Do You Have A Data Question That Needs Analysis?
May 22, 2019
From the beginning, students in our data science classes have worked on projects with companies that have shared data (either company data or public data) and one or more questions their business would like to have answered by that data. This provides a tremendous experience, whereby our students get exposed to data from a variety of domains while working to answer questions that would provide real value. Learn how you can provide data or a data question for our analytics and data science bootcamps. Read More

Topics: Learning, Community, Analytics + Data Science

The Ultimate Mock Interview Event
May 3, 2019
When is the last time you went on a job interview? For many of our students, it’s been at least a few years. Prior experience aside, preparing for your first few tech-related job interviews is daunting. Find out how our mock interviews are helping students with this crucial step to landing a job and why so many hiring managers and technical leads are eager to participate! Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning, Hiring?, Community, Get Involved

Thinking Philosophically About Software Development
Apr 11, 2019
NSS instructor Andy Collins shares what it means to him to think philosophically about software development and how it could help some students understand an abstract concept more deeply. Read More

Topics: Learning

On Your Marks, Get Set, Code! - Parallels to Great British Bake Off
Dec 12, 2018
Lately I have been captivated by the BBC’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) on Netflix. With each season a diverse set of 12 British contestants gather under an enormous tent to translate vague recipes into finished baking products. This reminds me so much of software and data product development! Read More

Topics: Learning, Analytics + Data Science

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

Oh, The Things You'll Learn | Matthew McCord - Cohort 16
Mar 1, 2018
It has been almost a year since Matthew McCord graduated from NSS as a part of Cohort 16. Ten months into his first tech job at Bernard Health as a full stack developer, Matthew hasn’t stopped learning. Through support on the job and exploring his own interests in game development, he has grown a lot as a developer. Read More

Topics: Alumni, Learning

Seven Questions Junior Developers Should Ask in Any Interview
Feb 21, 2018
New junior developers are often a bit buffaloed by the interview process associated with hiring software developers. Things like whiteboard challenges and code tests are not the kinds of things most of our grads have ever seen before in whatever jobs they had prior to NSS. And, new grads can get so focused on their need to sell themselves that they forget that interviews are two-way conversations where both parties - employer and interviewee - are trying to decide if working together makes sense. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning

The Journey Though Coding Bootcamp | Reflections from Dr. Teresa Vasquez
Dec 5, 2017
We ask all of our students to blog weekly about what they’ve learned. This practice serves two purposes. First, it’s an easy way for students to start applying what they’ve learned week one. Second, when the learning gets tough, students can pause and reflect on how far they’ve come. We asked Cohort 21 student, Dr. Teresa Vasquez if we could share her blog and she graciously agreed. Throughout her blog Teresa shares the challenges she’s faced in an open, honest, and encouraging way. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning

Merging Front-End Development And Product Design
Oct 31, 2017
In an article published on TechCrunch last year, Carson Miller discusses why The Future Of Front-End Development Is Design. Building new digital products is easier and more affordable than ever, but you still have to build a product that users love...and therein lies the challenge. In today’s job market, code literacy is an essential skill for designers and managers, not just developers. It's also beneficial for front-end developers to understand user experience design. The demand for this hybrid role is growing quickly in Nashville, which is why we created our Front-End Web Designer/Developer Bootcamp. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Learning, UI/UX

How CodePen Education Enabled Us To Focus On The Fundamentals In Our Jumpstart Class
Oct 19, 2017
NSS recently launched a 3-week, part-time Jumpstart program that introduces students to the world of web development and teaches them the basics of the core web languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In order to overcome some of the major hurdles in setting up a development environment, and simply focus on the fundamentals, we used a CodePen Education. Take a peek at how we integrated the features into our program. Read More

Topics: Learning, Technology Insights

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