This is the second edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meet Gabriel G.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
Gabe is a real adventurer and traveler, and no stranger to the Carolinas, Hawaii and Colorado. So making the move from Eau Claire to Madison, WI to attend Mindteck Academy’s Java training class was a total walk in the park. He actually started his college career at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and knows the lively city like the back of his hand, which helps a lot when going out with his classmates for a little fun on the weekends!
Gabe has always “had kind of a thing” for computers. Back in middle school, his mom brought home their very first PC – a Windows NT 4.0 – and that’s when it started. In high school, he got even more interested after getting his first graphing calculator, and then later joined the programming club. Growing up with several dogs in childhood, Gabe once thought he wanted to be a veterinarian and “save all the animals”, but he now would love the chance to work in robotics and artificial intelligence. Maybe Gabe will one day help develop a robotic medical device that veterinarians use in surgery. The great thing about technology? It allows us to marry our dreams together!
While very confident in his core programming skills (especially Java), Gabe was drawn to Mindteck Academy because of its ability to teach skills that are typically learned ‘on the job’. “I have a strong base of knowledge and a Computer Science degree, but this training course is a practical application of skills. We get to see how things work in industry.”
Outside of Gabe’s prowess as a software developer, he is quite talented at a few other things! As a swim team member throughout high school and much of college, Gabe is known for his distance freestyle abilities. In fact, these skills propelled him into ocean lifeguarding in South Carolina for many summers! On the other side of the weather spectrum, Gabe is also an avid skier. What is most impressive, however, is his coveted Eagle Scout ranking. Many years ago, he led his Boy Scout troop through a project in which they built and painted benches for a nearby camp using donated wood from a local lumber yard. He is a real leader in the making.
Gabe occasionally likes to take risks, as evidenced by his decision to ride an actual bull on a farm in North Carolina! “I had never done it before. My roommate introduced me to the idea. After falling off, the bull actually stomped on my leg REALLY hard, leaving a very dark bruise.” Taking risks, however, is what got him to where he is now. His advice to others pursuing a career in software development? “Start learning on your own. There are a ton of resources online. Grab the bull by the horns!”
Gabe graduated from Coastal Carolina University (where he served as a science and math tutor) with an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Making Dean’s List several times, he graduated with a 3.45 GPA and was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (International Honor Society for the Computer and Information Disciplines.) In addition to his love of the water and the slopes, Gabe enjoys reading in his free time and has been known to disappear for hours hidden behind the pages of a good work of fiction. One of his favorites? “A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones.” With an imagination like that, there’s no telling what Gabe can do.