Student Success Stories
Originally from Detroit, Bryan studied IT and technical trades in college, but never truly learned a programming language. As he graduated, he was faced with two paths: get a job in IT or focus full-time on his true passion and learn to code to land a job in software development. After doing research on nearby coding bootcamps, he decided to make the short-term move to Cleveland to enroll at Tech Elevator (at that time Tech Elevator Detroit was not open).
After 14 weeks of full-time focus on learning Java from experienced instructors, and career prep helping him to craft his resume and build confidence in interviewing, Bryan was ready for his next chapter. He connected with companies at Matchmaking and was open to job opportunities across the country. Ultimately realizing he wanted to be closer to home and, he ended up landing a job as a Software Developer at Tegrit Software Ventures near his hometown where he happily is today.
Ben attributes his instructor’s teaching style and depth of programming knowledge as keys to his success in the program, as well as the Pathway Program sessions helping to hone his soft skills. Ben currently works as a Developer Apprentice at Gaslight, an agile software company in Cincinnati.
Teddi knew her current role was not fulfilling her true potential and she was seeking more from her career. She decided to explore learning to code after attending an Open House with her fiance, who also attended the program. She was originally thinking of going back to school to get her MBA, but after hearing about student’s success at Tech Elevator, she began thinking about layering a new coding knowledge onto her existing skill set.
Teddi attended the .NET program (while her fiance attended Java) and put in the hard work and long hours to receive multiple job offers before graduating. She credits her instructor Josh as a huge part of her success, and took full advantage of the career coaching and prep in the Pathway Program curriculum.
Teddi now works as a Web Developer for University Hospitals where she works collaboratively with the team to build custom web applications.
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a finance degree, Sam started working in various financial and real estate roles. He’d always been interested in technology and even attempted coding projects in his spare time. Realizing the power behind his passion for finance and new excitement with programming, Sam decided to enroll at Tech Elevator.
Sam absorbed new coding concepts quickly and put extra focus on his soft skill development with the Pathway Program. Through his elevator pitch practice and interview prep he was able to build the confidence in his experience and new skills. He was offered a software developer role at Patriot Software where he worked for a year before accepting an Applications Developer role at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA.
As a track and field athlete at The Ohio State University and Big Ten Hammer Throw Champion, Alexis has known grit and determination most of her life. Since graduating from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial System Engineering two years ago, she has worked as a quality engineer for a company in Northeast Ohio.
However, Alexis felt that her role and position did not match her desire to be challenged and grow at the pace she has set for herself. Alexis joined Tech Elevator’s program with high hopes of creating a more fulfilling career path while developing skills that she can put to use on her own, creative application ideas as well. She is now a Junior Developer at ONOSYS and proceeds to thrive and learn at every corner.
After being in the same job role for six years, Rachel felt she was at a standstill in her career. She reached her learning potential and needed something new to challenge her. She wanted to make a change and get her life moving again, she found Tech Elevator to be the perfect option.
Rachel worked in customer service and logistics, where she grew her professional and interpersonal skills. After spending a year in law school only to realize it wasn’t the profession for her, she decided to start exploring learning how to code to find more fulfilling work as a software developer. Rachel’s husband Jonathan went through Tech Elevator in an earlier cohort, and now both are working and happy in developer roles.
Amanda left her job as a Junior High Special Ed teacher for language arts and math to join Tech Elevator because she wasn’t challenged or fulfilled by the structure of her teaching job. She was looking for a career change and had always been particularly fond of problem-solving which got her intrigued about coding and Tech Elevator’s program.
While growing up Amanda had always loved to learn and was up to explore any and everything. In college that learning showed. She jumped around majors from linguistics to teaching because she couldn't get enough new and exciting information. During her ten years in the education field, she found herself helping other teachers with their computers, but she didn't know much about coding before jumping head first into our coding bootcamp in Columbus. She is now a Business Intelligence Developer at PriorAuthNow.
Gabriel had been working on and off as a carpenter for 10 years before entering into the Tech Elevator bootcamp. Since a young age he had been passionate about technology; his grandfather was a mathematician at the Pentagon and would send him old computers on which he would design games. Gabriel is passionate about social change and helping those less fortunate. This passion lead him early in his career to a job travelling around the country teaching public speaking to disadvantaged youth. Later he moved to Egypt to open a sustainable business in aquaponics. On return to the U.S., he enrolled part-time in a software development program at Columbus State but with the arrival of Tech Elevator into the Columbus market he opted to switch, attracted by the accelerated model of learning and extensive career support.
Upon graduating from Tech Elevator, Gabriel was offered a position at Pillar Technology as a Software Development Apprentice, he gladly accepted their offer and is still working there today.
