Software Craftsman Guild
526 S. Main Street, Suite 714BAkron, OH 44311
First Regional Software Development Boot Camp Opens in Akron
July 17, 2013, Akron, OH.
Move over, Silicon Valley, Northeast Ohio is on the map! Software CraftsmanGuild (SWC) began its first session of intense software development training, welcoming seven of apprentices on June 24, 2013 in the 12-week program.This program or cohort as it is called is the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Spearheaded by Eric Wise, asoftware developer and IT Consultant who has worked with Fortune 500 and governmental agenciesdesigned the Guild to provide an experiential learning environment. Candidates arrived from San Diego,Chicago, Canada and regionally to learn software development skills in database, website and businessprocesses. By the time the apprentices graduate from the program they will have 500+ hours of developingexperience in real life practical software application experience, elevating them world-class juniordeveloper status.Boot camps are beginning to trend nationwide to fulfil advanced software developer skill demands. Todate, there are less than 30 in existence. Traditional educational learning models are having difficultykeeping up with the quickly changing technologies. By the time a student graduates, oftentimes theirprogramming education is already obsolete. Software Craftsman Guild addresses this skills gap with fullimmersion training.Advanced software developers are in high demand nationwide.
A recent search onhttp://www.ohiomeansjobs.com revealed nearly 700 openings for software developer positions arecurrently being sought in NEO,
shared Brad Nellis, Director of
Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA).
Due to this heavy demand, we’re certainly supportive of creative, unique
and innovative ways to increase
the software developer talent pool in NEO,” he add
Software development is a mix of science and vocation. A better learning model is needed for thesoftware development industry. Over ten
years I’ve worked in this industry, I’ve
noticed that the mostsuccessful software developers did not necessarily come from a computer science background. Thecommon denominator for great developers seems to be a passion for solving problems, whether they
come from a science or arts background. That’s how we’re different from a traditional
college classroomsetting; we steer away from a heavy theoretical emphasis and instead, focus on strong practical
application,” said Wise.