Community service is an important aspect of businesses in the world today. We often hear about financial institutions getting involved in community service projects, but it’s less common to hear about a bank partnering with a community organization to tangibly change the projection of individual lives in their communities. When it comes to Barclays, that is exactly what they do with Tech Impact’s workforce development programs – ITWorks and CXWorks. For Barclays, a credit card provider that has been helping people reach their financial goals for over 50 years, community service and partnership is at the core of their mission and values and, thus, of their employees as well.
The ITWorks Delaware started the Fall 2017 session this week! We caught up with one incoming student to learn how he heard about the ITWorks program and what made him decide to apply. Kyle Williams’ father works in the IT field in Las Vegas. When his dad came to know of our ITWorks class in Las Vegas and that it was offered in Wilmington – he knew that Kyle needed to give it a shot. Having been introduced to technology as a child, Kyle always had an interest and is ready to turn it into a career. Read on to learn more about Kyle’s story.
The ITWorks Philadelphia class is kicking-off the Fall 2017 session this week! We spent some time with one incoming student, Edwin Wilkinson, to learn about what drew him to the ITWorks program and what he is most looking forward to. With two small sons at home, Edwin has been looking for a career that will allow him to better provide for his family. After two of his cousins found success in the ITWorks program, he decided it was time to take his interest in technology to the next level. Read on to learn more about Edwin’s story.
Tech Impact has had a robust partnership with Accenture in the Philadelphia Metro since 2011. As part of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative, Accenture provides a wide range of support to the organization including financial grants, pro bono consulting services, career skills training, mentorships, and paid internship opportunities.
Grace Gonzales, a student in the ITWorks Las Vegas Fall 2017 class, will be starting her 16-week session today with the rest of his Las Vegas classmates. Originally from the Philippines, Grace did not have a lot of access to technology early on but found it to be her passion after moving to Las Vegas. With an intense desire to get an education, she saw ITWorks as the perfect way to get into the field quickly while removing the financial barrier. She looks forward to the hands-on classroom activities and ultimately, the success that comes with being an ITWorks graduate. Read on to learn more about Grace’s inspiring story and her future goals.
Tech Impact’s ITWorks program has had an integral mentorship component since it first began in 2010. Each class cycle, every ITWorks students is matched one-on-one with a mentor – a professional in the field that can help keep them motivated during the ITWorks program and encourage their career growth beyond. There have been some great success stories that have come from these mentor-mentee relationships, but a group of students from the Spring 2017 cohort decided to share their mentor experience with the world by interviewing some of the mentors by podcast. With such a creative and unique idea, we couldn’t help put show-off their hard work.
The ITWorks program at Tech Impact was started in 2011 in Philadelphia. It is only fitting that this life-changing program found its roots in the City of Brotherly Love, because it was the love and passion for the local community that fueled its beginning. Tech Impact had been providing IT services to nonprofits for many years. As a result of these relationships and partnerships, leadership began to notice that there were talented young people who were disconnected from educational and professional opportunities. So, they decided to do something about it, and thus, ITWorks was born.
ITWorks Spring 2017 sessions wrapped up last month with graduation ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates, and two students from each location delivered moving speeches about their path that led to ITWorks and a reflection on their experience.
The graduates came from a wide array of backgrounds – from pharmacy technicians to being in the Reserves, recent high school graduates to those with some college under their belt, and everywhere in between. All of them saw ITWorks as an opportunity to start on a promising career path. Now, we’re just a few months away from the next cohort of students! Interested in learning more about ITWorks? Read on to hear how it could be the pivotal moment in your career.