AIM Code School Coming to Lincoln this February

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AIM Code School is expanding our web development training to Lincoln next month. Starting Feb. 25, we’re offering our Foundations of Web Development class at Turbine Flats, a mixed-use co-working space featuring a coffee shop, startup incubator, lending library, and a variety of formal and informal networking opportunities.

The class runs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 pm for ten weeks (Feb. 25 to April 30). When students graduate, they will have everything they need to know to land a position as a junior developer. Along the way, AIM Code School tech navigators will work with partnering organizations to find students meaningful employment in technology.

Located in a beautifully repurposed manufacturing building built in 1907 at 2124 Y St, Turbine Flats has become a cornerstone of the Lincoln startup and tech communities. We are grateful to join this thriving ecosystem and offer tech education to those who want to pursue a rewarding career in programming.

“Expanding to Lincoln gives us the opportunity to train more members of the tech workforce and fill the IT talent gap facing the Midwest,” said Nate Decker, Student and Employer Engagement Coordinator for AIM Code School.

The expansion is great news for aspiring coders who live in the Lincoln metro and for whom Omaha is too lengthy a commute.

“We want to remove as many obstacles as we can for people considering a career in tech. Whether those barriers are financial or geographical, we are committed to helping anyone who wants to find a better job develop the tools to do so,” Decker added.

Grant funding and scholarships are available. For questions or additional info, contact Nate Decker at 402-345-5025 x 447 or ndecker@nullaiminstitute.org. You may also email hello@nullaimcodeschool.org or visit aimcodeschool.org.

AIM Institute Launches AIM Code School, formerly Interface: the Web School, to Meet Demand for Tech Talent

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The AIM Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the AIM Code School, formerly Interface: the Web School. AIM Code School is the region’s only federally accredited nonprofit code school, offering night classes in web development, full-stack programming, data science and corporate training. AIM Code School also provides job placement services for each student via a dedicated tech career navigator.

Although operating continuously since the AIM Institute acquired the school in 2017 (then known as Interface: the Web School), AIM Code School’s rebranding signals its alignment with the array of services that AIM provides to the community. (AIM an innovative not-for-profit that grows, connects and inspires the tech talent ecosystem through career development and educational programs.)

Omaha faces a serious shortage of tech talent workers. A March 31 article in the Omaha World-Herald gathered testimony from multiple businesses in the area regarding the difficulty of finding enough skilled tech workers to satisfy demand.

Dr. Kandace Miller, Executive Director of the AIM Institute, said AIM Code School helps organizations meet that demand by developing the necessary talent, and then directly connects that talent with businesses that need it.

Dr. Miller said: “Businesses continue to express their concerns about the lack of skilled tech workers in our region. The tech talent gap often deters new businesses from investing here. At the same time, we have too many underemployed individuals working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. That’s not right. AIM Code School helps solve both of these critical structural problems: closing the tech talent gap for organizations, and outfitting workers with the skills and connections necessary to find a higher-paying job, earn a living wage and improve their quality of life.” 

Unlike other code schools, AIM Code School actively partners with community organizations to find individuals who need new job skills. AIM Code School Director Krystal Rider has developed partnerships with multiple agencies working to improve the quality of life for all people, including Heartland Workforce Solutions and Urban League of Nebraska.

“Our community connections, our teachers, and our tech career navigators distinguish us,” Rider said. “Technology touches everything. Understanding how technology works, and participating in its development, is increasingly vital for people, especially for those in search of a rewarding job and a sustainable future.”

Keith Station, Director of Business Relations for Heartland Workforce Solutions, said, “Code schools are an underrated educational training and certification opportunity, and we have one of the finest programs out there, right here in our backyard.”

Heartland Workforce Solutions has been working with AIM Code School to develop 3 registered apprenticeship programs for in-demand tech positions: application development technician, database technician, and help desk technician. These programs will allow participants to learn on the job while pursuing additional specialized training through AIM Code School. 

Station praised AIM’s versatility as a tech industry representative, workforce development stakeholder and educational training provider. He said, “The intersection of these three roles has produced a really innovative strategy to create a boot camp pipeline that trains, certifies, and ultimately makes direct connections between career-seekers and high-demand tech career pathways, a true win-win for all involved.”

AIM Code School courses range from 10 to 14 weeks, twice per week, and are held at the AIM Brain Exchange, located at 19th and Howard Street. Course information is available online at aimcodeschool.org. Questions about AIM Code School may be directed to info@nullaiminstitute.org.  

