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Amanda Yonce

From Business Owner to Software Engineer

Software Engineering* '20
  • Job Title
    Junior Python Developer
  • Employer After Graduation
Amanda's Story

Amanda had most recently been the owner of a small restaurant when she found Kenzie Academy while searching for online higher education programs.

“I had not done any coding prior to Kenzie and had never even considered a career path as a developer.”

Within 2 weeks of coming across Kenzie, Amanda began the Software Engineering program. Now she’s finishing up her final months at Kenzie, preparing for graduation and her first position.

Just a few months shy of graduation, she’s already received and accepted a job offer from Remesh, an Agile research platform, as a Junior Python Developer. She’ll work with a team of developers in the QA department to test new and current features. She’ll also get the opportunity to work closely with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

“You control your own destiny,” Amanda said. “The Kenzie program will give you all of the tools you need to learn as a developer. It’s up to you what you do with those tools. Anyone can be successful at Kenzie, and anyone can transfer that success into a job, but only if they are willing to put in the effort.”

*This alum graduated from a previous, non-credit bearing, version of the software engineering program.

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