Companies create an environment to connect tech talent with careers through innovative STEM digital portfolio application
Charleston, SC – April 7, 2014 - Iron Yard, a school that trains the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character, and BoomTown, a fast growing, web-based software company that offers a robust online marketing system for real estate professionals, have developed a partnership through a platform created by STEM Premier, an organization that brings together educational institutions and corporations to engage students and introduce them to scholarships, internships and jobs.
Iron Yard has developed a mission to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. As an advocate in driving the future of the local tech economy, BoomTown will provide the GoForIt! Scholarship Award: a $1,500 scholarship for one Iron Yard student. The partnership bridges the gap between technology companies searching for job candidates and students seeking jobs, and is a model that can be replicated by many to help students in high schools, post-secondary institutions and corporations fill the gaps, specifically in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), by working together.
“We know that there are three things that are true in STEM: first, there are a huge number of job openings. Second, those jobs pay well, and third, there are not enough qualified people to fill them,” says STEM Premier President Dr. Donald Tylinksi. “The simple truth is that we have a growing STEM gap, and we need a nationwide commitment to address the challenge. HELP WANTED signs are taped to the doors of America's STEM companies, yet not enough prepared people are walking through those doors. Creating a pipeline of STEM talent for our nation will require students from all backgrounds and deep commitments from the private and public sector.”
This type of commitment is exactly what The Iron Yard and BoomTown have created with the help of their own platform, through STEM Premier. Based locally in Charleston, STEM Premier serves as the intermediary between The Iron Yard and BoomTown, connecting students and a corporation in a one-stop shop where future STEM employees can work towards their education and future occupation.
“Supporting innovation at the intersection of education and technology is crucial to the future of Charleston’s tech community and to BoomTown’s mission to constantly innovate and share knowledge to drive the future of real estate," said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. “We are excited to team up with STEM Premier and The Iron Yard on this initiative and provide the GoForIt! scholarship award and a support system for these students. There is nothing more exciting and humbling than helping empower someone to shape their future and drive change.”
STEM Premier works with both the school and the business to provide a means for students to access internships, job opportunities and scholarships provided by BoomTown, while allowing BoomTown to review and rate potential applicants for the scholarship. Ultimately, BoomTown will be using STEM Premier to post future scholarships, job opportunities and internships while connecting with students at The Iron Yard through email capabilities on STEM Premier. This feature will enhance the engagement and achievement of students through the communication of an interested corporation. Partnerships such as this will showcase a model that may be used to help connect students, post-secondary schools and corporations in a one-stop shop. STEM Premier could also be used to help connect challenged communities and populations to information and opportunities they need to thrive.
About STEM Premier
Founded in 2013, STEM Premier is the first online platform for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students that integrates guidance, ranking, rating, tracking and recruiting. STEM Premier is subscription based multi-channel network connecting academic institutions, corporate partners, and government agencies to a pool of qualified STEM talent in the U.S. and global markets. For more information, go to www.stempremier.com.
About Iron Yard Academy
The Iron Yard is a solution at that juncture of supply, demand, business and a broken education system. They are committed to training the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character. The Iron Yard’s mission is to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. They believe that passionate, talented people who love what they do will create great families, jobs, companies and solutions to the world’s problems.
Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown is a fast growing, web-based software company that offers a robust online marketing system for real estate professionals. The system includes a customized real estate website integrated with local MLS data, personalized online advertising and inbound marketing services, a dedicated Client Success Manager, and a cutting-edge CRM (Customer Relationship Management System) with marketing automation. BoomTown's software solution is being used by the top-producing real estate brokerages and teams across the country, and the company was recognized for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013) on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List. For more about BoomTown, visit http://boomtownroi.com/.