The next generation of technology professionals won’t look like the last. Gone are the days of stereotyping “geeky, white males” as computer whizzes. TECH CORPS implemented the Computing to Career Bridge Program through the generous sponsorship of JPMorgan Chase to ensure future technology professionals will be qualified, experienced and diverse.
Representatives from Nationwide Insurance participated in a Mock Help Desk activity today with the program participants—recent Columbus area high school graduates. Nationwide representatives included Jermaine Henson, VP, Enterprise Technology Solutions; Yetunde Okonrende, AVP, Staff Administration, Office of the ECTO and Gregory Tatusko, AVP, Human Resources.
“I started my career at Nationwide on the computer help desk,” shared Jermaine Henson, VP, Enterprise Technology Solutions, Nationwide. “By providing opportunities to excel in technology to students from underserved communities, we are bridging the technology divide and helping corporations look more like the communities in which they serve.”
The Computing to Career program started in January with 45 hours of basic tech skill development. This summer, the students are completing 200 hours of training in hardware, networking, troubleshooting, customer relations and more to prepare to sit for their first industry-recognized certification exam. All of the students in the program plan to pursue technology careers, some through 4-year degrees and others through Columbus State Community College or Per Scholas.
TECH CORPS designed and implemented the Computing to Career program with a diverse group of students from around Franklin County. The program gives students a suite of technology and work-readiness skills to help prepare them for in-demand technology jobs in the community.