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Discussion on: Tell us about the Black technologists that inspire you!

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I'd love to give a shout-out to Leon Noel! Leon is the Managing Director of Engineering @ Resilient Coders and Distinguished Faculty @ General Assembly. I encountered Leon last summer when he offered a short boot-camp for POC and people affected by the pandemic to begin learning Full Stack Web Development. When his short camp was successful, he ramped things up and began offering #100Devs, a 30-week full stack online bootcamp. The offerings in #100Devs are very similar to what he offers with his day job at Resilient Coders - everything is 100% free (always) and he takes people with no (or little) technical background and teaches them everything they need to know to get a wonderful job in the software engineering field, including interview prep, resume reviews, networking advice and training, and anything they might need on both the soft-skills as well as technical side of the table. His success rate at RC is over 85% placement within 3 months of graduation, including many graduates who were hired at FAANG companies. Leon is one of the most giving people I have ever known, and I am proud to be one of his students.