TECH CORPS partners with JPMorgan Chase
to help bridge the technology skills gap.
Columbus, Ohio – As Ohio celebrates and creates awareness around the jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand across the state during In-Demand Jobs Week (May 3-7), a group of high school students are halfway through the Computing to Career bridge program, designed to give them a suite of technology and work-readiness skills to help prepare them for in-demand technology jobs.
Jabarri Scurry, a senior at Reynoldsburg High School – eSTEM Academy, was recommended to apply for the TECH CORPS’ Computing to Career bridge program by his school principal. “I’m taking digital electronics and computer integrated manufacturing at school,” Scurry said. “The program is helping me discover pathways to technology careers and providing connections to learn more about technology fields.”
Through TECH CORPS’ Computing to Career program, students are acquiring technology skills, learning about post-secondary technology training programs, and gaining a better understanding of the technology job market in Central Ohio.
“Too many young people, especially underrepresented and disadvantaged students, are entering the workforce without the skills, resources and real-world experiences they need,” said Courtney Falato, Program Officer for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “Partnerships between educators, community partners and businesses are critical to helping provide all students with access to opportunities they need to succeed. TECH CORPS is an example of this in action, and we’re thrilled to work with them to help prepare more Central Ohio students for a prosperous and equitable future.”
The students in the Computer to Career bridge program come from backgrounds diverse in gender, race and income — 35% of the group is female; 42% are black,10% are Latinx, and 68% of the group come from low-income families.
“As we consider building awareness of in-demand tech jobs, I hope the community will also act in intentional ways about engaging groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in the tech industry,” said National Executive Director, Lisa M. Chambers
“We can’t limit ourselves to the stereotype that women don’t know anything about technology. Knowledge is power and this program gives me a solid understanding of the inner workings of technology,” explained Mariela Ortega, a senior at Central Crossing High School.
The Computing to Career program starts with 45 hours of basic tech skill development designed to introduce students to a variety of in-demand occupations in the field of technology. During the summer, students will complete 200 hours of training in hardware, networking, troubleshooting, customer relations, etc. to prepare to sit for their first industry-recognized certification exam.
“I had pretty limited knowledge of computer hardware and logic gates,” said Reynoldsburg High School – eSTEM Academy Senior, Jessica Cvetkovska. “At the end of this program, I will be prepared to sit for my CompTIA certificate and be positioned to move forward with my technology career goals.”
Students receive a stipend while completing the summer portion of the program. Funding for this endeavor has been underwritten through a $150,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase. A team of professionals from JPMorgan Chase are providing career mentoring to the students in the program.
About TECH CORPS
About TECH CORPS
For more than 25 years, TECH CORPS has worked to ensure K-12 students have equal access to Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) programs, skills and resources that enhance early learning and prepare them for college, credential or career. TECH CORPS develops CS and IT programs and deploys tech-savvy talent to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. TECH CORPS is the longest operating education-technology nonprofit organization in the United States. Over the years, partners such as Nordson Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Google, Battelle and AT&T have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities. TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.