MEET JARDI MARTINEZ, an alumnus from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘21) and current Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering student. Jardi was wanting to switch careers to software engineering without having to go back to do a second bachelor’s degree in computer science. Striving to keep his full-time job and manage his busy life with a family, Jardi found that the nine-month, part-time graduate certificate was a perfect fit. Now Jardi is a Command and Control System Developer Intern at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and master’s student at UW Bothell. Read Jardi’s Q&A interview.
MEET ENINA BOGDANI, an alumna from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘20). Enina is a biology major who felt discouraged from taking computer science classes as an undergraduate because of the stigma that the classes are hard and might drop your GPA. Years later she took a coding class that ignited her passion to switch careers to software engineering. Enina started the GCSDD program while working full time and the skills she learned propelled her on a path to becoming a software development engineer at DynamoDB in Amazon Web Services. Read Enina’s Q&A interview.
MEET EMILY HSU, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development ('17) and Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering ('20). Emily worked in biotech for five years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and had the desire to try something new—switch careers. Wanting to become a software engineer, Emily found that the graduate certificate would teach her the fundamental skills needed to pursue this new career. Emily went on to graduate from our Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering and now works as a software engineer at T-Mobile. Read Emily’s Q&A interview.
MEET SIJIE CHEN, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development ('17). We had the opportunity to ask Sijie why she chose the GCSDD and what she thought about her experiences as a student in the program. Sijie is an international student who completed the graduate certificate while finishing a master’s program at UW Seattle. With her education, Sijie is set to join the Amazon Web Services team as a Software Development Engineer. We invite you to read Sijie's Q&A interview.
MEET KELSEY STEMM, a graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (‘16). Kelsey was looking to make a career pivot from human embryology to software engineering when she discovered the GCSDD was a perfect fit. The variety of students in the program enhanced her student experience, bringing in different perspectives and creating a supportive learning environment. Upon graduation, Kelsey went on to work at Microsoft at as software engineer and says she would not have got to where she is without this program. Read Kelsey’s Q&A interview.
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ACT-W Conference Panel: Pivoting Your Career with UW Bothell School of STEM
9/1/2022 - Q&A virtual panel with Emily Hsu (GCSDD '17, MSCSSE '20) and Christian Bergh (GCSDD '22, MSCSE current student) talk about switching careers from biotech and performing/visual arts, their experience as graduate certificate alumni, their jobs at Amazon and Primera Blue Cross. Watch ACT-W 2022 webinar
ACT-W+ ChickTech Partner Event: Break into Software Engineering
2/19/2022 - Q&A virtual panel with Graduate Certificate Alumna Lily Fan and Enina Bogdani talk about switching careers from biology, their experience as women in engineering, continuing into the master’s program, and their jobs at Microsoft and Bluetooth. A tech recruiter from Relativity shared valuable skills they look for in a new hire, how to stand out in the resume filter, and addressed some of the misconceptions about breaking into industry. Watch webinar
UW Bothell Graduate Certificate Programs Make a Difference in the Lives of Women in Engineering
11/09/2020 - Jennifer Kolar had more than 20 years of engineering experience but wanted to enhance her skills; Kelsey Stemm was looking to make a career pivot from human embryology to software engineering. Jennifer’s desire to add to her toolset and Kelsey’s career change led them in the same direction: graduate certificates at the UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Read the Society of Women in Engineering blog post on Jennifer and Kelsey.
Opening doors - UW Bothell's School of STEM helps students forge new career pathways
09/01/2020 - "The graduate certificate gives those who may not have felt encouraged and supported to pursue computer science as an undergraduate, or who felt weighed down by institutional or other systematic barriers, an opportunity to enter the tech industry," says Megan Jewell, director of graduate academic services for the School of STEM Graduate Programs. Alumna Sijie Chen finished the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development at the same time as a master's program at UW Seattle, and Emily Hsu used the graduate certificate to transition careers from biotech to computer science. Read in the Diversity in Action Magazine article how new career paths are opening for students.
Forging ahead - UW Bothell School of STEM provides paths to tech careers
11/01/2019 - Originally a graduate of UW with an art degree, alumna and current Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering student Tori Salvatore got a job overhauling a website for a tech company that sparked her passion for software engineering. Tori enjoys working on projects with engineers and hopes to go into project management with a tech firm. Read the full Diversity in Action Magazine story on Tori and hear from Associate Professor and Associate Chair of CSS Graduate Studies Min Chen on the growth and diversification of the program.
Online software certificate addresses cyber need
1/11/2018 - "Claire Jennings worked in software development, but her tech skills were self-taught. To fill the holes in her training and pick up career credentials, Jennings took the graduate certificate program in software design and development at the University of Washington Bothell."
"Another graduate student at UW Bothell, Allison Gibson got her certificate in 2015, giving her the framework she needed to start the MSCSE program. She had a computer engineering degree and work experience but had taken a long break for family reasons." Read the full UW Bothell article on Aluma Claire Jennings and Allison Gibson.