By Mark Ambrogi
EduSource’s rapid growth means it will expand operations.
The plan is for the Carmel-based company, 9800 Association Ct., to add 30 jobs in the next three years and move into a bigger headquarters in Carmel.
“The jobs will support our apprenticeship program. We bring university juniors and seniors and have them work on our software as an alternative to outsourcing overseas,” EduSource founder and President Jason Beutler said. “So part of that is bringing experienced IT professionals to help manage and mentor them as they learn leadership and software development skills. The plan over the next three years is essentially hiring around 10 annually.”
The apprentice program has 12 to 15 people annually involved with it. The business was founded in 2012.
“Prior to that, I was an independent consultant for two years,” Beutler said. “The long-term plan for the company is to take this model of utilizing students to four or five other cities that have strong computer science programs surrounding them as well. We’re looking for this to be our headquarters that we can branch out to other locations.”
Beutler said the company is still investigating where those cities should be.
“Right now, we’re looking on getting the process correct, then branching out,” Beutler said.
EduSource has 22 on staff, not including apprentices.
“We bring in these students and they work with us 40 hours a week in the summer,” Beutler said. “It’s a two-year long apprenticeship. During the school year we treat it like an athletic scholarship, where they work 15 to 20 hours a week while in school. They work on real project teams.”
Beutler said the company has apprentices from Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University and Indiana University.
“We’ve reached out to Purdue, IU and IUPUI for the future,” Beutler said.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company $400,000 in conditional tax credits and training grants based on job creation plans.
“This is not only for the apprenticeship program but training for our full-time staff,” Beutler said. “Technology changes so quickly. We have to keep up to speed on the current things that are going on. It helps keeps the staff up to snuff.”
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