Holberton offers Claremore student a unique tech education – Claremore Daily Progress

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Updated: November 27, 2022 @ 11:10 am
Zamya Carter, 19-year-old Claremore resident, studies web development and software engineering at Holberton Tulsa.

Zamya Carter, 19-year-old Claremore resident, studies web development and software engineering at Holberton Tulsa.
A 19-year-old Claremore resident started studying web development and software engineering that not only fulfilling her passion for creativity but also meets Oklahoma’s need for software engineers and web developers.
“I feel like I’m mostly drawn to web development because I like helping people and creating,” Zamya Carter said. “When someone comes to me with an idea and I can make that a reality, like a website for their business, it makes me really happy.”
Carter began studying at Holberton Tulsa in May.
Holberton Tulsa offers project-based, software engineering programs to equip aspiring software engineers. Holberton launched its Tulsa campus in January 2020 to train software engineers in Tulsa’s growing technology sector.
While its campus is located in Tulsa’s downtown Arts District, Holberton reaches students on the outskirts of Tulsa and in rural communities — like Carter.
Carter’s cohort includes 48% of students who live outside of Tulsa and 14% who live outside the metropolitan area. Carter chooses to learn remotely from her home in Claremore, but has full access to the downtown campus if she needs it.
Holberton will host an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 30 for prospective students. Holberton Tulsa offers four programs in full-stack web development, virtual reality/augmented reality, machine learning and Linux programming, advanced algorithms and blockchain.
Through educational and Holberton-provided resources, students are able to learn computer coding and software engineering skills from their homes.
“It’s just easier for me to stay at home and do it here,” she said. “I have plenty of resources that they provide me. I definitely don’t feel like I’m at a disadvantage being online.”
Holberton loaned Carter a laptop and through online tools, such as Slack and Google Meet, remote students are able to complete projects and develop technical skills. Additionally, Carter has access to staff, student tutors and can track her peers’ progress and ask for help if needed.
Holberton uses peer-learning in its education. As a remote student, Carter said she still found a community of peers.
“Online, I’ve been able to create a little friend group of people that I communicate the most with. We talk, we joke around, and we figure everything out,” she said.
Holberton also provides students with need-based financial assistance up to $1,500 per month to eligible students.
“Financial relief helps me focus on school a lot more. I definitely wouldn’t be able to attend the school without the assistance,” Carter said.
For Carter, this financial assistance made the difference between Holberton and other colleges and universities.
After graduating from Claremore High School in 2021, Carter worked at Reasor’s and focused on selling her paintings for a year. When she was looking for schools, Holberton’s financial assistance stood out to her as it allowed her to focus on classes without needing a part-time job.
“I am able to be at home and focus on my school work, without having to worry about getting to work and studying after work. It makes it easier,” Carter said.
Holberton students have the option to defer payment of tuition until they graduate and secure initial employment. Students are allowed to repay tuition over three and a half years and those who live in the Tulsa MSA after graduation have a reduced payment agreement.
“It definitely shows they’re keeping the new generation in mind when it comes to their students and how they operate the school,” Carter said.
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