Kenzie News Roundup 12/11/20

Kenzie News Roundup 12/11/20

NightWare helps people with PTSD-related nightmares, 2021 UI/UX trends make waves, and we look at how Salesforce handles accessibility. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Removing the college-degree filter

A new study has revealed that 30 million American workers without college degrees have the skills to move into new jobs that pay an average of 70% more than their current ones. These findings provide hope after 4 decades of falling wages for workers without degrees. Upskilling programs and tech bootcamps are helping many make the jump to higher pay. The data is also providing leverage to labor experts calling on companies to remove the “college-degree filter” when looking for new talent. Learn more on The New York Times

Put this in your toolbox 

Looking for a few new skills to add to your developer toolbox? The Internet abounds with tools and websites to teach you new coding skills and make your workflow easier. Skookum Engineering Manager Paul Rowe put together a list of his top 26 resources so you can take your developing skills to the next level. Check out the list on Built In

Higher ed & Hulu 

For Denison University President Adam Weinberg, higher education is changing rapidly. Adam predicts the industry will see an evolution similar to that of the cable TV industry, which was “unbundled” into options like Hulu and Netflix. Learn more about how higher education could see a similar unbundling (and check out the Kenzie Academy shoutout) in this story on Business Insider

Developer creates app to help people with PTSD 

Patrick Skluzacek suffered from PTSD-related nightmares after returning from Iraq in 2007. In 2015, his son Tyler used his tech skills to enter a hackathon focused on developing mobile apps for people with PTSD. Last month, Tyler’s Apple Watch app NightWare was approved by the FDA to treat PTSD-related nightmare disorders. Learn more about how Tyler made an impact through his tech skills on NPR

Case Study of the Week: How Salesforce handles accessibility 

Catherine Nichols currently serves as the Senior Director of Accessibility Programs at Salesforce. In a recent in-depth interview, she shared what Salesforce is doing to create more opportunities for disabled people in the workplace. Catherine also shared valuable information on why accessibility matters and how we can work towards it in our own workplaces. Find this story on ZDNet

Inside Perspectives: Molly Brown of Qumulo

Molly Brown is Vice President of Engineering and Customer Success at Qumulo, a data storage company based in Seattle. Molly spoke to GeekWire Contributor Lisa Stiffler about her journey into tech and what a day in her work life looks like. She also shared how her experiences at an all-girls high school helped prepare her for the male-dominated field of computer engineering. Read Molly’s insightful story on GeekWire

TLDR: “2021 UI/UX design trends and how to make them work for you”

Curious about what’s on the horizon for UI/UX design in 2021? This 20-minute long-form piece will certainly satiate your craving. From touchless interactions and more 3D experiences, there are so many interesting trends for UX professionals to explore in the new year. Read more on UX Planet

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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