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Tech Foundry - Overview

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Josh Finkel

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Tech Foundry - Overview

A high percentage of youth is
unemployed, yet employers can't find qualified technology candidates
Technology is changing rapidly and today's youth, known as "digital natives",
have very little idea of
how technology works.
The Challenges
Skills Gap
Outdated
Education
Kids
Only Use, Don't Create Tech
Develop regional workforce through partnerships with corporations,
community colleges, nonprofits
and high schools
1) Recruit high school students with the interest and aptitude for IT.
2) Train them in technical and soft skills
3) Place them in entry level jobs
4) Create track to continue
their education
1) Build a workforce of IT professionals
2) Attract new business and talent
3) Larger companies establish
offices in the Pioneer
Valley
The public schools are not providing the education needed to enter the IT workforce from both a technical and soft-skill perspective.
Tech Foundry
Create Partnerships
The
Vision

Approach
Long-Term
Recruit/Train
1) Recruit 30 high school students this summer before their senior year.
2) Train them intensively in skills ranging
from conflict resolution and stress
management to programming
and networking.
Employ
Upon graduation, the students will be placed in entry-level jobs
The Foundry
Located in downtown Springfield,
Massachusetts, this learning
and working environment
is designed to feel like a
cutting-edge tech
company.
The Pilot Program
Badges
Personal
Interpersonal
Technical
An Overview
Operating systems
Hardware
Software applications
Programming
Networking
Project management
Attitude
Emotional Awareness
Stress management
Goal setting
Decision making
Critical thinking
Working with teams
Communicating
Constructive criticism
Listening
Conflict resolution
Self promotion
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