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Tech Apprenticeship & Incubator Centers

As an Information Technology university professor I am well aware of two very important trends: 1. Careers in Tech will continue to grow at a fast pace, and 2. College is not the best way to learn for everyone, nor is it a necessary route to learning and success. (Obviously I am not anti-university, but I also know there are many ways to learn and succeed.) I think it would be very helpful to establish centers where people can learn new skills and technologies, be mentored, and bootstrap their own tech startups. This would be valuable both to youth in or after high school, and people looking to transition to a new career. These centers would provide computing and internet infrastructure, as well as makerspaces if appropriate to the neighborhood's needs. They could be run by a combination of paid and volunteer technology and business mentors. They would offer a mixture of more traditional classes, online coursework, and apprenticeship/mentorship educational models.

I'm not sure the best way(s) to fund these centers, but as I approach retirement, I would be interested in helping to establish/run them. I posted under Non-Profit projects, but I could see for-profit models of funding these centers working as well.

Also, having spent much of my career working in Health Care Informatics, I anticipate there would be opportunities for synergy with improving healthcare in these communities.

Sounds awesome. We have a number of seed development projects along these lines in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Would really like to hear your thoughts, here or via PM

Well, I've built several educational programs over the years, and pioneered telemedicine and distance education technologies, so I'm well aware how much work it takes to design and build an effective educational program. But I think they're needed and would be an effective pathway out of the poverty cycle.

Quote from vullo on August 9, 2018, 10:23 pm

Well, I've built several educational programs over the years, and pioneered telemedicine and distance education technologies, so I'm well aware how much work it takes to design and build an effective educational program. But I think they're needed and would be an effective pathway out of the poverty cycle.

Good to know. Such programs are definitely needed.