MBJ: Local nonprofit wants to place low-income youth in IT jobs

MBJ: Local nonprofit wants to place low-income youth in IT jobs Mark Sturgis, executive director of Seeding Success, is hoping to help cure a supply and demand imbalance in the Bluff City. “Memphis has a huge demand for entry level IT professionals and, on the opposite side, we have a huge pool of high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school for one reason or another,” Sturgis said. Sturgis, whose nonprofit works with schools, businesses and other organizations on cradle-to-career success, recently applied for a $50,000 grant to bring a workforce development program focused on IT … Continue reading MBJ: Local nonprofit wants to place low-income youth in IT jobs

MDN: East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications

MDN: East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications Dedric McGhee got right to the point Wednesday, Jan. 18, as he explained to a group of about a dozen parents of eighth-graders what the new optional school at East High School will be about. “How many of you hated the flyover?” the Shelby County Schools STEM manager asked as hands were raised in reaction to the question about the design of the state’s tallest flyover linking Interstate 40 with Interstate 240. In another part of the more modern annex of East High School, other instructors talked about flying and building jets, robotics, … Continue reading MDN: East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications

CA: Forbes honors 2 Memphis education reformers

CA: Forbes honors 2 Memphis education reformers In a crowded local education reform landscape, two Memphis twenty-somethings earned the national honor this week of a spot on Forbes’ 30 under 30 in education. Mendell Grinter, founder and executive director of Campaign for School Equity, and Hardy Farrow, executive director of Let’s Innovate through Education, were named to the list Tuesday. Forbes selected 600 people from 15,000 nominations for the lists in 20 different industries. Grinter, 25, called the honor humbling and said it validates the work he came to Memphis to do. … Grinter, a Kentucky native, was formerly the executive … Continue reading CA: Forbes honors 2 Memphis education reformers

MDN: Blue Collar High School

MDN: Blue Collar High School For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way. And it is coming from the city’s post-recession economic development effort. Basic ideas or even simple names for concepts have a difficult time breaking through this world of tortured acronyms, metrics and five-year plans. The structure of the effort is still new which adds even more complexity. But here’s the concept without those identifiers for now: For many Memphians, the barrier to education beyond high school isn’t … Continue reading MDN: Blue Collar High School

HGN: Tech901 offers certified, diverse workers to the IT sector

HGN: Tech901 offers certified, diverse workers to the IT sector Launched in 2015 by founders Robert Montague and Steve Denegri, Tech 901 is a non-profit aiming to accelerate the growth of tech careers in Memphis. Their goal is to increase the number of technology workers in Memphis to 10,000 by 2025 through a three-pronged approach of recruitment, training and career opportunities. … As for the education part of their approach, Tech901 recently wrapped up their first Summer A+ course at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis with 38 Tech901 graduates. So far 17 of the Tech901 graduates have … Continue reading HGN: Tech901 offers certified, diverse workers to the IT sector

Tech901: Memphians Find Local High-Tech Careers Through FastTrack’D

Tech901: Memphians Find Local High-Tech Careers Through FastTrack’D Yolanda Thompson will be the first to admit that her decision to become a software developer in Memphis was the result of a meandering career path.  “My degree was in Sports Management, focusing on sports marketing,” she says. “Coming out of college, I worked in sports for a very short amount of time, but ended up stumbling across an article talking about the fastest growing careers in IT and I saw that programming was one of them.” The rest, as they say, is history. As a graduate of Overton High School, mother … Continue reading Tech901: Memphians Find Local High-Tech Careers Through FastTrack’D

HGN: Academic Alliance group expands network and starts pitch competition

HGN: Academic Alliance group expands network and starts pitch competition “The Mid-South LifeSciTN Academic Alliance Chapter, which is supported by , St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), the University of Memphis, Rhodes College and Start Co. consists of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, career development and knowledge sharing with the goal of creating a more robust life science industry network. Recently, the group has been taking advantage of and connecting to some other Memphis resources. James Bell, the Bioworks Entrepreneur in Residence is the group’s Entrepreneurism director, … Continue reading HGN: Academic Alliance group expands network and starts pitch competition

Beautiful Minds – Memphis Daily News

Love this article on the emergent focus and attention paid on STEM/STEAM education in Memphis.  It is critical to the survival of our region. “Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper. And how she then took that strip of copper and molded it into the shape of a heart, a tiara or a cool design that meant something to her evolving mind but that adults couldn’t identify. The point being that … Continue reading Beautiful Minds – Memphis Daily News

MDN: Memphis Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort

“Memphis is one of 21 cities involved in a commitment to improve training for workers in the technology sector, and the city will compete for $100 million in federal grant money for tech job training programs. President Barack Obama announced the TechHire initiative Monday, March 9, at the National League of Cities annual meeting in Washington, D.C. … The grant money is for local programs including new approaches such as coding bootcamps and online courses as well as training that takes place over a few months. At the time of the announcement, there were no details on how much funding … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort

MDN: Flying High

Young visitors to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will soon find themselves on cloud nine. Make that Cloud901. That’s the new name for a state-of-the-art teen learning lab under development at the library, for which more than $1.6 million already has been raised. The lab will be packed with cutting-edge technology and space for creative potential to flourish once it’s complete. Library officials held a groundbreaking event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the site of the lab, where they also unveiled the space’s official name. Cloud901 was chosen after a contest that generated more than 700 submissions. Given the … Continue reading MDN: Flying High