Posts Categorized: Happy Alumni

Erik Batres – New Relic Diversity Scholarship Recipient

Meet Erik Batres, a Full Stack Web Development Grad! Before Bloc: Sales/Business Development Representative After Bloc: Junior Rails Developer at an e-commerce start-up Erik’s professional background prior to starting Bloc was being an Inside Sales/Business Development Representative. He wanted to acquire these new skills because he knew he needed to change career directions and that there… Read more »

From Corporate Sales to Developer, Reinaldo Made a Bold Change with Bloc

“If you want to do it full time, you have to do it full time.”  Meet Reinaldo Sanchez, a Full Stack Web Development Grad Making a Change Before Bloc: Reinaldo came to Bloc from the land of corporate sales, having professed a lifelong interest in computers and “building and tweaking networks.”  He signed up for Bloc in… Read more »

Switch Careers with Bloc’s Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp

“It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to believe what I can do now. The skills I’ve gained in this time – crazy!” Meet Jay Ottenstein, a Full Stack Web Development Graduate Before Bloc: Worked as a regional sales manager for a natural food product company. After Bloc: About to start a full-time, remote position as a Ruby developer… Read more »

Becoming a Developer: Ryan Holm, a Bloc Success Story

“Be open and flexible. Be ready to take on something that’s intimidating, but know you have the support from the Bloc mentor and community around it.” Meet Ryan, a Full Stack Grad Before Bloc: As Ryan came to Bloc’s Full Stack apprenticeship he felt, to use his own words, “psyched to become a Full Stack Web Developer to… Read more »

Make the Transition from Graphic to User Experience Design

“The best part of my Bloc experience was designing apps with the guidance of Terry Million and having the chance to add them to my portfolio” Meet Nina, A Graphic Designer Turned UX Design Graduate Before Bloc: Marketing and Graphic Design at Webpass After Bloc: Interaction Designer at Tata Communications     Prior to Bloc, Nina… Read more »

Building a New Career in Design

  Meet Lim, a Full Stack Web Development Grad! Before Bloc: Lim came into Bloc having learned some HTML basics in college. He had tried learning programming on his own through Codecademy but quickly realized that that path wasn’t going to lead him anywhere. Lim was determined not to go back into software development and sought… Read more »

Professional Actor Changes Career Path to Web Designer

“Bloc helped me achieve my goals by getting me moving in the right direction. The best part of my apprenticeship was the motivation and one-on-one relationship with my mentor, Ben.” Meet Chris Elwood, A Bloc Full Stack Web Development Grad Before Bloc: Actor After Bloc: Aspiring Junior Web Developer Chris has been a professional actor since… Read more »

Entrepreneur Builds New Playlist App

Meet Divraj Jain, a UX Design Grad Before Bloc: Divraj is a recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum, with a diverse background and set of interests. Prior to starting his apprenticeship he worked for a SaaS start-up, and a direct sales firm, both in marketing roles. His goal, as an entrepreneur, on day one was… Read more »