ARLINGTON, Va, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Excella Consulting, a leading provider of technology solutions to government agencies, commercial organizations and non-profits, celebrated the opening of its expanded student center in Blacksburg yesterday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and included members of the local business community, students, faculty, Excella executives and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.
"This expansion is great news for Virginia Tech, as we seek to provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and advance our connections with the National Capital Region," said Sands. "We're fortunate to have a partner such as Excella Consulting working with us to develop tomorrow's technology leaders."
Excella's internship program, called the "Extension Center" or XC, started in 2009 as a way to give high-achieving technical students the opportunity to develop critical skills outside the classroom by working on software development projects for Excella's clients. Students work side-by-side with experienced consultants through part-time paid internships and solve problems for clients including Marriott International, Motley Fool Asset Management, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the CloseUp Foundation.
"This is a huge leap forward for a program we are wildly proud of," said Steve Cooper, Founding partner at Excella. "We built this program to create the next generation of technology innovators in Virginia and this new office will give them the space and resources to do amazing things."
The new space includes 2,100 square feet of dedicated office space in the VT Corporate Research Center that will accommodate six full-time managers and 24 students.
"Our proximity to Virginia Tech gives us access to some of the most talented STEM students in the world," said Margaret Archer, Director of the Extension Center.
Since its inception, over 60 students have graduated from the XC program and gone on to pursue careers at startups, consultancies and Fortune 500 companies. The program was ranked among Vault.com's "Best Internships" for 2016, earning the #4 spot for "Best Consulting Internship".
About Excella Consulting
Excella Consulting is a leading provider of Agile software development and data and analytics solutions to clients in the federal, commercial and non-profit sectors. Since 2002, we have provided innovative solutions to DC's leading organizations including Marriott International, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Census Bureau, CustomInk and the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA). Our experts measure success by the positive impact we make on our clients, community, and colleagues.