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Front-End Academy: record number of motivated participants

Dutch technology company Present Connection has been organizing free Front-End Programming Academies since 2017. The 3-month workshop-based academy for the 2021-2022 season attracted a record number of participants who completed the qualifying tasks. Sixty-seven participants applied for the 12-seat free academy, and 38 completed the qualifying tasks.

“This year, we were surprised by the turnout of motivated participants. Every year we select those who want to improve their front-end knowledge by submitting and evaluating the results of technical selection tasks. 57% of all participants in this Academy season wanted to learn and made an active effort. The fact that we had a large number of willing participants shows the relevance of the front-end technology and the need for such training,” says Ernestas Burokas, Technical Manager, Mentor, and founder of the Front-End Academy. Ernestas also adds that the motivation is shown by one of the participants who used to come to the weekly meetings in Kaunas from Naujoji Akmenė.

During the three months of training, the participants developed projects using React.js and Node.js. Students who wanted to change their qualifications or deepen their knowledge created websites. Projects range from a family shopping cart planner to a platform for presenting architectural projects or plant landscaping solutions. All those who wanted to take part in the Front-End Academy came with their own ideas for the websites they wanted to develop – some had received orders, others wanted to develop personal projects.

“The main focus of the training was the React library. After three months, I got to know the tool a lot better, I got to know and use its various functionalities, and I learned the best practices of clean code. During the training, I even had the opportunity to build my first mobile application with React Native”, says Mantvydas Buzas, a graduate of the Front-End Academy.

All the academy graduates managed to develop the concept and functionality of their websites successfully. They were given practical knowledge that led to individual problem-solving. All participants received certificates of completion, and one of the participants was offered an internship in the company.

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