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- Are you a difference-maker in your organization?
- Are you an expert at the tools and technology you use?
- Want to build valuable relationships to promote career development?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then AITP membership is for you! Please visit our chapter website at http://www.aitpstl.org for more information about our chapter.
Our next meeting will be on April 24, 2014
Topic: LaunchCode - Addressing the talent shortage by removing ‘credential barriers’ to entry for developer jobs
LaunchCode, a St. Louis-based initiative, is a radical approach to addressing the talent shortage by removing ‘credential barriers’ to entry for developer jobs. LaunchCode has partnered with over 100 companies, from 2 person startups to Fortune-500 companies, to offer a new on-ramp to good jobs. LaunchCode has persuaded companies to institute pair programming apprenticeship positions within their company. Programming is particularly well-suited for this because a senior developer, much like a mentor, can teach an inexperienced programmer so much just by showing the amateur his or her thought process in the form of code.
The LaunchCode apprentice is hired by the company at $15/hour for a trial period. The company can fire the candidate at any point, but if the candidate proves capable, the company moves the candidate to a salaried position in a field with a median salary of $81,245. Getting paid to prove themselves de-risks the trial opportunity for the candidate and the trial period allows the company a risk-free opportunity to try a candidate they may not normally hire.
LaunchCode has partnered with edX.org, the online educational collaboration between MIT and Harvard, to provide free world-class education to aspiring coders. LaunchCode believes that if students know which courses to take, they can acquire employable skills in a few months. LaunchCode started offering Harvard’s CS50 Introduction to Computer Science I course in downtown St. Louis on January 13 and attracted over 1,000 aspiring coders. LaunchCode expects to have jobs for everyone who can complete this class, and are working to remove barriers to opportunity. The cost to students and job-seekers, $0.
Four months since LaunchCode’s start, the results have been tremendous. 100 companies, including Enterprise, Monsanto, and Express Scripts signed up for LaunchCode in less than one month. In the first three months, 50 new programmers were placed, company satisfaction rate is 100%, and candidate retention rate is 98%. 22 have been salaried, and the remaining developers are still earning $15/hr. as they continue to work and learn.
Speaker: Dan Lohman - CEO, Pushup Social
Dan Lohman is a St. Louis native and serial entrepreneur. Dan has started a number businesses including: Pushup Social, Cubicle.com, Ignition Tank, Warehouse of Fixtures, as well as Lab1500 (an entrepreneurial center located at 1500 Washington Ave in downtown St. Louis). Dan is also a cofounder of LaunchCode (www.LaunchCodeSTL.com), an organization that helps educate and pair novice software programmers with jobs through apprenticeship. Dan graduated from Cornell University in 2004 with degrees in Economics and Neurobiology & Behavior and is actively involved in EO (Entrepreneur Organization) as well as the St. Louis startup community.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Crowne Plaza St. Louis - Clayton
7750 Carondelet Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
Parking in the hotel garage will be free.
The Crown Plaza does not validate, however, the parking garage gates are open and the attendant gone by the time our meeting ends.
5:00 - 5:45 pm
5:30 - 6:30 pm
6:30 - 7:15 pm
7:15 - 8:15 pm
~Clayton Salad with House Dressing
~ Beef Bordelaise
~ Cheddar Au-Gratins
~Fresh Broccoli with lemon butter
~ Chef's Selection of Dessert
~ Assorted Warm Dinner Rolls with Butter
~ Coffee, Herbal Tea or Iced Tea
Presentation and Dinner
Member / Guest with Member
Call Brand Cocktail
Soda by the Glass
House Wines by the Glass
Payment at the door by cash or check.
Reservations required on or before Monday, April 21, 2014
- Name, Company or affiliation, Daytime phone
- whether you are a pre-graduate student, member, guest or a non-member.
- whether you are coming for the presentation only or for the presentation and dinner
* * * Please specify if you require a substitute vegetarian meal * * *
Cancellations and reservations will be taken until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
No-shows and late cancellations will be billed.
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