Tech Training Opportunities You May Not Know About

Jobs in technology tend to be abundant, interesting, and well-paid. In addition, they often offer more flexibility, job mobility, and work/life balance than many other careers.

If information and training are the only things keeping you from pursuing a technology career, there are different ways to overcome those obstacles. Now is the time to act because the tech industry is currently seeking to diversify its workforce.

Employers and educational programs are actively recruiting women, people of color, and veterans. Just as there is a wide spectrum of tech careers, there is also a varied list of resources for you. Who knows? Something on the list below may have the life-changing opportunity you’re looking for:

VetTec Program

The VetTec Program stands for Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses. Funding for this program has been suspended until October 1, 2020, but given the potential, it’s worth keeping your finger on the pulse. You can learn more about that pilot VA program here.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has published A User Guide for U.S. Veterans Entering the Cybersecurity Career Field. This comprehensive resource includes career and scholarship information.

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Amazon Programs

Amazon offers several transitional training programs including:

Adapt

Adapt was created by Amazon to help wounded, injured, and ill military service members overcome skill gaps.

AWS Military Apprenticeship Program

The AWS Military Apprenticeship Program provides military members, veterans and their spouses with on-the-job training in in high-demand technical areas.

Apprenti

Apprenti is a tech industry apprenticeship program. Anyone is eligible to apply.

Cisco Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy offers a variety of free online tech courses as well as virtual career fairs.

CyberCorps

CyberCorps® has a Scholarship For Service (SFS) program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments.

This program provides scholarships for up to 3 years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

ManTech International Corporation

ManTech International Corporation offers cybersecurity professionals training and apprenticeships in conjunction with Purdue University. Right now everything is online.

Manpower Academy of Advanced Manufacturing

Manpower Academy of Advanced Manufacturing is a no-cost, 12-week, comprehensive program with paid hands-on training. Students will study and gain certifications in Industrial Automation and Control System(IACS), Programmable Logic Controllers, and Human Machine  Interfaces(HMI).

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy provides an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration, or database and business intelligence administration. Program graduates have an opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one or more of their hiring partners.

NPower

NPower was designed to help military veterans and young adults from underserved communities get into tech careers by offering tuition-free training in Tech Fundamentals, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing and Coding.

NS2 Serves

The NS2 Serves program is a free, three-month intensive training course that equips Veterans, active duty military and  and Gold Star spouses with valuable skills for today’s high-tech, in-demand careers.

Tech Qualled

Tech Qualled Launchpad Academy offers a comprehensive 7-week training program was designed for veterans who are looking to pursue a Sales career in the High Tech industry.

DoD SkillBridge

Last, but not least, if you’re still in the process of transitioning to civilian life, the SkillBridge program can help connect you with industry partners and the real-world job experience you need.

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Caroline Sposto is a writer, actor, and the founder of Savvy Civility, an educational company that specializes in civilian role play training. She has a passion for the arts, education, and small business.