How Fort Madison is using CS and innovation to overcome barriers

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education, Press Release

Richardson Elementary received the Computer Science is Elementary grant for the 2019-2020 school year.  Their vision was scaffolded for success: Spend the first year planning, training coaches, and a leadership team. Then continue to expand by providing professional development for teachers to implement computer science into their classrooms. However, they didn’t stop at basic computer science implementation. Instead they sought … Read More

Opportunity

Aaron HornComputer Science, Education

DeltaV Student and Instructor

Opportunity. NewBoCo started DeltaV Code School in 2017 to help solve Iowa’s technical workforce crisis. In Iowa, there are 3,000 open computing jobs each month, but last year, our universities only graduated approximately 679 Computer Science majors. All across our state, employers struggle to fill these positions. DeltaV helps solve this problem by giving Iowans the skills necessary to fill … Read More

NewBoCo Launches Back to School Donor Campaign: 99 Counties for Coding

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Press Release

Thursday, August 8, Cedar Rapids, IA – As NewBoCo’s partnership with Code.org continues to provide computer science training to Iowa’s K-12 teachers for a third year, the nonprofit is introducing a new way for those who support computer science in Iowa’s classrooms to be part of this mission: 99 Counties for Coding.   This campaign will show the impact computer science … Read More

DeltaV Student Spotlight: Ethan Titler

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

From a friendly smile in every aisle to a friendly face behind Aisles Online How DeltaV helped Ethan Titler take the next step in his career at Hy-Vee When Ethan Titler started to learn to code with DeltaV Code School, he was a part time server at Hy-Vee’s Market Grille, but he already knew where he wanted to work after … Read More

EntreFEST 2019: Announcing a new software developer track

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, Ecosystem

EntreFEST is one of Iowa’s largest entrepreneurship and innovation conferences. For the past few years it has primarily focused on high-impact speakers and workshops aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators in existing companies. Previous keynote speakers include Scott Belsky of Adobe, marketing icon Seth Godin, and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal. As we planned the 2019 event for May 16th and 17th, the organizing team noted … Read More

One Year Later: DeltaV Graduate Jason

Rob MerrittComputer Science

Jason in the lobby of the UFG building in downtown Cedar Rapids. Meet Jason. He graduated from the inaugural class of DeltaV Code School in 2017. One year later, he’s an application developer at UFG Insurance. He and fellow graduate Dustin were hired by UFG less than two months after graduating from DeltaV. As DeltaV students, Jason and Dustin spent ... Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Vicky

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Vicky is a developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids. Meet Vicky. She’s been with UFG Insurance since 1998. In 2004, she took a trainee position and learned how to code. UFG was very supportive of her move, and she’s been working as a coder ever since. To Vicky, UFG means job security. She doesn’t worry about work-life balance because of ... Read More

Women Who Code in the Corridor

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Meet the women behind the keyboards of software companies in Cedar Rapids. They have had careers in code for a combined 70 years. They shared their experiences working in the tech industry and why they have stayed. Meet Jennie. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Business. She used to create worlds through … Read More

One Year Later: Meet Dustin

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Dustin, a DeltaV '17 Graduate, works as a Developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Meet Dustin. He graduated from the inaugural class of DeltaV Code School in 2017. One year later, he’s an application developer at UFG Insurance. He and fellow graduate Jason were hired by UFG less than two months after graduating from DeltaV. As DeltaV students, Dustin ... Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Usha

Rob MerrittComputer Science, Education

Usha sits in a lounge area of the cafeteria space on UFG's downtown Cedar Rapids campus. Meet Usha. She’s been with UFG Insurance for two years as an Application Development Team Lead. She values her position at UFG because UFG values her. “Everybody is pretty supportive; even though UFG is growing they’re trying to keep the family feel for the ... Read More