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Course Spotlight: Project Management

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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.


27 Jul 2018
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Disaster Recovery: Tech Talk with Erik Gross

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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.


30 Jul 2018
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Tech Talk: Todd Rotolo on Getting Hired at Portland's Top Tech Companies

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Todd Rotolo is an Account Manager at Collabera Inc, a company ranked among the top 10 Information Technology (IT) and professional staffing firms in the U.S. In his talk, Todd shares his knowledge of the current hiring climate in this industry, some trends he's observed from his position, and his top tips for job seekers!


06 Aug 2018
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Concordia University and The Tech Academy Partner to Offer a CIS Minor

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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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