The second week of December celebrates Computer Education Week, and we asked our member, Zip Code Wilmington, to let us interview one of their students.
Meet Kash Elcock. We asked him a few questions about the computer educational program at Zip Code Wilmington.
The Mill: Did anyone inspire or direct you to apply for the Break into Tech Scholarship at Zip Code? How did you hear about the opportunity?
Kash Elcock: As I was exploring growth opportunities earlier this year, I saw a local news article online featuring Zip Code as a change maker in the community. I was intrigued and decided to do more research. This is how I found out about the Break into Tech scholarship. I was inspired by past Zip Coders – many of whom looked like me – taking the leap to invest in themselves.
What skills are you learning in the program?
Kash Elcock: Currently, I’m learning Software development with a focus on test-driven design and object-oriented programming in Java. I’m being exposed to industry-standard tools like GitHub and Agile methodology, coupled with intensive professional development training.
What are your career goals when the program ends?
Kash Elcock: At the end of the program, my goal is to get a position as a junior software developer. I will apply my knowledge in test-driven design while continuing to learn and progress in my career. I would also like to explore my interests in DevOps and Cybersecurity.
Computer Science Education Week is coming up the second week of December – what advice can you give anyone looking into a computer science program like the coding program at Zip Code?
Kash Elcock: Be prepared before day one – study independently and really experiment with the material to know if it’s something you enjoy doing. Do your research and find a program that looks at the whole picture. Ideally, the program should help with both technical skills and professional development. And also ask questions! Talk to others about their experience. I definitely would be willing to share!