Mayor Announces IT Beginnings: A Raleigh Tech Hire Initiative for Young Adults Ages 18-24

News posted Jun. 06, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Today Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced IT Beginnings - a new workforce development program for unemployed and underemployed youth in Raleigh. IT Beginnings will run for 12 weeks and will provide participants the opportunity to earn an industry recognized IT credential and learn valuable leadership and job skills.

The program builds on the city’s TechHire designation earned under the Obama Administration in March 2016 and will be offered in partnership with Capital Area Workforce Development Board and, Wake Technical Community College. In addition to training, the program will work to connect participants with opportunities for mentoring and internships and will connect them with existing resources to aid in their ongoing professional development upon completion of the program.

“IT Beginnings is just that, a beginning or first step on a path to a successful career – whether that is in IT, as an entrepreneur, or other career field,” Mayor McFarlane said. The mayor also indicated that the city with continue to work with their lead partner, Capital Area Workforce Development Board to find opportunities to expand offerings under the Raleigh TechHire Initiative and meet the needs of the public that were identified during the recent Community Conversations series.

IT Beginnings will be located at 900 South Wilmington Street and will run from August 14 - November 8. The program is free to participants but there is an application process as the class will be limited to 15 participants. The application process opens June 5 and will run through Friday, July 7.

For more information, contact

  • Marchell Adams David, Assistant City Manager, 919-996-3070
  • Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, 919-856-6048
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