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Army Futures Command (AFC) is partnering with Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas to create a new Software Factory, which will be a software development training program for Army soldiers. Planned to start in January, it will blend training of both soldiers and civilians in newer tech practices in agile development. Maj. Vito Errico from AFC will co-lead the Software Factory, and he joins the podcast to describe its goals. Garrett Groves, Vice President of Business and Industry Partnerships, also joins the podcast to explain how ACC is uniquely aligned to support such a program. They also explain what K-12 educators should know about these plans. Related to this episode: • Army Futures Command (AFC): https://www.army.mil/futures • Austin Community College (ACC): https://www.austincc.edu/ • Maj. Vito Errico: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vito-errico-633953a8/ • Garrett Groves: https://www.austincc.edu/offices/president/cabinet/vice-president-business-and-industry-partnerships • General Assembly, example coding bootcamp: https://generalassemb.ly/ • Agile software development: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development • MVP (minimum viable product): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_viable_product • Army Futures Command announces software factory in Austin: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/austin-texas-army-futures-command-software-factory/269-d84df6b7-1c67-4470-8133-3ad892895336 • Federal Registered Apprenticeship Programs: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/apprenticeship/federal-apprenticeships Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games, The Calculator Gator, or Chordinates! Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.