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

DevOps + Developer | Graduate Spotlight
Sep 18, 2019
Marco was already working as a cloud automation engineer/DevOps, but found that he needed additional skills to meet the changing industry. “I wanted to keep adding to my skill set to keep me employable. The industry is moving to a point where you can no longer be an Operations person or Developer person,” Marco explained. He first heard about Nashville Software School when he was working at LeanKit. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development

AWS Courses Coming To NSS In October
Sep 11, 2019
We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to partner with Amazon to offer their AWS training classes to the Nashville community, taught by Amazon's own instructors, at NSS and at a discount to normal market prices. Our first offerings will be AWS Technical Essentials, Architecting on AWS, and Developing on AWS. Read More

Topics: News

Returning To The Workforce | Graduate Spotlight
Sep 10, 2019
Ripal Patel used a lot of software applications in her prior job and was always curious about the magic happening behind the scenes. When she paused her career to be a stay-at-home mother, Ripal began to explore coding. She was hooked. When she heard about Nashville Software School (NSS), she knew it would be a great way to not only change her career but re-enter the workforce. She joined our part-time web development bootcamp for Cohort Evening 8. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development

Flying A Drone With JavaScript and Node.js | Graduate Spotlight
Aug 30, 2019
Wayne Collier has been interested in technology since he was young. By the age of fourteen, he was a licensed amateur radio operator. His interest in coding began while working for Waste Management where he was introduced to Post Scripting Language (PSL). Read more to hear about his web application that can fly a drone. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's BRET Program, Data Science Essentials, Receives Second Prize 2019 AAMC Innovations in Research and Research Education Award
Aug 27, 2019
Congratulations to our friends at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) on their 2019 AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Innovations in Research and Research Education Award second prize award for their Data Science Essentials program. Read More

Topics: News, Community

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends - Thank You Nashville!
Aug 20, 2019
We made a lot of contingency plans for our move but could not have predicted that two weeks after moving in, the building would be uninhabitable. What followed was 10 days of stress and hassle but also a great chance to be reminded of the amazing community we live in and serve. Here’s a summary of what’s been going on the past two weeks as well as a big thank you to our friends that helped us survive it! Read More

Topics: News, Community

The Advantages Of Self-study Skills | The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Self-study
Aug 19, 2019
Over the past month, we’ve been sharing the benefits of self-study to assess your interest and aptitude for a career change and how a bootcamp like Nashville Software School (NSS) can help you avoid the shortcomings of self-study when changing careers. To close the series, our web development alumni shared how the habits they learned through self-study prior to bootcamp are serving them now and the advice they’d give their friends (that’s you!) on why you should consider a bootcamp instead of self-studying for years to make a career change. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Web Development

More Than Code: Benefits Of A Bootcamp | The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Self-Study
Aug 12, 2019
The other week our web development alumni shared the pitfalls they found with self-study when trying to change their careers and what led them to Nashville Software School (NSS). Today, they share how NSS prepared them for the job in ways beyond just learning to code. Here is what they had to say in their own words. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning, Web Development

Tomorrow's Demo Day Moving to The Nashville Technology Council
Aug 8, 2019
LOCATION CHANGE: Demo Day will be held at the Nashville Technology Council (500 Interstate Blvd. S., 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37210). On Tuesday night there was a part failure in our building's HVAC system and it will not be fully operational until early next week. Read More
NSS Bootcamp Vs. Self-study | The Benefits and Pitfalls of Self-study
Aug 1, 2019
Last week we posted about eight of our web development alumni who started learning to code with self-study resources prior to deciding to attend a bootcamp. A couple of them made brief efforts towards finding a job before deciding to attend Nashville Software School (NSS), but all of them knew something was missing from self-study. We asked them about the pitfalls of their self-study journey that led them to pursue a bootcamp and why they chose NSS to help train them for a new career. Here is what they had to say in their own words. Read More
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