Information Technology

Tue
25
Jun

PSM Entrepreneur Bootcamp

PSM Bootcamp grads

The Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Technology Council, co-sponsored the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on April 23, 2013 at the Busch Campus Student Center.  The intensive day long conference is a "must attend" program for early stage entrepreneurs, individuals seeking to start a technology company, pharmaceutical and IT professionals contemplating a transition. Current PSM students and alumni participated in the program.

Mon
09
Jan

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp Team Creates Cash Cache App that Counts Coins Quickly

Computer code on a screen

By Padraig Ryan

When it comes to loose change – the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that seem to multiply daily – most people throw it into some type of a container and vow to count it later. But the pile usually gets bigger, the jar becomes full and exactly how much money has been saved becomes a mystery.

“It’s something that everyone can relate to,” said Jeffrey Abraham, 27, of Livingston. “You empty your pockets, put the change aside and tell yourself that you’ll count it later.”

Fri
02
Dec

Retired Teacher Goes Back to School to Update Tech Skills for New Career

Nancy Lukas presenting at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Nancy Lukas, who retired in 2015 after spending 20 years as a teacher, always loved technology. She was one of the first teachers to have her own website, loved using a SmartBoard and made her fourth grade students create podcasts about important environmental issues.

Still, Nancy, who has always liked a good challenge, never thought this lifelong interest would take her on a totally different career path. That was until her daughter told her about the

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, a six-month intensive program offered by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies that provides the skills needed to become a “full stack” software coder.

“There’s no way I ever pictured myself going in a different direction,” said Nancy, 52, who taught high school, middle school and elementary school students, both English and math. “I imagined teaching for 20 more years but I decided that I had other talents that I needed to explore.”

Thu
01
Dec

Returning to Workforce, Mother Reinvigorates Tech Skills

Cristal King of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Cristal King—who left her job as a programmer and analyst more than a decade ago to take care of her young family—knew she needed to sharpen her skills and learn new computer language in order to get back into the rapidly changing technology job market.

“Before I left, web development wasn’t nearly as advanced and robust as it is now,” said Cristal. “I know how quickly technology changes and I knew that I needed to have the skill-set that goes along with it.”

According to the Harvard Business Review, 90 percent of women who leave their jobs to take care of their family, like Cristal, said they want to reboot their careers and get back into the workforce.

Cristal wasn’t sure exactly where to go to get the training she needed to make this happen. When she first decided that she wanted a job in technology, after working as a sales representative for U.S. Healthcare, she enrolled and graduated from The Chubb Institute. At the time, web development was still in its infancy.

Mon
28
Nov

Women Help Women Move into High-Tech Careers

Women from the social networking group

By Padraig Ryan

They may vary in age and have different personal and professional backgrounds but a team of women who recently completed an intensive six-month computer coding program at Rutgers believes that women need to stick together to move forward in the high-tech industry. 

“Women represent more than half of our population,” said Nancy Lukas, a former teacher who graduated from Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working for more than 20 years as a teacher. “We use technology as much as men and it is crucial for women to be part of the design and implementation of this technology.”

That’s why Nancy and four other women who met at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp decided to create a social networking application called The Loop that they say will offer help and support women in the high-tech industry who want to break into what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.

Mon
28
Nov

Like Son, Like Father: Two Generations Take on Challenge of Coding Bootcamp

Tom & Seth Keel, father and son participants in Rutgers Coding Bootcamp in 2016

By Padraig Ryan

At 61, after a decade away from computer programming, Tom Keel thought his computer coding days were well behind him.

That was until Tom decided to jump back in and follow his son, Seth, to Bootcamp. After reading about the exciting new coding opportunities of the bootcamp-style class his son would be taking, Tom felt a renewed sense of interest in the field and decided to join him. It’s not often that two generations get to experience the same educational opportunity, and it proved to be an exciting challenge for the father and son duo. 

Now both father and son are newly minted graduates of the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working side-by-side for 24 highly intensive weeks to develop skills as “full stack” software coders.

The Keels' story is unusual. They are the only father and son duo out of 375 bootcampers who have gone through the program since it began last fall. 

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Mon
27
Jun

Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Tile image Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Rutgers students create educational game designed to help girls 11-14 learn programming and technology skills in Rutgers Makerspace

The president’s daughter has been kidnapped. “This is where you come in,” read the typewritten, terse instructions. “You are the chosen one. The fate of Sasha’s life is in your hands. If you choose to accept this, open the enclosed briefcase.”

The story is fiction, thankfully – but the briefcase is real. The small metal box unlatches to reveal a miniature computer, display and cables, along with instructions to create a spy camera to help solve the kidnapping.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

Drones Will Be Focus of Pre-Engineering Summer Academy Certificate

Rutgers website on the Summer Academy

Rutgers professor E. A. Elsayed discusses the history and future of drones

As drones rise in popularity, their use is provoking new thinking on the possibilities. The U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Geological Survey already use drones to monitor wildlife populations without disturbing them. Amazon is testing drones that could deliver packages in as little as half an hour after an online purchase. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has teamed with other agencies on an experiment to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to spy on storms as they evolve.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

CTE Makerspace Makeover Challenge

Model of The White House

The U.S. Department of Education announced the ten prize winners in the CTE Makeover Challenge at the ‘White House Champions of Change for Making’ event. Our own Rick Anderson, director of Virtual Worlds, was a judge on the review panel. Over 640 high schools from 50 states designed makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills. Each winner will receive $20,000 in cash and a share of in-kind prizes from the $375,000 sponsor prize pool to build or renovate their makerspace.

Join us in congratulating the prize winners!

Burlington Technical Center, Burlington, VT

Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL

Clearwater High School, Piedmont, MO

Dominion High School, Sterling, VA

John H. Reagan Early College High School, Austin, TX

Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA

Theodore Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, TX

THINC College & Career Academy, Lagrange, GA

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