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.
I am currently interning with WSFS Bank’s Operation Risk/ Cyber Security Team. I am having a unique experience in that it is quite different than the usual help/service desk internships. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that the ITWorks program was able to give me through this internship. I interact and work day to day with a team headed by the Assistant VP of Cyber Threat Intelligence for WSFS. I’m learning new things on the job each day. Each day during the internship brings about new challenges, but thanks to the skills, support, and teachers the ITWorks program has given me I feel more than capable of stepping up to deliver.