Back to School

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. I’ve had a couple of short hikes, but my time has been taken up with family things. I’ve also been spending the last month or so learning Xcode and Swift, with the hopes of building a iOS app.

But the biggest news for me is that I’m heading back  to school! I spent ten years as a software engineer, before retiring to raise the kids. I’ve been trying to break back in to the field, but other than a two-year stint maintaining very old code, I’ve not had much success.

Enter the Washington State Worker Retraining Program, for which I’m finally eligible. In a nutshell, the state will be paying a large chunk of my tuition, to go to Cascadia College, a very tech-heavy community college close to home, where I’ll be studying for several software certifications. Oh, and I’ll get internships as well, which is the best way to interview for a job.

I’m pretty excited about the possibility, even though it will certainly take away from my day hike time. I’m going to try to get in a couple of hikes per month, and that will be a good thing.

So here’s to new beginnings!