and yoga. It not only adds fun into my life but also adds value which imparts on others around me.”
  • “My daily meditation practice is the most significant non-professional accomplishment I have ever achieved. It has allowed me to develop the peace of mind and the ability to see clearly so I could be the best version of myself in every aspect of my life. There are other practices I could definitely point out like my habit of making reading a priority, waking up early every day, my vegetarianism or the growth I’ve seen in my personal relationships-especially with my parents for the past few years.”

 


 

Shavana Davis – Full-Stack Web Developer

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub | Personal Website


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • Holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, Honors: Dean’s List
  • Prior experience in education and editorial fields

Strongest with:

  • Java, JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Also knows:

  • Spring, jQuery, Java, thymeleaf, AJAX, Object-Oriented Programming and more

Open to relocation?

  • Yes

About Shavana:

  • “I am a member of Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society and I’m a curious coder and builder, always looking for the next challenge.”
  • “My most significant non-professional accomplishment would be graduating from college. I was the second person in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. My older sister was first.”
  • “My most significant professional accomplishment would be joining tech hire open code boot-camp to get a web development certificate so that I can grow my professional career.”

 


 

Arbel Medina – Full-Stack Software Developer

LinkedIn


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • “I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.”
  • “As a sales representative, I did more sales then anyone else on my team at State Farm.”
  • “I studied Java the most with CRUD methodologies on 3 different projects in software guild.”

Strongest with:

  • Java

Also knows:

  • IDE Netbeans and Visual Studio code.

Open to relocation?

  • “I am open to working and living anywhere in the world.”

About Stephen:

  • “I participate in CodeSmith’s weekly meetups when they are available, like JavaScript the Hard parts, and HTML, CSS.”
  • “I am the first in my family to Graduate College, first in my family to join the military (United States Marine Corp) and the only aspiring web developer in my family.”

 


 

Mike Cantos – Full-Stack Developer with IT Experience

Resume | LinkedIn | GitHub


Prior to TechHire – OpenCode:

  • Prior experience at USPS and Meals on Wheels

Strongest with:

  • JavaScript, MySQL, and Java

Also knows:

  • NetBeans, Atom, Microsoft Visual C++ and Postman.

Open to relocation?

  • I would prefer to work in NYC if possible but if the job is excellent and provides a lot of benefits I would not mind working out of state.

About Mike:

  • “I’m a hard-working person. I’m currently reading more about different coding languages in order to understand the uniqueness between them. I look up projects from different coders to figure out how they code. It helps me learn how to structure my code to be more understandable and concise.”
  • “I repair computers that are having systematic issues be internal or external. Many members of my community members come to me for help with technical issues.”
  • “I’m the only person in my whole family to be a technician, as well as being an avid soccer player.”