By: Shane Calder, 132 ENG
If you are new to writing code or wonder what GitHub is. GitHub is a code hosting platform for collaboration and version control.
GitHub lets you (and others) work together on projects. By the numbers 2.1 million organizations use it, 31 million developers are actively using GitHub. It’s a good chance if you are actively looking for a job, potential employers might use the service.
Here is when it matters.
If you are:
- A New Grad
- Experienced but want to transition into a new role
- You are changing careers and have upgraded your skills
- Self Taught or a Boot Camp Junky
A repository can give you a platform to show off your skills, what you love to work on and an idea of what skills you have.
I have completed a few Nano Degrees at Udacity and they offer some great courses to get you started for free with GitHub. Udacity free courses can be found here.
There are 4 courses that are geared to help someone develop a repository. Udacity does this to help students build a portfolio. Github can also be used for free- here is a link to the service.
When it doesn’t matter.
If you are a known developer and have experience it is less important when hiring managers. Even if you don’t use this service hiring managers will take you through white board interviews to get a feel on how you write code, how you think and interact.
Open Source Projects
Are you big on social impact or just love to code? There are millions of open source projects to work on. Open source projects are a great place to gain some real world experience if you are just starting out.
If you have years of experience it’s a great way to give back. You can look for great projects at GitHub Open Source.
GitHub can help you through the screening and interview process, but having said that not all employers look at your code. So have fun with the platform, work on projects you enjoy and be part of a larger community. Who knows, it might lead you to a wonderful career!
Contact: Shane Calder, Principal- email@example.com
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Breaking School News; Alberta Makes Temporarily Funding Cuts
While funding for teachers and most other aspects of the K-12 system is being maintained, funding for transportation and some services not being utilized in an at-home learning environment, such as substitute teachers and educational assistants, is being temporarily reduced while in-person classes remain cancelled. Any savings from these adjustments will be re-allocated to support Alberta’s COVID-19 response.
These funding adjustments will not negatively impact Alberta’s education continuity plan. School authorities will receive the funding they require to continue providing at-home learning opportunities to their students, ensuring they do not fall behind.
“COVID-19 has changed both how we provide student learning, and the operational needs of the education system. I want to stress that this is a temporary arrangement as schools focus on at-home learning. I have full confidence the system will continue to be equipped to successfully deliver our education continuity plan.” Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
Any staff impacted by these funding adjustments will qualify for the federal government’s enhanced employment insurance program and other support programs for Canadian workers.
Alberta has a comprehensive response to COVID-19, including measures to enhance social distancing, screening and testing. Financial supports are helping Alberta families and businesses.
More to come as it become available. Tom Braid
Kenney government fires school employees, CUPE warns of brain drain
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced today that the Kenney government was withdrawing funding to school districts for staffing during the last two months of the 2019-20 school year.
CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill said funding to schools’ base operational grant was being reduced by 14%. Gill believes up to 20,000 employees could lose their employment.
“With a surprise announcement, lacking in detail, on a Saturday afternoon, the Kenney government has just fired thousands of people who look after and educate our kids,” said Gill.
The minister has just passed the buck to the federal government and told education workers, ‘good luck out there, there are programs you can access.’
“CUPE will examine the various collective agreements with school districts to assess the legality of the move but warned that “treating employees so callously would harm the education system.” CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill
“You can’t just fire thousands of Educational Assistants and expect them to all run back to the system in the fall,” said Gill. “This is a recipe for a massive brain drain.”
“Educational assistants can still help students, custodial workers can still be of use, the short-sightedness of this move is breathtaking.”
“We should be helping people keep their jobs during the crisis, not putting front line workers out on the street.”
Keep an eye out for the kids!
This message is for all teachers and all adults in Alberta. This is an unprecedented time when children in our province are asked to stay home. That means they won’t be “seeing” their support systems in their schools and their community. Please pay attention when you do see the children you encounter. Some may need help. Please keep your eyes open for vulnerable youth.
Message from Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz
“We are humbly asking for your help as we look to continue to protect those that need our help the most”
Thank you Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz for articulating the importance of watching out for our little ones, our vulnerable ones, during this time of crisis.
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to keep them safe.
If you suspect abuse or are in need of help, please reach out.
▪️Child Abuse Hotline (Local 24 Hrs): 1-800-638-0715
▪️Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
▪️Children’s Services: 403-340-5400
▪️RCMP Complaint Line: 403-343-5575
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