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Meet Dipali Patel of The Coder School – Cerritos / La Palma in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dipali Patel.

Dipali, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Professionally I am the owner of The Coder School – Cerritos/La Palma where we teach young students how to write computer software. Personally, I am a 40 years old, divorced, single mom of two wonderful boys living in a complicated culture that has a hard time accepting strong women. I am a fitness lover, marathoner, and a business owner. Through my social media account (IG: @adashofdip), I aim to provide insightful content on life, fitness, nutrition, wellness, and the importance of mental health. I am honored to be apart of the South East Asian community full of strong, successful women. Growing up, I’ve seen and heard a lot of gender inequalities. As the world is evolving, I aim to empower women of my culture to break those inequalities and create new standards of the modern woman.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were numerous struggles along the way and some still exist. Being a single mom is never easy and running a new small business is equally difficult. Managing everything and still staying on top of my health and wellness becomes very challenging at times. Before I discovered my own self-confidence, I always doubted my own abilities. I had less self-worth. I was surrounded by people who hindered my growth. I let all of that hold me back from how I truly felt and was capable of. Once I moved on from that, I was able to see clearer and focus on myself and my goals.

Please tell us about The Coder School – Cerritos / La Palma.
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. I used to be a tech recruiter and was placing software developers into startups all across the nation, one synonymous comment they all had was that they wished there was a school around when they were younger. Coincidentally, when my own son expressed interest, and I was shocked to find that none existed around here. Being a local resident of this community, I knew I had to bring something here. That’s when the Coder School – Cerritos/La Palma was put into motion. We are a year-round, after-school enrichment program that teaches young students (ages 7-18) how to write computer software. We are part of a nationwide franchise with more than 46 locations. Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it’s important for kids to understand the technology around them. Coding is the language of the future, and it fosters creativity, problem-solving, and logical thinking skills that transcends into any occupation. We teach a variety of programming languages and platforms, including Scratch (a graphical drag-and-drop programming environment that was developed by MIT), Python (a typed command-line language), HTML/CSS/JavaScript (for creating websites), Java, C, C++, C# and PHP. We also teach a variety of platforms, including SWIFT (which is used for apps for iPhone and iPad) and Unity (which is a 3-D Game Development platform).

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Luck plays an important role in success but it’s not the only role in your success. I agree that meeting the right people and overcoming pitfalls can certainly pave the path to success. However, hard work, dedication, and the willingness to commit and taking accountability for yourself can also lead to great things.


  • Plans starting as low as $139/month

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