Partnership with the City of Henderson will launch STEM Workforce Accelerator
Henderson, NV – February 11, 2016 – Transmosis, a nationally recognized workforce accelerator founded by Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs, today announced it has won a grant from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) to develop a new STEM workforce training program in downtown Henderson. The program will build off Transmosis’s nationally recognized on-the-job (OJT) training model and workforce accelerator developed in Silicon Valley.
The City of Henderson has partnered with McKinsey and Transmosis to create an employer-driven IT Bootcamp, Externship, and Job Placement program and modeled after similar programs in other cities that have graduated and employed more than 1,200 students. The Bootcamp will be intensive, six hours a day for ten weeks and curriculum will be tailored to the needs of individual employers while professional mentors and an individualized action plans will be provided to each participant. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to earn nationally-recognized IT certifications such as CompTIA A+ and Network+. The program will be located in the historical Water Street District in downtown Henderson and will target students who are unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise determined to be high-risk.
When people moving from Silicon Valley to Phoenix ask me for a meeting, I always say yes. After all, I’ve spent twenty years trying to lure people from California to Arizona by telling them how much opportunity there is here.
Although they always tell me they love it here once they arrive, I can never figure out how to make the slow outward stream from Silicon Valley’s traffic, high housing costs, and youth-driven culture flow more swiftly in Arizona’s direction. People arrive in Phoenix one by one, for any number of reasons, but not with the speed they should. I welcome them all, because they enrich the community at the same time they enjoy a higher quality of life.
Chase Norlin, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur (Emerge Digital Group, Pixsy) , was one of those people who get recommended to me by other people; he presented a concept for a new co-working space that would have a workforce development angle to it. Transmosis, the name of this concept, has a mission to transform American workers into a New Economy Workforce. His targets are laid off baby boomers who need to re-skill to get hired, veterans, and youth.
Every major presidential candidate, even those most beholden to Wall Street, says he or she opposes the offshoring of American jobs. Like vows to “defeat ISIS” and “repair our crumbling infrastructure,” the nationalist cri de couer against “shipping jobs overseas” has become a bipartisan catchphrase of the 2016 race. But political rhetoric is one thing and economic reality is another. Offshoring has become an effective way for U.S. companies to build and manage their products and services.
Ami Schneider wears her degree from the The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg in a frame tied around her neck emblazoned with one word written in red paint — “worthless.” Schneider, 29, is one of a growing group of graduates and former students of the Art Institutes (AI) who are protesting at for-profit college campuses across the country. They’re targeting open houses for interested students, handing out flyers to let parents know about the ongoing litigation against for-profit colleges, and advising students to spend some time investigating the schools they’re considering.
A new report from JP Morgan Chase & Co. finds that the summer employment rate for teenagers is nearing a record low at 34 percent. The report surveyed 15 US cities and found that despite an increase in summer positions available over a two year period, only 38 percent of teens and young adults found summer jobs.
This would be worrying by itself given the importance of work experience in entry-level career development, but it is also part of a long-term trend. Since 1995 the rate of seasonal teenage employment has declined by over a third from around 55 percent to 34 percent in 2015.