What You Can Learn at Grand Circus: A Student Spotlight

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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.

Did you have any experience in coding or programming before?
Zilch!

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself during the class?
It really sank in that I was obsessive with details. I could have wasted days designing CSS and html.

Do you look at technology differently now?
Oh yeah. You don’t realize how much effort goes into the tiniest of details.

At the end of the class, students all build a website to showcase the HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery they learned. What’d you end up building?
I built a mock-up website for my mom’s new property ventures. (See the website here.)

Now that you’re done and created a website, any plans to continue?
Yes! I have unfinished business with Javascript.

Have you used your skills since the class ended?
All the time at work.

Anything else you’d like to say?
To all who wish they broke into technology or coding when they were younger, or when they were full-time students, take this class! Seize the moment! I walked in to this class feeling like Hansel from Zoolander when he thinks the files are literally inside of the computer… I walked out with valuable skills that will help me build my career.


 

Interested in taking the classes Devon took? Check out our Intro to Web Development Part 1 (HTML & CSS) and Part 2 (JavaScript & JQuery), starting in January of 2016.

Part 1 Part 2