TechCareers is an innovative workforce development program designed by Goler Community Development Corporation in an effort to increase employability in the STEM industry with a focus on Information & Technology. The program uses a research-based, mixed-method model to address unemployment, underemployment and lack of diversity in the industry with a mission to strengthen the community by fostering economic growth, job creation and increased wealth while improving quality of life for residents of Forsyth county.
Forsyth County is identified as having 30 distressed census tracts, with 3 of these being among the 10 most economically distressed tracts in both urban and rural areas of North Carolina. Conversely; the Information & Technology Industry is experiencing explosive growth, especially in Winston Salem and surrounding areas. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, employment in the Information & Technology industry for our state is expected to increase by 14% by 2026.
At the intersection of demand and opportunity, TechCareers aims to train a ready workforce with technical and employability skills to satisfy the needs of these employers and improve poverty standing for residents of Forsyth county.
Primary funding for the TechCareers program is provided by Golden Leaf Foundation. The support o Golden Leaf and other funding partners such as The Winston Salem Foundation, BB&T, First Tennessee Bank and Wells Fargo allows the program to remain free to participants. As a result of Goler CDC’s long-standing presence in the local community, collaborative partnerships have been forged to support the activities and outcomes of the TechCareers program. Most notably, TechCareers partners with Forsyth Technical Community College to furnish private technical skills trainings to participants. Other partners include Piedmont Triad Regional Council, The Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council, Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina, Dress for Success Winston Salem, The City of Winston Salem and local employers such as Inmar, Sightsource and nocdoc.