Building an application on your own is one of the most rewarding things you do on your ongoing journey to becoming a developer. Portfolio projects are the time to put all of the concepts you have been learning into practice. The end result is something you can be proud of and show off to prospective employers. However, building something on your own can also be very challenging.

If you are in the structured program, reach out to your cohort lead for all project questions, including a kickoff meeting and continued support!  If you are in the self-paced program, keep reading.

When you enter the final projects section of a module, or slightly before, you will receive an email from a Section Coach. This Coach will be your point of contact throughout your time in project mode for the particular section you are in. The first step is to schedule a project planning meeting with your Section Coach.

The planning meeting is designed so you will come with an idea for their application as well as some ideas on how you will meet requirements of the project. You will run through this information with the section coach and discuss each one. The goal of this meeting is to make sure that the project is scoped correctly and that you understand the requirements. It’s important to come to this meeting prepared so the coach will be able to help get you started in project mode down the correct path.

After the meeting the coach will give you a list of resources to help you through the project. Following the planning meeting, communication with the project support coach will occur via slack and/or email. The coach will be familiar with your project and can help to point you in the right direction. 

List of Coaches:

CLI Project Section Coach - Beth Schofield

Sinatra Project Section Coach - Jennifer Pazos

Rails Project Section Coach - Dwayne Harmon

JavaScript Project Section Coach - Dalia Sawaya

React Project Section Coach - Annabel Wilmerding

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