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Free online training program offers a path to tech jobs

Generation USA, a nonprofit organization that transforms education to employment systems, and Southwest Tennessee Community College are partnering to offer free online Digital Marketing Analyst and IT Help Desk Technician training to the Memphis metropolitan area beginning in January 2021.

“Generation and Southwest share the same mission and vision for the citizens of Memphis and the Mid-South – to empower individuals to enter the workforce as skilled technicians,” said Dr. Tracy D. Hall, president of Southwest Tennessee Community College.

This initiative is part of Verizon’s Citizen Verizon plan to prepare 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030. Verizon is investing more than $44 million over several years to support the work of Generation to close the opportunity gap for workers and increase their access to digital skills.

Through this partnership, Generation and Southwest will provide individuals the opportunity to build or retool their technology skills and equip them with essential soft skills so they are ready on day one for the job. Graduates will be able to explore apprenticeships, internships, continuing education as well as full-time employment. The courses are open to anyone seeking to expand their skills set and pursue a career in the technology field.

Southwest awards associate degrees and certifications in more than 120 programs of study; its 98.5 percent job placement rate complements Generation’s goal of fostering employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.

“We are excited to partner with Southwest Tennessee Community College to help bring these programs to individuals and to empower students to create their own pathways for career success,” said Sean Segal, Generation USA CEO. “Not only are we providing students with the necessary skills to be prepared for jobs in the digital world, we are equipping them with mentorship and social support services, while amassing a network of companies to help place graduates.”

In addition to these programs, Generation offers a myriad of online reskilling programs that provide free resources and access to multiple career pathways and full-time employment opportunities in high-demand technology sectors including Jr. Cloud Practitioner and Jr. Web Developer. Each program takes an average of 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

The application deadline for the full-time, weekday Memphis training is Jan. 1, 2021; classes start Jan. 4.

For information on how to apply for the programs, visit Digital Marketing Analyst or Help Desk Technician.

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