Designer Turned Developer | Graduate Spotlight

Aug 15, 2022
Jessica Grande

Zach Dugger of Ful-time Web Development Cohort 54 at Nashville Software SchoolBefore attending Nashville Software School (NSS), Zach Dugger of Full-time Web Development Cohort 54 was a graphic designer in Chattanooga. Wanting a way out of corporate design, Zach’s friends from college, who recently completed their own NSS journeys, suggested he check out the Web Development Bootcamp! 

What was your favorite capstone project and what about it made it your favorite?

“My final project, The CMC Guide to Chattanooga really felt like the culmination of my talents as a developer and an artist. I was able to incorporate illustrations from a previous project into this new, virtual environment in a way that felt like an elevation of the work. The concept, which included user interaction via panning around a hand-drawn map, provided ample challenges to overcome and I'm very proud of the final product.”

What roadblocks did you encounter along the way?

“My own self doubt! The course load is already daunting enough without a little voice telling me I'm in over my head. You can make it through!”

​​What advice would you give to current or incoming NSS Students? 

“In your scant free time, try to build a low pressure app on the side. Choose a topic that excites you and practice concepts you're learning in class. Having the freedom to build what you want can be really motivating.”


Since graduating from C54, Zach has been working as a Front-End Developer Intern at Datably Inc. Congrats, Zach! Want to learn more about Zach and his NSS journey? Listen to his podcast below! 


Meet more of the graduates from Full-time Web Development Cohort 54 by visiting their class website

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development