A Day at Array…

… Is messy. This is perhaps my favorite part of the school. In education we fight so hard for measurables, data, rules, and regulations. None of these things are wrong and certainly help the world work. However, at the end of the day, education is about people. Many of you may already know this, but people are messy. We can’t actually put them in neat boxes. Teaching them takes ingenuity, change, and re-do’s. Learning takes sacrifice, risk, and failure. All of these things can make the average person a little uncomfortable.

At Array, all of these things actually mean growth. It is so exciting to be a part of a living, breathing, educational facility. The classroom, the environment, and the company are all alive. It is an exciting place to be. I have had the pleasure of learning a lot about Array this week, and I would love to let you in on a little bit of my learning.

Did you know that Array is a full stack web development program? Do you know what “full stack web development” means? I will confess my own understanding to be lacking! Full stack web development is the term applied to individuals who are able to create all parts of a web application. This includes the front end and the back end. A model of a full stack developer has sometimes been referred to as the “T” model. The top of the T represents the full stack developer’s capabilities, meaning a full stack developer is familiar and proficient with a wide variety of systems and coding languages. The center stem of the “T” contains the areas where the developer has become more of an expert and built deeper knowledge in a few select areas. At Array, we prepare students for the horizontal part of the “T”. When they leave our hallowed halls they have a general understanding of a wide variety of systems. It is our hope and dream, to send them into jobs where they can begin to learn the areas they will master based on their employment and experiences. There will be more on exactly what makes up this “T” from our Professor Josh Sanderlin later this week.

If you are considering Array as a student, keep your eye out for this post. It will help you get a better idea of what you will be able to do at the end of our 6-month course. Additionally, if you are a company checking out Array for future employees, this upcoming post will give you an idea of what our students will leave with at the end of our program. It is our goal to create highly employable students. We would love to hear from both of you regardless of your interest in Array at office@arrayschool.com.

The rest of September will contain a series of posts highlighting Array’s mission, the activities, the goals, and educational model that make us different. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you as well. As I said before, Array is ALIVE! There is always something new to consider and share. I can’t wait to tell you more!