Hometown:Born in Mexico City; raised in Oxford
Age:22
High School:Oxford High School
Training:Base Camp Coding Academy (BCCA)
Degree:Certificate in coding and software development
Employer:C Spire in Ridgeland
Title:Junior Software Developer

Computer Programmer / Coder

MARTIN GUZMAN

Martin Guzman wasn’t quite sure what his life would look like after high school, and he didn’t have the financial support to attend college.

He had planned to continue working at a Mexican restaurant in town to save up for college like many of his friends. Instead, one of his teachers at Oxford High School showed Martin a brochure about a new tech school called Base Camp Coding Academy that was starting up in Water Valley — and the best part is that it was 100% free.

After completing the program, Martin was offered two full-time positions as a junior developer, but he accepted the position at C Spire. Martin has plans to continue his education while working at C Spire.

“C Spire will help you pay for most of your education,” he says. “So I plan to attend college while working at C Spire this upcoming year. Also, it’s known that most of C Spire’s executives started out at the bottom of the chain of command and worked up to be an executive, so that's always some motivation in how progressing is more than possible at this company.”

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WHAT DOES A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER/CODER DO?


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Computer programmers write and test the code that makes your favorite computer applications and software function properly. They turn program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Programmers test new apps and programs to make sure they work. If they don't work correctly, programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Responsibilities:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java.
  • Update and expand existing programs.
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code.
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE).