Tech Jobs Academy is an innovative approach to a hard problem: the skills gap. The program is a framework through which talented people acquire in-demand IT skills, enabling them to gain employment with local businesses – including the hundreds of thousands of Microsoft partner companies worldwide – in need of precisely these 21st century skills.
Tech Jobs Academy was created for those who have everything but opportunity. The program aims to expand access to in-demand technical training to unemployed or underemployed adults who are passionate about launching careers in technology. Tech Jobs Academy employs a hybrid learning model that blends hard skills and soft skills, pairing a focus on real-world projects with labs, lecture, and certification exams. Throughout the program, each participant completes roughly 1,000 hours of high-quality skills development.
at no cost
by each trainee
During Tech Jobs Academy's 2016 pilot iteration in New York City, Microsoft collaborated with the Mayor's Tech Talent Pipeline and the New York City College of Technology to deliver Cloud and Server Administration skills to 50 trainees who had been carefully selected from over 500 applicants.
Participants gained deep subject matter expertise and had the opportunity to become Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts (MCSE), which have been shown to increase employability and compensation. In addition to the specific IT skills gained, graduates developed strong collaboration skills and technical writing abilities.
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