Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Coding and Web Development (But Were Afraid to Ask!)

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Career Services Center invited Brian Jenney, former Skyline College Career Services Resource Aid, currently employed as a Web Developer for Grocery Outlet Corporate Offices, to visit with a group of very interested students about his own transition into web development and the opportunities in the Bay Area. With over 5000 open positions for developers on Indeed.com alone, it can be a rewarding and lucrative field that is expected to grow even more in the future.

The computer tech inspired students learned the basics of creating a web page from HTML and CSS andBrian Jenney about several free resources they can access online, such as Codecademy.com, Codepen, Brian Jenney 2W3 Schools, and Sublime Text.  This wealth of free information on the web is available to anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of coding. Brian shared with the group how taking the initiative to research and supplement their existing knowledge can introduce students to cutting edge information. As we gain more awareness, our network of fellow techies can strengthen our skill set as much of Brian’s introductory knowledge was a result of interacting with the great community of developers online.

Students gained a better understanding of how code creates the webpages and apps they use, the job market for developers in the Bay Area and a closer look at how students can academically prepare while here at Skyline College to set the foundation for a possible future in this exciting and challenging field.

 Article by Brian Jenney and Lavinia Zanassi Photos by Nicholas Zuniga