For media inquiries, contact Tom McCauley at tmccauley@nullaiminstitute.org

 

AIM Institute releases 2018 Impact Report

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Two students explore robotics and programming at the AIM Brain Exchange.

AIM Institute has had an impact across generations throughout its 27-year history. The 2018 nonprofit impact report highlights how AIM, through the support of its partners, donors, collaborators and the community, has impacted lives through the footprint of its programs and services, and how to support AIM as it elevates its mission.

We are at an unprecedented time where technology touches every industry and occupation.  AIM Institute is the only nonprofit dedicated to building a connected community for tech talent. In 2019 and beyond, AIM Institute is steadfast in its mission to continue to grow, connect and inspire the tech talent community, impacting thousands of lives across the Silicon Prairie.

VIEW THE AIM 2018 IMPACT REPORT HERE

Be cool! “CONEct” with Tech at the AIM Brain Exchange and rally support for our youth programs

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Nonprofit AIM Institute will celebrate achievement in youth programming with an ice cream social at the AIM Brain Exchange, 1902 Howard Street on Wednesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. During this event, visitors will enjoy complimentary ice cream and “Raspberry Pi” as they experience student STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) technology used in AIM’s youth programs at area schools. Visitors also will have an opportunity to support expansion of AIM’s youth programming in Omaha and Council Bluffs.

In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know. It’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. Reaching more than 6,000 children in 2018 thanks to support from the community, AIM’s youth programming is designed to build skills students need through hands-on and inspirational activities with technology that incorporates STEAM.

AIM Institute Announces Expansion of Youth in Tech Program

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AIM Institute, an innovative not-for-profit that grows, connects and inspires the tech community, today announced an expansion of its youth in technology program. The three-year, $850,000 program expansion is partially funded by grant funding received from an anonymous donor and will reach an additional 1,500 students, beginning September 2019.

AIM provided technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) education to more than 6,000 children and teens in 2018 at multiple schools, including Wakonda Elementary School in north Omaha and at the Brain Exchange, AIM’s technology exploration and education center in downtown Omaha. The program expansion will increase AIM’s presence at additional elementary and middle schools in Omaha and Council Bluffs, providing after-school and summer activities that emphasize technology exploration and STEAM learning.

“The program expansion will truly be an investment in the future of our youth and our community,” said AIM Institute President and CEO, Dr. Kandace Miller. “We are grateful to the anonymous donor who has helped set our goals into motion.”

“The need for STEAM skills permeates every industry. Sparking interest and excitement early through engaging, hands-on STEAM activities involving the latest technology creates opportunity and visualization of the future for children in our area, particularly those from underserved populations who would not otherwise have had this opportunity,” said Miller.

Laid Off & Launching It event helps displaced workers who are considering a career change

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AIM Institute, Frannet of the Heartland, and growmedia.com team to host “Laid Off & Launching It” Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Free event helps displaced workers who are considering the launch of a new technical career OR starting a business.

Omaha, Neb. (April 8, 2019) — There are hundreds of workers in the Omaha region looking for their next opportunity due to employer downsizing, layoffs and business closures. AIM Institute, Frannet of the Heartland, and growmedia.com will host “Laid off and Launching It” on Wednesday, May 1 at AIM Institute to help individuals identify new technical careers or entrepreneurial pathways.

This FREE, public event will be held Wednesday, May 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Omaha at the AIM Exchange building, 1905 Harney Street on the 7th floor.  Attendees may attend for all or part of the event. Registration is recommended but not required. Register here: (Eventbrite registration page under development).

A “Q and A” format panel discussion will provide insight on re-training or self-employment for professionals in career transition. Speakers include:

  • Tony Veland, AIM Institute Director of Business Development and Ellen Myer, Director of Interface Web School will address topics related to AIM’s Interface Web School and how people can launch a technical career through its course training options.
  • Blake Martin of Frannet of the Heartland will address topics related to launching an entrepreneurial career as a franchisee or purchasing an existing business.
  • Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist for the Nebraska District of the Small Business Administration will describe the many services the organization offers to entrepreneurs.
  • Paul Madsen, of growmedia.com and “The Grow Your Biz Show” will moderate the panel and discuss niche marketing for the Solopreneur.

ABOUT AIM INSTITUTE
AIM Institute is an innovative nonprofit that grows, connects and inspires the tech talent community through career development and educational programs. Through these efforts, we improve thousands of lives across the Silicon Prairie. More information about AIM is available at aiminstitute.org.

