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18 Jul 2018

Tech Talk: Caitlin Loos and Christopher Bloom from Phase2

Check out our Tech Talk with Caitlin Loos and Christopher Bloom from Phase2! Phase2 is "a digital agency moving industry leading organizations forward with powerful ideas and executable digital strategies built on open technology."

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23 Jul 2018

Tech Talk: Temple Naylor

Temple is an enthusiastic and inspiring young graduate of The Tech Academy's Software Developer Boot Camp. After completing the program, Temple went on to begin his successful technology career in Portland. In this talk he shares his personal insight into both the mindset and sales aspect relating to finding a job.

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27 Jul 2018

CIRR and The Tech Academy

Posted By: Lindsey Young, Marketing Director

Education is a huge investment of both time and money. While there is typically a high return on this investment, especially with coding bootcamps (because of their lower cost and a shorter duration), it is still important for potential students to be able to make informed decisions on where to invest in their education. In order to make informed decisions students need accurate information on graduate outcomes, that is easily comparable from boot camp to boot camp. The Tech Academy is committed to transparency, and to providing potential students with accurate, verified, and easy-to-understand reports on our outcomes. That is why we have joined the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. The Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is a non-profit that aims to help provide potential students with accurate, transparent, and complete student outcome reports for participating bootcamps. What CIRR does is provide “a standardized system for measuring and reporting outcomes that all of its schools use.” ( The reports are easy for students to understand, ensuring they can make informed decisions about where to invest their time and money. Another benefit of CIRR is that the information is verified and up-to-date. Participating bootcamps must report their graduate outcomes every six months, with documentation to back up the data. Documentation includes offer letters, written confirmation letters by employers, etc. This information is then verified by a third party. So, you are probably asking yourself what information you can find on CIRR. Here are some important questions that CIRR reports can answer: - How many students graduated on time? - Within six months, how many accepted a full-time position in their field of study? - How many are in part-time positions? - Did the school hire on any graduates to its staff? - How many are in jobs in a different field of study? - What are the salaries for graduates with positions in their field of study? The Tech Academy currently has graduate reports posted for our online program and Portland program from January to July 2017. As CIRR continues to post updated reports every six months, you will have access to the most current graduate data. Here is some of the information you can find on The Tech Academy’s graduate report: - Within 90 days of completing the course, the percentage of online students employed in full-time paid positions in their field of study was 79.2%, with the number rising to 87.5% after 180 days. - The median annual base salary for both Portland and online students was $60,000. - 40.9% of graduates report their job title as “Developer”. To read The Tech Academy’s CIRR reports in-full visit:, or copy and paste the following links into your browser.

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27 Jul 2018

Course Spotlight: Project Management

Part of what makes our graduates well-rounded developers is that they learn not only technical programming skills, but also computer science fundamentals and non-coding skills necessary to the development process. One of these courses in the Tech Academy curriculum is the Project Management course, where students learn Agile and Scrum project management principles. Project Management is an important part of the software developer process. Without it, the process of creating and launching computer programs often becomes expensive, disorganized, and inefficient. Throughout this course students are shown every stage of a project life cycle, from planning to completion, and learn popular project management practices in the technology industry. Read about what a few students learned on the Project Management course, and how they’ll use it in their careers: “Project management in Agile is an iterative method of completing a project. The project is reduced down to different tasks that are completed in (typically) a two to four week span of time. The Project management life cycle allows the team to narrow their focus and keep everything in order so that the project can be completed in time. This involves managing the amount of work hours that go into all different phases of the project. I learned a lot about how projects are run/managed in this course. Building a deliverable product to the customer has a lot of moving parts during the working period, and using Agile to plan and execute each task is integral to a smooth workflow. I will use the methodologies explained in this course to work with teams to get projects completed. Even if I am building something myself, I learned that it helps to break things down into manageable bits and pieces that by themselves are small, but add up to a bigger picture.” — Matt G., Project Management Course “Project Management is the birth, life cycle and ultimate end of a product. It begins with conception, follows through with design and development, is realized through testing and ultimately release, and finally is serviced through support until a decision is made to ultimately retire a product. This course taught me about the Agile method, which is fundamentally different than the top-down (often referred to as "waterfall") management model found in other forms of manufacturing. Agile and Scrum are a different kind of iterative process of product design and development, which is flexible, yet identifies both accomplishments and problems quickly so they can be addressed. Since Agile and Scrum were designed for software development, they are very likely to be find in a future workplace. If it isn't, I might recommend that it is put into place, since it solves many problems quickly with less delay in solving impediments.” — Russell S., Project Management Course If you’re interested in learning more about the specific courses on the Tech Academy’s program check out our Course Overview page, or give us a call at (503) 206-6915.

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30 Jul 2018

Disaster Recovery: Tech Talk with Erik Gross

As most Tech Academy students already know, our bootcamp recently ran into a major problem with our website and LMS that we have since made right. (A huge thanks to our dev team and instructors for the hard work it took to get us back up and running!) Being an educational institution, we took this as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes, improve our systems, and share what we've learned with our students. In this talk co-Founder Erik Gross presents the lessons learned from the recent IT debacle. You will also learn the practical impact of inadequate Disaster Recovery (DR) systems, what to do what the worst happens, and the principles of a good DR program.

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