Microsoft this week announced the launch of a 16-week tech training pilot program in NYC that’s based on a previous one it designed to help military vets. In an online announcement, New York-based Microsoft exec John Paul Farmer wrote, “According to the New York City Tech Ecosystem Study, up to 44 percent of New York City’s tech ecosystem jobs now do not require a Bachelor’s degree. … The Tech Jobs Academy is applying Microsoft’s approach for the benefit of those talented New Yorkers who have everything but opportunity.”
The Academy will accept 25 students starting in January and train them in areas of network fundamentals, server infrastructure and cloud integration. Farmer wrote that the curriculum matches the hiring demands of Microsoft’s smaller partner companies in NYC.
The Tech Talent Pipeline, which Mayor Bill de Blasio launched with $10 million in funding, and CUNY’s New York City College of Technology are partners in the program. Since taking office, de Blasio has expressed a desire to boost the city’s tech sector — and to make sure that equity is part of that growth. New York City’s Workforce One will cover the students’ costs.
Applications are now being accepted here.
Jenn Stanley is a freelance journalist, essayist and independent producer living in Chicago. She has an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.