Spotlight Alumni: Frontend Web Development

171c619Aaron Linn

Before Bloc: Web Designer/Web Developer, eBags

After Bloc: Application Developer, Starbucks

Why did Aaron enroll in Bloc? He had tried different options including Lynda, Codecademy, and Codeschool, but felt like he couldn’t put a lot of what he learned to practice. Thus he turned to Bloc and quit his job to purely focus on everything he could about JS, jQuery, and AngularJS.

Read the rest of Aaron’s story on our Alumni Page.

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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarmen Krol

Before Bloc: Administrative assistant, Columbia University

After Bloc: Frontend Engineer, FLYR

Why did Carmen enroll in Bloc? She loves Minecraft, and her boyfriend saw a lot of similarities between the game and frontend development. After discovering this, Carmen decided to enroll in a bootcamp. She also wanted to create something that would impact others – Carmen felt that she made little impact on others in her old job.

Read the rest of Carmen’s story and Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

Carmen’s Capstone: Listy-“Users can create an account in which they create and edit bookmarks. The bookmarks can include a link, comments, and tags. Users can search bookmarks and sort them by tags. The tags can be edited and deleted.”

Carmen’s Portfolio:

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13253_10102554510532247_151755134_nTyler Ball

Before Bloc: Office Manager/ Surgical Assistant

After Bloc: Web developer

Why did he enroll in Bloc? As a career changer, Tyler had a passion for web development- he’d been learning HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript in his free time. After helping his girlfriend build her website, Tyler realized that becoming a web developer was something he wanted to pursue.

Tyler’s Capstone Project: The Fancy Pants Report– Tyler’s girlfriend, Kate, made a blog about fashion featuring her outfits of the day, and Tyler helped her create it with the skills he acquired from Bloc.

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 Read the rest of Tyler’s story and Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

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Irwin Litvak

Before Bloc: Financial Data Associate, Moody’s Corporation

After Bloc: Junior Front End Developer, North Street

Why did he enroll in Bloc? After realizing that finance wasn’t the right fit for him, Irwin invested his time in work that not only he enjoyed, but benefited others, as well as being a part of a company where his ideas really mattered. After spending a copious amount of time researching bootcamps, he finally decided on Bloc after his friend, a frontend developer, recommended Bloc.

Irwin’s Capstone Project, BodyByYou:

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Irwin’s Portfolio:

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Irwin also participated in Koding‘s Hackathon with 2 other Bloc students. Check out their story here, or read more about Irwin’s Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

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Daniel Walker

Before Bloc: Consultant

After Bloc: Entrepreneur

Why did he enroll in Bloc? To bring his idea to life, Daniel decided to come to Bloc. Before Bloc, Daniel had been workingon his idea for an educational game full-time for the last 6 months, but had little experience when it came to developing a game, and didn’t know how to code.  After exhausting every free tutorial, trying Ruby on Rails, and searching for bootcamps to enroll in, he finally settled on Bloc. He wanted to stay with his family while learning to code and have a mentor to help him through the experience.

 Read the rest of Daniel’s story and Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

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