Testing Video Games Part of Cayuse Tech ‘Boot Camp’

January 2012, CUJ

By Chelsie Bonifer of the CUJ

MISSION - Successful applicants who complete a six-to-eight week boot camp at Cayuse Technologies will get the chance to test and develop video games and cell phone aps as part of the training process.

Cayuse Tech, the software development and call center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has already recruited about 18 people for the paid full-time boot camp scheduled to start Jan. 9.

The boot camp is for people who demonstrate basic computer skills and would like to excel in a software development career. The opportunity was first advertised in December targeting tribal members and the local community to encourage education and employment in the continually growing field of technology.

Cayuse Tech started a three-step screening process Dec. 10 to select the best candidates for training. Applicants were initially pre-screened through a telephone interview followed by an analytical and basic math assessment. Thereafter, a panel interview was conducted before fully accepting applicants into the paid training program, all of which is being provided by an internal team at Cayuse Technologies. A weekly assessment of trainees has been completed to determine which branch best fits an individual’s skills. Areas include developer, tester, or programmer for programs like JAVA, .net, and SQL.

“The goal is to have between 18 to 20 people complete the program,” said Human Resources Recruiter Danielle Thompkins.

After trainees complete the program, they will be offered employment with Cayuse Tech where they will first be shadowing programmers, testers, and developers on projects before they are assigned to work on their own. Development includes testing video games, developing games, commercial video, developing applications for cell phones and for other various technological gadgets.

“It is an opportunity to learn new skills and apply those skills to projects contracted by Cayuse Tech,” Thompkins said.

The address for Cayuse Technologies is 72632 Coyote Road., Pendleton, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation about eight miles from the city limits. Applications for employment can be found on the company’s website, www.cayusetechologies.com. Thompkins may be contacted at 541-278-8214 or by email at Danielle. thompkins@cayusetechnologies.com.

This story originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.