Career Change/Veterans

The vision of the Career Change/Veterans Committee is to establish realistic and achievable pathways for adults and veterans to transition into a tech career that works with their financial and life obligations. This committee’s goal is to pilot several new pathway programs targeted towards adults and veterans.

Check out the new software developers apprenticeship program by Doane University and Don’t Panic Labs.

For more information about this program or to apply, visit: Nebraska Dev Lab – Don’t Panic Labs

In January 2020, six participants from five organizations were convened to create this cohort. For the first nine months, the participants will be at Don’t Panic Labs, Lincoln, NE training full time, and then they will be back at their sponsor organization as productive developers completing a three-month apprenticeship before working there full-time as a software developer. Their goal is that all six participants are highly productive software developers at their sponsor organization. 

Nebraska Dev Lab is an academic/corporate partnership between Doane University and Don’t Panic Labs, which aims to help address the shortage of qualified software developers in Nebraska. Through the Pipeline Program, organizations sponsor individuals with no programming experience who are seeking a career change. At the end of the twelve-month immersive experience, these individuals will become high-quality entry-level software developers in their sponsor organizations. 

Read more about this cohort in our recent article, Nebraska Dev Lab Update – Lessons Learned 2

In September, five employees from Mutual of Omaha were selected to join the code pilot program taught by the Metro Community College Code School. The employees retain their existing full-time positions while training at Code School with manager support.

Each student is paired with an internal tech mentors early in the program to increase program connectivity and to provide support from in-house technical resources early in the program. To date, they have 100% retention rate. The program concludes in May 2020.

The internal placement process for all students is underway and is scheduled to be complete in April 2020. At this time, the students will leave their current full-time positions and move to a new technical team. Recruitment for the fall 2020 cohort is scheduled to begin once manager participation has been finalized (goal is to complete this process by April 2020).

Callers2Coders creates a new pathway towards a rewarding tech career for our valued call center employees. Participants would work their regular job in the call center 4-days per week and then attend two code school sessions (one evening and one weekend).

This partnership with the AIM Institute launched in February. The first class of six employees has been identified to go through the program. Stay tuned for more details.

Please see the article listed below from the Silicon Prairie News (SPN):

Physicians Mutual and AIM Institute Provide Pathway for Call Center Employees to Become Data Scientists, Web Developers