Starting in 2021, NTC coined the name “Tech Coach” for a Tech Professional that volunteer his/her time for any of our Tech Talent Programs. Our programs connect Tech Coaches to our educators, students, career seekers and changers to assist in career awareness, exploration and development. We know that tech education is key to growing our tech workforce – and creating programs that can expand our reach to rural and underserved areas will allow the NTC to add diversity to the industry.
Our Tech Talent Programs serve both K-12th Grade Students and Adult Learners.
Tech Talent programing for K-12th Grade students will be coordinated by the NTC team. Many volunteer opportunities to coach are available [HERE]
Tech Talent programming for Adult Learners will consist of 4 different “plays” where Tech Coaches will connect with Tech Adult Learners to coach each in career development.
1) the job conversation
This is a 20-minute phone call conversation between the Tech Coach and Tech Athlete – where the Tech Athlete drives the conversation. The Tech Athlete collects information about a job, career field, industry, or company through a series of scripted questions. It is not a job interview. Instead, it is an opportunity for a Tech Athlete to speak with someone that is working in a field he or she would like to know more about to help build a pathway.
2) the Mock Interview
This is a 30-minute video interview where the Tech Coach reviews the Tech Athlete resume – creating a “mock” environment by interviewing the Tech Athlete for tech job position. This interview calls for the Tech Coach to give immediate feedback to the Tech Athlete for improvement.
3) the job shadow
This can be 1-3 hour video meeting where a Tech Athlete drops into a Tech Coach’s place of work and observes work real-time. Examples of this: a coding student drops into a product dev meeting to learn how creativity and innovation leads to physical products, services and solutions or a computer support student drops into a Tech Support Center to observe all the different computer-related problems and how the Help Desk solves them using critical thinking and system administration skills.
4) Tech Coach Event
This is an hour zoom meeting, coordinated by NTC, hosted by a Tech Coach for many athletes on variety of topics on career development (Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing, How to use search Engines, How to setup Linked In) to professional development (What are the different industry certifications/pathways, What is BlockChain?, What’s the difference between Cybersecurity and IT Security?)
Click the images below to explore the program!