Strategic Staffing Solutions Removes Headache Of Finding Certified Java Developers For Customers

The IT talent shortage in the United States is only going to get worse over the next decade and the lack of Java developers ranks at the top demand list. Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is taking action to help address it.

According to statistics compiled by from government and educational resources, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs and only 400,000 computer-science students to fill those positions in 2020. That’s a $500 billion gap in the job force.

Java is the number-one software developer skill employers are seeking, says a survey by, a leading career site for technology and engineering professionals. One reason is employers’ rising interest in mobile development and Java’s wide number of development uses.

Due to the shortage, many companies today rely on foreign nationals to meet their Java needs. That increases cost and can often put projects behind schedule because it can take months to get work permits for those resources. That’s a massive headache for chief information officers and IT project managers.

To help solve the problem for its customers, S³ has developed a partnership with Memphis-based Cook Systems International to use its FastTrack’D training program to quickly deliver US-based, highly skilled Java developers to its customers.

Those developers will be trained using real-world project scenarios and available to S³ customers in 8 to 10 weeks.

“The demand for Java developers from our customers has been steady for years and those are often the most difficult positions to fill,” said Allen Coleman, S³ executive vice president. “The FastTrack’D program allows us to provide our customers with highly trained, US-based Java developers who will quickly become top performers.”

Under the program S³ will screen and select 15 US students to participate in each eight-week, full-time JAVA training program. Customers can “reserve” anywhere from two graduates to an entire class and course materials can be tailored to a specific customer’s needs. The training center is mobile and classes can be conducted locally if a customer commits to a full class. Minorities, women and the military will be encouraged to participate in the training program. Graduates are available to work at the customer’s site or at an S³ location and will be W2s of S³.

Java-trained individuals can also easily transition to .net framework if the customer requires it.

The FastTrack’D certification program provides:

  • Skills required to properly design application enhancements
  • Software applications for all targeted technical skills
  • Code analytics to enforce standards and best practices
  • Strong immersion into broad scope of technologies, frameworks and business rules
  • Integration of soft skills and critical problem solving

Graduates will be provided with ongoing support from dedicated program trainers and experienced graduates.

“FastTrack’D is all about creating an answer to the severe shortage of developers in the US and Java developers top that list,” said Cook Systems CEO Wayne Cook. “For every 10 Java development jobs available, there is only one qualified person to fill them. By using our program Strategic Staffing Solutions will now be able to provide its customers with the Java developers they so sorely need.”

About Strategic Staffing Solutions

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $238 million IT and business services company based in Detroit. S3 is ranked among the Top 15 largest diversity staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and 17th among the largest IT staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report. It is also one of five companies nationally that is a certified Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts. S3 provides IT consulting, customized project solutions, vendor management programs and an executive search service to financial institutions, energy companies, telecommunications, government agencies and retail and health care industries worldwide. It has more than 2,300 consultants and 31 offices, 24 in the U.S. and seven in Europe. For more information visit our website at and follow us on Facebook at Careers at Strategic Staffing Solutions.

About Cook Systems

Cook Systems International is a leading systems integrator and provider of information technologies, business travel technologies, consulting services, solutions and staffing for the travel and transportation and logistics industries and the government sector. Core competencies include a full range of information technologies, development, testing, project management and business process consulting services. For more information please visit our website at 


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