Code-Ed with AKPsi Alumni

It is always a pleasure when Omega Beta alumni come back to Bellingham to share in events and gatherings with our chapter. We value our alumni as resources, connections, and lifelong brothers. Within them, hold the realities of life after college and the experiences of working with a college degree. Through post-graduate life and working with start up companies, Omega Beta alum, Misha Litchev, saw a greater need for technology education within the undergraduate study. This inspired him to design and lead a free workshop with Western students that focused on innovative technologies and conversations about issues in the tech industry. Alongside other Omega Beta alum, Audrey Andoy, and WWU alum, Charisma Yaranon, students who attended received a short coding demonstration showing some of the latest technologies being used in the industry. 

Audrey taught students how to build a simple web app with the programming language of Javascript by using Express and Node. She demonstrated cloning and pushing to Github, as well as posting to Heroku.

Audrey working with OB Brother alyssa jacobson 

Audrey working with OB Brother alyssa jacobson 

The name of the workshop, Code-Ed, focused on the inclusion of women and minorities in the technology industry while also focusing on the importance of the industry's hiring and mentorship practices. 

Charisma had the pleasure of teaching about UX Designers. She also shared with us her personal experiences about what life in the profession is like. We are happy to know that she is currently enjoying it. 

Misha pointing out some key features 

Misha pointing out some key features 

All in attendance were encouraged to bring their personal computers to participate in a small group breakout session. During this time, attendees were able to work on their own projects while also building their technical skills and portfolios. 

The roundtable discussion that followed allowed student to speak freely. Issues about the industry were discussed and students opened up about how they could benefit from learning more technical skills through events like this one. 

Misha facilitating the roundtable discussion 

Misha facilitating the roundtable discussion 

The purpose behind this workshop was to educate and enable students to start to develop a practical career roadmap to enter and thrive in the tech industry. 

A huge thank you goes out to Misha, Audrey, and Charisma for organizing this event and bringing it to our campus!

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