Some people spend much of their adult lives discovering what they want to be when they grow up. Others never truly find the answer. Not so for Christa Weaver, 24, a user interface developer at United Shore.
“My passion for web technologies started around the age of 11,” relates Weaver, who jump-started her interest by creating MySpace templates, as well as custom designs for message forums using cascading style sheets (CSS).
Weaver, a native to the Metro Detroit area, grew up in Warren and attended East Detroit Public Schools until her senior year, when her family moved to Clinton Township. She graduated from Chippewa Valley High School in 2012. Upon coming to Macomb in January 2013, Weaver originally intended to pursue a career in software development. At least that was her plan until she had a change of heart.
“Honestly, the Intro to Web Programming course is what made me declare my degree in web programming,” says Weaver. “Once I took that class, I remembered how much I loved front-end web technologies.”
Among the strengths of the web programming major at Macomb is “the passion of all the teachers who teach the web development courses,” says Weaver. In particular, she recognized Professors Jacqueline Wanner and Martin Kohl. “They are both very passionate about technology and teaching, and both of them at some point have gone the extra mile assisting me with any sort of problems that I may have had.”
During her academic journey at Macomb, Weaver completed a mixture of both on-campus and online classes? but her preference rested with the latter. “I really enjoyed the online classes because I worked full time,” says Weaver. “Online classes let me do it at my own pace, but also have class interaction through the forums.”
Weaver graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Web Programming in 2016, and attributes her education at Macomb as contributing to her success in the workplace. Macomb “will provide you with a really strong foundation to build your career,” says Weaver. “They give you the tools to start, but you need the drive to build it even stronger. Stick with it, because it will pay off so much in the long run.”