CTE Web Programming Teachers Tour Beast Code, a Local Software Development Company
A focus for the Career and Technical Education department is to get teachers into businesses in order to understand what industry needs, the skill levels required, and the compensation that goes along with a specific career. This training allows educators to keep up with industry standards.
On Friday, November 9, 2018, fourteen Web programming teachers and the CTE Program Director had the opportunity to leave their classrooms and participate in a tour of a local software development company, Beast Code. Beast Code is a team of engineers dedicated to developing the next generation of cutting-edge software applications.
Beast Code’s slogan is “Software Never Sleeps.” As the educators toured their Silicon Valley style organization, it was apparent that their slogan fits perfectly to the atmosphere and hub of activity that was happening throughout the building.
After touring the facility, the educators had the opportunity to listen to a presentation given by company executives, Matt Zimmermann, John Zimmermann, John Wargo, Christian Wirth, Brandon Sumner, and Andrew Wirth. The executives gave a brief history of how the company started in a garage with seven programmers in a “bring your own chair” working environment. They also gave an in-depth explanation of the different jobs at the company along with a demonstration of the simulation software they are currently developing.
Throughout the presentation, the educators asked engaging questions and were very impressed with all they learned. Beast Code volunteered to be guest speakers in our classrooms and invited the teachers to bring their students in for tours.
Morena Mannucci, a Web programming teacher at Pryor Middle School, said, “ It was an eye-opening experience, and I look forward to sharing what I learned with my students."
One highlight from the tour was when Meg Million, Shoal River Middle School Web Programming teacher, saw a former Choctawhatchee High School student, Jacob Armstrong, working at the company. Jacob gave Mrs. Million a hug and told her she was the reason he fell in love with technology!
Creating a partnership with Beast Code will assist the Web Programming instructors in staying current with industry standards in order for the program to continue moving forward with more advanced and rigorous coursework. It will also give students in the Web Programming track the opportunity to earn possible internships.
Beast Code was named as one of the Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch in 2018 as they look to create at least 40 more jobs in our area by 2021. The company was selected from more than 500 nominees for the award, hosted by GrowFL, a statewide economic development organization, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.