Meet Alex Katkova: Instructor for Hackbright’s Part-Time Prep Course

Alex Katkova is an instructor  for Hackbright Academy’s Part-Time Prep Course. Since earning a doubled-major in computer science and cognitive science, she currently holds a full-stack role at a startup in the consumer loyalty space. Prior to that, she worked for a hospitality messaging app, and on Gmail and Google Wallet. She loves teaching and mentoring people to achieve their fullest potential! 

What motivated you to teach at Hackbright Academy?
I missed being a teaching assistant in college and wanted to have an impact on others’ lives. Teaching is exhilarating and a lot of fun.

What will students learn in the Part-Time Course course?
Students will learn the foundations of programming and Python. They’ll learn a new way of problem solving and how to work with other students to communicate their ideas.

Why do you think it’s important to have these skill sets?
I think that many skills that are learned through programming are applicable to other fields. Even a basic understanding of how a program is written will help to elucidate software encountered in the wild. 

How is learning at Hackbright different than learning somewhere else?

Hackbright has a very supportive atmosphere – questions are encouraged and staff members are available to help pretty much whenever you need them.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who never stop learning and are not afraid to make changes to their lives. Being around students doing that very thing at Hackbright is quite motivational.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I love spending time outside. I’ve taken many trips to national parks to go hiking. I bake on the weekends and play in a social bowling league.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you
I once auditioned for a Drum Corps flag line!

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Interested in learning more? Check out our upcoming Part-Time Prep Course in San Francisco. Live in the South Bay? Check out our just launched South Bay Prep Course Pilot at Netflix! 

 

Calling all Trailblazers! Win a FULL Scholarship to Hackbright Academy!

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Exciting news! In celebration of our Hackbright community full of trailblazers, we are giving away a full-ride scholarship for our upcoming July 12-week software engineering course to one woman who is ready to change her career!

Since 2012, Hackbright Academy has graduated over 550 women with the skills to be software engineers. We’re excited to empower even more as our collective work to get more women into the engineering field has only just begun!

Submission Deadline is this Friday June 16, 2017. The lucky recipient of the full-tuition scholarship will be notified on Monday June 26, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must meet Hackbright Academy Admissions requirements
  • Must be accepted into and enrolled into the July 12-week software engineering fellowship

How To Apply For the Scholarship

  1. Submit the scholarship entry form
  2. Submit your fellowship application for July (if haven’t done so already!)

Full details on scholarship entry process: https://hackbrightacademy.com/scholarship-application/

The winner will be chosen based by the Hackbright Scholarship Committee based on financial need as determined through the Financial Information Form. We’ll also look at the desire for social impact based on answers in our scholarship form.


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Questions? Email us at admissions@hackbrightacademy.com, tweet us @Hackbright or give us a call 415-887-2215. You can also join our Info Session on 6/21!

Meet Christian Howes: Instructor for Hackbright’s Part-Time Prep Course

Christian Howes is an instructor  for Hackbright Academy’s Part-Time Prep Course. Since earning Computer Engineering and Music Performance degrees, Christian has held several software engineering roles. He has contributed to both server and client side development work at a wide range of organizations including large telecom software, ad serving and mobile karaoke. He loves teaching and mentoring people to achieve their fullest potential. Christian is also a percussionist and founder of Little Mission Studio where he teaches percussion.  He firmly believes in the power of drumming to take out the frustrations of coding! 

 

What motivated you to teach at Hackbright Academy?
I have been teaching for years, and I believe that management and team leadership is all teaching.  I wanted to get back into formal teaching of software development, and I love Hackbright’s mission as well as the opportunity to train people that I would want to hire!

What will students learn in the Part-Time Course course?
In the part time course, students will get an introduction to the world of programming.  We will learn the fundamentals of programming and the syntax of the Python programming language.

Why do you think it’s important to have these skill sets?
Ten times out of nine (yup, I meant ten times out of nine), software does not do what you wanted it to do because the engineer did not understand how the software would be used.  If the only thing students get from this course is to be able to communicate better with other engineers and help us all get software right the first time we will have much better software for much less cost!

I also believe that the type of problem solving that you have to do when programming helps you to look at non-programming problems in a new way.

How is learning at Hackbright different than learning somewhere else?

The part-time course is pretty unique in that it is a twice a week *in-person* course.  You get to interact with instructors live, in real time.  Students also get one on one time with an advisor/mentor throughout the course, and have access to the facility and community of Hackbright every day.

What inspires you?
The success of my students/mentees (whether students or members of teams that I lead) really gets me excited and motivated to help the team achieve great things.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
Fun things for me include facilitating others to do great things through teaching, and mentoring.  I also am pretty into fitness things like running, biking, and rock climbing.  Performing music is great fun too!

What’s one thing people don’t know about you
I like to say “I grew up on Mars.”…. and it is true.  I grew up in Mars, PA (zip code 16046, fact check it!).  When I return to visit my family on Mars, I fly to Moon (township), and then drive to Mars.  The Pittsburgh International Airport is in Moon township PA. :)

Christian will be teaching Hackbright’s upcoming Part-Time Prep Course. Enrollment deadline for June courses is May 26, Enroll Here