16 Weeks to Prepare For Your IT Career

Welcome to the Tech Foundry experience. Let us walk you through the benefits of joining our program.

Tech Foundry (TF) offers a  high-touch competency-based 16-week IT Support training program.  The program delivers an integrated learning experience that combines professional development, career readiness, and technical skills. Through this journey, members will become part of a tight-knit community and have the opportunity to engage in various projects, participate in professional development workshops, meet professionals in the field, complete a capstone project, an intern with one of our employer partners. Each participant leaves the Tech Foundry program with individualized career products they can use to promote themselves in their IT career and land jobs in the IT field.  The 400-hour Tech Foundry experience results in the following outcomes:

  1. Essential Technical Skills
  2. IT Resume
  3. IT Cover Letter Template
  4. Elevator Pitch
  5. Real-Time Interviewing with Employers
  6. IT Career Mapping Plan
  7. Thank you letter template
  8. Career Readiness Plan
  9. Oral and Written Business Writing Proficiencies
  10. Career Coaching
  11. Potential Job Placement

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FAQ

How often do you host the program?

For the past two years we have delivered the program in the Fall and Winter-Spring.

When should I apply?

We currently do not have rolling applications but encourage prospective applicants to check during the summer (June) for the fall class and fall (November-January) for the spring class.

How much does the program cost?

There are no fees associated with participation in this program. However, members will have to invest an incredible amount of energy and time into the program.

Do I need prior technical experience?

We recommend that members have some technical proficiency that will help them navigate comfortable around a Windows computer.

What does the application process entail?

Our recruitment process is a multi-step process that seeks to assess fit into our IT Support program. The application process is comprised of the following:

  1. Application form on our website (20-30 minutes)
    • General interest questions (7 minutes)
    • Demographic information (7 minutes)
    • Technical assessment (15 minutes)
  2. Interview (20 minutes)

How long is the program?

This is a 16-week program, 12 weeks of learning followed by 4 weeks internship. We meet five days a week, Monday-Friday, and the program requires a minimum time commitment of 22.5 hours per week from 12:30-5:00pm.

What does the program consist of?

16 weeks (400 hours) of combined experiences:

  1. Career coaching
  2. Career readiness courses
  3. Leadership courses
  4. Technical courses
  5. Internship

What is a capstone project?

All TF members will be engaged in a final project during their 12th week. The project can be proposed by the member or they could engage with one we would recommend. The goal is to deploy a server that can provide a service to one or multiple users. In the past year we have leveraged our partnership with AWS to deploy the projects in the cloud.

How can I prepare for class? Do I need any tools or equipment?

Before starting the program we recommend to read anything regarding software and hardware troubleshooting. You will be taught these skills during the program but it may serve well to know what to expect coming in. Tech Foundry will supply the equipment necessary to succeed in the program.

The Badge Process

Tech Foundry utilizes a badge micro credential system to assess competency in the different areas we cover. Students complete three components in order to receive a badge in a specific skill:

  • LEARN

    Students learn a skill through a combination of lectures and hands-on tasks. At the end of this step students should be able to replicate what they learned on their own.

  • DEMONSTRATE

    Students demonstrate their ability to work through a series of tasks by setting up and managing systems found on regular IT companies.

  • Documentation

    In order to show their mastery of the skill, students document and share their new knowledge. All projects are delivered through a ticketing system where students detail the scope of the problem and resolution. Students also deliver weekly status reports detailing the progress of their projects.

Tech Foundry Badges Show You’re Ready for a Career in IT

Badges:

IT Fundamentals

  • Office365
  • IT Customer Service
  • Hardware Fundamentals – Desktop and Server
  • Operating Systems
  • Fundamentals of Networking

Professional Development and Work Readiness

  • Leadership Style and Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Communication
  • Teams and Collaboration
  • Interviewing
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Feedback
  • Problem-solving and Creativity

IT Essentials

  • Network services – DHCP & DNS
  • System Administration -Windows Server and Active Directory
  • Imaging and Deployment
  • Infosec
  • Linux and Cloud

Capstone

  • Final project leveraging prior skills gained in the program.
  • AWS Educate provides the infrastructure to deploy the project.
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