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Cohort 5 has been a great experience! This program has given me all the tools and confidence I need to become a freelance web developer. In particular I will focus on assisting older adults in the community by creating websites to sell their craft items. At first I felt a little bit out of place initially applying for the program because this type of course typically attracts a younger audience. Although I didn’t know anything about web development, I have always had an interest in tech and wanted to learn more. I applied, was accepted and now am preparing for graduation. I didn’t know what to expect of the program at orientation, but I was pleasantly surprised that I could keep up with the fast pace of the bootcamp style learning environment. I am forever thankful to the YWCA for allowing me in the program.

Rasheid Atlas brings years of experience in Web Development and design. In addition to Web Development, he taught soft skills, industry standard design tools, knowledge about legal contracts, business plans and connected us to the online freelance world. Rasheid also spent time working with each of us on an individual basis and set high expectations for each of us daily to make certain that that we are ready and able to compete for any job in the Web Development field either front end or back end.

Our coordinator Julia Block was also very instrumental in our day to day success. Quietly she coordinated many things such as the army of volunteers. These volunteers came from all over Madison to help such things as interview practice, help with coding, resume writing. Julia also coordinated visits to local Tech companies and so much more. Julia did all of this with a positive attitude and a smile on her face everyday!

I really enjoyed getting to know and working with Rasheid, Julia and all of the cohort members. In particular I loved the diversity. We all came from different walks of life, different parts of the world; and are all of varying ages. My cohort members are now my extended ‘computer programming family’ and I feel comfortable contacting them in the future for help. I contacted them to get help outside of class and there were opportunities we had lunch and spoke about our unique experiences within YWeb. I am certain we will remain connected as we move in to the Web Development world.

 – Mary Wells
   Cohort 5

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