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Sam’s Club and TechBridge Inc. Team Up to Offer No-Cost Technology-Focused Training

August 14, 2023

TechBridge’s Technology Career Program offers participants in the Atlanta area an opportunity to upskill and will help build stable careers and a diverse pipeline of qualified professionals

[Atlanta, ] — Sam’s Club®️, a division of Walmart Inc. and a leading membership warehouse club, and TechBridge Inc., an Atlanta-headquartered technology nonprofit, are teaming up to provide a no-cost Java and cloud computing skills development and job training initiative through TechBridge’s Technology Career Program (TCP). The Sam’s Club sponsored cohort will select 25 individuals in the metro Atlanta market to participate in the 16-week virtual program, which kicks off .

As part of TechBridge’s mission to break the cycle of generational poverty through the innovative use of technology, TCP equips adults from economically disadvantaged households with the technological, financial, and professional skills they need to compete for jobs in the tech industry. While the part-time, 16-week virtual program primarily focuses on in-demand technology skills, it also provides practical career training such as decision-making, respectful communication, technical interviewing and resume writing, helping participating scholars prepare for sought-after software engineering roles. Upon graduating, participants receive six months of career coaching and mentorship to ensure they feel supported in their career pursuits and journey.

At Sam’s Club, we help our members share more, serve more and live more, and technology is helping fuel that mission. After recently opening an Atlanta-based Walmart Global Tech hub, we are excited to continue growing the diverse talent pool in software engineering, AI, machine learning and data science that Atlanta has. This program not only helps fuel our mission, but also helps propels TechBridge’s mission to change lives within the communities we serve.

— Troy Robinson, Senior Director, Software Engineering for Sam’s Club

TCP provides the skills and support needed to succeed in software engineering and developer roles while also providing a path to economic mobility, financial stability, and lifelong success. Launched in ,TCP has graduated 721 scholars to date.

We know Sam’s Club as one of the most recognizable names in American retail. We are so thrilled the company has partnered with our organization and made a true commitment to helping alleviate generational poverty through the support of our Technology Career Program. Sam’s Club employs 100,000 associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and 75% of salaried managers began as hourly associates. This demonstrates that Sam’s Club knows the value of providing career opportunities, and support of TCP is another unique way to do just that, said Barbara Augustin, chief people and operating officer at TechBridge.

With hundreds of thousands of employers nationwide searching for employees with in-demand technology skills, the experience and knowledge gained from participation in TCP offer scholars an entry point into the world of technology and will introduce the key principles and practices that participating scholars can take with them throughout their careers.

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club®️, a division of Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings, and services to millions of members in nearly 600 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Now in its 40th year, Sam’s Club continues to redefine warehouse shopping with its highly curated assortment of high-quality fresh food and Member’s Mark® items, in addition to market leading technologies and services like Scan & Go™️, Curbside Pickup and home delivery service in select markets. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on 𝕏 (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

About TechBridge

TechBridge is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit equipping other nonprofits alleviating the causes of generational poverty with technology. TechBridge supports these nonprofits in expanding the impact of their missions for the millions of men, women, and children seeking aid in hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development. Learn more at techbridge.org.

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