Applications open for Tech Workforce Program 2.0
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Applications have opened up for the second Tech Workforce Program.
The initiative was established last year to pilot the Tech Workforce Program (TWP) in two of Chattanooga’s Youth and Family Development centers — South Chattanooga and Brainerd and at TechTown.
Due to the success of the initial Tech Workforce Program, the decision was made to launch the 2.0 version.
TWP 2.0 is an opportunity for adults, primarily ages 17-50, to acquire the basic hands-on and experimental skills vital to the local workforce demands.
This 7 week Learning Program aims to provide underemployed or unemployed adults with 21st century technology/coding skills needed for better employment in the fast growing technology sector.
A series of information sessions have been scheduled for interested adults to attend.
TechTown TWP 2.0 Information Sessions will be from 6-7 pm on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 and Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The sessions will be located at 1100 Market St. in the Edney Building – 2nd Floor.
Mayor Andy Berke states that there are tech jobs available today in Chattanooga.
Berke adds, “For us to have a strong, diverse, and competitive workforce, we must equip more Chattanoogans with the skills necessary to obtain and retain jobs in our tech and innovation sectors.”
TechTown’s Chief Executive Officer Chris Ramsey explains why providing 21st century technology/coding skills can help adults.
Ramsey says, “This program has prepared the under-employed and unemployed adults for a better career in the 21st century economy”.
TechTown partnered with Savvy Coders who will again supply the curriculum.
City of Chattanooga Career Development Coordinator Dr. David Banks will work with participants on how to secure the job and keep the job with a holistic approach that has proven to be successful.
All classes are free for applicants who are selected, with a commitment of 9 hours per week.
Classes tentatively will begin January 22, 2018. Attendance for all classes is mandatory with childcare meals and transportation available.