Students celebrated graduation recently from Apprenti TN, a technology-focused apprenticeship program. The outdoor ceremony was held at Volunteer State Community College, with appropriate COVID-19 precautions. The nine graduates completed a four-part curriculum taught by the Nashville Software School, leading to national certifications with tech classes that included: IT Fundamentals for Computer Support and Troubleshooting; Networking Configuration and Support; Operating Systems Support Fundamentals; and Security Concepts. The program includes a 12-week paid apprenticeship with area employers. The students received free tuition for the non-credit certification from the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) grant as part of GO TECH, designed to grow the skilled technology workforce.
Apprenti graduate Anton Jackson of Nashville is interested in a cyber security career. “I’m an attorney and I’m looking for a change in profession. I thought, why not take advantage of this and see what opportunities it presents.”
Graduate Beth Culler of Westmoreland is a social worker. “I’ve decided to change careers and transition into the tech industry. This program provides great training and experience.”
The GO Tech multi-organization Middle Tennessee partnership is run by the Greater Nashville Technology Council and Vol State. In 2019, the Tennessee General Assembly approved $25 million to incentivize collaboration at the local level among stakeholders such as higher education institutions, K-12, and economic development partners. GIVE prioritizes learning opportunities in rural counties and enhances career and technical education statewide. Applications are being accepted for similar Apprenti TN programs starting this fall. Employers that need qualified tech workers are also sought to be part of the apprentice program. For more information visit www.nashvilletechnologycouncil.foundation and click on Apprenti TN.
Pictured: Honoring the graduates, from left to right: Sandi Hoff, Nashville Technology Council, chief of staff; John Wark, Nashville Software School, founder and CEO; Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president; David Beihl, Nashville; Beth Culler, Westmoreland; Ian Davidson, Nashville; Anton Jackson, Nashville. Second row: Nate Vaughn, Nashville Software School, program manager; Mike Jung, Mt. Juliet; Hayden Little, Mt. Juliet; Sarah Mohammad, Nashville; and James Pendergrass, Nashville. Not shown: Michael Anderson, Nolensville.