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Bobby Martin8,624 Points
Code Oregon, is it still happening?
I'm living in Portland and have been using Treehouse for over a year now. I was wondering if Code Oregon was still going on. I would love to be a part of this, if thats still possible. Does anyone know anything about it? I've looked at a few different pages and can't seem to find any current posts on this. Any help would be great. Thanks!
It seems pretty quiet doesn't it? What I've been trying to focus on at this point is going through the career program with Treehouse. Once you finish your track, you can link projects in order to show what you've accomplished. You also need to offer support in the forum for a certain amount. Like you, I signed up for the codeoregon and I'm extremely grateful because I'm able to learn on this platform because of it. Maybe try just focusing on doing the career program? Hope that helps. :)
Kristopher Van SantCourses Plus Student 18,830 Points
Just came back from the Code Oregon job fair. There was about 20 or so employers there from powerhouses like Wieden & Kennedy and Jaguar to smaller startups. I'd estimate the crowd at about 100 or so including everyone from newbies to old pros. It was nice to actually talk to employers and get a sense of the skills they were looking for and get an idea of the challenges ahead!
Nope, you had to get a free ticket before hand though. They just checked you off a list at the door. I keep up with Code Oregon on Facebook, makes it easy.
I was at the job fair also and I asked all the employers if they had openings for junior web developer and none of them had.
However, if by asking "Is CodeOregon still happening?" you mean,
can you maybe still get a free CodeOregon subscription to Treehouse, the answer is: Yes!
David Duncan is the person to email such a request: David.M.DUNCAN [at] oregon.gov.
I talked to David just before the job fair and he said he still had over 1000 subscriptions left.
I see no one in this thread has over 30K points (Hi Seth).
I have over 70K points:
..and I'm towards the top of the Treehouse Leaderboard page list,
but it really hasn't done a thing for me in terms of making me more desireable for potential employers.
I would give this pragmatic advice:
Devote most of your time to creating/maintaining a really good online Portfolio (if you want to do front end web design/development).
Plus (if you you want to be considered a Full Stack Developer or a Server side developer) spend most of your time with Github projects.
Going through the treehouse courses will help you with these tasks (even if the course points/badges themselves have little real world "employ-ability" significance).
These are what may make you more desirous of employers (along with a 4 year Computer Science degree of course).
Every employer I've talked to has considered my public Treehouse profile of little or no regard.
The Treehouse courses have no government accreditation (unlike public university courses/degrees).
Oh, and the members of the TeamTreehouse "Job Team" (i.e. the "Career Program" people --like Nancy King) will tell you:
"Treehouse is not a job placement agency".
I really wish it were...
The only 'Land a Job' purpose they are willing to own up to is:
"We'll be there to help you with the basics of owning your own job hunt."
..as it says on the Careers page:
So the best (most charitable) thing I can say about CodeOregon is:
"Keep your expectations in check (as low as possible)"
Thanks for the additional info. It's greatly appreciated.