Soaring Higher: Inaugural Cobb Technology Career Program Class Graduates 21

Feb 18, 2019
Presenters handing a diploma to a TechBridge Technology Career Program graduate. A middle-aged Black woman wearing professional dress holds her diploma in her left hand while she shakes the presenter's hand with her other.

After 16 weeks learning Salesforce, web development, and other skills to be successful in a tech career, the Technology Career Program (TCP)’s inaugural Cobb class came to a close with 21 graduates eager to begin their careers in Atlanta’s growing technology and innovation fields.

TCP is a free part-time 16-week program focusing on technology and business education for unemployed or underemployed adults interested in finding a technology career. After achieving success with this inaugural Atlanta-based class, TechBridge and Goodwill of North Georgia were quick to continue collaborating and launched the first TCP class in Cobb County. TechBridge and Goodwill created the class in partnership with CobbWorks.

Cobb County’s inaugural class concluded with an 84% graduation rate (vs. a 19% college graduation rate in tech nationwide), with 19 of 21 graduates achieving certifications. 33% of graduates were women and 28% of graduates were veterans.

Graduate Kiara Sikes spoke of her experience trying to make a career change as a veteran and mother of four. Before TCP, Kiara was going to school online to pursue an education in a technical field but was urged by her mother-in-law to give the program a try. TCP’s evening and weekend hours worked well for Kiara as she and her husband balanced caring for and homeschooling their four children while the program schedule allowed Kiara to dedicate time to her studies.

TechBridge starting this program has opened so many doors to people like me, giving them the change and opportunities to see what technology careers are out there. Having four kids under the age of five was definitely challenging, but [TCP] made it possible for me, she said.

Graduate Jamel Jackson also spoke to highlight the program’s impact on his life. Anybody can start something, but it takes faith and endurance to finish. This program was a place where your character was sharpened and your technical skills were increased on a weekly basis. This inspired me to dream bigger and believe that I can soar higher than before, he said.

TCP wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners, and volunteers. Thank you to sponsors Accenture, Baker Hostetler, The Franklin Foundation, Insight, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Southern Company, and Wells Fargo, as well as supporters and partners Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Police Foundation, @Promise Center, Chris 180, Georgia Tech, Goodwill of North Georgia, Oakwood Development, Urban League, Woodward Academy, and WrightNow Solutions.

TCP strives to extend this impact, kicking off their second class in Cobb on . Learn more about the program and see how you can get involved.

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