Training Camp + Draft Day

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Road to Draft Day – Educator Handbook

WTIA Pilot Recruiting Program: Now Accepting Nominations

{ About }

Tech Recruiting is at a crossroads. Startups and mid-size companies face stiff competition from tech giants, while companies of all sizes face budgetary, logistical and need constraints, forcing them into to a shallow talent pool.

How do companies invest in recruiting? Many admit to the unsustainable practice of sourcing from a limited pipeline of ‘trusted’ schools such as Stanford and MIT.

How do underrepresented schools and programs get noticed? Despite the increasing demand for tech jobs, a deep pool of talented students, veterans and candidates with non-traditional backgrounds go unnoticed due to limited recruiting resources.

To bridge this gap, WTIA is playing matchmaker with the launch of a unique Recruitment: Draft Day and Interview Prep Program: Training Day.

You’re invited to help us #LevelThePlayingField for your students. Nominations are now open!

{Draft Day Program Benefits}


  • Increase visibility of candidates from underrepresented schools and programs
  • Bridge gap between required skills/experience and curriculum
  • Increase student post-grad hire percentage
  • Increase Tech Program visibility


  • Increase access to tech employers
  • Gain insights into diverse tech sectors, cultures and opportunities
  • Discover alternative training and educational resources


  • Expand Recruiting Pipeline beyond traditional educational institutions, i.e., MIT and Stanford
  • Increase awareness of diverse talent pool
  • Create pipeline to communicate needs to educators


  • Job types: QAE, SDET, TPM, PM, Information Security Analyst
  • Candidates must be nominated by a tech educator
  • Eligible tech educators: University, Community College or tech program instructors (ie, Code Fellows, Dev BootCamp, Coding Dojo, etc)

EDUCATORS + Nomination Instructions

1) Each instructor may submit up to 10 nominees

2) Nominees may be current or past students

3) For each candidate, submit the online Draft Day Nomination Form

4) Provide each nominee with the Candidate Instructions and Candidate Application Essay link:

NOMINEES + Application Requirements

1) Draft Day Candidate Application form: provided by the nominating tech educator

2) Resume (resumes must be submitted as a word doc. PDF’s will not be accepted)

Candidate Selection | Scouting Report

{The Draft Day Advisory Committee is comprised of tech company hiring managers,

recruiters and startup founders}

The Draft Day Project Manager will edit each submitted resume, nomination form and candidate essay to remove the name of the candidate and college/university/program to create a blind review process

Each candidate will be evaluated by the required submitted materials:

  • Nominator Evaluation Form
  • Candidate Essay
  • Resume

Top Candidates and their instructors will be notified of their selection to move on to Round 2 – Training Camp!

Training Camp

{Draft Day Prep Program}

Training Day participants will have access to a variety of tools and information to prepare them for interviews and help move them on to Draft Day.

  • Presentation coaching
  • Mock interviews
  • Tech-centric resume building
  • Panel Discussions
  • Complimentary headshots

Candidates will be evaluated on overall presentation and interview skills.

Training Camp evaluations will be combined with the Scouting Report to determine the finalists selected to advance to Draft Day.

Top Candidates and their instructors will be notified of their selection to move on to Draft Day


{Congratulations, You’ve Made It to Draft Day! According to  the Scouting Report – You’re an All Star. Your Performance in Training Camp will guarantees you a starting position}

Draft Day Candidates will use their Training Camp skills to interview with top hiring Tech Companies in a blind speed-dating format.


At the start of each interview, the interviewer will be presented with the candidates redacted resume (name and educational program removed).

Each round ends with both the candidate and the interviewer submitting a scorecard evaluating one another.

After scoring each candidate, the interviewer will immediately assign the candidate one of the status updates below:

  • Scouting Report – Interviewer would like additional information and will receive the Nomination and Candidate Essay submissions to consider
  • Signing Bonus: Candidate receives invitation to Full-Cycle Interview
  • Red Shirt:  Candidate is not a fit for a current open position, however, may be a good fit for future openings
  • Free Agent: Candidate is not a fit at this time

Candidates will score each interviewer on style, content and company fit.

Candidate and Interviewer scorecards will be updated at the end of each round.


After the final Draft Day round, all participants will retreat to the Draft Day Lounge for a networking reception while the Draft Reports are finalized.

Draft Reports will be be distributed + Names and Matches revealed!

For updates and additional information, contact Draft Day – Project Manager: Heather Craig

The Road to Draft Day – Educator Handbook


Hackathon : AngelHack event on April 16

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Hackathon opportunity for IGNITE students
AngelHack Seattle 2016
By: AngelHack

Apply for a chance to attend the NCWIT Summit on Women & IT

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hello Student Seed Fund winners & advisors-

As a change leader at your university (or the mentor of change leaders), we invite you to apply to attend the NCWIT Summit on Women & IT.

