6 Months of Hard Work: Congratulations to the
UX Students of Cohort 1

By Matt Cummings, Indy Campus Director
March 8, 2019

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The UX Engineering Students of Cohort 1

We’re once again celebrating the accomplishments of our students! On Friday, March 1st, our very first cohort of UX Engineering students earned their UX Design certifications -- officially making them UX Designers.

Even though the journey is only halfway over for most, our students learned an exceptional amount during their first 6 months at Kenzie -- mainly the skills needed to pinpoint everyday problems and design practical applications that people will want to use to solve them.

During the ceremony, instructors and staff offered their congratulations and words of wisdom:

The first piece of advice came from Senior Community Manager, Travis Herring. Having “lived the startup life” for most of his professional career, Travis encouraged the graduates to constantly “help others” and “give someone a leg up like Kenzie Academy did for me.”

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Chok Ooi offering his words of advice to UX Engineering Cohort 1.

“Don’t change your lifestyle quickly with new income,” said Chok Ooi, Kenzie’s CEO and Co-Founder.

Chok also advised that staying focused and grounded, and taking the time to “pay it forward” whenever possible are the keys to success.

Gabe Wright offering advice.

Gabe Wright offering advice.

Next, UX Instructor, Gabe Wright offered advice based on his years of experience in the world of tech. He encouraged each of his students to:

1. Find a mentor

2. Put in the extra work.

3. Embrace what makes them excited and pursue what makes them happy.

A few of the students were then invited up to share their experiences at Kenzie:

UX Engineering Cohort 1 student, Scott Hager, discusses his experiences at Kenzie.

UX Engineering Cohort 1 student, Scott Hager, discusses his experiences at Kenzie.

“I appreciate everyone who’s rooted for me,” said UX student, Scott Hager. “It was all definitely worth the time and money.”

“Attending Kenzie Academy was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Mya Williams, another student. “I knew it from when I was first met with Chok, the CEO - where else does that happen?”

Mya’s graduation day was particularly special as she had already accepted a full-time job offer with an Indianapolis-based digital studio, Crafted.

Oh, and did we mention that she started her job just hours after graduating? How amazing is that?

Originally a Software Engineering student, Mya earned her 6-month SE certification and decided to join our first UX Engineering cohort to exercise her creative muscles. Learn about Mya’s journey in the video below:

As Mya’s success shows, the tech industry is thriving and so many companies are hungry for qualified talent. If you’ve ever been interested in a tech career, there are many ways you can get started right now:

  • Sign Up for Kenzie Free: Kenzie Free is a new series of online mini-courses designed by Kenzie’s expert faculty to teach coding basics to anyone with some to no prior tech experience.  Register here for early access and to be notified when it launches in early March 2019!

  • Download Our Infographic: There are so many opportunities in tech today that it can be difficult to choose a path. Find out what tech opportunities might be in store for YOU in our latest infographic. Download it here.

  • Apply to Kenzie Academy: Ready to launch a rewarding tech career at Kenzie? APPLY NOW.

A big, BIG congratulations to each and every one of our graduates for earning their 6 month UX Design certifications. Your Kenzie family is always here to support you and we can’t wait to see what the next 6 months have in store for you all!


Awesome Pictures from the Big Day!


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Matt Cummings

Matt Cummings helps people find success at Kenzie through mentoring, life-coaching, and giving structure to help people find their dreams. He graduated from Eastern University with a Masters in Urban Studies, has been married for 13+ years, has two kids, and two rescue dogs. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @mattwcummings