Silvana was a software developer in Peru for four years before she and her family obtained their visa to come to the United States. When she moved here, Silvana had the opportunity to work at a local supermarket which allowed her to improve her communication skills and go to school. However, her heart was in programming. Silvana turned to resources, such as HackerRank and SoloLearn, to learn how to code. She also went to local networking events and Meetups. It was at one of these events where she discovered Suncoast Developers Guild.
Silvana ended up getting the Diversity Scholarship from SDG, but still didn't have the funds to pay for the full-time program. She was so eager and the wait for funding felt like an eternity for her. One day, she received a call from Toni (the President of Suncoast Developers Guild). She told Silvana about an opportunity to get a full scholarship from Experian. She was ecstatic! Finally, with the help of SDG and Experian, Silvana could attend the full-time bootcamp. Without hesitation, she quit her job at the supermarket and leaped into her new career and passion for web development. Silvana is now working as a production support engineer at Experian and also volunteers in the community and at SDG.