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Concordia University and The Tech Academy Partner to Offer a CIS Minor

Posted By: Lindsey Young, Marketing Director

The Tech Academy is excited to announce the expansion of our partnership with Concordia University to offer a Computer Information Systems (CIS) Minor for Concordia students. Hannah Patterson, Tech Academy staff member and now Concordia Professor, told us about how the partnership came to be, “After touring our school during an open house, Concordia approached The Tech Academy about a partnership, interested in using our curriculum. And now after two semesters of piloting the first course, there is officially a CIS minor at Concordia utilizing The Tech Academy’s full curriculum”. The pilot partnership was launched in August 2017, in which Concordia University offered a Computer Science course covering the first three courses of The Tech Academy’s program. These courses include: Technology Basics, Overview of Software Development, and Version Control. After the success of the pilot program, The Tech Academy and Concordia decided to expand the partnership to offer the Computer Information Systems Minor starting August 2018. There are currently about 20 students on track to obtaining a CIS Minor! The university’s CIS Minor program consists of five online courses where students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Science, as well as technical skills like web design and computer program development. The course list is as follows: - CIS 230: Computer & Software Development Fundamentals - CIS 232: Front-End Web Development - CIS 334: Database and SQL - CIS 336: Technology Project Management - CIS 450: CIS Capstone These courses are fully accredited, and cover the entirety of The Tech Academy’s curriculum. The Tech Academy has two dedicated instructors to serve the university students, Professor Lyci George and Professor Hannah Patterson. “It’s been a privilege to be involved in the creation of this partnership. I look forward to watching Concordia students graduate with not only the knowledge of software development, but also an accredited degree”, Hannah Patterson said about instructing the pilot program. Everyone here at The Tech Academy is excited to be contributing valuable education and training to the Concordia University community. We wholeheartedly agree that “partnerships help create an entire education ecosystem where everyone involved can fulfill their highest potential.”


06 Aug 2018
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From Jr. Dev to Team Lead: Tech Talk with Cole Dixon

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This week's Tech Talk Speaker is Cole Dixon, Dean of The Tech Academy Denver! Cole graduated from The Tech Academy back in 2015, and quickly began a successful career in software development. In this talk, Cole shares his insights on rising from a Jr. Developer fresh out of The Tech Academy to a Development Team Leader in his last job. He also outlines the work it took and the hurdles he encountered en route to gaining that position.


13 Aug 2018
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Tech Talk with Microsoft: Visual Studio Live Share Engineers & Program Managers

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The Tech Academy was ecstatic to welcome a team of Microsoft's Program Managers and Engineers to Portland. In this talk the team from Microsoft gives a demo of Visual Studio Live Share, talks about the development process, and how it could help instructors, students, and developers everywhere. Live Share is a tool that allows for real-time collaboration and debugging help.


16 Aug 2018
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Resources for Women & Allies in Tech: Tech Talk with Janel Hull

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Incase you missed it, check out Janel Hull's Tech Talk on "Resources for Women and Allies in Tech"! ChickTech is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 2012 right here in Portland to engage women and girls of all ages in the technology industry while working to create a better technology culture for all. Janel Hull, ChickTech's Portland Program Manager, introduces the ChickTech organization, how they help women and allies in the tech community, and how you can get involved.


22 Aug 2018
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Imposter Syndrome Pt. 2 with Dan Linn

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Dan Linn is the President of Hello World Devs. Hello World helps companies create application solutions with their own internal teams, or as supplemental or permanent workers on outside projects. Have you ever stopped yourself from taking on a new opportunity because you doubted your own abilities and accomplishments? Or because you questioned whether you really "deserved" the chance you were being given? Dan will be presenting on Impostor Syndrome and how to overcome this self-doubt, specifically as it pertains to the work place.


30 Aug 2018
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