Who Needs a Career in IT?
Technology is already a part of our everyday lives, but it’s also becoming a part of every job; regardless of the industry. Many positions now require a fundamental understanding of technology and there are thousands of job openings for professionals who are trained to design, build, monitor, repair and protect these vital systems.
What types of jobs are available?
About Our Program
IT FUNDAMENTALS TRAINING
Participants will have the opportunity to receive training for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ Certification, which can lead to positions in Data Entry, Technical Support, Networking and Security. Prior experience in Information Technology is not required, but applicants must have a strong desire to work toward industry-recognized certifications.
EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS COACHING
An understanding of concepts such as resume building, interview preparation, appropriate dress and workplace etiquette are imperative to any employment search. TechCareers’ coaching ensures participants are prepared to meet with potential employers and ace the interview!
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
Our program is individualized to suit the needs of traditionally underserved populations. We work with participants to develop an Individualized Goal Plan and offer support every step of the way.
CAREER PLACEMENT & SEARCH ASSISTANCE
We work with local employers to learn more about the industry landscape and provide our participants with usable job seeking information. When possible, we match participants with our employer partners’ job openings.
To be considered for the techcareers program:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a minimum high school diploma or GED. Applicants should reside in Forsyth or surrounding counties and be unemployed or underemployed. All candidates are encouraged to enroll in NC Works to receive additional resources available to job seekers.
TECH CAREERS IN THE NEWS
GROWTH ON THE STATE LEVEL
Employees in North Carolina’s tech sector made up 5.8% of the state’s total employee base in 2015. For comparison, health care and construction industries made up 12% and 5% of the state’s employment, respectively.
There were 18,224 technology establishments operating in North Carolina in 2015, up about 1,000 from the year before. The report found jobs in the local tech industry have grown by 20.6% over the past five years, which is the third-highest growth rate in the country and above the national average of 10.9%.
The state ranks No. 1 for IT employment growth, a sub-category of the technology industry. North Carolina saw IT employment growth of 28.4% between 2010 and 2015 — two times faster than the national average. [...]
The industry report also found North Carolina ranks under the national average for the percentage of minority tech workers compared to the state’s minority population. Only one state had a diversity index above 1 in the report, which means the minority population in that tech sector is greater than the state’s overall minority population.
North Carolina had a diversity index of 0.72, ranking 21 st across the states.
-- Charlotte Business Journal, N.C. Technology Association’s 2017 State of Technology Industry Report
THE RIGHT PLACE TO INNOVATE
The Innovation Quarter is a vibrant community of business and academia – developing products and services that hold hope of improving quality of life through discoveries and innovations.
As a mixed-use development on the eastern side of downtown Winston-Salem, the Innovation Quarter is working with neighbors such as the Goler Community Development Corp., to revitalize an area that had been home to manufacturers long departed.
The location in the Piedmont Triad gives businesses access to some of the brightest minds in North Carolina, a place that has earned national recognition for its high-tech success and low cost of living. Within easy reach of North Carolina’s pristine beaches and majestic mountains, not to mention the rapidly expanding entertainment and artistic choices within walking distance, the Innovation Quarter is a great place to Work, Live, Learn and Play.
-- The Innovation Quarter, President Eric Tomlinson
Whether you’re a prospective participant, partner or employer we’d like to hear from you! Use the links below to get in contact with us, or use our simple contact form. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our Program Coordinator!
If you’re interested in enrolling in TechCareers, please submit our interest form. A program representative will follow up with you promptly to begin the application process.
partner with us
Goler Community Development Corporation continually seeks capacity building funds through grant development, donations and corporate sponsorships to ensure program success and longevity. Learn more about partnering with us.
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If you’re an employer looking to fill a position, we’ve got plenty of talent to choose from! Complete our recruitment form to start the process of finding the perfect fit for your team.