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Let’s Hear It for The (Career-Shifting) Girls: Crushing Mid-Career Career Changes

Meet three professionals who felt unhappy and unfulfilled with their current careers. But they didn't let it end there. Learn about their journey of taking responsibility for their future, dedicating three months of their lives, and jumping into the tech industry as full-stack web developers.


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Lauren Mabra

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St. Pete Catalyst on How Suncoast Developers Guild is Filling Gaps in the Workforce

St. Pete Catalyst covered our One Million Cups presentation where we talked about current pain points of the workforce. Discover how we're tackling them in this blog.


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Lauren Mabra

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4 Benefits I Gained from Demo Day as a Prospective Student

Meet Corey Grandmaison. He's enrolled in our academy, but making the decision wasn't easy by any means. Within this blog, he walks through how he was feeling before taking the leap and the major role that Demo Day made in his decision. Read here to discover four benefits you can receive from attending Demo Day as a prospective student.


Corey Grandmaison

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4 Benefits of Attending Suncoast Developers Guild Demo Day

Whether you're a recruiter, a prospective student, or local individual looking to get involved in the tech scene, Demo Day has something for you. See how you can further your own career or company growth while getting involved with the the local tech community Mark your calendar for October 18th at 2 PM. See you there!


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Lauren Mabra

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5 Takeaways You'll Get from Attending Barcamp

As the largest one-day technology event in Florida with more than 1000 attendees, Barcamp offers much more than just five benefits to you or your company for attending, but we had to keep this blog short. So here's what you or your company can actually gain from attending and participating in Barcamp on October 5th, 2019. Spoiler alert: we're giving away a free part-time class at this event!


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Lauren Mabra

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Climb Credit on 5 Tips to Future Proof a Digital Career

Technology moves fast. It seems like it's changing every minute. So if you're someone who works in the digital industry, it's essential to keep your skills up to date if you want to be a valuable employee or business owner. Here are five things you can do when you feel like you're falling behind.


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Lauren Mabra

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Experian on Why Their Company Paid to Send Employees to Suncoast Developers Guild

We're working to narrow the gap between the skills companies need and the actual skills that the workforce has in order to boost the tech industry as well as the overall economy. How do we do this? We partner with local companies to provide specialized corporate training and a curriculum that caters specifically to their needs. We interviewed Chief Technology Officer of Clarity Services (a part of Experian), Jim James, and gained insight on why Experian paid for employees and community members to go through our code boot camp.


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Lauren Mabra

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Microsoft MVP on Why He Supports Code Schools

John Callaway, Microsoft MVP and Suncoast Developers Guild Advisory Board Member, talks about what this academy means to him and the mark its made on the tech industry.


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Lauren Mabra

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5 Terrible (But Common) Reasons for Not Learning How to Code

With such a skyrocketing demand for web developers, the opportunities that are available to people who know how to code are astonishing and there's no sign of the demand slowing down. But we get it... It can be intimidating to dive into web development especially if you have zero experience in tech. It's important to remember that it's not out of reach. You could even get started today. The first step is tossing out your excuses and setting your mind to being determined to learn.


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Lauren Mabra

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College for Coding? Maybe not.

College focuses on the theory behind writing code, but doesn't typically teach students how to apply their learning outside of the classroom. So, if college isn't the recommended route for aspiring web developers then what is? Continue reading to discover what Jody Haneke, President of Haneke Design, suggests as potentially cheaper and more efficient routes to get you to your dream web development career.


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Lauren Mabra

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Accenture and Suncoast Developers Guild on Empowering Individuals to Get Involved in Tech

What happens when Tampa Bay's tech talent isn't up to par with what local companies need in order to thrive? How are we collaborating with other organizations in order to empower people to "get a slice of the tech pie"? Discover the role we're playing within this blog as well as a feature on our President and Alum.


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Lauren Mabra

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Toni Warren of Suncoast Developers Guild on Shaping Tampa's Tech Scene

Traditionally, Florida has been known for its golf courses and theme parks. Now, it's evolved into an ideal place for startups and tech companies. How did this transformation happen? Who was responsible and what can we expect next for our small tech hub? In this blog, we interview Suncoast Developers Guild President Toni Warren and gain insight on all things Tampa Bay tech.


