“Looking back on my experience at ITWorks will always be a bright and shining moment. It provided me an opportunity to move into a career in IT, something I'd been considering for a while. My life has dramatically improved in all kinds of ways since graduation, all of which I can thank the ITWorks team for,” Michael Wanner, a graduate of the Fall 2016 class in Delaware reflected on his experience recently. Now, the ITWorks team is ready to welcome a new cohort of students for Spring 2017.
The ITWorks class of Fall 2016 has been hard at work after graduating from the program. Eleven weeks of class time, Cisco and Comp TIA certifications, and five week internships prepared this class better than ever before for entering the workforce. Twenty graduates are already employed in the IT field, only a month and a half after graduation. Read on to learn more about their thoughts on the program and where they are now!
ITWorks Fall 2016 sessions wrapped up at the end of December with graduation ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates, and two standout students from each location delivered moving speeches about their journeys before finding the program, and their thoughts on the 16-week process.
As the Delaware ITWorks Fall 2016 session draws to a close (graduation is on Thursday, December 22nd!), we wanted to take some time to thank all of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. Without them, running our program would not be possible!
As the Phildadelphia ITWorks Fall 2016 session draws to a close (graduation is tomorrow, December 16th!), we wanted to take some time to thank all of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. Without them, running our program would not be possible!
As the Las Vegas ITWorks Fall 2016 session draws to a close (graduation is tomorrow, December 9th!), we wanted to take some time to thank all of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. Without them, running our program would not be possible!
“We have one day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”
James Mazza, left, and Amber Samuels, right, working at the Department of Education.
We recently spoke with three ITWorks graduates to catch up with them about how their new careers in information technology are going. Hayden Dugan, from the Philadelphia class of Spring 2015 is currently working at Amtrak. Amber Samuels, now working in the Delaware Department of Education (employed through Versalign), graduated with the Delaware class of Fall 2015. And last but not least, James Mazza, from the Las Vegas Spring 2016 class, has started his career working for Goodwill of Southern Nevada. Read on to learn more about how these ITWorks graduates are doing now!
Last Friday, November 11th, the inaugural class’ graduation from the eight-week program was held in Las Vegas. With customer service training, customer experience is improved – leading to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty. Employers know to look for new hires with the training and skills to keep customers happier. The students’ improved knowledge, skills, and confidence will give them an edge in their job search and better leverage in salary negotiations.
When someone is pursuing a career in information technology, they know they need technical skills and possibly a certification or two, but what about other, non-technical skills most IT professionals possess? These “soft skills” – interpersonal skills – are essential to launching a career in information technology.