Meet Our Graduates

Meet our graduates who've taken the tech world by storm


grand circus grads who have changed their lives and careers


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Alumni Testimonials

Samantha Mazzola

Prior to my GC bootcamp, I was working as a Senior Digital Marketer focusing on paid social campaigns for automotive OEMs. But a few years ago, a job as a website assistant inspired my aggressive career change into tech. I considered a degree in Computer Science Degree, but didn’t have the money or time for another four-year degree. In my quest, I found a local fast track option at Grand Circus. I was lucky to find employment right after graduation of my bootcamp and had GC as a big name to help me validate my programming certification despite having a non-CS degree.

Samantha Mazzola

Software Developer I

United Shore

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From Retail Associate to Software Developer, Meet Adam

By GC-Marketing | November 7, 2018

Now a Software Developer at Magic Wrighter, Adam Tasma came to Grand Circus after working in retail.  Adam is now…

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Meet Samantha, Digital Marketer Turned Developer

By GC-Marketing | January 22, 2019

 Currently at United Shore as a Software Developer I, Samantha Mazzola enrolled in Grand Circus after working in the marketing field….

From High School Math Teacher to Software Engineer, Meet Spencer

By GC-Marketing | May 1, 2019

Throughout Grand Circus’ six years, we’ve had students from a range of backgrounds join coding bootcamps. One profession that consistently…


Meet Leslie, from Cafe Cashier to Front-End Developer

By GC-Marketing | August 29, 2019

Leslie Borst joined Grand Circus after years of working in the food service industry. Encouraged by guidance from mentors at…

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What Are You Building? Project Ideas for GC Alumni

By GC-Marketing | April 1, 2019

When you’re learning how to code, at Grand Circus, we like to say that the most important thing in your…

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From Customer Service Agent to Developer, Meet Roger

By GC-Marketing | July 10, 2019

Roger is a true creative. After graduating from a Grand Circus bootcamp in Grand Rapids, he continued to learn, network…

Take their word for it: Grand Circus coding bootcamps are worth the investment

By GC-Marketing | October 18, 2019

This post is the first of our alumni perspective series, called “Take Their Word for It” where we ask alumni common questions we get from applicants. It’s always better to learn from someone who’s been there, done that, right?

Take their word for it: Paying for bootcamp—It can be done

By GC-Marketing | December 9, 2019

Paying for bootcamp—It can be done This post is the second of our alumni perspective series, “Take Their Word for…

Testimonial from Coding bootcamp graduate

Alumni Insights: Advice for Students Considering a Coding Bootcamp

By GC-Marketing | February 18, 2020

Let’s be real — joining a coding bootcamp is a big commitment. There’s a lot to think about, plan for…

Meet Jeannette Washington, Speech Pathologist Turned Education Technology Advocate

By GC-Marketing | February 25, 2020

When students apply to coding bootcamps, we look for persistent, hard workers with a passion for problem-solving. It’s important for…

Alumni Testimonials

Lhea J. Copeland

I always wanted to become a developer, a Black-Girls-Coder, a Women-in-Tech-programmer, because I love science and technology. I decided that it is time to be more than a user, more than a content creator. It’s time to build.

Lhea J. Copeland

Network Engineer

Rocket Mortgage

After Hours C# .NET Graduate

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