Hilary applied to TE after receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Otterbein, a J.D. from University of Cincinnati, a Master’s of Education from Ohio State and teaching high school math for nine years. Hilary was looking for a change because she didn't feel there was a clear path for growth and progression in teaching and she desired more career opportunities that could come based on her achievements vs. time and bureaucracy. After considering her acceptance to Ohio State’s Computer Science program, Hilary chose Tech Elevator so that she could have a faster track combined with a proven, quality program that had already demonstrated strong results in Cleveland.
Before graduating from Tech Elevator, Hilary already had an offer from JPMorgan Chase, where she now works in Consumer and Community Banking. “It's exciting to work for such a large and well-established company with so many learning and career opportunities. I am so thankful to Tech Elevator for their expertise and assistance getting my foot in the door.”
Throughout his career, Dan found himself working with technology, but with hardware or infrastructure. After trying to teach himself how to build technology he was passionate about, he decided to enroll full-time in Tech Elevator to escalate the process.
Dan was familiar with software and picked up programming concepts relatively quickly. What he struggled with was using his soft skills, and in particular, his interviewing skills. He never felt great about the interview process and he started to let that affect him negatively. To hone in the real issues behind his lack of interview success, Dan worked with Pathway Program Director Tiffany, who helped him realize he was in his head and had the tools to succeed in an interview.
After rounds of interview prep and practice, Dan felt confident going into the Employer Matchmaking event. He ended up meeting his perfect match: automotive software leader OEConnection. With the confidence he built in the program, and his new coding skills, he was offered a job before graduation and is now working as an Associate Software Engineer which tripled his previous salary.
Dave began working at FormFire as a Data Delivery Analyst where he reported generation, tested forms process and worked with SQL. While in his role, he built a web app using the R programming language which helped the company extract data more efficiently. Immediately realizing how powerful this small coding knowledge could be, the management team decided to invest in furthering Dave’s skills and allowed him to enroll in the .NET coding bootcamp at Tech Elevator.
Dave’s situation was obviously unique since he wasn’t searching for a job at the end of the bootcamp. He was happy at FormFire and just needed to focus on upskilling for his future, and the future of the company. He was able to pick up coding fairly quickly and thought his instructor Josh did a great job talking in terms he understood. “If I had a question, he knew how to answer it,” Dave said.
With his new coding language, Dave is now back with the FormFire team with a new title and new role that will directly impact company processes and efficiencies in a positive way.
Kaity started her career in advertising working for media powerhouses in Chicago. As the digital age started to grow, she found herself working with developers and technology even more sparking her interest in what they were building.
“I wasn’t necessarily unhappy in my current role, but I knew I wasn’t fulfilling my potential and that I was capable of tapping into this skillset.”
After graduating, Kaity was able to return to the field she loved after accepting a role with Brandmuscle, a software and marketing company. But this time she was hired in a software developer role.
Soon after graduating Ohio University with a degree in accounting, Brendan had a hard realization: he didn’t want to be an accountant. Say what?! But he had always been interested in numbers and programming, and then started teaching himself HTML basics on Codeacademy and Stack Overflow. While it was great to start there, he didn’t want to prolong his future career any longer and decided to enroll in the .NET bootcamp at Tech Elevator.
"I got a job with a company that I'm really excited about because Tech Elevator brought them in."
14 weeks later Brendan graduated with multiple offers to work full time as a junior developer and accepted a role as a Software Development Apprentice at healthcare tech company CoverMyMeds. His accounting background and willingness to learn and practice helped him excel in the program as he continued to build on the base he started from self-teaching.
After 14 years, Danny got comfortable with his stable job at retail giant Target, growing in the ranks to become a team trainer and notable employee. But when he started to truly assess his career path and where he wanted to be after another 14 years, he decided retail wasn't enough.
Danny excelled in the bootcamp, working collaboratively with other students and furthering his code knowledge. As graduation got close, he interviewed with Progressive Insurance, one of the largest providers of car insurance, landing him a job as an Applications Programmer where he works with code every single day.
Elizabeth’s passion for music translated well into the world of coding, where she always had interest but never knew how to break in. Once she decided to make the switch from retail to programming, she started to explore online learning, but ultimately wanted support and help along the way which she got with the bootcamp model.
Her bootcamp experience was a welcomed challenge from day one. Elizabeth committed herself to learning the skills that she would apply to her future career. She worked diligently to ensure she understood concepts along the way.
After graduating and starting the path to the best career fit, she happily accepted a role as a Software Engineer for the world’s largest greeting card company American Greetings.