After 12 weeks of intensive learning our full stack web development students are ready to graduate and start their careers with their new skills! We caught up with a couple of the students in this cohort to ask them about their experience. At CodeCraft School we are privileged and excited to be part of helping our students, with such diverse backgrounds, create a better future by giving them the skills they need to build, develop, and enrich their own careers, and, consequently, their lives!


Colin Stell

Where are you from?

I am originally from Golden, CO and I now live in Broomfield with my wife and 2 (soon to be 3) kids.

What were you doing before attending CodeCraft?

Before CodeCraft, I was working at a design agency in Boulder called Human Design where I was a project manager working with design, strategy and development teams.

What lead you to pursue web development?

After working for 10 years in the restaurant industry, I was eager to change careers and began looking into web-development. I was hooked from the start and had the incredible opportunity to launch my career in tech through Human Design working in project management. The web-development bug persisted and once the opportunity came to pursue it further, I joined CodeCraft to develop those skills at a professional level.

What have you learned at CodeCraft?

I have learned so much here at CodeCraft, I think the biggest takeaway, though, is understanding front-end and back-end technologies and being able to put them together to create a full-stack application. Some of the greatest highs and lows throughout the cohort surrounded getting front and back to talk to each other.

What are your post-graduation goals?

I am open to several possibilities. I would love to work for a company that emphasizes design and creating great looking apps that use back-end data and API in a cool way. Project Management with a greater understanding of coding is also a beneficial career path. Ultimately, the goal is to work in full-stack web-development though.

What was your favorite part of your experience at CodeCraft?

It’s been a fun process, even in some of the most stressful times, it’s been fun. I owe that to our instructor and TA’s. They are always positive and helping us through our struggles and celebrating with us when something finally comes together. It’s been great to get to know my fellow classmates as well and I hope to stay in touch with them going forward and see what we all end up creating!

What do you love most about programming/coding?

I love working with computers and I love seeing things come to life through writing code. It’s amazing to me to write out a bunch of code that translates into something that is useful and fun. The challenge of it all makes it worth it when you see things working and looking good. I love the creativity that something so detail oriented can be, you can do so much with writing code and it’s going to be fun to continue to explore that and get better over the coming years.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

One of my favorite things to do is enjoy quality cigars at the local cigar lounge or on my patio at home. There is nothing more relaxing.

Stephany Prodromos

Where are you from?

I am from the Chicago area.

What were you doing before attending CodeCraft?

Before coming to CodeCraft, I have been studying Computer Science at Haverford College, just outside of Philadelphia.

What lead you to pursue web development?

I have always had a strong interest in Web Development. But unfortunately, most colleges do not offer the kind of curriculum CodeCraft does, the kind of fundamentals that I believe are essential for any modern programmer to know in order to succeed in the world of Web Development. That is why I have chosen to take a leave of absence from college in order to learn these fundamental skills and immerse myself into this space.

What have you learned at CodeCraft?

It is quite astonishing to look back at these twelve weeks and realize how much we have actually learned here in a relatively short period of time. Essentially we have learned how to build fully functioning websites and applications using HTML, CSS and Javascript, while also incorporating all aspects of the MEAN Stack. But not only did we learn to code, we practiced our interview skills and were lucky to have several networking opportunities as well.

What are your post-graduation goals?

After graduation, I would like to continue developing my programming skills by working on some of my own projects, before eventually looking for a job in Web Development. Specifically, I would like to be a programmer for the Blockchain.

What was your favorite part of your experience at CodeCraft?

I would say the Hackathon has probably been my favorite experience thus far. Seeing how much everyone cared about what they were doing, and being able to have a bit more independence creating our application that really tested our skills made this such an enriching experience. It was a difficult week for sure, but being able to produce our own unique application with skills we have only had for just under two months was so rewarding by the end of it. I remember one of our TAs saying that they truly saw everyone become a developer that week.

What do you love most about programming/coding?

I love that there is always something new to be learned. Things move very fast in this industry, but that is what makes learning it so exciting; there is always something that can be improved upon and made better.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that, since I was 8 years old, I have been a classically trained Opera singer. My sister, Lexy, and I would perform around the country, and for seven years held our own charity benefit concerts for a fantastic organization called Misericordia based out of Chicago.

Katie McBride

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Kansas, but have been in Colorado for 15+ years. I currently live in Broomfield.

What were you doing before attending CodeCraft?

I’ve worked in construction management for the last 10 years or so, specifically helping projects manage their schedules and deadlines. I enjoy technology and the efficiencies it allows, but construction doesn’t utilize technology as much as I wanted to.

What lead you to pursue web development?

Learning web development allows me to help businesses in ways I wasn’t able to in the past.

What have you learned at CodeCraft?

I’ve learned so many things at CodeCraft, including front end web design, how to build and use databases, run my own server, and deploy a website into the world.

What are your post-graduation goals?

I’d like to find a company that will keep training me, and support the learning process, and I want to be able to help projects succeed with what I’ve learned, combined with my past project management experiences.

What was your favorite part of your experience at CodeCraft?

My favorite part of the CodeCraft experience so far was putting everything into practice through the group project. It allowed us to work together and learn from each other in a practical way. This was one of the best learning experiences.

What do you love most about programming/coding?

I love learning how things work behind the scenes, and seeing how websites and other software are built, and being able to replicate the processes myself. I love knowing how things work.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

I’m a huge Jayhawk basketball fan!