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

Prove It To Yourself | Graduate Spotlight
Oct 12, 2020
John Bain’s favorite part about being in Web Development Cohort 40 was the amount of knowledge he was able to gain in six short months. “I really learned a lot, and proved to myself that I could do it, and that I was actually really good at it,” he shared. While searching for his first job as a junior developer, John is adding features to his back-end capstone and building a website with search and filter functionality for a friend’s new business to showcase the items she is selling. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

The 2020 Analytics Summit Embraces The Virtual Experience
Sep 24, 2020
The buzz from this year’s Analytics Summit is still lingering in the virtual halls of NSS. On Monday and Tuesday, many of our Analytics + Data Science students had the opportunity to attend The Analytics Summit and learn more about data and the career paths they have chosen. Read More

Topics: News, Community, Analytics + Data Science

Creative, Curious, and Coding | Graduate Spotlight
Sep 14, 2020
As a digital marketer with a marketing agency in Florida, Connor Sullivan was able to dabble in some HTML and CSS, but was no longer excited about the work and the lack of potential growth opportunities. With his background in building landing pages and SEM analytics, Connor decided to shift his path to software development. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Listening To Your Inner Voice | Graduate Spotlight
Sep 10, 2020
Even though Laura Collins built websites in high school, a career in tech didn’t seem like a path she could pursue. While bouncing around from job to job trying to find something she enjoyed, her inner voice kept reminding her about how much she loved programming. Find out how she decided web development was the career for her in our latest Graduate Spotlight! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Help The Families of MNPS Get Online
Sep 9, 2020
We have two urgent volunteer opportunities with MNPS to help students, families, and teachers with their laptops for virtual learning. Very little technical experience is needed to volunteer.  Read More

Topics: Community

All Signs Point To NSS | Graduate Spotlight
Sep 7, 2020
Alex Curnow first became interested in web development through conversations with his band's manager who was building websites. After a few years of putting it off, two separate conversations led Alex to start exploring it for himself. “That’s when I decided it was time to accelerate my learning, so I applied to NSS,” he explains. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Nashville Software School Featured in cityCURRENT’s Virtual Non-profit Tour Series
Aug 19, 2020
NSS had the privilege of showing cityCurrent around our facilities last week in their Virtual Non-profit Tour! Check out the video of the tour to hear from NSS founder and CEO John Wark, alumna Caroline Brownlee, now with eviCore Healthcare, and community members who support and hire our students, Rich Rader and Andy Holt, also with eviCore Healthcare! Read More

Topics: News

Cohort 38 Graduates Finish Strong At The Knoxville City Hackathon
Aug 6, 2020
Four Web Development Cohort 38 alumni spent a weekend in July building a full stack Django app in the virtual Knoxville City Hackathon. As a team of junior devs, they gained confidence and were surprised when the results were announced. Read More

Topics: Alumni, Hiring?, Community, Web Development

Enriching Lives | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 30, 2020
Alyssa Nycum was ready to leave behind her job as a zookeeper for a career path with more stability when she discovered web development. After discussing the experience one of her coworkers had with NSS, she was ready to make the leap into full stack Web Development. Since graduating, Alyssa plans to learn C#/.NET, other JavaScript frameworks, and AWS while starting her search for her first job as a full stack web developer! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

Limitless Possibilities | Graduate Spotlight
Jul 22, 2020
Dustin Murdock first became excited about development when he was pulled in as the subject matter expert on a project to build a new software system. Now searching for his first job as a web developer, Dustin is excited for the limitless possibilities to continue learning in his career. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Hiring?, Web Development

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