• Members of AFC and ACC tour the future facilities of the Software Factory. Credit: ACC
     Members of AFC and ACC tour the future facilities of the Software Factory. Credit: ACC

Army Picks Homebase for First Software Factory

September 18, 2020
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
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The Army Futures Command has named Austin Community College District as the home for its new Software Factory.


The Army Futures Command (AFC) has named Austin Community College District (ACC) as the home for its new Software Factory. The first of its kind, the Software Factory at ACC will provide a training pipeline for soldiers and ACC students. It’s designed to help students rapidly scope and solve real-life problems through advanced software development processes.

The Software Factory at ACC is the first soldier-led software factory for the Army. The idea is to develop a pathway to two- and four-year degrees and connect soldiers and students with industry partners. ACC was selected after a nationwide search based on the college’s reputation for being a feeder for talent, innovation of its advanced ACCelerator learning lab and launch of its recent bachelor’s degree in software development.

The factory is expected to open in January 2021 with its first cohort of 30 soldiers and civilians and will be located in downtown Austin at ACC’s Rio Grande Campus. It will spread across portions of the second and third floors of the main building totaling approximately 26,500 square feet, with shared spaces for AFC and ACC students to interact.

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