ITWorks Las Vegas is more than halfway through its third ITWorks class, and the students are well on their way to some IT certifications and internships! Siquon Techno moved to Las Vegas looking for new opportunities when he heard about the ITWorks program. He is excited about what he will be able to accomplish afterwards with the CompTIA A+ certification and an internship under his belt. Read on to learn more!
ITWorks: What had you been doing prior to starting ITWorks in regards to work and/or school?
Techno: I had started job hunting the moment I step foot in Las Vegas.
ITW: How did you hear about the ITWorks program? What made you decide to apply?
T: I had heard about the ITWorks program from a staff member at LGBT Center during the fall season. An opportunity arisen during the winter when both instructors from ITWorks/CXWork came to the LGBT Center in person and gave a full description of Tech Impact, their classes and what they do. I quickly applied to ITWorks as already have a passion for computers since I was 12.
ITW: You’re about halfway through the program at this point. What has been the most challenging part of the classroom experience thus far? What about the most rewarding part?
T: The most challenging part of the classroom is grasping the knowledge in such a short time. I don’t like to admit it but I’m a slow learner and this is a fast-paced classroom it takes me a while to absorb the knowledge being learned. once I fully understand it, I got it.
ITW: What are you excited about during the internship? Is there a specific experience you are hoping to walk away with?
T: I’m excited about working with a company and gaining as much experience as possible.
ITW: Graduation is just a few short weeks away. Do you have any expectations on how the job search process will be?
T: My only expectations for job search is for an easier and less stressful process of getting a job.
ITW: What has been/will be the impact of ITWorks in your life?
T: Meeting and getting to know everyone from ITWorks has made a positive impact in my life. I never heard so many people speak compassionately about Technology and why they wanted to make it their career before.
ITW: What are your hopes for the future of ITWorks in Las Vegas?
T: I hope ITWorks become the most diverse technology school In Las Vegas and continue to seek and educate underprivileged youth like me.
ITW: Do you think you’ll want to stay involved with ITWorks after you graduate?
ITW: Is there anything else about your experience with the ITWorks program that you’d like to share?
T: Even though there’s only a few weeks of school left, the 1st day of class still feels like yesterday.
Over 100 volunteers give their time to each session of ITWorks. Volunteer participation is what sets this program apart and what makes being an ITWorks student such a special experience. There are several ways to get involved in all of our locations: Philadelphia, Delaware, and Las Vegas.
Become a Mentor
Help a current ITWorks student stay motivated, provide guidance and support, and encourage them through the duration of the class.
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week for 18 weeks; in-person, via phone or email.
Host a Friday Session
Teach the ITWorks students the “soft skills” they need to succeed in the workplace. Curriculum is provided. Present the topic yourself, or with a group of colleagues.
Time Commitment: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Friday of your choice while class is in session.
Host a Lunch & Learn
Join the ITWorks students over the lunch hour. Bring in food and open a discussion about your career and how you got to where you are today.
Time Commitment: One hour on any day of your choice, Monday through Thursday.
Provide an Internship
Collaborate with ITWorks staff to host a student (or two) for our capstone: a minimum 5-week internship with local IT organizations. Interns work 24 hours per week, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Time Commitment: Minimum of 5 weeks, plus time to interview and select your intern.
Our volunteers are such an asset to our programs and make a huge impact on our students. Tech Impact would not be the same without them!
Learn More About Becoming an IT Works Volunteer