Student success stories from Bloc
Emelyn: “A common one that we continuously come back to is Brittany Martin, she's a very holistic success story. She started as a marketing manager and took our rails course. Eventually she became a support engineer for a company called Ninefold and was able to work remotely, I think their offices are based in Australia. From there she started to get engaged with the local Rails community and became one of the leaders of her new code chapter. Since then she's moved back to Pittsburgh, she's engaged and she now has a job as a full-time engineer, that essentially started with us. Which is totally crazy and now she's a mentor for us which is even more exciting.”
Emelyn: “We could also pick anyone we work with too, like Brian for example. Brian has a wife and a child and he took the rails course, worked as a developer and now he's moved out here to San Francisco to work with us. That's a huge change and there aren't any dev boot camps in Orlando, there's no way to get that in-person intensive bootcamp feeling, but we're able to provide that one-on-one mentorship online so we can access a huge market of people that can't afford to quit their jobs and spend 12 weeks in a really expensive city and work non-stop in a bootcamp.”
Dave: “There's a story I like to tell. I remember very early on before we had student advisors or program coordinators I was the one who talked to the students before the application process. I would interview every student before they enrolled and ask them the same five questions. One of the questions was: “Can you actually commit the time?” It's not like you’re going to pay us and we're going to do this, this is a two way street. One woman took her interview in the back room of her parent's warehouse in Las Vegas, she was a single mother, and yes she got a job but her income level went from A to B. She changed her life. It was this realization that “Wow, her kid is going to have a totally different life now because of this.” I keep that in my back pocket.”
*Update: Before publishing this Emelyn informed me that the team recently decided to hire all of their full-time and part-time mentors as staff rather than as contractors. This puts the Bloc team at around 90 people now.