Tech Career Development


Highlander Code Camp Builds Tomorrow’s Tech Workforce

By Tom McCauley / May 21, 2019

Teach a kid to code, and they can debug their life. Studies have shown that programming benefits a child’s cognitive development, especially reflectivity and divergent thinking skills, both crucial to creative problem-solving. Learning how to code also helps children enhance their metacognitive abilities, so that they can think about the way they think. Metacognition training…

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Part 2: It’s Time to Address the Racism in Hiring for Tech

By Tom McCauley / April 17, 2019

“There are two schools of thought: either you believe that your organization functions better with a diverse team, or you don’t,” said Eric Swanson, Happiness Engineer at the Omaha-based WordPress-hosting site Flywheel. “It’s been proven time and time again that, almost unanimously, more diverse teams do better work.” Research backs him up. A report from…

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GETconf promotes gender equity and accessibility in tech

By SPN Team / April 10, 2019

Stefanie Monge is impressed by the outpouring of support from everyone who wants to make tech a more equitable field. Monge is vice chair of the Gender Equity in Tech Conference (or GETconf, for short), a one-day conference amplifying and celebrating the voices of women and gender-expansive workers in tech. “Right now we are about…

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The Iowan Project recruits tech talent back to their home state

By Christine McGuigan / February 15, 2018

A lot of young professionals dream of leaving their hometowns after graduating high school or college in search of broader career opportunities or new lifestyles. It seems like an inevitable thing, but it’s also a problem for states like Iowa that are losing valuable tech talent to other ecosystems. But what if Iowa could identify…

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