Mandy Arola

Mandy has been following developers & tech companies at meetups since 2016. She is NSS’s chief content wrangler, a.k.a. marketing manager. When she’s not writing blogs, managing social media, pestering instructors & graduates for content, or attending meetups, you can find her traveling the world or at home with her beloved dog Lola.
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Recent Posts

Education + Real-World Preparation For Your Career | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 17, 2018
David Dassau graduated college in 2014 with a degree in web design. The degree helped get him started in web and graphic design, but it didn’t really prepare him for a career in either field. He spent his free time learning more about both fields and found that he really enjoyed web development. While he was thinking about ways to add web development to his skill set, his friend, a developer at a local company that hires Nashville Software School graduates, encouraged him to look into NSS. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

For The Love Of Learning | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 11, 2018
Adam Smith was drawn to software development because he loves to learn. And being a developer requires you to learn something new all the time. Hear about Adam's journey as a part of Evening Cohort 6. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?

Perseverance Leads To New Career | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 5, 2018
Going through a Nashville Software School bootcamp takes perseverance. That perseverance often starts when a student applies to a program. When Arthur Rankin Smith was accepted into Cohort 24, our first front-end web designer/developer cohort, he made the most of the experience and landed a job before graduation. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Two More Cohorts Celebrate Graduation With Demo Day!
Jun 26, 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended Demo Day last Friday to support our most recent graduates! The hackery and classroom were filled with employers eager to meet our first cohort of front-end web designer/developers and our next cohort of full stack C#/.NET web developers. There were several times where all 23 graduates at demo day were meeting with employers! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?

Pitching America's Pastime | Discovery Through Data
Jun 14, 2018
Summer is here, so it seems like a good time to talk about America’s favorite summer pastime...baseball. Evan Lancaster, a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo, wanted to analyze the pitches thrown to one of baseball’s greatest hitter (Rizzo) to see if he could design a model to help managers and pitchers answer the question of how to pitch to the best hitters in baseball. Read More

Topics: Data Science

Finding A New Career To Love | Graduate Spotlight
Jun 7, 2018
There are a lot of variables that can lead our students to a career change. Some are looking for career growth or struggle to find a job in their original career path. Others simply thought a career in technology was impossible until they learned about our programs. Joe Chesney was faced with finding a new career he could love just as much as the one he had to give up. Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Gaining Insights on Music Streams To Make Better Decisions | Discovery Through Data
Jun 5, 2018
Independent record labels have a lot of data at their disposal, but they don’t always have an easy way to gain insights from that data. Xander Morrison joined our Data Science bootcamp to create tools that allow the team at Gotee Records to gain insights about how their music is being consumed. See what Xander built to learn more about how Gotee's artists are being streamed. Read More

Topics: Data Science

From Video Game Commentator To Developing A Game | Graduate Spotlight
May 31, 2018
Tim Conner was an eSports broadcaster before making a career switch to software development. He enjoyed his work as a commentator for video games, but it didn’t offer any great growth opportunities. He decided on software development as a career shift because he enjoys building software, learning the languages, and the “instant gratification of seeing what you built.” Read More

Topics: Student Stories

Perfecting The Pitch: Group Projects Using Metro Nashville's Open Data
May 29, 2018
There was a lot of excitement in the air last Thursday as our Front-end Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp students presented their group projects using Nashville’s Open Data to an esteemed panel of judges. They had a week to build an app and perfect their pitch. See what they created! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning, Community

What Is Causing Traffic Fatalities? | Discovery Through Data
May 24, 2018
We often focus our attention on events with numerous fatalities, but across the US, road traffic crashes (RTCs) are claiming lives on a daily basis. In his research for his mid-course capstone, Dereje Getu Demissie discovered some alarming statistics and looked at data from 2016 to see what is causing all of the fatalities. Read More

Topics: Data Science

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