14 Weeks to Prepare For Your IT Career

Henry with EmployersTech Foundry is currently enrolling 18+ students into our Summer Cohort, starting May 8th, and our Fall Cohort, starting September 5th. Our 14-week program meets for 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday in the afternoons. The free classes will focus on teaching skills in four technological areas: networking, data analysis, programming, and computer troubleshooting.

Taking part in the program involves taking classes here at our Google-like space in downtown Springfield, MA, as well as going on field trips, and completing a four-week internship with area employers. Completing the Tech Foundry program will help prepare you for an entry-level position in IT. If you are passionate about your future, this is the program for you!

Tech Foundry Badges Show You’re Ready for a Career – In Over 20 Key Areas

Sample Badges:

Programming Badges

  • Language Basics
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • SQL

Data Badges

  • Intro to Data Collection
  • Data Compliancy, Encryption and Security
  • Microsoft Access
  • Visualizing Data
  • Advanced Storage Concepts

Networking Badges

  • Networking Infrastructure Overview
  • Intro to Networking Diagnostics
  • Virtualization
  • Cabling
  • Understanding SSL

General IT Badges

  • Microsoft Office
  • PC Deployment
  • Hardware Assembly and Diagnostics
  • Active Directory Fundamentals
  • Virus/Malware Detection and Removal

The Badge Process

Students complete three components in order to receive a badge in a specific skill:

  • LEARN

    Students learn the skill in a hands-on environment. For the Networking Infrastructure badge, students will learn the various components of a business network. They will identify each component and its role in the network through the assembly of a simple network.

  • DEMONSTRATE

    Students demonstrate the skill they learned previously through a project or assignment. For the Networking Infrastructure badge, students will independently build a working network from scratch using all the components they learned about during the “Learn” portion.

  • APPLICATION

    In order to show their mastery of the skill, students finally apply their new knowledge. The application component can consist of a video tutorial, a live class for another student or staff member, or another medium that allows the student to teach the skill to someone else.