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Lauren Mabra

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5 Cities Web Developers Will Want to Call Home

Burned out of Silicon Valley? As a web developer, you're not limited to living in the major traditional tech hubs. There are plenty of cities that are often overlooked that will make your paycheck go much further and provide an amazing quality of life outside of work as well. Keep reading to discover our top picks for cities to live in as a web developer.


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Lauren Mabra

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15 Tampa Bay Companies Hiring React Developers

Are you a React developer searching for work? Check out these 15 job openings from companies across the Tampa Bay area.


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Lauren Mabra

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Instructor Mark Dewey on How React Can Help Land You a Job

Suncoast Developers Guild Instructor Mark Dewey discusses what React is, the benefits of learning it, and why it's utilized by so many companies from Netflix to Spotify and even small companies, too. In this blog, you'll discover how learning React ensures job stability and success in the long run.


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Lauren Mabra

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Suncoast Developer's Guild First Anniversary: Celebrating One Year of Business

Celebrating one year of Suncoast Developers Guild and the community for making it happen! Throughout the year, we've had numerous wins and just as many learning opportunities. Here's why we're celebrating and what we've learned in a single year of operating the only immersive code school in Tampa Bay. Cheers to many more years and most importantly, to YOU for making it all possible!


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Lauren Mabra

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How New Tech Talent Generates Growth in the Tampa Bay Economy

The benefits of producing tech talent extends well beyond just creating new developers for recruiting companies. The growth of technology and the talent supporting it boosts opportunities and innovation to stimulate the overall economy. Here is how Suncoast Developers Guild is making a meaningful change to the technology scene in Tampa Bay.


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Lauren Mabra

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7 Reasons to Enroll in a Full-Time Web Development Academy

The bottom line is that a full-time code bootcamp offers benefits that you could never get from learning online. It all depends on your own goals, but if you're in a career that you're unhappy with, attending code school will help speed up the entire career shift process while making sure you're nailing all of the essential concepts and establishing a solid foundation to be a killer developer.


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Lauren Mabra

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The True Impact of Having a Responsive Curriculum

Good news! The days of sitting in a classroom and thinking, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" are over. Having a dynamic and responsive curriculum allows us to properly prepare students and directly cater to the needs of companies who are seeking new web development talent. Read more to learn about the real impact of a flexible, updated curriculum.


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Lauren Mabra

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Reinventing Your Future Mid-Career: Is it Possible? Here are Three Alumni Who Did!

Have you discovered that you no longer have an interest or passion in your current career? You're not stuck. Making a career shift may seem daunting, but it's possible. In fact, here are three alumni who did it successfully.


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Lauren Mabra

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Shift Happens: Three Things These Career Changers Have in Common

Hailing from various professional backgrounds, we talked to four alumni about shifting professions and getting their coding career rolling. Read about how Suncoast Developers Guild graduates made successful transitions into the web development world.


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Lauren Mabra

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30 Tampa Bay Jobs for Web Developers

Are you a web developer looking for a job this summer? Check out these 30 employment opportunities from St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida tech companies.


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Suncoast Developers Guild

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Tampa Bay Tech Leader Shares How to Stand Out in Florida’s Thriving Job Market

A note from Daniel James Scott, the Executive Director of Tampa Bay Tech, about why it's such an exciting time to be a web developer in the Tampa Bay area. The industry is not only thriving but is also one of the most active, diverse, and inclusive tech hubs in the nation. Scott also reveal the mosts important soft skills to have in order to stand out in an industry with such rapid growth.


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Daniel James Scott

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Learning Code: In Person Versus Online

Discover the advantages and disadvantages of learning web development in-person versus through online courses and resources. Diving into code is a major decision that demands an investment of both your time and money. Before making any commitments, we aim to make sure you’re well informed so that you can make the best choice.


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Lauren Mabra

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Full-Time Versus Part-Time: Which Should You Choose?

It's not enough just to make the decision of attending code bootcamp. Now, you have to decide whether you want to dive into the immersive full-time program or if you'd like to brush your skills up in our brand new part-time courses. This blog will compare the two and help you determine which is best for you and your needs.


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Lauren Mabra

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5 Tips & Tricks to Survive a Code Bootcamp

With three weeks left to go in the program, Jason Rocha (Alumni from Cohort X) covered some of the potential struggles and solutions that may come with being in an immersive code bootcamp.


