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The Tech Academy is on SwitchUp's Top Coding Bootcamps of 2017

Posted By: Lindsey Young

We're excited to announce that The Tech Academy has been named in the Top 10 of SwitchUp.org's 'Top Coding Bootcamps of 2017' list — Ranking #1 in both Portland and Seattle! Switchup is the best online resource for coding bootcamps, data science, digital marketing, and web design courses. Through honest student reviews and bootcamp rankings, they created a comprehensive guide to help you find the education option that best suits you! Throughout 2017, they’ve amassed thousands of verified alumni reviews and data points to bring you their list of recommendations. SwitchUp has narrowed it down to provide you with a starting point of well-reviewed, fully-vetted bootcamps.


30 Nov 2017
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Breaking the Code: A practical workshop removing the mystery from technology

Posted By: Lindsey Young

We all have to interact with technology - but for some of us our jobs depend on it. If your job involves finding technical professionals, assessing technical job skills, matching candidates to job requirements, etc., this workshop is for you! The Tech Academy offers targeted professional training, created with your needs in mind. In this popular workshop, you will learn from technology industry experts: - Fundamentals of how computers and programming work - The types of tools that all developers need to know, and how to map a candidate’s skill set to those tools - How software is actually made in a modern software development shop, and how to really understand what technical hiring managers are asking for - What all of those confusing acronyms and terms really mean The technology industry changes fast. If you don’t have a solid foundation, and a genuine understanding of the tools that are in demand today, you can be left behind. Attend our practical, one day workshop. This interactive, comprehensive class covers all of the data above, and has extensive Q&A time as well. You will have an opportunity to get all of your questions answered. Details Date: Wednesday, Dec 13 Time: 9am - 4pm Location: BESThq 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd, Beaverton, OR Here's what our attendees have to say about the workshop: "This workshop was amazing! Starting with only a base knowledge of tech, in a few hours my tech vocabulary and skill set is greatly improved. Well worth the money. The instructor explained and answered all questions without judgement." - M. C., WorkSource Vancouver "Incredibly engaging! The answers to the majority of my questions that have gone unanswered (usefully) in the past year, have been answered." - M. A., VanderHouwen & Associates "I found this interesting and very useful. I am a Career Specialist for the Reboot Grant which is for I.T. & manufacturing. I feel I now have a better understanding of developers and coders." - S. M., Reboot NW "As someone who is responsible for guiding prospective career tech folks through training and into employment, this training was critical in helping me to better grasp many industry concepts. Erik is extremely knowledgeable and I find myself only wanting to learn more from here." - J. M., WorkSource Vancouver Register now to reserve your spot as attendance will be limited! Sign up & find out event details on our Meet Up page!


05 Dec 2017
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The Tech Academy is Joining CIRR!

Posted By: Lindsey Young

The Tech Academy is very excited to announce its provisional membership in the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR)! The CIRR is an organization dedicated to "clear, simple, validated reporting" to ensure students have accurate knowledge to make a decision on their education. "CIRR's standards prevent deceptive graduation and job placement marketing practices and ensure a student can trust what a school advertises." We are preparing to release our outcomes data in the CIRR format, which we're committed to doing by January 1st, 2018. We're joining CIRR because we believe in providing our prospective students with all the information they need to make an informed decision about whether The Tech Academy is right for them. The CIRR standard goes beyond a single "placement rate" percentage and provides a simple table to report all of the different outcomes our graduates have, including full-time employment, part-time and contract, entrepreneurs, and so on. It also goes beyond a single average salary statistic and gives us a format to report income brackets for our graduates, as well as common job titles. CIRR is different from most other reporting formats because it reports on every student who enrolled in our classes, making it completely transparent. Joining CIRR is a process that takes time, because every single outcome we report must be backed up by rigorous documentation and a yearly third-party audit. The Tech Academy is working hard to gather that documentation so that we can make sure we report accurate numbers. To the best of our knowledge, CIRR is the first time that any group of schools ever has come together and agreed upon a transparent, comparable set of outcomes reporting standards. While we can't compare our outcomes directly to any other schools outside of the coding school industry, we can compare it to data available on two- and four-year institutions as a whole, where 55% of first-time students graduate within 6 years; 35.7% of returning college attendees ever finish; and 27.3% of graduates work in a field related to their major. We're hopeful that the CIRR standards pave the way for all higher education institutions to eventually begin reporting their outcomes data in a transparent, comparable format.


05 Dec 2017
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The Metrics Society: The IoT and its Role in Marketing Automation

Posted By: Davis Van Luven

Gartner predicts 26 billion devices will be connected to the IoT by 2020. ABI predicts 30 billion devices will be connected wirelessly. The 2015 UK budget puts aside £40,000,000 for research into the Internet of Things. The completed scenario calls for people, animals, and products to be tagged with a unique IP address. New versions of IP are under development to answer to the Big Data issues involved with the IoT. The Internet of Things is no more an endgame then the internet itself, but it is a foreseeable future. It may lead to the interconnection of every card-carrying human on the planet. It may lead to civilization and everything it produces locking into a quantifiable, accessible network and perhaps, an over reliance on a complex automation. The IoT will lend to breaches in security and compromised personal privacy. It is science fiction becoming a reality. The only sure bet is that it will be extremely beneficial to marketing practices and the generation of quality leads through the use of socio-environmental analytics. The primary benefit will be the perfection of marketing automation. An example: Watchmaster is a hypothetical company that manufactures middle to high-shelf wrist watches. The product is integrated with smart technology, powered by a low-functioning OS. It displays the weather, time, and other personalized information. It is a fitness tracker and a heart rate monitor. But most importantly, it is connected to the internet. The information recorded by the watch is stored online. The records are then viewed by the watch-wearer through an application that presents the results as easy-to-read schematics, it logs times into a calendar, it recommends new routines, and so on and so forth. But what other information could it be sending and to whom? The most practical application is automated troubleshooting solutions. The watch malfunctions and the error is automatically reported to the manufacturer’s server. The error is then processed and measured against other errors sent from other watches. That specific class of error is then reported, filed, and quantified so that the problem can be easily analyzed by the programmers who would then mend the program and remotely fix the broken watch. The patch would be in place and any future errors of that class would be automatically mended. An apology message would be sent to the watch wearer. Feedback would be instantaneous. Excellent. But it doesn’t end there. Because of the nature of smart technology and its close proximity to the user, the list of quantifiable observations is endless. Therefore, the marketing response is limitless. The watch isn’t working and the watch wearer has realized this. The wearer is responding. Where is the wearer? Where does the wearer go? What is the wearer’s heart rate? Is the watch removed? How often does the wearer check the watch to see if it’s working again? Then, once the problem is fixed, all of same questions can be asked and the answers can be compared and analyzed. Eventually, the analytic model will be completely automated: •Information is collected from tangibles •Statistical analytics •Energy usage and practical usage •Marketing analytics •Feedback This cycle would repeat for every unit sold. Every car, head of cattle, light bulb, and door knob. Perhaps, every child born. A complete picture is formed. The results are filtered and repetitive task are fully automated to drastically reduce the chances of human error. Will it become a dystopian nightmare or a marketers dream? Or does one hand lead the other?


06 Dec 2017
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Tech Talk: Garrett Guevara

Posted By: Lindsey Young

Garrett Guevara is a software developer at Zapproved, a Portland based legal software company. In this Tech Talk Garrett talks about his transition from teaching into tech, the process of finding a developer job, what the day-to-day life of a software developer looks like, how he keeps improving his skills after graduation and so much more!


08 Dec 2017
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