semester starting up

Semester Classes Started Again… It’s Getting Busy Around Here

Classes have started once again at TFL, and it is getting busy around here.

Since the beginning of August, we have had three new students, one student graduate the program, and we just completed our annual Moab River trip.

This semester is going to be challenging but we are up for it!

In addition to our students who are taking classes at TFL, we also have three students who will be taking classes at DSU this semester.

Another student is still very involved in his apprenticeship gun smithing, and two additional students just begun or will be starting their apprenticeships this next week at GlitchBusters and BusyBusy.

As always, we are very proud of all of our students and the support we receive from parents, guardians, our mentors, and Educational Consultants.

TechieForLife wouldn’t be the same without each of you!

—Kristin, Program Director

javascript at code school

JavaScript Frame Works and Projects at Code School

We finished code school a few weeks ago, and it was a great experience for me.

We learned a JavaScript frame work called Vue and a design frame work that works with it called Vuetify.

The knowledge I gained from my experience there was very beneficial to me.

Me and my partner, Richard Timpson, worked on a web based winery application that lists all of the wineries in North America.

I worked on things like searching, filtering, and layout, while he worked on backed routing and controllers to pull the data we had.

All in all, code school was a great success for me,

I learned loads of valuable information and because of completing code school,

I may be able to test out of some web design classes at Dixie this upcoming semester.

—Reid, TFL Student

I worked on a team to develop a web application that dynamically calculates safety stock based on demand history, lead time history, and desired service level.

I translated the math into JavaScript, created the server/database, created an API, and styled most of the user interface.

—Joseph, TFL Student

 

Intense Code School bootcamp

Intense Code School Bootcamp at Dixie State University

We’ve been powering through the intense Code School bootcamp at the Dixie State campus.

Code School was designed to help the participants get a job in the web design industry.

We’re going over a javascript framework called “Vue” that is getting more and more popular by the day.

I’m confident in what I’ve learned so far, and I’m excited to start on our final project this Friday.

Code School has been a great experience, and has helped me understand the industry standard for today’s web based programs.

—Reid, TFL Student

TFL Students Tour Local Tech Companies

 

We toured two local companies; InfoWest and MetaShield.

InfoWest is a pretty sweet company, the atmosphere there was friendly and relaxed.

We got to see their help desk room as well as their server room.

Anyone with a background in Information Technology would agree that they feel at home when entering their help desk room.

MetaShield is a company that creates advanced coatings for materials like glass.

We got to see their chemistry room where “all the magic happens.”

We also got to see their highly advanced, scientific, machinery that’s used to measure various different properties of whatever coating they’re testing.

—Reid, TFL Student

Learning marketable tech skills

Tech Class Update- Tailoring Learning Tracks for Optimal Learning and Engagement

Last week we started learning about databases and how to get started using the most popular open source database, MySQL.

Each student is also well into their personal development tracks for optimal learning and engagement.

Students are working on all sorts of things from javascript browser games to polishing up design portfolios.

I’ve also had the chance to continue to meet with each student one on one and go over how they are doing,

setting goals with them and tailoring their learning track to something they find engaging

while still developing marketable tech skills.

–Erik, TFL Tech Coach

Phase two advancements ceremony

TechieForLife Student Advancements- Congratulations!

Congratulations Amber and Joseph!!

Both of these students have advanced from phase one to phase two.

Amber was able to advance right before our winter break and Joseph advanced a few weeks after.

Each student was excited to receive the coveted “keys” to the Nest. 

In order to advance from one phase to another,

students need to complete the current phase,

meet with the program director,

keep weekly SMART goals,

and go before the students for a vote.

We can’t wait to see what each of them can do with phase two.

–Kristin, TFL Program Director

Advancing to phase two