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”