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Goodwill’s IT Re-employment Scholarships

Goodwill is now accepting applications for scholarships in the IT Re-employment program, which offers training, credentials and job placement assistance in the information technology industry to Tennesseans whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE

Currently unemployed as the result of a layoff or termination because of COVID-19

OR, previously self-employed but unemployed because of COVID-19

OR, have been providing unpaid services to family members in the home because of COVID-19, e.g., taking care of a child who cannot attend in-person school

PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE

At least a high school diploma

An aptitude and interest in IT as a career

English language and basic math skills.

COURSE TOPICS COVERED

  App Development
  Business Technology Management
  Coding
  Computer Science
  Cloud computing
  Cybersecurity
Google IT Support Professional
Google IT Automation with Python
  IT Project management
Networking
  Technical Support Fundamentals

CLASS TIMES & SCHEDULE

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Weekdays – TBD

Coursework is performed through Coursera, a leading online education provider, with engaging videos and projects. Participants may attend peer-learning and job-readiness sessions and receive resume development and placement assistance.

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“Employment in computer and information technology occupations is expected to grow by more than 10 percent in the United States by 2029 — faster than the average for all other occupations,” said Becky Currier, Goodwill’s manager of training and certification programs. “The IT Re-employment scholarship gives participants the hands-on experience and knowledge employers are seeking as well as the opportunity to change their lives at no cost.”

CHELSEA RUCKER – GOODWILL TRAINING PROGRAM SUCCESS STORY

Chelsea Rucker was a single mother of two in Nashville who longed for a career that would help her provide for her two young daughters. She dreamed of working for Google, but the family struggled with homelessness. Chelsea worked for Goodwill, then for a call center. In 2018, she heard about the Google IT Support Professional Certificate training program — one of several digital literacy courses offered by Goodwill. She applied for a scholarship and was accepted. In connection with the online course, she attended a Goodwill-hosted event at which she met a Google Data Center manager. He was impressed and asked for her resume. After several interviews, Chelsea was hired to work at Google’s Data Center in Clarksville. She has since moved her young family into a nice home nearby.

Potential Timeline of Salary Growth In The Information Technology Sector

This Goodwill program is in partnership with the TN Department of Labor