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Project NEXUS tests developing technologically ready Airmen

Illustration showing a quote about Project NEXUS from Capt. Kyle Palko. Project NEXUS, an Air Force beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. (U.S. Air Force Illustration by 2nd Lt. Robert Guest)

Illustration showing a quote about Project NEXUS from Capt. Kyle Palko. Project NEXUS, an Air Force beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. (U.S. Air Force Illustration by 2nd Lt. Robert Guest)

Attendees of the Project NEXUS kickoff event sign in at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a tech boot camp, will train Airmen from various backgrounds in data, software development and application design. The style of training was chosen for Project NEXUS because its learn-by-doing focus has already proven viable in the open market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Attendees of the Project NEXUS kickoff event sign in at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a tech boot camp, will train Airmen from various backgrounds in data, software development and application design. The style of training was chosen for Project NEXUS because its learn-by-doing focus has already proven viable in the open market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Lt. Col. Eric Frahm, director of Air Education and Training Command’s Technology Integration Detachment, speaks during the Project NEXUS kickoff event at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. The AETC beta test is aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units. NEXUS is expected to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for Airmen in their day-to-day workplaces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Lt. Col. Eric Frahm, director of Air Education and Training Command’s Technology Integration Detachment, speaks during the Project NEXUS kickoff event at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. The AETC beta test is aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units. NEXUS is expected to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for Airmen in their day-to-day workplaces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Cohort One of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, GrowthX, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. They will either specialize in data science, software development or application design. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Cohort One of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, GrowthX, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. They will either specialize in data science, software development or application design. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Cohort Two of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, Data Society, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. The Air Force created objectives for the tech bootcamp-style course with the help of Air Force subject matter experts, professors, analysts, and developers. The vendors then used the objectives to design their curriculum and implement the coursework.

Cohort Two of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, Data Society, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. The Air Force created objectives for the tech bootcamp-style course with the help of Air Force subject matter experts, professors, analysts, and developers. The vendors then used the objectives to design their curriculum and implement the coursework.

Cohort Three of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, The Tech Academy, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. They will either specialize in data science, software development or application design. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

Cohort Three of Project NEXUS stand for a group photo with their vendor company, The Tech Academy, at the AFWERX Austin Hub July 8, 2019. NEXUS, a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units, will consist of three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds. They will either specialize in data science, software development or application design. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter)

AUSTIN, Texas --

Air Education and Training Command officials began a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units July 9 in Austin, Texas. The program, Project NEXUS, is expected to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for Airmen in their day-to-day workplaces.

From July to November 2019, 18 Airmen will study data science, software development, or UI/UX design in Project NEXUS, an Air Force beta program created by AETC’s Technology Integration Detachment and hosted by AFWERX-Austin.

“Project NEXUS will drive internal AETC expertise in modern data science and mobile design and development,” said Capt. Kyle Palko, Project NEXUS project manager. “It will empower Airmen to become elite digital professionals who deliver strategic data and development capabilities.”

The three cohorts of six Airmen, who come from various Air Force specialties and backgrounds, will either specialize in data science, software development or application design.

“After the 120-day training at Project NEXUS, participants will return to their home units armed with the skills to more effectively solve their career field’s operational problems,” Palko said. “If the Project NEXUS prototype ends up delivering outsized output, capable personnel, and can scale cost effectively, then we could look at scaling up Air Force-wide. If not, it would still be a success because we'll take lessons learned and roll them into other Air Force initiatives.”

A tech boot camp style of training was chosen for Project NEXUS because its learn-by-doing focus has already proven viable in the open market. It also allowed Project NEXUS to source training from existing tech boot camp companies.  

“Each cohort will train and study but also build a final, real-world capstone project that solves a data science or software development problem in AETC,” said Lt. Col. Eric Frahm, director for AETC’s Technology Integration Detachment. “These technology boot camps are the backbone of the modern industry and we’re bringing those tools into the Air Force.”

Project NEXUS is another way that AETC and Air Force officials are looking at further empowering our greatest resource: our Airmen, Frahm said.

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