Charlotte Works along with Create IT Futures, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, and TEK Systems won the 2018 Governor’s NCWorks Award for Innovative Partnership for IT-Ready Charlotte.
IT-Ready Charlotte is an innovative partnership, building training and employment opportunities for North Carolinians. It grew out of a need to address the acute shortage of American workers in the tech industries as identified by CompTIA, TEKsystems, Google, and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. IT-Ready Charlotte offers a free eight-week course to students, to include a wide range of hardware and software skills training. The curriculum includes building a computer from parts to setting up and managing networks. Essential workplace skills are an added component to the training. Students learn workplace etiquette, communication, and customer service. All of these training skills offered are vital for securing employment. Upon completing the classroom training, all students have an opportunity to sit for the CompTIA A+ certification exam free of charge. This partnership has impacted the community profoundly by securing employment and providing employers with a trained workforce boosting the North Carolina economy. In October, IT-Ready Charlotte graduated it’s fourth cohort with about 20 students.