Let’s imagine that you are a high school student for a minute, a student in Oakland or in Antioch, and you really like the idea of getting a “tech job.” Where do you start? Hopefully your school has good resources and staff to help you think it through. But we think there’s a missing piece- a place online that young people and even adults looking to switch careers can use to find the right tech pathway to their career. So we’re building that place.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Careers Work Group*, Urban Strategies Council, the East Bay Broadband Consortium, and Raiz Labs, with support from the East Bay Economic Development Association, are collaborating to bring you techpathways.org – a website that will help people map out the tech career pathways they want- with information about the training needed for a particular job, the time it takes get the needed training and the likely costs involved in getting job ready. The site will also feature a comprehensive listing of all the places you can receive tech training in the East Bay- covering organizations that provide tech exposure, all the way through to organizations that get people through the interview stage and into tech jobs.

We’re talking “tech jobs” broadly here; we will be including very technology heavy jobs but also the common jobs that go alongside tech jobs such as visual designers, marketers, desktop support and more.

So how can you help? Glad you asked- if you provide any form of tech training, please complete the survey here and you’ll be listed when we launch. If you know of an organization that offers training, let them know about this survey.

We’ve got an alpha version of the site live now- check it out and send us any feedback you have!

techPathways.org

 

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*ICT CAREERS WORK GROUP MEMBERS

City of Oakland, Mayor’s Office

City of Oakland, Economic and Workforce Development

Kapor Center for Social Impact

East Bay College Fund

California Emerging Tech Fund

The Stride Center

Peralta Community College District

REDF

Youth Radio

Oakland Unified School District

East Bay Works

Oakland WIB

Alameda County WIB

Hack The Hood

#YesWeCode

OTX West

College of Alameda

Merritt College

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development

The Hidden Genius Project

Clef

East Bay Broadband Consortium

Forward Change Consulting

The Reset Foundation

David E. Glover Education and Technology Center

Contra Costa Community College

Learners Guild

Urban Strategies Council