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True Coding Stories: Nicky Hughes

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Nicky Hughes, WDI Alumni

Meet Nicky Hughes, graduate of General Assembly’s 12-week Web Development Immersive (WDI) program who recently landed a job as a Rails developer at a startup. It is now a family affair — Nicky’s husband was so inspired, that he just enrolled in WDI too. – Mercedes Bent, General Assembly

Eight months ago, I was an architect in Sydney, Australia. After a three-month crash course in web development from General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive (WDI) program in New York City, I’m now proud to call myself a Rails developer, with a full-time job back in my hometown at a tech startup called Tapestry.

Coding and web development weren’t new to me. In high school, I studied coding in Visual Basic, but those skills got tucked away in a corner of my memory as I concentrated my energies on a career in architecture.

Originally viewing it solely as a resource that could come in handy at my current job, I started teaching myself Ruby. However, as I got into it, I quickly began to recall the love for coding I developed in high school, and made the decision to leave architecture in pursuit of a career in web development. In order to do this, I’d need a more comprehensive and structured curriculum than simply learning on my own, so I applied for WDI, traveled across the globe to New York City, and set out to write a blog about the experience called, Nicky on Rails.

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GA Summer Soirée

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Rooftop Party for Sherpaa, Pencils of Promise, and General Assembly

We love a good party around here.  And when it’s a party for something we believe in, we take it pretty seriously.

We recently joined forces with Sherpaa to throw quite the bash in an effort to increase access to education in high-need communities via Pencils of Promise.  PoP focuses on building strong structures and sustainable education programs throughout Laos, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

The soiree took place at SOAKED, one of NYC’s newest rooftop venues above the Mondrian Hotel in SOHO. Signature drinks, great music, and a picture perfect view of the city made for a memorable summer night for all.

Half of all the proceeds went to PoP to help build a school and spread education in Guatemala.  We’ll drink to that.

And no, you’re not seeing double.  Our party hosts aren’t twins, but might as well be.

Melanie Stevenson, Matt Brimer, and Jay Parkinson

GA 2012 Year-End Snapshot

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As we get ready for 2013, we can’t help but reflect on what an incredible year it’s been. But most importantly, we wanted to recognize the people who have made, and continue to make, GA possible. To our students, instructors, member startups, friends, and family — thank you.

We’re looking forward to the new year, but in the meantime, here’s a look back on 2012 in fun facts and fond memories:

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Hello, San Francisco—It’s Back to School Time

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Before Memorial Day, several of us from the GA team crammed onto a couch and talked about going west for the summer. Over the past two months, we’ve doled out no fewer than 300 *adorable* GA cookies, trekked what probably amounts to 50 miles of distance traveled from coffee shop to office to happy hour in various locations around SoMa, and most importantly, had the pleasure of introducing almost 1,000 students to General Assembly classes and workshops.

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