Thetus Joins the Portland Cooperative Education Program
July 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Thetus has joined the Portland Cooperative Education Program (PCEP), a program that connects local software companies with students from the Portland State University Computer Science Program. Through internships with participating companies, students gain hands on experience, supported by an internship structure that puts the focus on the students and their development. This commitment to the student sets PCEP apart from other internship programs.
The overall goal of this program is to enhance the work readiness of PSU students and grow local software talent, which is good for PSU students and good for Portland businesses. Top caliber students gain meaningful work experience, have the opportunity to explore facets of software development, and create invaluable network contacts. Participating companies benefit by creating a locally grown talent pool for Portland area high tech companies. The program is a win for Portland State University too, as PCEP positions students for success when they enter the work force.
Students round out their classroom experience by working 20 hours a week for four consecutive 6-month terms in the three tracks: Software Engineering/Software Development, Quality Assurance, and/or Developer Operations. The student changes companies at least once during their 24-month program. Companies participating in PCEP are Jive Software, Webtrends, Tripwire, Cambia Health Solutions and Thetus Corporation. We’re very excited to be part of a local, tech community effort to enhance the talent pool and work experiences for students and businesses. As we see it, if local talent has to leave Oregon for job opportunities, then we’ve failed them. We’re looking forward to working with our first PCEP intern who joins us this summer on our Quality Assurance team.