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On the Market: The Salvation Army is training and placing people in tech jobs

Through its Work-Tech program, students can help 12-15 week course. Plus, who's hiring in Philly tech these days?

Learn to work these bad boys as part of the Work-Tech program. (Photo by U.S. Air Force, used under a Creative Commons Locense)

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Add the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia to the list of organizations looking to bring more people into the skilled workforce.

Through a 12-week training and certification program called Work-Tech, the regional chapter of the national nonprofit offers low-income people 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED a chance to earn a certification from New Jersey-based tech education company C-Tech.

At the end of the program, students can get entry level job offers at companies like Verizon, Network Design Technologies and Tri-Wire Engineering Solutions. For Kristen Davis, Job Developer and Retention Coach at the Salvation Army, the program aims to provide solid job training to low-income people in order give them a sustainable career.

“These are people who are looking for a significant change,” said Davis. “Some reach out through the social services part of the organization.”

Started in August 2016, the program has certified 14 people, with eight more in the process of obtaining their certification. Davis said most are now working as cable technicians, tech sales execs, customer service representatives or other tech and tech-adjacent verticals.

So far, the training has had very real impact on the lives of some of the students, Davis said.

“One student from the program migrated to the U.S from Liberia and works for Penn Medicine,” Davis said. “Another person who was living in a shelter and going to school part time has been placed as a technician with Network Design Technology.”

In Philly, companies like WebLinc and Bluecadet have opened up their ranks to train refugees in entry level tech careers. But there’s still a lot of work to do in that respect, Davis said.

“Large companies have forgotten about people who are in transition in their lives,” Davis said. “And that can mean a lot of things like coming off of drug use, escaping domestic abuse or changing career paths. This program is open to everybody.”

Those interested can contact Davis by emailing or calling 215-825-4611.


Chalfont, Pa.-based AWeber, makers of email marketing tools, are hosting an open house on Thursday to scout for potential devs, managers and marketers.

While on-the-spot interviews are the main event for jobseekers, the company is also offering talks from its slate of experts on subjects like blockchain, Alexa skill building and social media marketing.

(Oh, yeah, and you can scoot down their slide.)


There are a few open jobs at realLIST company No.3: Blackfynn. Per the company’s head of design, Kevin Jackson, there’s a little something for everyone:


Here’s a job that comes with purpose: Wayne-based QuantaVerse — makers of a fintech platform that helps authorities catch terrorists and human traffickers — is on the market for a UI (Bootstrap/React/Angular) and Database (SQL) Full Stack Developer.


Here are more jobs, courtesy of our tech jobs board:

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Companies: QuantaVerse / Blackfynn / Venture for America / AWeber

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