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At the Software Craftsmanship Guild we embrace the traditional Master/Apprentice model where apprenticeship involves dedication to one’s purpose and craft. Our instructors bring decades of experience and passion for not only the technical skills, but effective learning discipline in a hands-on-keys, open environment. We embrace the most popular enterprise technologies in two tracks: Microsoft's .NET™ and Oracle's Java™ under one roof. Our FIRM model of learning is the most effective means of learning. So whether you are a career changer or an experienced practitioner who needs a skills upgrade, we can help!

The current and projected demand for software developers continues to outplace other occupations according to federal labor statistics. There is a continuous shortage of development talent in the United States which is going to be exacerbated by the impending retirement of the baby-boomer generation, which is projected by some to remove 33% of the existing IT workforce via retirement. Further, the rapid pace of change in software technology means that traditional educational organizations can not keep pace due to the time and effort required to build accredited curriculum

Our next cohort starts April 13th, 2015!

The FIRM Learning Model


We start from scratch, introducing you to the concepts of how software is designed and implemented. Here we take you beyond the tools and show you the principles underneath so that in your journey as a software apprentice you can learn to learn to keep your skills fresh and be able to expand into new languages and frameworks.


Our cohorts immerse you in learning. There are no large lecture halls here, no inexperienced teacher's aides, and no video learning. In the Software Craftsmanship Guild programs you will be embedded with a small, focused group of motivated learners like yourself with a master practitioner guiding you every step of the way.


We have hundreds of labs, exercises, and samples to reinforce your learning. Periodically we will challenge you with coding quizzes, team mastery projects, and you will have the opportunity to create a capstone project of your own design to demonstrate the practical application of your new skills.


Your journey does not end after 12 weeks. As a guild we want to stay involved with our apprentices, giving them access to our expanding community, educational events, and networking opportunities. The journey from apprentice to master takes thousands of hours; the Guild and your peers will be there to guide you along the way.

In The News

Guild cranks out developers -- who land jobs

Crain's Cleveland Business follows up about our continued success in the cohorts including quotes from one of our great hiring network partners- AmTrust Financial.

Interview with Akron Beacon Journal

Justin Stacy wanted a change. The Dayton native was living in Maryland and doing administrative work. But he rethought his career path and saw intriguing job openings in computer programming.

Guild Faculty and Students Interviewed by NPR

What if you didn’t need to spend four years in college studying computer science to get a job as a software developer? What if you could learn what you need to know to write code in just three months?

SCG Featured in the Plain Dealer /

As he studied philosophy and political science at the University of Akron, Daniel Sass acknowledges, he failed to address the crucial question of the age: Who was going to hire him?

SCG is a Best of Tech Awards 2014 Finalist!

The Northeast Ohio Software Association helps promote region as a remarkable place to work and live, where savvy companies are doing great things. We're proud to be recognized for our hard work and value!

Eric Wise on Becoming an Accredited Coding School

We talk with Eric Wise, founder of the SWCG in Akron, Ohio, about his .NET bootcamp that's helping to fill open tech jobs in the Midwest, the importance of working with your state's regulatory agencies, and exactly what it means to be an accredited coding school.

Interview with the Hiring Manager

David Basarab is a hiring manager at Cinemassive in Atlanta who works with the Software Craftsmanship Guild to hire talented .NET developers.

Akron software guild students are getting with the program

Crain's Cleveland Business stopped by and interviewed the cohort as well as one of our Hiring Network partners.

It's Not Too Late to Learn to Code

Our June 2013 apprentice writes about her experiences attending the Microsoft .NET Cohort on Huffington Post.

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