Posts about Meet Our Alumni

From Property Manager to Developer, Meet Shug

June 21, 2017

Meet Front-End alum, Shug!

Update:  Shug is now a Developer at LoveBookOnline.com

Students in each coding bootcamp come from an array of backgrounds, professions and life experience. This classroom composition creates a supportive environment for all of our students, and allows the uniqueness of each student really shine. I’m excited to be doing this blog feature on Shugmi Shumunov, a graduate of our Front-End cohort of August 2016. Shug’s outgoing personality and infectious smile shined as he worked through coding exercises, labs and projects. No matter how challenging the coding bootcamp became, Shug always worked hard and had a positive attitude. He was always willing to help, volunteered much of his time to support others, and did it all with passion and excitement. I had the delight of working with him at Detroit Startup Week, and have enjoyed watching his career grow and flourish.  (more…)

From Recruiter to Back-End Developer, Meet Milliza

March 23, 2017

Meet Milliza!

Update: Milliza is now a Database Developer at United Shore.

Milliza joined the Grand Circus family as a Java coding bootcamp student in October 2016. While still in bootcamp, Milliza was offered a position at United Shore as part of their Developer-X program, where she is currently undergoing training in .NET alongside 18 fellow Grand Circus alums, including five of her classmates and graduates from previous Java, DEVELOP(her) and .NET (C#) cohorts. While we miss having Milliza in the space, it’s great to know that she’s surrounded by so many familiar faces!

Read on to learn more about Milliza’s journey from a tech talent recruiter, to a developer herself. (more…)

Meet Landall, Career Advisor turned JavaScript Developer

November 15, 2016

Update: Landall is now an OnSite Software Developer at Detroit Labs.

Here at Grand Circus, our family is constantly growing. We are so fortunate to have students that get so invested in our programs that they continue working with us to support new tech enthusiasts long after their programs have graduated. Meet Landall Proctor, a graduate of our August 2015 Front-End coding bootcamp.

More than a year after his bootcamp ended, Landall continues supporting the Grand Circus community by sharing his insights, wisdom and coding knowledge. He’s contributed in tech Meet Grand Circus Alum Landall!panel discussions, taught our Traveling Circus workshops and is constantly available when we need some alumni expertise. And lucky for us, he works just two doors down the road as a JavaScript developer! It has been great watching him grow his coding skills and seeing him share that with the community. I’m very excited to introduce you to one of our rockstar alumnus! (more…)

From Teacher to Java Developer, Meet Chelsea Gallagher

November 4, 2016

Chelsea Gallagher Grand Circus Front-End Alumnus

Update: Chelsea is now a Client Support Manager at Cirrus Group LLC and goes by Chelsea Kulick.  

What’s more stressful than final projects in a coding bootcamp? Final projects while planning a wedding! That’s right, Chelsea Gallagher planned a wedding all while being a student in our June 2016 Java bootcamp! In addition to this, Chelsea took extra initiative to find a tutor so she could brush up on her skills during the weekends. With this type of drive, she was the first student to secure a full-time position in her bootcamp where she now works as a system developer for PCE Systems. Get to know Chelsea’s complete story in our blog! (more…)

Meet Kwaku, Business Development Associate turned Software Engineer

August 31, 2016
KWAKU OSEI-BONSU, a grad of Grand Circus coding bootcamps

Photo credit: Dre Dean of HillTopz Studios (@dredotty)

Update: Kwaku is now a Media Technology Teacher at University Preparatory Academy Middle School.

It’s my pleasure to feature Kwaku Osei-Bonsu on our Student Spotlight blog segment. Originally, Kwaku is from Oak Park, but identifies Ghana as home since that is where the bulk of his heritage lies.  He was a student in our February Front-End coding bootcamp, and quickly became an energetic member of our community.

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Meet Quinn, Small Business Owner turned Software Engineer

July 7, 2016

Grand Circus Bootcamp Alum Quinn Hamilton

I’m super excited about introducing a wonderful Java Bootcamp alumni today, Quinn Hamilton. Quinn is originally from Detroit, and came to Grand Circus looking to make a career change from an entrepreneurial background. I remember Quinn staying late, coordinating study groups with her fellow bootcampers and being an amazing culture captain for her cohort. She contributed to an awesome final project on her Demo Day and has been knocking it out of the park as a software engineer in Troy since graduation. Learn more about Quinn’s experience from her own words below.

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From Teacher to Web Developer, Meet Yasmine

June 16, 2016

Grand Circus Alumni Yasmine Adbulhamid

Update: Yasmine is now the Admissions and Learning Team Administrator at Grand Circus.  

One of my favorite parts about working at Grand Circus is getting to know students as they begin the process of changing careers. As the Director of Learning, I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with all of the students in all of the programs. Getting to know Yasmine was especially exciting for me though, not just because she’s amazing, but because we both share a background in teaching. So when I was given an opportunity to put the spotlight on an alumni, she was my obvious choice!

Yasmine is originally from Farmington Hills, MI and took our Front-End Bootcamp in October of 2015. I’m so excited to share more about her background, her bootcamp experience, and her incredible advice to prospective students.

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Student Spotlight: Alex Bozinovic

January 14, 2016

Update: New workshops are being offered and you can find them here.  

Alex took our Intro to Web Development Course Series – Part I, covering HTML & CSS, and Part II, covering JavaScript & JQuery. Get to know Alex and learn what his thoughts on the class!

Man coding with a dog

What keeps you busy during the day?

I work for Quicken Loans on the Marketing Team (specifically the email team) as a Front-End Email Developer. I write the HTML code for all of the emails that we send at QL.

Why’d you take the class in the first place?

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What You Can Learn at Grand Circus: A Student Spotlight

December 7, 2015

Update: New workshops are being offered and you can find them here.  

Ever wonder what our students are able to create after taking an evening class at Grand Circus? Are you curious why someone with a full-time job would spend the evening learning how to code? Learn more about Devon, a student who learned HTML & CSS, as well as JavaScript and JQuery this summer.

Final Website of Devon

What keeps you busy during the day?
I work at Quicken Loans on IT Support for our Capital Markets team. I work with our business partners and our developer squad to improve the websites that host our guidelines for Servicing and Origination.

You took a Web Development class. Why’d you take the class in the first place?
I wanted to walk the walk, and talk the talk. I am constantly working with others on web development projects, so this class was an amazing opportunity for me to build my fluency in that language. (more…)

After the Bootcamp: A Day in the Life of a Bootcamp Alum

September 3, 2015

Update: Antonella now works for Grand Circus as a Java Instructor.

An entrepreneur at heart, Antonella joined our Java Bootcamp in February after a career in insurance. After building a company from scratch, Antonella decided to take the leap into a career in technology, a love she had since early school. After graduating, Antonella nabbed a job building software for Milliken Millwork.

antonellaWhat does a typical morning look like at your job?
A typical morning at my job usually consists of a small 5-10 minute meeting (sometime between 8-8:30am) to discuss our objectives for the day and anything that we think may be a problem or we may need additional help with. The rest of the morning is usually spent working on any projects that we need to work on. (more…)