DCAMM internship graduation and demo-day
August 25 2017 - BOSTON: This Friday at The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) headquarters everyone was beaming with pride as the first cohort of Stacks+Joules graduated and demonstrated their projects. Among those in attendance were Tony Ransom, Deputy Director Energy & Sustainability Group and Samilys Rodriguez, Workforce Reporting and Development Manager from DCAMM, Kevin Doyle from the Green Economy as well as Clare Shepherd from Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. The universal message from everyone in attendance for the student coding presentations was that they were super impressed, especially with how much they had mastered in just six weeks.
The graduates included; Jason Martinez, Saleh Nunez, Fabio Martinez, Jay Saint Simon, Akash Karim, Jasmine Jackson (not pictured), Jonathan Tobar (not pictured).
After receiving their Certificates for completing the program the interns demonstrated their light shows using the LEDs bulbs as well as their innovative approaches to improving the programs taught during their 6 week course. With light show music ranging from Tech N9ne to Daddy Yankee to Willy Williams and Kid Cudi, the experience had attendees moving, grooving and asking about holding future demos in a more dance friendly venue.
The first cohort of Stacks+Joules interns fully proved our hypothesis that genius exists in all communities regardless of wealth or education. It is through the introduction of opportunity that these interns develop their confidence and recognize their own strength and abilities.
“When I started getting actual hands-on experience with coding, I realized that it’s just another language like Spanish or English that’s… universal,” said intern Jason Martinez. “While I am having fun with it, the fact is that I could make a job out of it.”
Next up - paid internships with some of the area’s leading building automation systems companies. And without a doubt these interns are in demand; as Kevin Doyle from the New England Clean Energy Council plainly put it “Congrats to the [DCAMM internship] grads from @NECEC companies. Come join us!”