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Participants in non-credit Java Development certificate program obtain fulltime work at GE Capital

September 14, 2017

A partnership with GE and Workforce Opportunity Services offered participants academic training, work-study—and full-time job offers at GE as Java developers.

Java Development Graduation (2017)
Java Development Graduation (2017)
Java Development participants and representatives from UM-Dearborn, WOS, and GE Capital.

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the office of Extended Learning & Outreach (ELO) hosted a graduation ceremony for 19 graduates who completed a 502 hour non-credit training program in Java Development.  This program was funded by GE Capital and Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS). 

This program took place over a 32 week period.  The first 10 weeks of this program took place at UM-Dearborn and included 40 hour weeks of intense academic training.  During the remaining 22 weeks of the program, participants split their time with on-the-job training at GE Capital in Belleville, MI and coursework at UM-Dearborn.  A capstone project was included at the end of the program.  Participants worked in teams to develop a complex website using Java and JavaScript that demonstrated all knowledge obtained in this program.

Dr. Qiang Zhu speaking at graduation ceremony
Dr. Qiang Zhu speaking at graduation ceremony
Dr. Zhu, CIS Chair, giving opening remarks at the graduation ceremony

WOS was responsible for recruiting participants for this program.  All participants have their high school diploma with some work experience and live in the Metro Detroit area.  No prior experience in web development was necessary to be considered for this program.  ELO and the CIS department worked together to provide instructors for this program. 

WOS provided paid training for all participants throughout the program.  Upon successful completion, participants are guaranteed fulltime work as a Web Developer at GE Capital.  This was the second cohort of participants to benefit from this partnership.  All parties involved are hopeful for a third cohort in the future.

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