Aegis Strategies’ Powers stops by to rave about Claim Academy and the grad the company hired

Nick Powers, Vice President of Aegis Strategies, LLC, an enterprise technology solutions company located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, visited Claim Academy March 7 to meet with the Java cohort. Aegis Strategies supports both government contracts requiring security clearance and general contracts with some of St. Louis’ largest companies and most successful startups.  Aegis has hired 75 new employees in the last 3 years and found itself on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Businesses in America at #952 last year.

According to Powers, Aegis Strategies is hiring for as many as 10 tech-related positions in the near term. He encouraged attendees to apply for positions through the company’s career site. He raved about the Claim Academy graduate that they hired from an earlier Java cohort. Powers said, “He scored the highest score on our pre-employment Java test we’ve ever seen. Higher than any other candidate that we’ve ever hired — 20 points higher. I can’t emphasize enough the quality of Java training education that you are getting here at Claim Academy.”

Aegis Strategies has an amazingly high 4.6 out of 5 star rating on One of the reasons why its scores so highly with its employees is because Aegis offers excellent benefits for its employees and their families. Plus, unlike many government contractors, Aegis makes it a point to keep employees between contracts, rather than laying them off. “We find a project for them to do that can help Aegis Strategies win additional business. So far that strategy has worked so well that the employees we have kept on have all been assigned to new client projects with our company.”

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Nick Powers (right) of Aegis Strategies with Claim Academy Founder, Ola Ayeni.

Founder of PluggedIn HQ visits Claim Academy

Colleen (Liebig) Jenkins, the founder of PluggedIn HQ stopped by Claim Academy on Friday, March 3, to share with Full-Stack Java cohort students how they can take advantage of PluggedIn HQ’s startup job posting and matching services when they graduate.

The Java students were interested to learn about PluggedIn HQ’s career matchmaking platform that connects job seekers with-high-growth start-up companies. Class members were encouraged to build a profile on the PluggedIn HQ site, get matched to available opportunities and to instantly connect with employers who have expressed a mutual interested with the candidate. Continue reading “Founder of PluggedIn HQ visits Claim Academy”

Look who’s been stopping by at Claim Academy!

Claim Academy, the software developer boot camp, invites leaders from St. Louis top companies and our distinguished Java and .NET C# alumni to visit with our current cohorts to tell students about their organization’s company culture and hiring practices. Visitors often also share with students how they got started in coding, what they have learned since being on the job and best practices to help the Java and .NET C# students succeed.

Here are just a few of the people who have stopped by in recent weeks:

Stephen Zoller (left) and Kerry Kinkade of Bi-State Development

Two leaders from Bi-State Development – Kerry Kinkade, CIO, and Stephen Zoller, Manager of IT Operations Development stopped by to share about Bi-State’s business culture and to tell Java cohort members about recent changes affecting their business including a corporate name change (formerly the whole company had been named Metro). Bi-State leads regional economic development in Greater St. Louis and Metro East Illinois. In particular, its various entities (including Metro (MetroLink), the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Downtown Airport, St. Louis Regional Freightway, and the Bi-State Development Research Institute) plan and implement major transportation initiatives across the Greater St. Louis and Metro East areas.

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Stay At Home Developer

Stay-at-home parent to software developer? It’s doable!

How do you transition from being a stay-at-home parent to becoming a successful software developer? It’s not easy, but it IS doable … AND highly lucrative!

According to research by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 37% of stay-at-home parents have left work voluntarily at some point in their careers. Among women with children, a whopping 43% have stayed home for a significant period. Getting back into the workforce after a lengthy time can be daunting, especially when employers are concerned about rusty skills and resume gaps.

Learning in-demand skills like Java developing or .NET C# coding can help parents re-entering the workforce to land high-paying jobs. For example, by joining an intensive coding boot camp like Claim Academy, returning workers can land a lucrative Java or .NET C# Developer in as little as 12 weeks full time or 20 weeks part time. Continue reading “Stay At Home Developer”