Beginning in 2020, Excella’s Extension Center will become the Exelaration Center as a unit of NextUp Solutions, a new company spun off from Excella. Exelaration will build custom technology intern teams for corporate and non-profit organizations beyond Excella. Recognizing the compelling opportunity to build a job-ready technology workforce for every company, Excella leadership saw the opportunity to share its mentor-based internship model by evolving to Exelaration Centers. According to NextUp Solutions CEO Steve Cooper, “Every barrier to having an internship program just disappeared; no company should be without a renewable tech talent pipeline that starts on campus.”
For interns and employers alike, this is great news: more opportunities to grow relevant job skills with different projects, technologies, industries and employers. Companies who thought a world-class internship program was out of reach have begun partnering with Exelaration to build their future workforce, using their own software development projects as the learning vehicle. Employers and interns have opportunities to interact and learn about one another prior to graduation, increasing future retention and job satisfaction.
The company plans to establish Exelaration Centers at other universities beyond its headquarters in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center.
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