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Jim Weigandt re-imagines his career path with AIM Code School

Jim Weigandt

It was time for Jim Weigandt to re-evaluate his career path.

The Nebraska native’s position at a fast-growing tech company had been cut. He’d worked at the company in various customer support and sales roles after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in communication studies.

Weigandt says he’d always been interested in computers and technology, and considered learning how to code.

“I thought you had to be very, very smart and need a computer science degree from a college to be able to do that stuff,” Weigandt says of software engineers and developers.

AIM Code School appealed to him because classes were offered in-person and tuition was affordable. He enrolled in Foundations of Web Development, an accredited class which meets at night and focuses on the building blocks of websites: HTML, CSS and basic Javascript.

Emily Matis, AIM Code School director, says the school was formed with the idea that not everyone needs an associate or bachelor’s degree to get a good job in tech. The code school option can be more affordable and take less time due to its frequent course start dates, she said.

There is no typical AIM Code School student, Matis says.

“We have a lot of students who are career-changers, or who have already gone to school or are veterans and are looking to get a job in a tech field,” she says.

Read the rest of Jim Weigandt’s story on Omaha.com.