(Photo by Flickr user Alberto!, used under a Creative Commons license)
As a former basketball player for James Madison University, Matthew Parker knows those post-graduation blues, when the hoop dream goes bust and new career options don’t line up.
“Almost zero percent of college athletes go on to play professional,” said Parker. And while in school, “they miss out on a lot of opportunities as far as professional development.”
That’s why he created Gradtap, a training program held in his NoMa home that brings athletes up to speed on skills like design thinking, digital marketing and coding.
Parker wants to create “a resource and a place where students can come, pick up the additional skills that they didn’t get through a normal degree.”
To help them reach for the best options, Gradtap is currently focused on the technological field.
“Every company is now becoming a tech company,” said Parker. “It’s the place with the largest need and the widest gap.”
As part of this season’s curriculum, Gradtap’s three inaugural students were also assigned a project to present at Clarabridge’s offices in Reston.
— Matt Parker (@gradmatt) September 16, 2015
The Washington Justice drew 350 DC esports fans for its inaugural match
ByteCubed acquires a holographic football platform, launches new subsidiary
DC’s Overwatch team announces first two hires
Building a data acquisition system? Don’t make this mistake
Talk career pivots with TheBridge
The Washington Post has a new way to track NFL players’ stats
MindShare kicks off its 20th year with a cohort of 59 local CEOs
This fast-growing SaaS company aims to be a force for change in the energy industry
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc