The 19-year-old Claremore resident began studying web development and software engineering that not only fulfilled her passion for creativity but also Oklahoma’s need for software engineers and web developers.
“I feel mostly drawn to web development because I love helping people and being creative,” said Zamia Carter. “When someone comes to me with an idea and I can turn it into 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 prepare 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 the arts district of downtown Tulsa, Holberton reaches students in the Tulsa suburbs and in rural communities—like Carter’s.
The Carter group 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 she has full access to the downtown campus if she needs it.
Holberton will host an open house on Wednesday, November 30 for prospective students. Holberton Tulsa offers four programs in full web development, virtual/augmented reality, machine learning and Linux programming, and advanced algorithms and blockchain.
With Holberton’s educational resources and resources, students can learn computer coding and software engineering skills from the comfort of their own home.
“It’s easier for me to stay home and do it here,” she said. “I have a lot of resources that they give me. I certainly don’t feel like I’m at a disadvantage being online.”
Holberton lent Carter a laptop and through online tools, like Slack and Google Meet, remote students can complete projects and develop technical skills. In addition, Carter has access to staff and student teachers and can track the progress of her peers and seek help if needed.
Holberton uses peer learning in her teaching. When she was a distant student, Carter said she still found a group of her peers.
“Online, I’ve been able to make a small group of friends with people who I connect with a lot. We talk, we joke, we catch it all.
Holberton Students also provides need-based financial aid of up to $1,500 per month to eligible students.
“The financial relief helps me focus on school a lot more. I definitely wouldn’t be able to go to school without the aid,” Carter said.
For Carter, this financial aid made the difference between Holberton and other colleges and universities.
After graduating from Claremore High School in 2021, Carter worked at Resur and focused on selling her paintings for a year. When she was looking for schools, Holberton’s financial assistance stood out because it allowed her to focus on classes without the need for a part-time job.
“I can be at home and focus on my schoolwork, without worrying about going to work and studying after work. It makes it easier,” Carter said.
Holberton students have the option of deferring tuition fees until they have graduated and secured an initial job. Students are allowed to pay tuition over three and a half years, and those who live at Tulsa MSA after graduation have a reduced payment agreement.
“It definitely shows that they have the new generation in mind when it comes to their students and how they run the school,” said Carter.