Jul 18, 2017
Last week, Kingsmen Software’s Brad Stell taught several classes in C# web coding at UNC Charlotte’s Coding Boot Camp, a full stack program offered through the university’s Extended Academic Program. The boot camp helps participants smoothly transition to a web development career by allowing them to work full time while gaining the coding proficiencies needed for immediate job placement in software development.
Stell graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC Charlotte, earning both a BS in Finance and an MS in Computer Science / Intelligent Systems. Afterwards, he spent time programming for embedded projects with the US Army Special Operations Command. Several of these products required secret security clearance. Clearly no stranger to excellence, he returned to his alma mater to teach program and data structure types in C#, focusing on how Kingsmen uses these structures for software builds and architecture.
Now a Kingsmen Craftsman and C# expert, Stell relished the opportunity to share his knowledge with earnest, career-minded students who were eager to learn. “Everyone in the class seeks to improve their life and career by taking this intensive camp,” he said. “It is easier to teach when everyone is serious about what they’re doing. It’s not easy to get into this class, so everyone realizes the opportunity and works hard.”
Anita Smalls, Career Services Director at UNCC Center City, created the career development portion of the boot camp. It includes lessons in resume writing, interviews, networking, and professional branding. “We were grateful to have Brad Stell teach our developers C#” she offered. “The lesson was invaluable.”
Smalls’s job does not end in the classroom. “After the developers have completed the program I assist them in securing a job in their field of study,” says Smalls, who partners with a variety of companies to provide her students access to internships, mentorship, and gainful employment. Kingsmen Software is one of those partners. They receive almost 200 internship applications each spring from graduate and undergraduate students at UNCC’s College of Computing and Informatics. After an intensive, multi-step interview process, only two applicants are chosen for paid summer apprenticeships.
The partnership between Lynn Marshall, CCI Business Partners Director, and Jordan Harris, Kingsmen’s Head of Recruiting, has proven fruitful. When asked his opinion on the partnership, Harris said, “CCI has offered up such quality apprentices that we have hired every one for a full-time position after the apprenticeship.” That’s six full time hires in their 3 years as UNCC partners. Kingsmen has not only had the opportunity to build relationships with students early in their college career but also help develop their workforce readiness through classroom involvement. The CCI Business Partners Program provides direct access to Technology talent through college specific recruiting events.
While Kingsmen has also hired outside of the CCI program, several of its department heads also hail from UNCC-CCI, including Harris and Luis Echegaray, Head of Operations and Continuous Delivery. Echegaray had positive things to say as well: “We need people who can hit the ground running. CCI prepares their students on a variety of levels – we can count on professional, involved apprentices who truly want to work at Kingsmen.”
About Coding Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte Coding Boot Camp is a 24 week program giving students proficiency in front and back end web development with career support to help reorient students to the type of market they will enter. Graduates have placement assistance and will have developed a portfolio and business network during the program. To learn more, visit https://codingbootcamp.uncc.edu
About Kingsmen Software
Kingsmen Software is a software development company that crafts high-quality software products and empowers their clients to do the same. Their exclusive approach, The Kingsmen Way, combines processes, tooling, automation, and frameworks to enable scalability, efficiency, and business agility. Kingsmen’s craftsmen can be found collaborating in the historic Camden Cotton Mill at the corner of 5th and Graham in Charlotte, NC.