SmartLogic Prepares New Class of Software Development Apprentices for Full-Time Positions

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Baltimore Software Agency SmartLogic helps professionals transition to technology this fall.

The company’s 14-week apprenticeship program launched a new class this month. It aims to put the three apprentices on the path to full-time positions as full-stack developers.

This year’s apprentices are:

  • Rachel Kahtan, of Baltimore, entered technology after a career in law and public relations.
  • Bilal Hankin, from New Orleans, is transitioning from a career in fashion production.
  • Joseph Ariasof Bristow, Virginia, is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University.

They were selected from more than 250 applicants to the program. It offers applicable software development experience, as well as the potential opportunity to join the SmartLogic team full-time upon completion.

The paid program combines technical and people-oriented training. Over the 14 weeks, SmartLogic will provide guidance in programming languages ​​such as Elixir, Ruby on Rails, ReactJS and Beat. Apprentices will also be mentored by SmartLogic technologists Anna Dorigo, Joel Meador, and Alex Housand.

In creating the program, SmartLogic sought to provide a pathway for professionals from underrepresented groups in technology. The team recognized that there were not enough opportunities to gain experience between a study program and a job.

“The focus is overwhelming on bootcamps and there are many four-year degree-granting programs at colleges and universities. What is clearly missing is the gap between bootcamps and real-world professional software development experience,” said Yair Flicker, president of SmartLogic, in a press release.

Flicker said he thinks other software companies could easily adopt a similar program. Software stores are increasingly looking to attract new people to the technology, in addition to hiring from within the existing workforce. A strategy long used in the building trades, apprenticeships are adopted to support technology professionals, who also benefit from learning by doing.

This is the second iteration of the program for SmartLogic. In 2018, two of the three apprentices held positions at SmartLogic, while another worked with the Baltimore-based digital services company. Without fear. Fast forward to 2021, and one of the apprentices has gone to work for Tibitwhich is another Maryland software company, while the other two are still at SmartLogic and Fearless.

The continued success of the program’s early members, whether in their home companies or beyond, reinforces the program’s value as an on-ramp to software development.


Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-
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