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A Day in the Life of Coding Bootcamp

Chris Packett, who is now an SDG Alumni and Developer for Proforma, shares a firsthand account of what life is really like when attending SDG's coding bootcamp. Follow Chris from 7 AM to 5 PM for a full day of stand-ups, Code Wars, and of course, coffee.


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Meet Our Part-Time Course Instructors

We're so excited to announce that we now offer part-time courses! The courses begin the week of March 16th and not only cover web development but also user experience and digital marketing. This blog will help you get to know our new instructors and what they're most excited about going into the new classes.


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Lauren Mabra

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Is it too late for you to learn to code?

It's never too late to learn a new skill and coding is no exception. Many dwell only on the disadvantages of learning to code at an older age and they fail to think about all of the advantages that it has. The experience and knowledge that you have built will actually help you and possibly put you ahead of the curve when you start your journey to becoming a developer.


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Lauren Mabra

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Learning SQL: Making a Movie Library

Recent SDG Graduate, Dylan Attal, gives a concise overview on how to create a database on Structured Query Language (SQL). Not only does his blog serve as a detailed walk through on how well known sites (such as IMDb) store data on movies, but it also gives a glimpse into his learning and training throughout his time at SDG.


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Dylan Attal

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5 Reasons Your Child Should Learn to Code

From mathematic and writing skills to organizational and perserverance, learning to code teaches children lessons that go way beyond what traditional curriculum teaches. Additionally, the skills they will learn through programming will stay with them throughout their entire life and be especially useful for their future in the workforce.


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Lauren Mabra

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The Power of Partnerships: Proforma

With the demand for developers booming, it introduces a gap in the workforce. It is difficult for companies to find enough people to build their technical teams with enough power and skills that are neccessary for growth. Learn about how SDG's coding school education model and partnership with Proforma resulted in a tailored course and developers who were ready to contribute from day one.


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Lauren Mabra

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To Accredit or Not To Accredit, That is The Question

As an educational institute, there are many issues we have had to take into consideration. One of the major concerns for the Academy at SDG focused on whether to accredit or not. Denise Roane uncovers why SDG decided to stay community focused and not pursue accreditation.


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Denise Roane

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Growing with a Not-For-Profit Code School

Being involved in a code school can provide learning and growing that extends well beyond coding. From real-world problem solving to the importance of community to networking, SDG covers it all. Team member, Lauren Mabra, shares her experience and insight at SDG thus far.


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Lauren Mabra

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Wanted: Women Developers

Women in tech is a movement that isn't as widely discussed as others, but it's still a huge deal. From Grace Hopper to Dorothy Vaughan, it's evident that the computer science industry was dominated by women up until very recently. Denise Roane provides insight on what drove this change.


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Denise Roane

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For the Community and by the Community

SDG took the non-profit route in order to provide a service to the community but also include the community. Our alumni and advisory board are part of that community and SDG rely heavily on their participation. Their participation is what will help keep the program and the community moving forward, improving the education provided and sending talented new developers into the workforce.


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Katherine Trammell

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Why do we teach the full-stack?

At SDG, we are training folks to become junior developer ready in 12 weeks. That is no easy task. After several iterations, the instructional staff, supported by the community, have determined that a "full-stack" developer curriculum produces pretty solid results.


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Mark Dewey

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Our "Secret Sauce"

Open source software typically builds upon the efforts of others and extends it. This is our goal for our curriculum. As we continue to develop our curriculum we will be inviting our alumni, local community, and community at large to contribute. We are excited to share our lessons, assignments, and approach with the community and look forward to your contributions.


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Gavin Stark

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It's the Mission, not the Money

When our team first decided to launch our school in Tampa Bay it was absolutely paramount that we operate it as a not-for-profit. Our CEO, Jason L Perry, talks about why.


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Jason L Perry

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Hello, World!

It has been a year since The Iron Yard, the largest national coding school and boot camp, announced it was ceasing all operations and shutting down fifteen campuses nationwide. At the time our campus in Tampa Bay had the highest enrollment and job placement and was operating successfully with a team of seven employees and ~150 alumni. Although the announcement took us by somewhat of a surprise, the code school industry is still emerging and navigating the path to a successful model.


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Toni Warren

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