The annual NCWIT Summit convenes Change-leaders (women and men) from over 650 member organizations across the country. The Summit provides leading-edge research and practices for recruiting, retaining, and raising awareness about girls and women in technology; opportunities to connect and collaborate in programs and workshops; and engaging speakers who offer research, inspiration, and encouragement. In addition to representatives from schools, organizations and agencies across the K-16 pipeline, our audience is comprised of prominent social scientists and computing executives from more than 70 major corporations, corporate foundations and startups.

This year, NCWIT has created an opportunity for a limited number of college students (18 years of age or older) to attend the Summit as Change-leader Scholars. These individuals are students who are interested in becoming, or already are, Change-leaders for diversity in tech within their own communities.

NOTE: Students who are selected to participate in the Summit will not be required to pay a conference registration fee, but will need to provide their own travel funds.

Apply today:
Please let us know if you have any questions.


Malia Fredrickson
Program Manager | Aspirations in Computing College & Community
Twitter: @NCWITAiC
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TEDx Talk Seattle Central at the Wood Technology Center

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The Wood Technology Student Council will be hosting an information session this Thursday, March 3rd at 4PM for a Spring Quarter TEDx Talk (PDF).



Winter 2016 Important Dates

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Hello everyone,


As you may or may not know, there are some important dates / deadlines approaching:

February 15 – Holiday, no classes

February 16 – Registration begins for returning students, the spring quarter classes are published!

February 22nd – Registration begins for new students

February 26 – Last day to withdraw or change credit/audit status

Contact to schedule an appointment for spring registration or to ask any questions you may have.



Usability Study with David Wall

Monday, February 1st, 2016

David Wall (CEO of Good Road Network) is bringing a team of devs to SCC to discuss the fundamentals of usability testing and provide an opportunity for students to become involved with actual user tests for an application his team is building!

Here are some of the things that will be covered:

  • UX (user experience) fundamentals
  • Why perform a usability tests?
  • How to target scenarios to be tested
  • How to find proper candidates for user testing
  • How to conduct a usability test
  • How to learn from the results of tests and incorporate results in a retrospective

David and his team will be here Monday, February 1st, 7:15-8:15pm in room BE3212 at Seattle Central.

Map to Lecture Hall, room 3212. Below is a map of how to get to the lecture hall on the third floor from the IT office:

A Presentation on Using a Mentorship Circle in a Technical Workplace

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Amazon presentation, with free food


Implications of Technology on Privacy-Sensitive Users

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

What: Implications of Technology on Privacy-Sensitive Users

When: Thursday, February 18th 4PM – 5:30 PM

Where: BE3178

There are many financial, policy, and political motivations behind the development and management of Internet-based services. Many of these motivations do not sincerely support personal privacy in a proactive manner, and some of this has to do with a lack of understanding of privacy-sensitive user groups. This talk will look at some real-life implications of encryption, some specific user groups that depend on strong encryption, and an introduction to Tor and Tor onion services. We will aim to have 30 – 45 minutes of QA.

Christopher Sheats is an Encryption Evangelist at the ACLU of Washington where he advocates for the use of free software encryption technologies and advises on privacy-focused organizational policy changes. He is a Director of the Seattle Privacy Coalition, an activist organization that is driving personal privacy and institutional transparency policy changes at the city and state levels. Christopher organizes and facilitates surveillance self-defense workshops for privacy-sensitive populations and loves learning and teaching about privacy, information, and technology.

Cyber Security – Mary Jane Kelly

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Have you considered a career in Computer Security? Byte Club and Seattle Central welcome industry speaker Mary Jane Kelly, an expert in the evolving field of Cyber Security. Join MJ and gain professional insight into careers in Network Security and discuss future trends in the field.

This lecture will provide valuable resources for developing the skills employers are looking for. Take the opportunity to find out more about one of the most fascinating, rapidly growing jobs in tech.

Mary Jane Kelly

Contact Byte Club @

Room 3179

January 26th

4- 5pm


Version Control with GitHub in the Workplace

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

What: Version Control with GitHub in the Workplace

When: Friday, Jan 29th 12pm-2pm

Where: BE 3179

Please join Dan White, SCC alumni and developer to learn step by step how to manage and use popular version control system Git in a corporate environment. No prior experience necessary!

In this 2 hour workshop we will start from the basics of creating a project in Git and the most common commands used to warm up, then we will be turning focus on the how to use it effectively in the workplace with development teams,

best practices and how to resolve common problems that arise.

The workshop will take place in BE 3179, a state of the art lab with touchscreen computers.

If you prefer, bring your own laptop with your favorite lightweight code editor installed and Git command line program for your chosen platform from

PREREQUISITE: Please sign up for a GitHub account at prior to the workshop. You do not need to take any further steps than simply creating a user account!