From cashiering to coding: One student’s journey to a career in Computer Science

Alex Riester came to Ivy Tech in 2019 to study Computer Science, not realizing the impact the College was going to have on his life and career.

“When I first enrolled as a student, I was working as a cashier and had no coding or programming experience at all,” he explained. “I did not know the difference between Java and JavaScript.”

Two years later, Alex is finishing his Associate of Science – scheduled to graduate this May. In addition to his studies, Alex is participating in two internships; one with the CCEC’s Launch Lab in the North Meridian Center and the other as a CRM intern with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Before his internships, Alex was a student ambassador, which is how he first learned about the Launch Lab opportunity.

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