Highlander Code Camp Visits TEAM Software
Inspiring Omaha’s youth to pursue opportunities in tech.
TEAM Software welcomed the 2018 Highlander Code Camp participants to learn more about the company, working in the tech field and the real-world skills needed to be a successful software developer. The 13 high school students met with TEAM employee owners Brian Cary, Dan Kerkman and Ryan Markus, who shared their experiences as software developers at TEAM.
The Highlander Code Camp is part of a joint partnership between Seventy Five North and AIM Institute called the Highland Tech Talent Initiative, whose goal is to inspire women, people of color and lower-income individuals to pursue opportunities in the tech field. The camp is a seven-week web development program for 13 high school students living in or attending school in north Omaha. The camp focuses on website creation, project management, job readiness and fun summer activities. Outside of in-class learning, camp participants meet with business leaders at startups and larger organizations, like TEAM.
“The Code Camp is a great opportunity to meet and connect with high schoolers interested in technology and just talk tech for bit,” said Kerkman. “We, as employee owners, get to share a little about our company, but also share about our careers and the different paths they can take in the technology field.”
In addition to learning about the company, students got an inside look at the types of technology we use to build our software. Plus, Cary, Kerkman and Markus offered some career tips they’ve learned over the years:
- Be adaptable, especially when it comes to coding language. Tech is always changing so if you can learn one, you can always learn another.
- Coding ability is great, but communication, collaboration and teamwork are the most important skills to have.
- Learn how to take and give constructive criticism to make everyone better.
- No matter what project you work on, never stop asking “why.”
“TEAM Software has always been a close partner with AIM Institute, helping to assure that the tech pipeline in the region is strong and qualified. Through AIM, TEAM supports local educational programs, tech conferences and recruiting efforts, and TEAM’s support of the Highlander Code Camp is a great example of this,” said Jonathan White, Director of Tech Talent for AIM.