CNM Deep Dive Coding Student Wins $5,000 Scholarship

March 17, 2016 -- A CNM student enrolled in the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp program at the STEMulus Center was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship at the eighth annual Women in Technology Celebration hosted by the New Mexico Technology Council.
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Corrie Hooker was the only person who received a scholarship from Women in Technology. The scholarship will allow Hooker to continue her technology education.

The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 40 hours per week, 10 week program that provides students with computer coding skills that are coveted by organizations in central New Mexico and around the country.

Hooker said she started the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp because “everything in her life seemed to be swinging toward technology.”  She’s always been interested in computers, studied computer science for a time in college and then learned a lot on her own while running her own business as an artist. She’s a photographer and helps businesses with marketing and graphic design.

She got involved at Fat Pipe Abq, a unique collaborative, community co-working space that brings start-ups, existing businesses and entrepreneurs together, and connected with a nonprofit organization, Girl Develop It. She realized she wanted to pursue coding in a more structured class and signed up for the Deep Dive Coding program.

Hooker plans to reinvest her scholarship money to continue her education in coding and add more skills beyond what she’s learned in Deep Dive. She also plans to use it to acquire new technology.

Eight women from around the state were given awards for their achievements at the Women in Technology Awards. The honorees included educators, entrepreneurs and leaders who advocate for women interested in pursuing careers in technology.