Tech students


Staff Report

MIAMI – Over 400 youth between the ages of 15-22 will have the opportunity to become entry-level professionals in high demand Information Technology (IT) careers by registering the first cohort of TechHire Summer Bootcamps presented by CareerSource South Florida in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS).

The TechHire Bootcamps are designed to enhance our future workforce in the Information Technology Industry. The initiative connects South Floridians to both traditional and nontraditional educational resources.

This includes a mix of accelerated learning programs like coding bootcamps, on the job training and other innovative channels for learning.

The program will focus on in demand skills which will emphasize short-term, high-impact career training; targeting core principles of building a sustainable platform, ensuring measurable outcomes, creating community and employer engagement, focusing on technology skills and careers and reducing barriers to training and employment.

More than 3,200 new tech jobs are projected to become available in MiamiDade County between 2016 and 2024, with an additional 2,409 jobs opening due to attrition.

Provided by CareerSource South Florida and its partner agencies, TechHire is designed with access to accelerated learning options that provide the fastest paths to good jobs – like boot camps and online options that give people the skills they need in months, not years.

Through this initiative, youth will have an opportunity to learn and further develop their digital skills. The students will attend a five-week IT Boot Camp and upon completion will receive a recognized credential.

The TechHire Bootcamp will offer its participants one of the following courses:

Cisco Network, IT Network, Fiber Security and Programming/Coding. Upon completing the program, students will receive a $300.00 stipend, and upon obtaining a credential will receive an additional $200.00 stipend.

The first session will be June 19 through July 28 and the second session will be July 26 through August 4. The boot camps will take place in various locations including: Miami Norland Senior High School, Miami Northwestern Senior High School, North Miami High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Senior High School, Miami Killian Senior High School, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Homestead Senior High School, Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, South Miami Senior High School, CSSF TechHire Center at Big Brothers Big Sisters, South Dade Senior High School, Miami Lakes Educational Center and Robert Morgan Technical College.

“While reading, writing and mathematics are among the core disciplines and foundation of a well-rounded education, increasingly digital and computer network literacy have become pivotal to students’ academic development and career readiness,” said Superintendent of MDCPS Schools Alberto M. Carvalho.

“CareerSource South Florida, through its TechHire Summer Bootcamp, will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to receive targeted training related to system networks, including programming, coding and security. It is this type of school and community partnership that helps prepare our students for the workforce and gives them a competitive edge.”

His sentiment was echoed by Rick Beasley, Executive Director of CareerSource South Florida.

“Our goal is to build a talent supply for the Information Technology industry in our community by building tech pioneers for tomorrow,” Beasley said. “(We are) giving the residents in Miami-Dade County the opportunity they deserve and the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy.”

Youth may qualify for the program if they are a Miami-Dade County resident or public school student between the ages of 15-22 that receives free or reduced lunch or are a member of a family that receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

To register for the TechHire Boot Camp or get more information, call 305-594-7615 or visit hReg.aspx.