Zip Code WILMINGTON celebrated its graduation and matriculation ceremony yesterday. Thirty-two graduates, 26 already have jobs at graduation. We’re confident we’ll have 100% placement at an average salary of +$75K.
Zip coders come from all walks of life. None knew how to code before. All from a 90-day intense training program in coding. Thirty-eight new students start Monday. Pretty sure we’ll have the same outcome in 90 days. Can’t wait.
It’s pretty cool we have these ceremonies – every 90 days. At these events, you can literally feel the American Dream happening, you can see optimism in their eyes, you can watch economy growing. Can’t wait to see what they build.
Graduate profile: Twenty-eight-year-old Vince Masiello was doing double duty as a waiter at Capers & Lemons while earning his associate’s degree at Deltech. His plan was to finish up his computer science degree with two more years at the University of Delaware.
Married with a 2-year-old, Masiello was anxious to start earning a good living to support his family. “One of my professors at Del Tech knew about the Zip Code program and thought I might be a good candidate,” he said.
But Masiello wasn’t the only one ready to pursue that idea. “I knew it wasn’t a guarantee that I would get into the program – there’s a lot of competition.” Several hundred people applied to join this cycle of cohorts. Thirty-five, including Masiello, were admitted. He now has accepted an offer to work as a software developer for a major financial institution in Delaware and will start in June.
“They’ll work you to the bone for 90 days, but I would definitely put those last three months over four years of an undergraduate degree. It’s such an amazing program. The people in the Zip Code Wilmington program are making every sacrifice they need to in order to change their lives.”