A New partnership with TechBridge generates career opportunities and promotes diversity in the technology sector
While you may know Macy’s as one of the nation’s most recognizable retailers (and your favorite place to shop), the company offers a digitally-led omnichannel experience. Macy’s is committed to creating a brighter future with bold representation for all.
Macy’s is doing just that by partnering with us at TechBridge, a national nonprofit focused on alleviating generational poverty through the innovative use of technology. The new partnership provides no-cost job training through our Technology Career Program (TCP). With courses in Java, cloud computing skills development, and more, the training will position participating Macy’s cohort scholars for a sustainable technology career.
Together, Macy’s and TechBridge are working to build an inclusive, diverse global pipeline of new software developers by equipping under- and unemployed adults with technological, financial, and professional skills thru TCP. TCP’s no-cost training provides financial stability and a path to economic mobility, self-sufficiency, and life-long success.
TCP is a no-cost, part-time, 16-week technology training course. Participating scholars learn practical career skills such as time management, decision-making, respectful communication, technical interviewing, and resume writing, in addition to in-demand technology skills to help them prepare for entry-level software engineering roles.
The first Macy’s TechBridge TCP cohort launched this past summer with 30 students. The class is on track to graduate on . The program will contribute to a more diverse pool of technology professionals: 60% of the Macy’s cohort participants are women, almost 60% are Black, and greater than 30% are Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
The Technology Career Program provides the skills and support needed to acquire livable wages and succeed in entry-level Java developer roles. Launched in , TCP has graduated 583 scholars to date. This cohort will help individuals prepare for entry- to mid-level software engineering roles at Macy’s Technology, the company’s team based in Johns Creek. The team focuses on continued innovation to provide customers with a modern, frictionless digital shopping journey.
The curriculum for this program involves training in the fundamentals of Java and cloud computing, with students receiving a credential upon completion of a capstone project. The project requires students to build a single-page web application, which students will then add to their professional portfolios. Java is a widely used object-oriented programming language and software platform that runs on billions of devices, including notebook computers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, medical devices and many others.
Additionally, Macy’s cohort of TCP scholars will learn cloud computing skills aligned with growing career opportunities in cloud technology, including learning how to build foundational cloud computing infrastructure — specifically websites involving serverless technology and virtual machines.
With hundreds of thousands of employers worldwide searching for developers, the skills and experience gained from participation in TCP are in high demand. This entry point into the world of coding introduces key principles and practices that our scholars will take with them throughout their careers!
To learn more about the Technology Career Program and TechBridge, check out www.techbridge.org