Two years ago, Fernando took a chance with Code the Dream and pursued his curiosity for coding. The first time he ever saw a computer was when he was 8 years old and living in Honduras. He went to an internet cafe to talk to his dad, who was then living in the United States, and was amazed by the technology. Fernando continued to be interested in computers, while he worked his way through high school and Johnston Community College. At that point, he still had a strong interest in coding, which he pursued wholeheartedly through taking Code the Dream courses. He started from the bottom and worked his way to the top in terms of coding skill and was even able to make a real world app, ConectateCarolina.org. Based on the experience and knowledge he was able to gain through CTD classes, he landed a full time developer job at Duke University. “Programming has helped me in the fact that it’s helped me to be more persistent in things,” said Fernando.