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Alumni Spotlight: Charles Miller

We love our alumni! It seems no matter where they go or what they get into, it is always something different and exciting! Recently, our friends over at Course Report sat down with one of our successful alums, Charles Miller, to get his take on our program and to see what he's been up to since graduation. You can check out an excerpt from their interview below.

Q: Tell us what you were up to before you started at Coder Foundry.

When I graduated high school, I went straight to community college and worked part-time. 

I originally started out doing IT, mainly computer technician support, as well as computer sales. I went on, working in retail for about two years until my mom told me about Coder Foundry; she saw it on Fox News. 

I did some research and and contacted the Coder Foundry team. After I completed their program, they placed me in a job in less than a month and a half. 

Q: Had you programmed in .NET before?

No, I had not; I had always worked with PHP and C++. I worked on some open source projects. I actually helped the KDE project and I worked on an online open source game called the Mana World online.

Q: What was the application like for you? 

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of a bootcamp at first because the course was expensive. I just wanted to make sure that this was something worth investing in because I had to borrow money to enroll. I actually went to see their facility before I accepted because I wanted to see if these guys were legit, and after meeting with the team in person, I felt really confident in them and the program. So I went ahead and applied.

Q: Who was the instructor for your class?

Andrew Jensen. He had taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was a PhD candidate. The teaching style was completely hands-on. The school day was 9am to 5pm, so we were there for a good eight hours or so. We were assigned individual projects, and then we did a weekly update with Lawrence and Bobby where we had to present our work and they gave us constructive feedback.

Q: Were you coming up with that project and executing on it, or was it assigned?

It depended. For some projects, Coder Foundry assigned it- for example, our first project was a Bug Tracker. We were free to expand on it however much we wanted to. The second and third projects were more strict in that they gave us very set guidelines. Honestly, since I’ve come back into the workforce, I really appreciate that method because it’s so similar to our work environment. It got me very used to taking criticism and using that feedback in a positive way.

Q: Can you take us quickly through the actual technologies that you learned during the course?

We started with .NET, C# and from there we added SQL. Our next project we did WebAPI with AngularJS. Those were our three big projects that we did. 

Q: What was your favorite technology?

I really enjoyed the AngularJS project; that JavaScript section was really cool.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about Coder Foundry’s approach to job preparation? 

The weekly presentations were done very interview-style. It was kind of like half presentation, half interview. They did go over interview questions with us and they gave us feedback. They also encouraged me to get a suit and tie!

Q: Did they do a career day or a hiring day or anything like that with employers?

They set up the interviews for us. I actually went through six interviews in about a month and a half, it ended up being about one interview a week. Coder Foundry had connections in the local area, and all the way to Greenville. They tried to find good fits for different people. 

Q: Tell us about the company you work for today!

I got placed in Entrematic Amarr, a garage door automation company.  I’m actually using mostly HTML5 and JavaScript. They wanted something that would work on the mobile side as well as the desktop side so they thought HTML5 would be a good fit.  I’m working on a really cool project right now- a “door designer” that lets you preview your door on your house. You actually upload a photo and it uses image manipulation to show you what it will look like with a door on your house.

Q: Is there anything that we didn’t touch on that you wanted to add about your time at Coder Foundry?

The only thing I can say is, it does what is says on the box. I am very happy with my experience with them; I couldn’t be any more satisfied.

We're so happy to hear that you're doing so well, Charles! Keep on keepin' on!

You can read the full interview with Charles over on the Course Report blog, here.