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FCC Tech Connect Program Seeks Local Businesses for Partnerships

01/04/2018

The Tech Connect Program at Frederick Community College is seeking local business partners.

Tech Connect is an accelerated, IT-focused education program funded by America’s Promise, a four-year Department of Labor grant. Tech Connect is intended for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and have an aptitude for IT occupations. Tech Connect covers the cost of tuition for eligible students. The program aims to increase the number of skilled IT employees in the workforce.

Local businesses that specialize in Network Engineering, IT User Support, Health IT Management Systems, and Cloud Computing are needed to provide subject matter expertise for curriculum development, offer workplace experiences and externships, and mentor Tech Connect students.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to give back to the community by offering their experience and knowledge and help build a strong IT workforce,” said Kathi Groover, Program Manager. “It’s also a great chance for them to meet and work with future employees and network with other businesses and organizations.”

Partnerships are flexible and allow businesses to choose how much time they want to commit to the program.

The Tech Connect program is comprised of four tracks. Classes are currently running for the Network Engineering and IT User Support tracks, with a total of 25 students enrolled. Applications are now being accepted for early 2018 classes in Health IT Management Systems and Network Engineering. More information will be available about Cloud Computing in the coming months.

To date, more than 150 individuals have applied to the program. FCC hopes to enroll more than 250 students by the end of 2020.

For more information about Tech Connect visit www.frederick.edu/TechConnect. To learn more about partnering opportunities, contact Tech Connect by email.