ABOUT FRANNET OF THE HEARTLAND
FranNet is an International Franchise Consulting Firm that provides education and support to individuals who are interested in exploring self employment as a career option through franchised business ownership.

ABOUT the SBA
Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist for the Nebraska District of the Small Business Administration will describe the many government services that organization offers to entrepreneurs.

ABOUT GROWMEDIA.COM
growmedia.com finds the greatness of small business owners AND their optimum niche markets. Additionally, it inspires owners and launchers via “The Grow Your Biz Show,” a weekly talk show focused on entrepreneurs.

The new Careerlink member portal is here

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(Originally published August 22, 2018)

AIM Institute is excited to announce a major evolution to our Careerlink platform.

The all-new member portal is here with redesigned features to make it easier than ever for employers to find and hire the right candidates.

Here are some of the enhanced features on the new system:

  • Mobile responsive user interface
  • Custom application creation
  • Improved ATS workflow and status configuration
  • Enhanced account configuration options
  • Simplified reporting
  • Access to industry news and events

“You can easily switch between the current and new interface at any time,” explained Scott Rowe, AIM’s Vice President of Digital Innovation. “All of your data will appear in both interfaces, and your company’s Careerlink users can even use the different versions at the same time while still collaborating on your hiring efforts.”

To check out the new portal, just login to your Careerlink account and click to switch over to the new interface:

New Careerlink member portal

 

Interface Web School, VA partner to offer tech training for veterans

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AIM Institute, Interface: the Web School and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are partnering to give veterans new opportunities to develop in-demand technology skills.

(Originally published March 20, 2018)

The Nebraska Department of Education has approved Interface: The Web School courses to be eligible for GI Bill benefits, which provide education reimbursement and other benefits to service members following their service to the military.

Interface is one of just two code schools between Denver and Chicago to offer classes in web technologies that are eligible for GI Bill benefits.

“Meeting the growing demands for tech talent on the Silicon Prairie requires expanding access to education and career development training,” said AIM Institute President and CEO Kandace Miller. “AIM Institute is proud to work with the VA to help increase veterans’ access to life-changing training and education.”

As part of the non-profit AIM Institute, Interface School develops tech talent through hands-on educational programming and professional development training in the latest web technologies.

Veterans are now eligible to receive GI benefits to learn high-demand skills in web development, data science and computer languages in an accelerated format.

“Interface School is honored to serve veterans by providing technology training that can help them gain an edge in today’s rapidly changing job market by helping them learn and refine in-demand skills,” said LaShonna Dorsey, AIM Vice President of Business Development and Tech Talent, and Interface co-founder.  “We’re excited to work with the VA to open doors that will help veterans pursue new opportunities in their lives through our courses.”

Interface: The Web School and Contemporary Analysis (CAN), a company specializing in predictive analytics, formed a teaching partnership called the Omaha Data Science Academy.

The 24-week certificate is now eligible for GI benefits. It is designed to build on existing data science knowledge, and leverage it for a competitive edge in the workforce.

“The skill sets of data scientists are one of the most highly paid skill sets in tech. Military veterans are a special type of person, trained to have high tenacity and discipline to find solutions when not readily apparent. The two together make something special,” said Nate Watson, president of Contemporary Analysis. “Now, vets can use their GI Bill to learn data science skills taught by the real-world data scientists of the Omaha Data Science Academy. This gives them a leg up on their competition for jobs both here and around the country. Not only do Omaha and Lincoln companies win by having world-class talent to recruit from, but vets win by getting relevant, real-world training. Win/win!”

Kent Smotherman, AIM Director of Adult Tech Education, is looking forward to working with more veterans, and helping them enter the tech talent pipeline. It’s an important aspect of TechHire, a national initiative expanding learning opportunities, transforming hiring practices and building inclusive tech communities, which Omaha is a part of.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer veterans the opportunity to learn skills that will not only help them develop professionally, but also help our community advance as a tech community through their contributions,” said Smotherman, who has more than 34 years of development experience.

The GI Bill provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days.

In addition to providing benefits for traditional college degrees, it also offers options to veterans for accelerated non-college training programs such as Interface School.

Veterans applying to Interface Web School will need to complete VA Form 22-1999 as part of the enrollment process. The VA facility code for Interface is 3-5-0008-27. Anyone with questions can contact us here.

For more information on VA Education Benefits, click here.