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First National Marketing Manager Becomes a Programmer

“Evolving technology can be disruptive to business and it is critical for employees to update their skills.” – Josh McNeal

After 13 years with First National Bank Josh McNeal was ready for a career change. He didn’t want to leave the bank because as he put it, First National treats its employees well. “I was looking for something to challenge me a bit more,” said Josh.

He called it “perfect timing” when the bank announced it was partnering with Interface School to help employees train as web developers. Josh was already talking to his managers about moving into an IT role at First National.

josh_profile_picThis interest in becoming a web developer didn’t come out of the blue. The Omaha native is a graduate of Omaha North High School, which is a magnet school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  He studied at UNL and UNO, but completed his degree at Bellevue University in 2010. By then Josh was working at First National where he eventually became the Senior Manager of Marketing, Database Analyst.  “At that point in time I was looking for new challenge or career change,” said Josh. He submitted an application to the Full Stack Web Developer Training Course: Java and began his training, along with two other First National employees, in the Spring of 2015.

“The class was small enough where you could spend one-on-one time with Kent,” said Josh, mentioning the course instructor, Kent Smotherman.

In addition to the small class size, Josh enjoyed collaborating with his classmates. “You get to know your peers and you talk to those peers outside of class,” said Josh. “I think it was just kind of a perfect setting.”

He also says that he liked getting the full stack training, “It wasn’t just one specific thing such as Java or HTML, so it was from the beginning to the end.”

After graduating from the Java Developer Training course, Josh was able to continue in his marketing position with First National Bank until the right position came along in November of 2015.  His title is now Programmer/Analyst, Enterprise Integration.

Learning Java was something that Josh really enjoyed about his Interface course and he uses it a lot in his new role at First National.  He thinks his strengths lie in “more of the business logic, core functionality.”  Josh is grateful that First National and Interface gave him the opportunity to update his skills.

“If you put in the time and effort it’s rewarding in the end. “


Submit your application today for the upcoming Java Specialization Course.