The University of Texas at Austin

Software Developer Training Program Updated

January 31, 2012

The Software Developer Training Program (SDTP), designed to help meet the need for entry-level software developers campus-wide, is in full swing. The program was reinstated in June 2011 when the Business Services Committee approved a recommendation to restart the SDTP after a hiatus which began during the last hiring freeze.

Information Technology Services (ITS) administers the program and offers hiring departments two options for securing entry-level developers. Under the first "sponsored" option, departments hire and pay for the trainee directly. Cassidy Santaguida, ITS Education Manager, and her team coordinate their training at no additional cost. Under the second "pooled" option, ITS hires trainees for a resource pool and departments request placement. After 120 days in the program, departmental placement for the pooled trainees is determined--based on fit and skills--by the Education Program Advisory Group comprised of members from the Administrative IT Leaders (AITL). After placement, departments reimburse ITS for the payroll costs of the trainee selected from the pool, plus a small amount to address the cost of attrition.

Since July, 2011, ten trainees have been accepted into the program. Six trainees are directly sponsored by hiring departments, including University Operations Technology Resources (TRecs), Center for Teaching and Learning, Admissions IT and ITS Applications. Four trainees are in the resource pool and will be offered opportunities in departments after they successfully complete the training.

Feedback from both trainees and hiring departments is positive and the program has strong backing from the campus administrative IT community. To date, campus-wide software developers have supported the SDTP in the following capacities:

  • Over 55 Challenge Analysts
  • 15 Lead Challenge Analysts
  • 7 on the Education Program Advisory Group
  • 15 in the recruitment process
  • 4 as Education Coordinators for sponsored trainees

Many others have participated in code and design walkthroughs.

If you are interested in learning more about the Developer Training Program, please feel free to contact Cassidy Santaguida, ITS Education Manager, or Julienne VanDerZiel, Director, ITS Applications.

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