Advancing STEM Education and Career Opportunities
Closing the Gap in the Technology Industry
In partnership with Strayer University, we’re creating relevant learning experiences that prepare students for the workforce, and further drive innovation and growth in the technology industry.
We believe so strongly that this program can help address employment inequalities too often found in our industry, and we’re making investments to ensure progress happens. We’re confident that our Bright Paths program will bring more opportunities to deserving individuals.Tom Hogan, President and COO
Q&A: What Perficient's Bright Paths Program Aims to Achieve
Members of our leadership team - Tom Hogan, president and chief operating officer, and Andrea Lampert, vice president of people - discuss the inspiration and goals for the Bright Paths program.
See Where We’re Making an Impact
67 Diverse Bright Paths Program Graduates from Detroit and Lafayette, Louisiana, Join Perficient
The Perficient Bright Paths Program is a partnership with Strayer University’s Hackbright Academy, a coding bootcamp and software engineering program designed for women, as well as Devmountain, a design and coding bootmcamp specifically designed to equip minority students from underrepresented communities with the skills to start their journey toward a career in tech. Since first launching in late 2020, 67 graduates with diverse technical backgrounds, including many women and minorities, have joined Perficient through the Bright Paths Program.
Each have completed software engineering coursework, learned about the consulting business, connected with mentors, and engineered their own innovative applications. From helping people improve their plant-growing skills to enabling smarter financial investments, from helping set and track healthy habits to facilitating networking and collaboration between non-profit organizations, students put their development skills to the test.
Bright Paths Students Bring Ingenuity to Custom App Development
Our first cohort of Bright Paths students kicked off the program with lessons on the fundamental concepts of software engineering. The students put their knowledge to work by engineering their own innovative applications and showcasing their work during a Demo Day. Check out their presentations.
Three Bright Paths Graduates Explain Why They Applied to the Program
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career change, turning a hobby into a career, or looking to enhance your technical skillsets, Perficient Bright Paths Program could be the perfect opportunity for you. Read what inspired three program graduates, now Perficient colleagues, to apply to the program.
It’s been such an honor watching these ambitious women embrace their potential and grow their skills. The sheer passion and creativity that each of these graduates brought to the Bright Paths Program is inspiring.Andrea Lampert, Vice President of People