September 23, 2016 – Redding, CA – A student at Cloud Wise Academy has gotten an internship with Adjoy, a technology firm in the area that creates non-invasive advertisements for games on the web and on mobile devices. The student, Joe Wallace, is a high school senior who has completed one six-week web design course with Cloud Wise Academy, and is partway through a second. Before he took his first course, he had no prior programming experience.
Joe Wallace got a scholarship to attend Cloud Wise Academy through the Smart Business Resource Center, which has been working with the Academy to get people interested in technology – especially young adults – to enroll in Cloud Wise Academy courses.
“Cloud Wise Academy just makes sense,” says Debbie Decoito, executive director of the Smart Center. “It’s short-term training that’s very relevant to the technological trends occurring not just in our area, but everywhere right now. And there’s a lot of interest in taking these kinds of classes. They’re helpful to the people taking the training, of course, but they’re also helpful to businesses in the Shasta area who want to hire people with technological skills. Not to mention helpful to those who want to start their own businesses and have the opportunity to live here in Redding and work outside our general area. This partnership is an all-around great opportunity. We’re very excited about it.”
The web design course itself
When asked if he thought a year ago that he might work in web development, Joe laughs. “I didn’t even think four months ago that I would go into web development.” As of now, he wants to make a career of it.
Joe Wallace graduated from the Academy’s first six-week course, Websites for Beginners, and is currently taking the second course, Advanced Web Development – Learning the WordPress Ecosystem. He got a scholarship to take these courses through the Smart Business Resource Center.
“The Smart Center has been really helpful to me,” he says. “They’ve taught me a lot about how to reach out and communicate with businesses in the area.”
Joe did not have a firm idea of what he was going to do with his life before he attended the Cloud Wise Academy, but was neighbors with Eric Casequin, the chief technology officer at Adjoy and the founder of the Redding Area Designers and Developers. Eric encouraged Joe to take the course. “After that,” he says, “I went to the Smart Center to get the scholarship.”
Help from the Smart Business Resource Center
The Smart Business Resource Center in Redding has been working recently with Cloud Wise Academy to offer scholarships for those interested in web development training. Debbie DeCoito is thrilled that the web design course yielded a good job for Joe in such a short period of time. “It’s great. It’s a great opportunity for him as he works towards his diploma. Cloud Wise Academy is a wonderful learn-and-earn model of training. We’re happy to have the opportunity to participate in it.”
Debbie pointed out how helpful programs like Cloud Wise Academy could be for the Shasta area as a whole. “I think it’s a chance to expand and also to keep our younger people here in the area, while still making good wages. Capturing the younger adults is really important. It’s something that we currently have some programs for, and our partnership with Cloud Wise Academy allows us to expand those opportunities for our youth.”
The Joy of Adjoy: A Redding Technology Firm
Adjoy shares the enthusiasm of both the Smart Center and Cloud Wise Academy for creating opportunities for Redding. The purpose of the platform Adjoy created is to make advertising in games more favorable to gamers and to small businesses, but when asked about the mission of Adjoy, Eric Casequin immediately focused his answer on the local community. “Adjoy is a self-service advertising platform that allows both merchants and game developers to get and deliver what they want. Adjoy does not do banners, pop-ups, or videos. It doesn’t interrupt the gameflow,” he says. “However, it’s something bigger than that. I see it as the future of many jobs. The dream is to create a business that brings a high amount of revenue to Redding and creates ample jobs.”
Eric pushed Joe to take the Cloud Wise Academy course because he says, “he had the aptitude.” But he offered him a job because he saw the level of passion Joe brought to learning web development. “He took it upon himself to take the next class. I did not tell him about WordPress. That meant to me that he sought more knowledge. And he worked in his free time, too, not only in classes. This all indicated that he was thirsty for knowledge. And that’s what I look for.”
As for what Joe would be doing, Eric answers very simply: “Everything. In three months, he’ll probably know enough to teach a class.”
For his part, Joe Wallace has become very enthusiastic about the world of programming. “I love it,” he says. “What can I say? It’s fun to create things. If anyone is looking for a practical career in a field that will definitely be expanding in the future, then they should get in on this.”
Cloud Wise Academy will hold another Websites for Beginners course beginning on October 12th. These classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6-9 in the evenings for the convenience of those with jobs and families. Prices are intentionally affordable; only $275 per class. Scholarships are available. For more information about applying for a scholarship, see the scholarship information page. Interested students can register for courses at CloudWiseAcademy.com.
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Cloud Wise Academy was founded in 2016 to teach high-demand technology skills. The Academy works closely with businesses in the area to make sure that the courses teach skills that companies are hiring for. A sister company to Cloud Wise Academy is 24-Hour Cloud Support, which helps company managers solve web, cloud, and e-commerce problems, on-demand. www.cloudwiseacademy.com
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