Axle Brown

Axle Brown

Axle Brown has always been passionate about learning and finding opportunities to continue to learn, in or outside of school. Having attended a United World College for high school, part of a global network of international schools, he received a high quality education, and eventually ended up attended Johns Hopkins University to study Public Health and Social Entrepreneurship. During his time at Johns Hopkins, Axle had self-designed a study trip to the Middle East and had applied for a scholarship in order to do it. The school ended up not allowing the trip for safety reasons, but Axle ended up going to india instead and spent several months there. When he later entered a government job in the Depart of Budget as Oil and Gas Liason, Axle was appreciative of the emphasis the job placed on allowing its employees further training and learning. Axle realized that he wanted to learn computer programming, specifically Ruby on Rails. He knew that there were web development firms in the area that ran trainings for corporations, but he knew his learned best in a one-on-one format. After looking around and researching various possibilities, he found a firm that was willing to meet with him one-on-one, and he even put together the curriculum for the course. In order to do this, he searched online for similar trainings and courses and noted how the topics were broken down into sections. This was a smart strategy to get an overview of the skill he was looking to gain, as well as to have his input and needs met by his trainer. "I said, 'Here’s the topics I want to learn, I pulled it from Dev Bootcamp, can you teach me this? And they said yes, and gave me back an outline of what I was learning and I just went with it."Examples of topics were HTML, CSS, and how to utilize sites like Github. Every Friday, Axle was able to use his work time to learn the material in tutorials with employees from the firm. The material was covered in ten weeks, and throughout the process Axle was able to re-adjust the curriculum based upon what was further needed.

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