Schaefer Systems International, Inc. Scholarship helps fill new developer void in the workforce

Schaefer Systems International, Inc. Scholarship helps fill
new developer void in the workforce
SSI SSI SCHAEFER recently provided a financial gift to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to establish the SSI SCHAEFER Jr. Java Developer Scholarship. The scholarship will provide tuition and fees for students enrolled in non-degree Java Core or Java Enterprise courses offered by CPCC's Computer Technology Institute.
The demand for experienced developers is expected to increase over the next few years. Recognizing this workforce trend, SSI SCHAEFER approached Karla Shields, executive director of CPCC's Computer Technology Institute to create a scholarship initiative that would build their IT talent pipeline for junior-level Java developers.
"SSI SCHAEFER is committed in helping higher education efforts," said Christoph Schenk, CEO of the Automation Systems Division for SSI SCHAEFER. "We're pleased to provide a platform to inspire developers who are looking to broaden their skills."
Scholarship recipients who successfully complete the Java Core and Java Enterprise courses may receive a paid internship with SSI SCHAEFER, featuring tuition reimbursement or payment offered by the company. "We're very interested in finding local IT talent, stated Lennard Kopplemann, vice president of IT Solutions for SSI SCHAEFER. "As SSI SCHAEFER continues to grow our IT presence in automation systems, it's imperative that we continue to help those seeking a technology career path."
If selected for an internship, students will have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in the CPCC's Database Fundamentals, SQL Base Programming and SQL Advanced Programming courses at potentially no cost.
In addition to providing classes, the Computer Technology Institute team will also coordinate the process of recruiting and selecting qualified scholarship recipients for SSI SCHAEFER. To be eligible, individuals must enroll in the Java Core of Java Enterprise courses, and meet the following requirements:

  • complete an online application
  • have an associate degree, be eligible to work in the U.S. without restriction, have a minimum of five years professional work experience
  • undergo additional screening, including face-to-face meetings with Computer Technology Institute staff, résumé review and computer skills assessment
  • engage in face-to-face interviews with SSI SCHAEFER reps and Computer Technology Institute staff

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