Posts Categorized: Happy Alumni

Bloc Alumni Spotlight: From English Lit Professor to Technical Content Creator at Compose

Abdullah Alger, Full Stack alum, recently landed a job as a Technical Content Creator at Compose – a company under IBM. Previous to Bloc, Abdullah was a Medieval English Lit Professor. We asked Abdullah a few questions about his Bloc experience. Bloc: What were you doing before Bloc? Abdullah: I was a professor of medieval… Read more »

Bloc Alumni Spotlight: Patricia Ehrhardt

Patricia Ehrhardt recently accepted a role at ePublishing as a Junior Ruby Developer. While she had previous experience programming, it wasn’t enough to get her into a full-time developer role. After attending Bloc, Patricia had the hard skills she needed to transition careers. We asked her a few questions about why she enrolled in Bloc… Read more »

iOS Grad Builds App for ESL Learners

According to CAELA–Center for Adult English Language Acquisition–there were over 2.5 million adults enrolled in ESL courses at federally funded learning programs in the 2004-2005 school year in the US ¹. Note: this astounding number excluded all children and adults that were learning English as a second language outside a federally funded learning program. Now, let’s discuss… Read more »

How a High School English Teacher Became a Developer at IBM

Zachary Melancon, a Full Stack Track student at Bloc, recently accepted a role at IBM as an Application Development Specialist. Landing a job at such a great company without having any prior programming experience is remarkable, and we wanted to ask Zach a few questions about how this high school teacher became a developer, and… Read more »

From Pastor to Web Developer: How Rene Gomez Switched Careers with Bloc

Rene Gomez has joined the ranks of our growing number of exemplary graduates. When Rene first enrolled in Bloc, Rene’s experience was impressive – but not technical. After 18 years of serving as a police officer, pastor, and counselor, Rene was craved a new, different, type of challenge. Unwilling to attend a traditional university, he found Bloc… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Fong Fan

At Bloc, we’ve taken note of how impressive our student body is. Just when we think our alumni have done it all, we hear from several more about how they’ve built incredible products, successfully pursued entrepreneurship, or transitioned into newer, better careers. We had the opportunity to interview one of our many outstanding graduates, Fong… Read more »

Former English Teacher Changes Careers and Lands Remote Developer Job

Meet Kristin Gonzalez, a Bloc Full Stack Web Development Grad Before Bloc: English Teacher Abroad After Bloc: Remote Software Engineer at SyncTree   Kristin is a global traveler and for the past five years she has lived in quite a few places, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and Chile, teaching English and conducting corporate training…. Read more »

Beginner Builds Company’s First iOS App

“Having a mentor really made it clear that I needed to do something. It elevates your study beyond just a hobby” Meet Jon Jungemann, an iOS Grad Before Bloc: Project Development, Allen Credit and Debt Counseling Agency After Bloc: iOS Developer Coming into Bloc, Jon wasn’t interest in a career change — he found iOS… Read more »