Posts Categorized: Education

Instruction vs. Mentorship: Why You Should Learn to Code With a Mentor

At Bloc, we use the word “apprenticeship” a lot. It’s on our landing pages and in our emails, but we never truly explain what we mean and why we use that word. I’d like to explain. There are fundamentally two methods of teaching: instruction and mentorship. Instruction A teacher who instructs is someone who says… Read more »

Bloc and Readyforce to Offer Students Technical Skills Training

The college recruiting process has changed. Employers today want more productivity out of fewer employees, which means more experienced hires, and less on-the-job training. As a result, the unemployment rate among recent college grads is double the rate among college grads as a whole. Some people claim that even though the economy has recovered, it… Read more »

TechTalk: How to Set Up an Android Development Environment

Here at Bloc, we’ve hosted a free, online Tech Talks on everything from how to get started developing for Android to building complex websites. Do you have an idea for a mobile app?  By 2015, Gartner expects that over 50% of all devices worldwide will run Android. Android can already be found in phones, TVs,… Read more »

Summer of Code: Why Kids Still Aren’t Programming

This is a guest post by Prianna Pathak, Bloc’s marketing intern and recent Bryn Mawr College alum. Refresher: There’s a Skills Gap and It’s Getting Bigger We all know  the economy stinks. And we know how tough it is to find a job. But did you know that even for college grads, the underemployment rate… Read more »

Defining Mentorship: Bloc and Thinkful

When you start exploring the learn-to-code universe, you’ll quickly discover there are dozens of choices. Self-study websites like Codecademy and Treehouse are helpful if you want to go it alone and get your feet wet, while Bloc, Thinkful, Dev Bootcamp and others offer more immersive and holistic programs. If you’re considering an immersive program, but… Read more »