Tech-Career – Computer Training for Ethiopian Israelis
For over 25 years, Ethiopian Israelis have been attempting to break out of the harsh socio-economic reality in which they live and integrate into Israeli society. According to the latest statistics (Brookdale Institute, 2007), more than 50% of Ethiopian Israeli families are still living below the poverty line, compared to 14.5% of veteran Israeli families. Tech-Career, founded in 2003 by a member of the Ethiopian Israeli community, provides an innovative solution and a unique opportunity for Ethiopian Israelis to climb the socio-economic ladder.
Tech-Career offers Ethiopian Israeli young adults professional technological training, personal development workshops and job placement services. Tech-Career’s combined training programs offer participants the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to succeed in Israeli high tech industries, to develop their careers and to make the transition from economic and social dependence to independence. To date, 83% of all Tech-Career graduates are employed in Israeli high tech industries as software developers or software quality assurance professionals. Tech-Career’s goal is that at least 1,000 Ethiopian Israelis will be working in Israeli high tech industries. Tech-Career graduates and others like them will be the future leaders and social activists of the Ethiopian Israeli community.
Tech-Career offers the following professional programs:
– Software Development Program – Dot.Net – Intensive 11 month residential course. Curriculum emphasizes the latest MS programming technologies.
– Software Development Program – COBOL – Intensive 9 month residential course.
– Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Program – Intensive 6 month residential course.
The curriculum focuses on the newest methodologies of software testing.
– External Placement Program – Outstanding job placement service for graduates of Tech-Career and other technological programs.
– Mechina – Tech-Career’s Mechina Program prepares students for computer science tracks in universities and colleges.
– Tech-Career Graduates Forum – An active alumni association whose goal is to provide support and increase community involvement and leadership.