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July TechSmart Student of the Month

July 23, 2015 in IT Career Program / by Thane Clark

Heidi Vulgamore

Bio

“I am a first generation Danish-American born and raised in Wichita, KS. Growing up, I enjoyed being in the Robotics and Science Olympiad. When it was time for college I was accepted to a Radiology Program. After completing the program I became certified as an X-Ray Technologist and headed out to the work field. Within a few years, I felt that this job would not keep me challenged. I became a CT Technologist (CAT Scans) and again I was satisfied for the moment. After a little more time, I decided I needed to find a career doing something that kept me challenged and excited every day. I came to Centriq with no experience in writing code. Zero! I found my passion, and I am excited to wake up every morning thinking about new possibilities and the nights when I cannot shut off my brain!”

Q&A

Q: Why did you decide to come to Centriq?
A: Centriq is a four month program. Four months? I can put everything on hold for four months! My husband recommended Centriq after attending a corporate class a few years ago. Centriq offers a great curriculum with many challenges and projects to help us become better developers. I have had no prior experience with writing code or development, however learning these new skills have become easier for me every week. The classes are set up with constant review to help push those hard concepts into our heads so we can code, even when we are sleeping. One of the best things that Centriq has to offer, besides the free coffee, is the amazing staff they have. The instructors are very knowledgeable and always have time for anyone who needs help. The student services department also has a couple of amazing people who help us learn how to network and apply for jobs. All of the staff is friendly and we have a lot of fun. This has helped because the program is tough, but when surrounded by great people, even the hardest tasks can be accomplished.

Q: What class has been your favorite so far?
A: It’s hard to choose when they all rely on knowledge of the other. So far, I would say that HTML /CSS is my favorite. I love the idea of separating the code from the style of the web page. In HTML I can write my code and make a basic, white page website. Then when adding CSS, you can really see the HTML transform into a web page. Adding JavaScript and jQuery to these projects made them even more fun for me. I built my very own website from scratch which helped me to really reinforce these skills.

Q: What do you hope to do after Centriq?
A: After Centriq, I am looking to find a great position with a development team where I can continue honing my skills and learning new languages such as Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, Oracle, and so much more. Coming out of Centriq has ignited a passion in me for all areas of development. I am ready to learn, work, and create new applications!

Q: What other interests do you have?
A: My favorite hobby is photography. It’s very relaxing but also a great way to meet new people. I often volunteer my services for events such as Black Out for Lights On 5k, an organization that raises money for families who are unable to pay utilities or rent during hard times. Some of my photography can be viewed on Facebook at Optic Nerd Photography. I also enjoy attending various Comic Cons around the country, museums, zoos, and reading (especially now when it is related to code). I actually pack my HTML and JavaScript book (both by Jon Duckett) on road trips!