Excella: Dedicated to Training the Next Generation of Technical Talent
Excella is an award-winning IT consulting firm based in the D.C. Metro area. They help D.C.’s leading government, commercial and non-profit organizations use technology to deliver meaningful change through their expertise in software development, business intelligence, DevOps and Agile.
Excella uses the university nearby to its advantage while providing unique opportunities for Virginia Tech students. “Our Extension Center – or the “XC” as we call it – at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) has a mission to help build the next generation of technical talent here in Virginia and D.C.,” said Extension Center Manager Matt McHugh. “The XC program engages high-achieving Virginia Tech computer science and technology students to provide remote software development and support to our client delivery teams,” said McHugh.
Student team members work part-time in paid roles, under the direct supervision of experienced developers and consultants to deliver real-world solutions to clients. More than a traditional summer internship, the XC program runs all year long and provides students with skills development, training and mentorship while they finish their degree.
“Many Extension Center student team members are offered and accept full-time positions with Excella upon graduation. Since the program’s inception in 2008, seventeen of our team members have joined Excella full-time. Many have also gone on to further their careers in technology at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as Track Maven and Microsoft,” said McHugh.
“While working closely with mentors that cared about my passions and progress I was able to utilize my skills to accomplish what I knew I could - but just hadn’t been given the opportunity to yet.” Allison Zentmayer, Virginia Tech BIT 2015, Excella Consultant
Excella is passionate about building the next generation of technical professionals and is proud to share that the Extension Center recently graduated the largest class to date – 8 new XC program graduates started full-time consulting roles with Excella in June.
“The XC has seen 50 students benefit from the program and our team members have served over 20 Excella clients since 2008, including CustomInk, The Close Up Foundation, PIAA, The Motley Fool, Marriott and George Washington University,” said McHugh.
Millennials find Excella a “cool place to work” because of its Extension Center program. “We are honored to be named among the ‘Top Places to Work in 2015’ by the Washington Post and are currently a #DCFest Coolest Companies finalist for 2016,” said McHugh.
A current project the XC team is excited about is creating a website for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA). “The website is dedicated to sharing information about access to ovarian cancer care within the U.S. and how well each state (and D.C.) supports ovarian cancer prevention and treatment,” said McHugh.
Designed to allow OCNA to quickly and easily share their research with doctors, policymakers, and the general public, the site features a color-coded interactive map of the United States, automatic PDF generation of state performance metrics, one-click sharing via social media avenues and an easy-to-use content management system that allows OCNA to update the data as needed. All of this is wrapped in a fully responsive web layout that is visually appealing on any screen.
Excella chose to “live” at the VTCRC because of its ideal location and proximity to their student team members, allowing them to come and go from work between classes with minimal travel time.
“The VTCRC provides us the perfect amount of support we need to accomplish our mission to train the next generation of technical talent in Virginia. The proximity to campus and VT groups within the VTCRC makes it easy for us to engage with students and the VT community at large including the Virginia Tech Computer Science Resource Consortium (CSRC), The Roanoke/Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) and the New River Valley .NET User’s Group (NRV NUG),” said McHugh.
To learn more, visit www.excella.com.