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AIM Code School instructor Vanessa Kasun champions the transformational power of coding

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Vanessa Kasun is debugging some code. The gregarious AIM Code School instructor is finalizing her presentation for the upcoming Heartland Developers Conference on Sept. 24. The topic? How to build a React app from the ground up.  Kasun will take HDC attendees from installation of the Node.js open-source cross-platform Javascript runtime environment to launching a […]

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Making the most of a challenging summer: Ralston High School and AIM conclude new virtual self-paced web development course for students

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The AIM Institute and Ralston High School have partnered to deliver an online, self-paced course in web development for high schoolers and are celebrating the successful completion of its inaugural run. The course was administered by AIM Code School instructor Vanessa Kasun, who held regular office hours and was available to answer students’ questions. The […]

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Omaha South High School Grads Launch Tech Careers, Land Paid Summer Internships at Union Pacific 

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This summer, two recent Omaha South High School graduates, Suraj Poudel and Evelyn Espinoza Macias, will enter highly competitive paid internships at Union Pacific after participating in the AIM Institute’s pilot workforce development program that teaches high school students how to code.  Ashok Fichadia, Assistant Vice President of IT Development for Union Pacific, said the […]

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What is the AIM Institute? The tl;dr version

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The AIM Institute is a nonprofit that builds the tech community through education and career development. We improve the Silicon Prairie by removing barriers to technology education and strengthening the IT workforce. Check out the “too long, didn’t read” list below of what we do or watch this video to see the impact we make. […]

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Nearly 1,000 Iowa Junior High Students Learned to Code Today. That’s Good News.

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Today, with the help of the AIM Institute, nearly 1,000 students at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Council Bluffs learned the fundamentals of computer programming as part of the international Hour of Code initiative.  Principal Mike Naughton expressed his excitement over every student getting a firsthand experience with coding during their science classes. “Anytime […]

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