CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--STEM Premier and Eleven Fifty Academy announced a significant partnership today that will cultivate the future generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students focused on coding, while increasing opportunity for those students by strengthening connections to careers. The partnership results in a unique strategy that creates a stable, continuous pipeline of talent for organizations.
Expanding access to STEM opportunities is an issue of paramount importance in an increasingly global economy. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce STEM report project 2.4 million job openings in STEM through 2018 nationwide. In Indiana, demand will total 115,560 STEM jobs, representing a 9 percent increase, by 2018.
The demand for coding also continues to grow, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting one million programming jobs going unfilled by 2020.
Eleven Fifty's focus on immersive learning has made it a top choice for people looking to learn technical programming skills quickly. Since its founding, this elite academy has graduated students from countries around the world, including Canada, Costa Rica, The United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
“The mission of Eleven Fifty Academy is to develop new and existing coders through relevant, immersive training that has a positive impact on the individual, their employer and their community,” said John Qualls, President of Eleven Fifty Academy. “There are hundreds of coders making applications happen that actually drive companies and make them work. There isn’t a pipeline to support that growth.”
The combined programs allow employers to quickly develop and directly connect with the next generation of talent, especially those in underrepresented areas.
“Acquisition of talent with the necessary critical thinking and problem solving skills acquired through a STEM education continues to be a top-level concern to C-levels and executives of every industry,” said John Welch, CEO of STEM Premier. “Students who possess the necessary STEM knowledge, talent, and skills to excel throughout their careers continue to face challenges in being discovered by corporations seeking talent, especially in under-served and underrepresented areas. Programs such as STEM Premier, a cradle-to-career solution that assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in connecting with the talent they need, serves to level the playing field.”
Scott Jones, co-founder of Eleven Fifty Academy and voicemail inventor echoed Welch’s statements saying, "Eleven Fifty Academy's mission is not just to educate programmers, but to help them succeed as entrepreneurs. The innovative, immersive curriculum and approach allows soft skills to be developed simultaneously that are invaluable to an organization. Our business model also enables us to focus on reaching underrepresented talent, assisting our partners in developing talent pipeline streams, and impacting surrounding communities as graduates are prepared for in-demand, high-wage jobs. This approach allows us to be mission-focused, while benefiting all individuals and entities involved.”
The combined programs offers companies an uncommon, innovative strategy to talent acquisition that creates a stable, continuous pipeline of future talent with the skills needed to create high-velocity organizations designed to compete in today’s global business environment. For more, visit https://elevenfifty.com and www.stempremier.com.
About Eleven Fifty Academy
Eleven Fifty Academy is a nonprofit coding academy that offers a variety of courses through immersive learning at subsidized rates, made possible through corporate and individual donations. Headquartered in award-winning Carmel, Indiana, the vision of Eleven Fifty Academy is help close the nation’s growing technology skills gap, through its mission to build an ecosystem of coding talent that benefits the individual, their employer and their community. For more information, please visit us at www.elevenfifty.org.
About STEM Premier
STEM Premier is the first cradle‐to‐career online solution that assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. STEM Premier is a subscription-based, multi-channel network connecting academic institutions, corporate partners, and government agencies to a pool of qualified STEM talent in the U.S. and global markets. STEM Premier is an SCRA Technology Ventures Client Company in the SC Launch program. For more information, go to www.stempremier.com.