From Arkansas Coding Academy to VP of Technology: Zach Little’s Tech Journey

From ArCa Student to Metova’s VP of Technology

Today, we’re spotlighting Zach Little, Vice President of Technology at Metova who is an embodiment of the transformative power of education and ambition. In this blog, we’ll share Zach’s story, his insights on the tech industry, and the invaluable lessons he’s learned along the way. For the full conversation, watch or listen to our latest Software Savvy podcast episode.

Curiosity as the Catalyst

Zach’s fascination with technology started in a rather unexpected way. While working in a different industry field, he found himself drawn to the complexities of VPNs as he sought to improve connectivity for his previous organization. This initial foray into tech problem-solving ignited a passion that would ultimately lead him to pursue a career in technology.

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Zach Little, VP of Technology @ Metova

Taking the Leap @ Arkansas Coding Academy

Deciding to switch careers is never easy, especially with the added responsibilities of starting a family. Zach took a bold step by enrolling in the Arkansas Coding Academy, a decision that would become a turning point in his professional life. The Academy, which was just beginning its journey, provided Zach with a robust foundation in coding and a supportive environment conducive to learning and growth.

About the Arkansas Coding Academy

The Arkansas Coding Academy (ArCA) is a premier institution dedicated to transforming individuals into skilled technology professionals. Founded with the mission to bridge the gap between education and the rapidly evolving tech industry, ArCA provides comprehensive coding and technology training programs tailored to meet the demands of today’s job market.

With a focus on hands-on learning, ArCA offers immersive courses in various programming languages, software development, and cutting-edge technologies. The Academy’s supportive environment and experienced instructors equip students with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the tech field. ArCA’s commitment to fostering a passion for continuous learning ensures that graduates are not only job-ready but also prepared to adapt to future technological advancements.

Embracing Lifelong Learning

One of the key takeaways from Zach’s time at the Arkansas Coding Academy was the importance of continuous learning. The tech industry is known for its rapid pace of innovation, and staying ahead requires an ongoing commitment to education. The Academy not only taught Zach the technical skills he needed but also instilled in him a passion for self-directed learning—an essential trait for anyone looking to thrive in technology.

Rising to the Challenge

Transitioning from a student to a VP of Technology wasn’t an overnight success. Zach’s journey involved numerous projects, each with its own set of challenges and learning opportunities. He quickly realized that technical skills alone weren’t enough; soft skills like communication and client management were equally critical. Understanding client needs, translating those needs into technical solutions, and ensuring clear communication were vital components of his role.

Insights for Aspiring Developers:

Zach’s journey is filled with valuable lessons for those considering a career in technology. Here are some key takeaways from his experience:

  1. Passion and Persistence: The tech industry is ideal for those who love solving problems and figuring out how things work. Zach emphasizes that success in tech requires more than just learning a programming language—it demands persistence, continuous learning, and a genuine passion for technology.
  2. The Importance of Communication: Technical skills are crucial, but so are soft skills. Zach points out that writing code is essentially an act of communication—translating complex requirements into functional software. Effective communication with clients and team members is vital to ensure that technological solutions align with business goals.
  3. Embrace Lifelong Learning: The tech landscape is constantly evolving, with new languages, frameworks, and technologies emerging regularly. Zach credits his success to the passion for learning instilled in him by the Arkansas Coding Academy, which has enabled him to stay current and adaptable in his career.
  4. Balancing Risks and Rewards: Switching careers can be daunting. Zach’s story underscores the importance of weighing risks and rewards carefully. His leap of faith paid off, but it was backed by thorough research and preparation.

For more insights and to hear Zach’s story in his own words, check out our latest podcast episode.

Watch the full podcast episode with Zach Little here.

Joing the next ArCA, Metova-led Cohort

The next cohorts are set forJuly 8 – October 5, 2024 and the following for September 9 – December 7, 2024.  Learn from Metova’s team of seasoned engineers! Dive into a dynamic mix of lectures and hands-on work, ensuring you’re putting your knowledge into practice every step of the way.

Learn more about the Fast-Track Course here. 

Alondra Cruz
Alondra Cruz