With the idea of transforming lives with stable careers, the TechBridge Technology Career Program brings together Atlanta’s career technologists, industry-requested curriculum and a diverse group of students with an aptitude to learn. Each graduate becomes equipped with the skills, resources and connections she or he needs to succeed. In addition to learning languages, methodology and frameworks like SCRUM, ServiceNow, and Salesforce, the free, 16-week program also helps these non-traditional students navigate through professional development areas and workplace norms to help them succeed.
TechBridge supporters, Marva Bailer, strategic advisor for Splunk and Marci McCarthy, CEO & president of T.E.N., leverage their passions for mentoring and coaching by instructing sessions about utilizing LinkedIn for each cohort of TechBridge students. Marva and Marci instruct students on how to effectively craft a professional image on your profile, introduce yourself in a proper manner, and leverage connections on LinkedIn to build a career in technology including best practices for utilizing social media in a professional capacity vs. a personal one.
Technology Career Program graduate, Jessie, a ServiceNow Administrator at Graphic Packaging International, recently shared, “You guys taught me valuable skills, and now you’re teaching my younger brother. Really breaking the generational poverty line in our family. We grew up struggling, and our education and careers suffered for it. Now we’ve both got a golden opportunity. I thank you TechBridge, Inc, Marci McCarthy, Valarie Mackey, Andre Dickens, and the many fine caseworkers at Goodwill of North Georgia, as well as the many other speakers, instructors, and guests. I’ll be at my new career 8 months at the end of this year, and it’s all thanks to you.”
The learning doesn’t stop when the class is over. Marci and Marva’s homework for them is to connect with them both on LinkedIn by using one of the tips given in the class – a personal note with the LinkedIn invitation on how they met them or what they learned from the class. This gives the students real world experience out the gate, two amazing connections and instant gratification – a tag in the class photo shared.
The example above shows the powerful connections between the technology industry and the Technology Career Program. From success coaches (mentors), to guest instructing to hiring graduates, TechBridge is thankful for all of the support of the program and look forward to an even more successful 2020. We hope you will consider joining us as we build a pipeline of technology talent in Atlanta.