On April 19, graduates of a technology and coding program will debut their skills to potential employers and members of the public.
What: Tech Workforce Program demo night
When: Wednesday, April 19, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St.
TechTown and the city's Department of Youth and Family Development partnered for the Tech Workforce Program, which aimed to prepare unemployed and underemployed adults for the 21st-century workforce.
Officials established the pilot program as a test initiative in two of Chattanooga’s YFD centers: South Chattanooga and Brainerd.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo provided a grant to fund the project.
"There are tech jobs available right now—today—in Chattanooga," Mayor Andy Berke said in a prepared statement. "For us to have a strong, diverse and competitive workforce, we must equip more Chattanoogans with the skills necessary to obtain and retain jobs in our tech and innovation sectors."
The program's participants spent seven weeks learning skills needed for better employment in the technology sector, according to a news release.
On Wednesday, they will demonstrate their skills and show employers they are ready to be employed.
The Tech Workforce Program has attracted the attention of several local employers, including rapidly growing tech startup Skuid, who will have leaders present at the demo night.
"Our region will always need more qualified software professionals," Ken McElrath, co-founder and CEO of Skuid, said in a prepared statement. "So we're very excited to see the rise of local, hands-on, holistic education programs like those offered at TechTown. As Chattanooga becomes a hub of software entrepreneurship, I think programs like TechTown's will become an integral part of a thriving ecosystem."
In addition, TechTown partnered with MSI Workforce Solutions LLC to get employers to see the value in hiring and/or interning graduates of the program.
As a collective, agencies are working together to build a pipeline of Chattanooga-based adult workforce talents that can be matched to open technology and related jobs with local employers, according to a news release.