This article appears as part of the Most Diverse Tech Hub initiative and is underwritten by the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce. It was independently reported and not reviewed by this partner before publication.
You’ve probably heard of tech apprenticeships — those workforce development programs that typically offer paid, hands-on technical training. How can they be used as a pathway for a stronger workforce? How can they be incorporated into your company’s recruitment strategy? To those who have introduced them at their own organizations, one benefit is clear: They can bring more Black and brown professionals into STEM fields.
During this month’s Most Diverse Tech Hub workshop, we’ll hear from Jerelyn Rodriguez, cofounder and CEO of The Knowledge House, to give you actionable ways to incorporate tech apprenticeships into your org. Join Technical.ly for this virtual event on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 12:30 p.m. EST.
The Knowledge House uses bridge employment and an earn-and-learn program model to help job seekers enter the technology industry. Learn how the org has improved this model over time, and how talent providers and companies are using apprenticeships and work-based learning programs to secure talent. Through The Knowledge House’s work, it’s built partnerships in Atlanta, Newark, Los Angeles and New York that gave each cohort access to cash, laptops and industry certifications.
Rodriguez will end on a Q&A so attendees can share their own challenges and solutions.
Can’t attend but still want to be a part of this? All registrants will get an accompanying worksheet filled with useful information, and a recording of the workshop afterward.
The Most Diverse Tech Hub Initiative is a program created in partnership with the City Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce. Look out for announcements about future events. You can learn more about the initiative plus catch up on past workshops on Technical.ly’s Most Diverse Tech Hub page.
More about our facilitator:
Jerelyn Rodriguez cofounded The Knowledge House, a Bronx-based tech education nonprofit, in 2014. In 2016, she was honored as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in education. Previously, she coordinated STEM after-school programs at Braven and was the Bronx field director for Reshma Saujani’s 2013 campaign for New York City public advocate. In 2011, Rodriguez joined Students for Education Reform (SFER) as the national program director, organizing and coaching college students in 35 states to advocate for education reform. Prior to SFER, Jerelyn worked in the public school system, teaching and designing programs.
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