Cracking the career code: Revature partners with ASU to close the “IT skills gap”

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The idea represents every young graduate’s dream: the coming together of their arrival into the full-time professional workplace and a fantastic job with a future, that pays well right now.

 Unfortunately, that scenario is often not the case for new alumni, but thanks to a new partnership between ASU and Revature, a Virginia-based software development training company, more Sun Devils will have a chance to start their career with skills that are in high demand, now and for the foreseeable future.

 To learn more about this new opportunity, we spoke with Revature’s senior vice president of university partnerships, Joe Mitchell.

 

Give us a brief overview of what your company does, and describe your partnership with ASU.

Mitchell: Revature is at the forefront of innovation and talent development. In a high energy, dynamic environment, we provide training to college graduates in enterprise level, next-generation and niche technologies through our industry-aligned coding bootcamp. Revature's role is to provide students with state-of-the-art "last mile" training at no cost and then a well-paid first job in coding and software development. In partnership with ASU, we are not only offering our online training to all students and graduates, but recruiting and hiring graduates to attend our on-campus bootcamp and, subsequently, place them in software development positions with our clients.

 Why has Revature decided to provide coding workshops and self-paced online classes?

The “IT skills gap” is a significant issue for U.S. companies. There is a shortage of skilled software developers, but there is an abundance of talented college graduates from all disciplines looking for rewarding and high paying careers. Revature has focused on bridging this gap by providing college students and graduates with software development training so that they might pursue careers in software engineering. Through our unique program we are able to help students of all academic backgrounds obtain high-paying jobs in the tech sector.

 Do you think today’s college students and recent alumni understand the opportunities they can access if they have coding skills? 

Unfortunately, the data shows that most do not realize the opportunities available in the technology sector. With 1.4 million tech jobs projected by 2020 (BLS) and only 60,000 computer science graduates a year (IPEDS), the gap is widening. For those who do recognize the opportunities, a coding bootcamp could be out of reach, with the average cost of $12,000 to attend one.

 At Revature, we offer the most accessible and inclusive coding bootcamp for college graduates in the country. Our bootcamp is based on talent, not financial means, and our online programs provide pathways for students and graduates to gain a basic level of coding skills at no cost and at their own pace.

 What sorts of coding skills do you teach to students attending your events and classes?

Our students receive intensive training in a team-focused setting and earn industry certifications in the latest technologies. They learn Java, .NET, HTML, Spring and others. We also focus on Agile Development and DevOps, two critical skills necessary in today’s fast paced technology environment. We also cover soft skills – effective communications, adaptability and problem solving for example – which every graduate needs to be a successful professional.

What sorts of certifications can attendees achieve after taking your classes and workshops?

  • MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer)
  • OCA (Oracle certified associate)
  • AWS Certifications (Cloud and DevOps)
  • ATSQB (Testing)

Tell us about the coding “bootcamp” you’ll be conducting at ASU Skysong in January, and give us a preview of the event that you’re hosting there on Dec. 14?

The coding bootcamp starts on Jan. 9 at ASU’s SkySong Innovation Center and last for 12 weeks. We will be hosting an event on Dec. 14 to preview the skills ASU graduates will learn when attending the bootcamp. The event will kick-off at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon with a luncheon. The afternoon will be spent interviewing candidates for the bootcamp. We will make offers to 20 ASU graduates to become Revature IT professionals.

 If readers are interested in attending the Dec. 14 event, RSVPs can be sent to cassie.bever@revature.com.

 

Revature has been connecting with ASU alumni at events such as the Dec. 1 HireArizona job fair.

 

The bootcamp is for ASU students with a STEM background and some (minimal) coding experience. Why are you also offering free coding classes through the RevaturePro program?

Tech skills aren’t only for computer science majors. Any student or graduate can explore a variety of technologies through RevaturePro, our online training platform at no cost. From beginner through advanced, these are self-paced programs designed to provide a solid foundation in coding and software development. Students receive valuable one-on-one guidance from a dedicated, industry-experienced mentor. For someone interested in a career in software development, but doesn’t have the educational background, RevaturePro is great preparation for the bootcamp.

You’ve stated you will hire all graduates of your boot camp as full-time software development professionals. Why do you do that? What sort of career options do graduates have after that?

When someone completes the training, they’ve earned the equivalent of two years of coding experience. We’ve invested in them so they can pursue a career in software development and our clients can hire entry level software developers who can hit the ground running and move seamlessly from our bootcamp into their project teams. This reduces the clients’ costs and risks related to training, the cost of recruiting and hiring the wrong candidates. Many of our graduates are ultimately hired by our clients into full-time positions.

Is there anything else relevant that you’d like to add?

We are thrilled to be working with ASU, the most innovative university in the nation, and are looking forward to providing ASU students and graduates with opportunities to become successful technology professionals.  

 

~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association