Construx Software Extends Free Training Program For Laid-Off Software Workers

Construx Software Extends Offer for Free Training for Laid-Off Software Workers

Construx Software has designated 25% of its public seminar seats free of charge to software workers who have been laid off. Construx seminars help software professionals improve their technical and managerial skills. Seminar attendees will be more effective when they reenter the workforce. Construx hopes this program will help laid-off software workers reenter the workforce more quickly. 

Bellevue, WA, 26 May 2009 -- Construx Software today announced that it will extend its complimentary program for training software workers who have been laid off during the recent economic downturn through August 31, 2009. Since February 2009 Construx has designated 25% of the seats in its Software Development Best Practices training seminars free to personnel who have been laid off from professional software development jobs through its SPEAR program.

One SPEAR participant commented, "In my 20 year career, this has been the only time I have been between jobs. I am much more effective at working too much than being unemployed. Your offer provided me another way of looking at this time in my life - rather than just despair and fear, it's also an opportunity to take advantage of honing my skills and to make me even more marketable."

Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend and learn. I really appreciate Construx reaching out to the newly unemployed. It felt reaffirming to sit with a bunch of smart people and learn together. The wisdom the instructor shared during the three days was invaluable. The framework he provided really helped crystallize much of the knowledge I've gained over the course of 25+ years in the industry. It's said that until you can name something you can't fully grasp it, which is why I found this class particularly valuable. His ability to gather and group myriad strands of engineering experience helped me see deeper into the lessons behind my accumulated school-of-hard-knocks bumps and bruises. Thank you all for a very positive and effective week. -- Steven Levy, February 2009

"During the dot com collapse the software industry was at the epicenter of the recession. Most of our clients were affected, and that meant we were affected," said Steve McConnell, Construx CEO and author of several best selling software development books. "We remember what it was like during the last downturn, and we are fortunate this time to be in a position to extend a helping hand to our friends whose companies are struggling."

One of Construx's corporate values is Sharing the Wealth. "Companies that are strong enough to lead us out of the recession should help in whatever ways we can," McConnell stated. "Professionals can take advantage of their downtime to improve their skills in ways that we hope will accelerate their job searches and continue to provide career-long benefits after they re-enter the workforce."

During boom periods many software professionals have difficulty finding time to sharpen their skills. "Our seminars focus on developing the skills needed to deliver world-class software. We want software people to be able to build their careers, whether they have a job at the moment or not," Mark Nygren, Construx's COO stated.

Construx 1-, 2-, and 3-day seminars cover subjects including Software Project Management, Software Estimation, Software Requirements, Software Design, Software Testing, and numerous other software development topics. Construx offers more than 50 public seminars each year at its training facility in Bellevue, Washington.

About Construx Software

Construx Software is the market leader in software development best practices training and consulting. Construx was founded in 1996 by Steve McConnell, respected author and thought leader on software development best practices. McConnell's books Code Complete, Rapid Development, and other titles are some of the most accessible books on software development with a million copies in print in 20 languages. McConnell's passion for advancing the art and science of commercial software engineering is shared by Construx's seasoned consultants. Their depth of knowledge and expertise have helped hundreds of companies solve their software challenges by identifying and adopting practices proven to produce high quality software - faster, and with greater predictability. To learn more about Construx training and consulting services, visit Construx's Web site at or call +1-866-296-6300.  


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